Season Launch Concert, Festival of Ideas: Beethoven’s ‘Eroica

West Road Concert Hall

Judith Weir Heroic Strokes of the Bow
Rossini Bassoon Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’

Cambridge University Orchestra
Jonathan Bloxham
conductor
Francis Bushell bassoon (CUMS Concerto Competition 2019 prize-winner)

Tickets: £20, £14, £10
Concessions: £18, £12, £8
Students and under-18s: £5

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Jonathan Bloxham has been described, by Paavo Järvi no less, as a conductor of “accomplished technique, innate musicianship, natural rapport with orchestras and a deep knowledge and understanding of the symphonic repertoire” and he brings all this, and more, to bare on a truly epic programme.

Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ marks a paradigm shift, ushering in the Romantic period with its unparalleled heights of emotion and compositional virtuosity.

In her Heroic Strokes of the Bow Master of the Queen’s Music Dame Judith Weir has penned, not only a response to Beethoven’s masterwork, but a musical rendering of Paul Klee’spicture of the same name. She explains: “My piece is not principally meant as a depiction of the picture, but rather as a literal response to the title, with its suggestions of excessive physical energy applied to a small piece of wood. Accordingly, energetic violins predominate.”

Allegedly one of Rossini’s final compositions, his (or perhaps not his) bassoon concerto, performed by CUMS concerto prize winner and BBC Young Musician of the Year woodwind finalist, Francis Bushell, completes the programme with exuberance.

Pre Concert Talk:

Pre-concert talk at 7.00pm Professor Nicholas Marston discusses how Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ symphony changed music forever. Nicholas will be joined by Master of the Queens Music Judith Weir CBE to discuss her piece Heroic Strokes of the Bow.

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