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Milton Keynes City Orchestra

Sheku Kanneh-Mason 6 - credit Lars Borges - smallThe Venue, Walton High

Friday 5th October 2018

7.30 p.m.

 

Conductor: Damian Iorio

 

Wagner - Siegfried Idyll

Tchaikovsky – Rococo Variations

Soloist: Sheku Kanneh-Mason

C.P.E. Bach - Symphony in D major

Haydn - Symphony No. 94 Surprise

 

Since winning BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2016 Sheku Kaneh-Mason’s career has taken off big time. His debut recording, Inspiration¸ released in February 2018, leapt into the classical charts; his solo performance at the Royal Wedding in May attracted the highest praise from those who were there and from millions of television viewers worldwide; and in June he won two Classic Brit awards – male artist of the year and the critics’ choice. We are thrilled to welcome Sheku to Milton Keynes.

Richard Wagner surprised his wife with the first performance of the Siegfried Idyll on her birthday on Christmas day 1870. Haydn’s 94th Symphony is known as the Surprise for good reason. And J.S Bach’s son’s Symphony will come as a very pleasant surprise to all who don’t already know it.

During this concert the MK Community Foundation will present the Christopher Hopkinson Memorial Bursary to the winner of their 2019 award for musical excellence. MKCO is delighted to partner MK Community Foundation to find a talented winner.

 

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Milton Keynes City Orchestra

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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

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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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