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Milton Keynes City Orchestra

RX029

Friday 2nd November 2018

7.30 p.m.

Conductor: Damian Iorio

 

Schumann - Overture, Scherzo and Finale

Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending

Soloist:Yoon-Hee Kim

Saint-Saens - Introduction and Rondo capriccioso
Soloist:
Yoon-Hee Kim

 Beethoven - Symphony No. 7

The Lark Ascending is undoubtedly one of the most popular pieces in the classical repertoire. Vaughan Williams is said to have composed it while watching British troops embarking for France at the start of World War 1, so it is fitting that its meditational qualities shouldoccupy our senses as the centenary of the end of that war is commemorated.

To perform The Lark Ascending and play Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo capriccioso we welcome the young Korean violinist Yoon-Hee Kim, a fast-rising star.

The programme concludes with Beethoven’s 7th symphony.  Popular since its first performance in 1813 it features, to memorable effect, on the soundtrack of the 2010 film The King’s Speech.

 

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Milton Keynes City Orchestra

CraigOgden 04

Friday 11 January 2019

7.30 p.m.

Conductor: Damian Iorio

Mozart - Overture from Don Giovanni

Rodrigo – Fantasia para un gentilhombre

Soloist:
Craig Ogden

Schubert - Symphony No. 2

Following his sell-out concert with MKCO in January 2017, we are delighted to welcome back the internationally renowned soloist Craig Ogden, with yet more guitar delights. Rodrigo wrote his Fantasia based on Spanish dances for the great guitarist Andrés Segovia. Segovia was the gentilhombre of his generation just as Craig Ogden is the gentilhombre of ours.

A familiar Mozart overture and a much-loved Schubert symphony combine to ensure a stunning programme to transport us into 2019.

 

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Milton Keynes City Orchestra

Saturday 16th February

7.30 p.m.

 

Conductor: Damian Iorio

Mozart - domeneo ballet music

Mozart - Symphony No. 36 Linz

Mozart  - Symphony No. 41 Jupiter

 

 

You will leave this concert knowing more about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a man and with a greater appreciation of the wonderful music that he composed. Mozart wrote many letters during his time in Vienna, from 1782 until his death in 1791. This correspondence – both humorous and insulting – provides insights into the composer’s character, his relationships, including with his wife Constanze, and the sources of his musical inspiration. Readings from the letters, selected by Damian Iorio, will put into context the ballet music and two full symphonies, including Mozart’s longest and last.

 

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Milton Keynes City Orchestra

Stephen Hough - 4 credit Sim Canetty-ClarkeFriday 12th April 2019

7.30 p.m.

 

Conductor: Damian Iorio

 Rossini - L’Italiana in Algeri Overture

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 2

 Soloist: Stephen Hough

 Beethoven - Symphony No. 4

 

The Venue was sold out in March 2018 when the internationally famous pianist Stephen Hough performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with MKCO, to a rapturous reception. We are thrilled to welcome him back to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Book early to be sure of a seat.

 

Beethoven also returns after the interval with a performance of his sunny and cheerful Symphony No. 4, ideal to further enrich a spring evening.

 

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Milton Keynes City Orchestra

Friday 10 May 2019

7.30 p.m.

Conductor: Damian Iorio

 

Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Neruda  - Trumpet Concerto in E flat

Soloist: Yamaha Scholarship Winner 2019

Elgar - Serenade for Strings

Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings

 

This evening showcases s the talent of the winner of the 2019 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe scholarship.  This year’s competition, held in February, is for trumpet players, and the chosen winner will perform the Neruda Concerto. MKCO greatly values its partnership with Milton Keynes-based Yamaha which enables us to bring such rising stars to The Venue.

The concert also showcases the combined talents of the orchestra’s string sections and what better way to do so than with three much-loved works by three much-admired composers – Mozart, Elgar and Tchaikovsky.

 

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