Friday 12th April 2019
Blackburn King George's Hall, Blackburn
Tickets from £18 (concessions available)
Beethoven - Overture: Leonora
Mozart - Piano Concerto No.17 in G
Hallé orch. C. M. Wagner - Souvenir and Scherzo
Sibelius - Symphony No.5
Heejae Kim, Piano
This special concert celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth, on 11 April, of Sir Charles Hallé, the orchestra’s founder. As well as being a pianist and conductor, Sir Charles was also a composer and we have a fascinating chance to hear one of his works in an orchestration by C. M. Wagner.
In the first half, after Beethoven’s stirring overture, the orchestra’s hugely talented Assistant Conductor Jonathon Heyward is joined by Heejae Kim, winner of the Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra prize at the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition. Her interpretation of Mozart’s lovely G major concerto is hugely anticipated. Sibelius, working on his Fifth Symphony, wrote, ‘It’s as if God the Father had thrown down the tiles of a mosaic from heaven’s floor and asked me to determine what kind of picture it was.’ Though his shifting of the tiles was a long and arduous process, his picture ends in triumph, the swinging phrases of what he called his ‘Swan Hymn’ ringing out in life-affirming fashion.
(Image Credit: Jeremy Ayres Fischer)