Next Concert

Saturday 15th November 2014, 7:30pm
Thornden Hall, Chandlers Ford

Conductor: John Traill

John Adams – Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Beethoven – Violin Concerto (violin: Anca Campanie)
Stravinsky – Petrushka (1947 version)

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We begin our new season with a concert packed full of orchestral masterpieces. Two twentieth-century classics from Adams and Stravinsky will be contrasted with the famous Beethoven violin concerto, performed by local soloist Anca Campanie.

John Adams's Short Ride in a Fast Machine is an exhilarating ride for orchestra and audience alike. A constant pulse propels the music forwards. About the title: “You know how it is when someone asks you to ride in a terrific sports car, and then you wish you hadn't?”

Stravinsky's ballet Petrushka tells the story of a Russian fairground, complete with carousel, street organ, and puppet show. Festive music plays, and the villagers dance. The action moves inside the little puppet theatre and the characters come to life. The jester Petrushka dances, trying to impress the Ballerina, but she only has eyes for the Moor. Petrushka interrupts the Ballerina's seduction and fights the Moor, but is forced to flee for his life. Back in the fairground, a series of characters dance as snow starts to fall. Suddenly, Petrushka appears, hotly pursued by the Moor brandishing a scimitar. Who is real and who is imaginary? The Moor slays Petrushka, who lies limp in the Russian snow. But an onlooker shakes the "corpse" - Petrushka was only a puppet after all. All of a sudden, Petrushka's ghost appears on the roof of the little theatre. The dancing ends, the atmosphere is hushed...

Tickets

Tickets cost £15 for adults, £13 for over 65s and students, and just £1 for under 18s.

Directions

Thornden Hall
Winchester Road
Chandlers Ford
Eastleigh
Hants
SO53 2DW

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Thornden Hall is conveniently situated next to Junction 12 on the M3 between Winchester and Southampton.

Thornden Hall is located within the Thornden School site. Follow the sign for Thornden School along Winchester Road.

There is easy access and ample free parking on site.