The first concert in the University of London Symphony Orchestra’s new season sees a programme of Shostakovich, Adams and Bernstein in a concert titled The Chairman Dances.
Daniel Capps will return as musical director for this concert, which contains an ambitious and varied programme with plenty of virtuosic flair and emotional connection. Starting off with the pseudo jazz inflections, chugging rhythms and colourful orchestration of Chairman Dances by Adams, followed by the musical theatre of Berstein’s On The Town, the concert will finish off with Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony, which is considered his greatest work; one forged in the heart of oppression and terror in Soviet Russia, and a piece of profound meaning and subtlety.
The ULSO is one of the leading student orchestras in the UK, run by students for students. It brings together the best musical talent of London’s universities to create a youthful, exuberant orchestra with a unique vitality. MusicWeb International has described the ULSO as an orchestra of “unfeigned commitment and concentration…obvious talent“.
Tickets for the concert cost £10/£8/£5 and can be purchased at the door or online.
As part of the ULSO’s Education and Outreach programme, all secondary school students are being offered tickets for this event for only £1. With Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 one of the set works for A-Level Music in 2014, it’s a great opportunity for all those studying the work to see it live! To claim this discount, students can use the special code ALevelStudents when booking online. Alternatively, simply buy a ticket at the door using student ID.
ULSO’s next concert will be held in Spring 2015 and will feature Brahms’ illustrious 3rd Symphony, and the Sibelius Violin concerto.
Further details of the ULSO can be found on their website at ulso.co.uk.
The University of London Symphony Orchestra: The Chairman Dances
7.30pm, Saturday 23rd November 2014
St Stephen’s Church