Willoughby Symphony | Fate
11 July 2020 @ 7:00 pm AEST
One event on 12 July 2020 at 2:00 pm
“These Americans cannot get enough of it,” Sergei Rachmaninov said of his Second Piano Concerto during a tour of the USA. Indeed, who can resist such unforgettable melodies and fiendish pianism? Hear award-winning pianist Amir Farid join Dr Nicholas Milton AM and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in July for an unforgettable performance at The Concourse of one of the piano’s greatest masterpieces.
The concert opens with Felix Mendelssohn’s dramatic Ruy Blas Overture, written with feverish intensity in a matter of days – a taut, exciting work that still thrills in the concert hall today. Few moments in music are as instantly recognisable as the four notes that begin Ludwig van Beethoven’s spectacular Fifth Symphony, the sound of fate knocking at the door. Written by a master composer struggling with hearing loss, amidst the turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars, this is music infused with revolutionary fervour and undoubtedly one of the greatest symphonies of all time.
Dr Nicholas Milton AM conductor with guest Amir Farid piano and Willoughby Symphony Orchestra
Mendelssohn Ruy Blas Overture, Op.95
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18
Beethoven Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67