Michael Boyle New Work (world premiere) Beethoven Violin Concerto Beethoven Symphony No.7
Cambridge University Orchestra Thomas Gould violin/director Joel Sandelson conductor
Shall we dance? Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was described by Wagner, no less, as "all tumult, all yearning and storming of the heart, become here the blissful insolence of joy, which carries us away with bacchanalian power through the roomy space of nature, through all the streams and seas of life, shouting in glad self-consciousness as we sound throughout the universe the daring strains of this human sphere-dance. The Symphony is the Apotheosis of the Dance itself: it is Dance in its highest aspect, the loftiest deed of bodily motion, incorporated into an ideal mould of tone." Most commentary, both contemporary and thereafter, describes the bacchanalian fervour of Beethoven’s Symphony No.7, and leading Cambridge University Orchestra in this merry dance is violinist extraordinaire Thomas Gould. Gould turns soloist in Beethoven’s solitary violin concerto—a piece not well received upon its premiere, but now considered one of the finest masterpieces of the genre—and CUMS Composer in Residence 2018-19 Michael Boyle celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a brand-new work, written especially for the orchestra.
Sat 2 May at 8:00pm
West Road Concert Hall
£20, £14, £10 Concessions: £18, £12, £8 Students and under-18s: £6
West Road Concert Hall is one of Cambridge's premier music venues. Ideally situated only minutes' walk from the famous Cambridge Backs and King's College, it is renowned for its superb acoustic qualities.
Please note there is restricted viewing from some of the balcony seating.
Three wheelchair spaces are available in the concert hall with easy access at ground floor level throughout the building.
The main entrance to the venue has a double width door, with a push button for automatic opening.