The nights are drawing in, and the children are back at school, but whilst for some this heralds the onset of the winter months, the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra is looking forward to their new season of Sunday afternoon concerts at Brighton Dome. The season opener on Sunday 8 October features works by the greatest masters of Romanticism – Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Brahms. The orchestra, under Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth, is joined by exciting young Romanian pianist, Alexandra Dariescu, playing Tchaikovsky’s popular Piano Concerto No.1, a wonderful piece full of intense melody, surging power and quiet introspection.
Alexandra was recently named as “one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career”, by International Piano Magazine, and her most recent CD is of this piano concerto and well worth a listen. A keen cyclist, she completed the London to Brighton Bike Ride on a custom built bicycle made for two, in June. She will be arriving by train for the concert though!
The programme also includes Brahms’ lyrical Symphony No.3, which charts a musical journey from turbulence to tranquillity and has a reputation as one of his most artistically perfect works. And the concert opens with Schumann’s dramatic overture to the opera Genoveva, which is full of themes of betrayal and reconciliation in music of exquisite tenderness and high drama, inspired by a medieval German legend and heavily influenced by Wagner.
Performance: Sunday 8 October, 2.45pm, Brighton Dome. Tickets: £12-£38, available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in Church Street, (01273) 709709 or online: www.brightondome.org.
Discounted parking is available at NCP Church Street Car Park.