Prague Symphony Orchestra returns to Hull City Hall

Published: Monday 9th November 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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Leading Czech music ensemble, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, return to Hull City Hall next week for a concert including works by two of the country’s greatest composers, Smetana and Dvorak, and conducted by one of its most versatile artists, Jan Kučera.

The programme opens with Smetana’s dramatic Sarka from the composer’s autobiographic symphonic poem, Ma Vlast. This is the third in Smetana’s set of six symphonic poems dedicated to his homeland and named after the eponymous female warrior, who was a central figure in the Czech legend of the Maidens’ War.

Following the Sarka, the orchestra is joined by BRIT award-winner Chloe Hanslip, who will play Beethoven’s ever-popular Violin Concerto with its ethereal slow movement.

In the second half, there will be a performance of what many believe to Dvorak’s greatest symphony, his Symphony No. 8, with its highly romantic Adagio and dynamic outer movements. This Symphony is a contrast to both the composer’s own symphonies and those of the period in its cheery and optimistic tone and brings the concert to a triumphant close.

There will be a pre-concert lecture at 6.15pm with Dr Simon Debruslais (lecturer in Music, School of Drama, Music and Screen at the University of Hull) and a pre-concert talk at 6.40pm with Chloe Hanslip. Both are free to ticket holders.

Tickets for the Prague Symphony Orchestra are priced between £18.00 and £28.00. They will be available for purchase at 10am from www.hcandl.co.uk/hullcityhall from the Hull City Hall booking office or by calling the Booking and Information Line on 01482 300300.

Published: Monday 9th November 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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