On June 25, Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra will be playing a concert of popular classic music. The programme starts with Finlandia, a stirring nationalistic battle hymn, written by Sibelius in 1899. It remains hugely popular in the concert repertoire, and is all the more appropriate as we mark the centenary of Finnish independence from Russia in 1917.
Shostakovich is mainly known for his heavyweight symphonies, but he also wrote music for film and stage, including the Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra which will be performed tonight. This set of dances is great fun from start to finish, and calls for a few ‘extras’ in the orchestra such as saxophone, piano, vibraphone and even an accordion.
The programme finishes with Tchaikovsky’s Suite No 3, again showing the composer in lighter mood with a set of dances similar in style to his ballet music.
The concert will be held in St Michael’s RC Church, Abergavenny on June 25 at 8pm. Tickets are available from Abergavenny Music, via the website abergavennysymph.org.uk, or at the door. £10 for adults, free entry for children and students