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Concert: Sat 02 Jul 2022

Venue:St George's Bristol
Conductors:Tim Harrison
Soloist:Soloist TBC
Start time:19:30

Programme

Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Shostakovich: Romance from The Gadfly
Jacob Bright: Lundeia - World Premiere
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

We open with the exuberant overture from Bernstein’s Candide, the soaring beauty of Shostakovich’s Gadfly, and then a newly-commissioned composition, Lundeia, by acclaimed local composer and producer Jacob Bright.

Based on reminiscences of Lundy Island off the Devonshire coast, Bright explores afresh the oceanic sound-world found in orchestral textures, creating a beautiful sense of hope through the storm.

Finally, Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony is an epic journey of struggle and triumph. Quoting Pushkin’s poem Rebirth, the composer-hero suffers a psychological crisis giving rise to a burst of energy:

Thus vanish the illusions

from my tormented soul

and in it appear visions

of original and innocent times.