Ludlow Arts: Classical

Ludlow Arts: Classical

Ludlow Orchestra

Saturday 2 November 2019 at 8:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

Rebecca Afonwy-Jones: mezzo-soprano
Claire Tocknell: leader
Jonathan Lyness: conductor

Smetana: Overture The Bartered Bride
Sibelius: Swan of Tuonela, Op.22, No.2
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
(Songs of a Wayfarer)

Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op.70

This programme from the Ludlow Orchestra under its newly appointed conductor Jonathan Lyness explodes into life with Smetana's scintillating overture to his most famous opera The Bartered Bride, and ends with another Czech masterpiece, Dvořák's mighty seventh symphony, a work full of contrasts, from dark passion and fiery storm to celebration and triumph.

In between we get one of Jean Sibelius's most popular works — his wonderfully atmospheric tone poem The Swan of Tuonela with its evocative cor anglais solo. And to complete the programme the orchestra are delighted to welcome the acclaimed Welsh mezzo-soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones who travels from just across the border to sing Gustav Mahler's hauntingly beautiful and uplifting song cycle Songs of a Wayfarer, the folksong-inspired story of a jilted young man in search of forgetfulness.

Tickets: £12 (under 19s free) from Ludlow Assembly Rooms, online, The Wool Shop, members of the orchestra or at the door.

Rebecca Afonwy-Jones Rebecca Afonwy-Jones
(credit Tim Dunk)

Jonathan Lyness Jonathan Lyness

Dvorak Antonin Dvorak

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