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7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall

Helen Grime Virga 10'
Beethoven Symphony No.4 32'
Stravinsky Violin Concerto 22' 
Bach Suite No.3 20'

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Julian Rachlin violin

Sir Mark resumes the Hallé’s Beethoven cycle with the composer’s brilliant yet underrated Fourth Symphony. In its dazzling energy and vigour, it more than measures up to its famous neighbours. The superb Lithuanian-born Julian Rachlin performs Stravinsky’s finely-crafted Violin Concerto, a seminal text of the composer’s neo-classical phase. Finally, there is a rare opportunity to hear Sir Mark conduct a work by that towering genius of the baroque, Johann Sebastian Bach. The composer’s third orchestral Suite – an exceptional celebratory exhibition – contains a majestic overture, a poignant air (now commonly known as ‘Air on the G string’) and three exhilarating dances.

Pre-concert event at 6:30PM (Free to concert ticket holders)
Sally Beamish and Helen Grime

Tonight’s concert includes the first performance by the Hallé of music by its new Associate Composer, Helen Grime, whose short orchestral work, 'Virga', opens the programme. Sally Beamish (whose work has also been played by the Hallé) talks to her young fellow-composer about her work, her life and her association with the Orchestra.

With music by students from Chetham’s School of Music.

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