Saturday 7.30pm February 26th 2022 Holy Innocents, Fallowfield

Samuel Jackson

The overture to Verdi’s third opera, Nabucco – the one that established his reputation as a composer – opens this concert of anniversaries and composers’ first works. Samuel Jackson then takes centre stage to perform Mahler’s enduring song-cycle Songs of a Wayfarer, written when he was just 24 years old. Oneof Dvorak’s earliest non-symphonic orchestral works, his Rhapsody in A minor, Opus 14, follows; full of beautiful Bohemian character and pathos. The concert ends with Stravinsky’s very first orchestral work, written at the age of 23. His Symphony in E flat, Opus 1 shows the influence of his compatriots Tchaikovsky and Borodin, as well as his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov, but even at such an early age Stravinsky manages to spice up the traditional four-movement classical work with his distinctive harmony and driving rhythms. If you haven’t heard this work before you’re sure to go
home amazed!