Mark Austin conducts EAChO featuring violinist Kristine Balanas
Bach arr Stokowski, Berg & Beethoven
Bach arr Stokowski Toccata & Fugue in D minor Berg Violin concerto Beethoven Symphony No 8
EAChO returns to the West Road Concert Hall for an evening of heart-warming music making under the baton of Mark Austin (ARAM). The concert begins with the Toccata and Fugue by Bach orchestrated by Stokowski in 1926. Probably best known as the opening of Disney’s Fantasia, this arrangement captures the drama and magnificence of the original composition.
The orchestra is then joined by the fabulous Kristine Balanas, winner of numerous international wards and described by The Times as a musician of “eye-popping virtuosity”. Latvian born Kristine is one of the fastest-rising new talents and will be our soloist for the heart-rending Violin Concerto by Berg. Written in 1935, “To the memory of an Angel”, the work was prompted by the untimely death of eighteen-year old Manon Gropius. The concerto is Bergs last completed work and is the most expressive and popular of his compositions.
Our concert concludes with the Eighth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven. It was written at a stormy and difficult period in the composer’s life but is jovial and charming. Shorter than its sibling, the Seventh Symphony, it is beautifully crafted, lyrical and exhilarating. When the composer was told that the Eighth Symphony was less popular than the Seventh, he replied, “That’s because it’s so much better”.
Join us for an evening of drama, emotion and fabulous music-making.
Sat 27 April at 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall
£20, £18 Concessions, £10 Students and U18s
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.