Come along to the Ulster Hall, Belfast on 23 August 2022 for the fifth installment in this year’s series of FREE BBC Radio 3 Summer Invitation Concerts with the Ulster Orchestra.
3 soloists – all winners of international competitions – make their Ulster Hall debut, together with the dynamic young British conductor Angus Webster, and returning favourites Jessica Cottis and Jac Van Steen.
This show opens with a short overture composed in the depths of World War 2. Written by Grażyna Bacewicz, a pioneering Polish female composer who studied with Nadia Boulanger, the work is full of courage and hope despite a fearful background.
The first set of Scènes Historiques by Sibelius come next, taken from music written for a patriotic pageant, staged in 1899 at a time of increasing Finnish nationalism and originally including Finlandia, which was published separately.
And finally, some Czech mythology rounds off this afternoon event, with Dvořák’s The Water Goblin: music inspired by a Czech Romantic poem found in a collection published by Karel Jaromír Erben, entitled Kytice.
The Ulster Orchestra is conducted by its Honorary Principal Guest Conductor, Jac van Steen.
Grażyna Bacewicz: Overture for Orchestra – 8’
Sibelius: Scenes Historiques Suite 1, Op. 25 – 20’
Dvořák: The Water Goblin, Op. 107 – 22’
Jac van Steen (conductor)
The Ulster Orchestra