Saturday 25th November 2017 19:30
Hear the glory and tragedy of Mother Russia in one evening of great music marking the centenary of the 1917 Revolution.
Tchaikovsky’s mighty 1812 Overture, commemorating the French army’s retreat from Moscow in the Napoleonic Wars, has always been a showpiece, and we will have a cohort of celebrity guest bass drummers to replicate the famous cannon fire.
In contrast, Tchaikovsky’s lyrical Violin Concerto in D was written during a personal crisis. Callum Smart, one of music’s brightest young talents, will be joining us.
Despite having endured a difficult, even dangerous, relationship with the communist government, Shostakovich wrote his 12th Symphony in celebration of Lenin leading the Bolsheviks to power.
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Violin: Callum Smart
Tchaikovsky: Overture 1812
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D
Shostakovich: Symphony No.12 ‘The Year of 1917’
Guest drummers: Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s Martin Green, Rosie Millard, Sam Hunt and Phil Batty along with six Hull 2017 volunteers are joined by Chris Bradley, principal percussionist with Opera North.
Meet the Artist: Andrew Penny talks to Callum Smart and some of the Special Guest Bass Drummers at 6.30pm. Free to ticket holders.