AN orchestra will be gracing the stage in Basingstoke with an energetic performance for music fans to enjoy.

The Philharmonia Orchestra, Anvil Arts’ Orchestra in Partnership, performs an energetic programme conducted by Emilia Hoving at The Anvil on Friday, February 23.

Esther Yoo continues her close relationship with the Philharmonia in a performance of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Written on the brink of the Russian Revolution, this is a piece that turns convention upside down, with lyrical outer movements framing a satirical scherzo. The concerto has the atmosphere of a fairy tale or dream, with the composer’s delicate orchestration to the fore as the finale evaporates in an iridescent shimmer of sound.

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The concert begins with Sibelius’ exhilarating Lemminkainen’s Return; the piece depicts the hero of the Finnish folklore returning home after success in battle, and ends with Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, which was composed on his return to Russia in 1888 after a successful European concert tour. The composer takes a journey with Fate from darkness to light. The slow movement is pure melody, while the finale is a burst of power and orchestral colour.

There is also a free pre-concert talk to find out more about the piece being performed. Spaces are limited, so  call the box office to book.

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