The Henley Symphony Orchestra are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a third concert at the Hexagon in Reading on Sunday 15 March at 7.30pm.
Conducted by Ian Brown the programme comprises Academic Festival Overture – Brahms, Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor K466 – Mozart and Symphony No 9 ‘From the New World’ – Dvořák.
For this special concert the orchestra have invited Eric Lu to play Mozart’s dark and dramatic Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K466, whose second movement, a tender Romance, was used to striking effect in the soundtrack of the film Amadeus. Since winning the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition at the age of 20, Eric Lu has built an extraordinary world-wide career. He is currently a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme and made his BBC Proms debut with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Long Yu in summer 2019.
Dvořák’s most well-known symphony, No 9 ‘From the New World’, influenced by indigenous American folk tunes, has a seemingly inexhaustible flow of melodies with, at its heart, one of classical music’s most popular slow movements. HSO last played this symphony at its first Hexagon concert in 1999 and so it will provide a fitting conclusion to this commemorative anniversary concert.
From the first concert held in a borrowed marquee in Shiplake, HSO has gone from strength to strength, attracting some 60 players from across the Thames Valley and promoting an annual series of four concerts. Under the guidance of Ian Brown, celebrating 25 years as Music Director, HSO has built a reputation for producing outstanding concerts involving internationally acclaimed soloists.
The Hexagon is in the centre of Reading, ten minutes’ walk from the station or well signed if you are coming by road. Sat Nav postcode is RG1 7TQ. Car parking is in the Broad Street Mall, Oracle shopping centre or Q-Park Chatham Street car parks (http://www.readingarts.com/hexagon/your-visit/how-find-us). There is parking for the disabled outside the Hexagon stage door and wheelchair spaces are available in the stalls, but you will need to contact the Hexagon on 0118 960 6060 if you wish to book one of these.
Ticket prices are £20, £17, £12; U16s/students half price; groups: 1 in 8 free; 1 child free with paying adult (£17 and £12 tickets). To book, call the HSO box office on 01235 859210 or visit www.henleysymphonyorchestra.co.uk. Also obtainable from Reading Arts, tel 0118 960 6060 or www.readingarts.com (booking fee applies)