The professional orchestra of
ASSEMBLY HALL, WORTHING
Sunday 8th September 2019 at 2:45 pm
Heroes and Heroines
Mozart Don Giovanni Overture
Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
Clara Schumann Piano Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
Mozart’s overture to Don Giovanni portrays the dastardly womaniser who finally gets his just deserts at the hands of the devil. Chabrier’s Habanera reflects wonderfully his fascinating love affair with Spain and Spanish folklore whilst Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture was inspired by his visit to Fingal’s Cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides.
Clara Schumann (nee Wieck) – is a true heroine of 19th Century German romanticism. She began writing her brilliant Piano Concerto at the age of 14, completing it some 3 years later, when she was being courted by Robert Schumann, who she later went on to marry.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’ was originally inspired by and composed for Napoleon, depicting his revolutionary campaigns across Europe but he scratched it out in disgust when Napoleon declared himself emperor. The music, though, is full of adventure and derring-do and was definitely composed with heroism in mind.
The sensation that is the Kanneh-Mason family from Nottingham has been the subject of BBC television and radio programmes, particularly since Sheku won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016. Today Sheku’s sister, Isata, makes her Worthing debut. Isata has recently signed a recording deal with Decca Classics and has performed at many of the world’s major concert halls including the Zurich Tonhaller and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
(Look out for Isata’s CD of Clara Schumann’s works, released in July.)