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The Prague Symphony Orchestra with Pietari Inkinen and Laura Van der Heijden, cello

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Theatre Royal and Royal Concert HallTheatre Square, Nottingham, Nottingham, East Midlands, NG1 5ND, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 19:30

Smetana’s helter-skelter overture and three zestful dances from The Bartered Bride opens
this return visit by the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Continuing this all-Czech
programme is the brilliant young British cellist, Laura Van der Heijden, winner
of BBC Young Musician 2012. She performs Martinů’s agile, engaging First Cello
Concerto, influenced by the Baroque concerto grossi of Corelli, but speaking
with a Bohemian voice, particularly in the tender slow movement. Dvořák’s final
symphony was first performed in New York, where he’d served as the Director of
the National Conservatory of Music. The wide-open spaces of his adopted country
are felt in its expansive span and muscular gestures, with echoes of the
musical traditions of its African American and Native American populations, but
the symphony’s folk-infused melodies also look back to his Bohemian homeland.
Few examples of musical fusion have been more successful and the “New World”
Symphony is no less popular over a century later.

Pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium:
Laura Van der Heijden in conversation.

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