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Programme 2017 (5)
28 Oct 2017

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Fri 26 Jan, 7.30pm             * Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra perform ‘Triumph and Passion’ at the Great Hall, Exeter
Mikhail Tatarnikov, CONDUCTOR, Boris Giltburg Piano
Khachaturian - Adagio from Spartacus, Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No.2, Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.5
Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto stands miles apart from many of his other works in its sense of freedom and abandon. It is a gloriously free, wistful creation – an unrestrained delight from start to finish, particularly in the famous, soulful and heart-rending adagio, which guarantees the whole work’s enduring popularity – either side of which are two vivacious movements, both full of style and an overwhelming sense of fun. After a shaky start, the Fifth Symphony soon became recognised for the masterpiece it undoubtedly is. Tchaikovsky wrote that its subject was ‘Providence’.
More specifically it is a journey from darkness and despair into light and triumph, accomplished partly by the musical character of the individual movements, and partly through a recurring "motto" theme, which appears in a different guise throughout. Khachaturian’s sensual Adagio marks the moment in the ballet when Spartacus can enjoy a moment of peace and celebration from persecution by the Romans. More beautiful melodies make this perennial favourite one of the best love themes ever written

Stalls and gallery seats (specify which) £33.50 / £45          Club deadline Dec 18


Wed 7 Feb, 7.00pm          * Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Hamlet’ at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder…
The Royal Shakespeare Company takes Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of murder and revenge on national tour in 2018.
A student is called home from university to find his life turned upside down. He had the world at his feet, but now everything has changed. Who can be trusted, who can be believed? Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his brutal death, Hamlet’s mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder and lost love. What will ultimately become of a young man sent to kill?
Following a critically acclaimed run in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016, rising star Paapa Essiedu plays the title role in a riveting and contemporary take on Hamlet.

Stalls seats £34             Club deadline Dec 4

Fri 23 Feb, 7.30pm             * Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra present ‘Elgar’s Cello Eulogy’ at the Guildhall, Plymouth
Christoph König CONDUCTOR, Leonard Elschenbroich Cello
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll, Elgar - Cello Concerto, Dvořák - Symphony No.9 'New World'
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is delighted to return to Plymouth Guildhall for a programme of some of the most famous classical music in the repertoire.
With its realisation of love and affection, the Siegfried Idyll shows a side of Wagner rarely seen in his operas. Absent is the wild passion; rather, it is a gentle song of contentment and a most personal and intimate expression of Wagner’s feelings while still calling to mind his heroic alter-ego.
Written in the summer of 1919, the Cello Concerto represented, for Elgar, the angst, despair and disillusionment he felt after the Great War, and an introspective look at death and mortality. It signified Elgar’s farewell to the way of life as he had known it. “Everything good and nice and clean and fresh and sweet is far away – never to return” he wrote.
Remaining incredibly fresh and abounding with memorable melodies, the Ninth Symphony describes Dvorák’s spiritual and emotional journey from his intense longing for his beloved Bohemia to the thrill of the “New World” and its varied peoples.

Stalls and gallery seats (specify which) £26.50             Club deadline Jan 20


Thu 15 Mar, 7.30pm              Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra present ‘Finding Answers’ at the Great Hall, Exeter
Finding Answers: Beethoven, Ives & Brahms     Thierry Fischer CONDUCTOR Stephen Hough - Piano
Ives referred to The Unanswered Question as a "cosmic landscape” in which the strings portray “the silences of the Druids.” Over that quiet background the solo trumpet phrase asks “the perennial question of existence.” In response a quartet of winds Ives called the “fighting answers”, seeks a reply, becoming more agitated and frustrated, until the trumpet states the question one final time, only to be answered by silence. It was one of the first modern works in which the performers' parts are arranged independently of the other parts in both key and tempo with intriguingly juxtaposed musical textures that move at different rates.
Writing a symphony for Brahms was not something he took for granted. It took him more than twenty years to approach the challenge and several more years to complete.
But Brahms was not just trying to recapture Beethoven. He incorporated ideas and innovations that changed the traditional aesthetics of the Classical/Romantic symphony. The dramatic intensity of the first movement gives way to the peace and serenity of the second, and the finale has been described as “one of the sublimest utterances human ears have heard” – its hymn-like theme commuted into a glorious and magnificent conclusion. Beethoven wrote his final Piano Concerto at the height of his compositional powers, but at a time of personal and political turmoil. It opens with such power and majesty as to remind you forcibly of the Eroica Symphony. A sort of spacious simplicity characterises the first movement, whilst the adagio offers a dramatic change of mood by way of its exquisite mystical serenity, only to be superseded by the most exuberant bravura rondo finale. However it might have acquired its name, it really is the ‘Emperor’ of piano concertos!
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor' Ives - The Unanswered Question Brahms - Symphony No.1

Stalls and gallery seats (specify which) £36 / £47           Club deadline Feb 9

Thu 22 Mar, 2.00pm            Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
The curse of a wicked fairy, one touch of a spindle, and a beautiful princess falls into a deep, enchanted sleep which can only be broken by a kiss from a prince. The Sleeping Beauty is transformed into one of the grandest ballets ever created, with a classical score by Tchaikovsky and original choreography by Marius Petipa.
Enter the opulent world of Imperial Russian ballet, with its marvellous mixture of virtuoso dance, fairy tale characters and dazzling spectacle that has delighted audiences for over a hundred years. With live music from the acclaimed Royal Ballet Sinfonia, The Sleeping Beauty is an enchanting experience for all the family

Stalls and circle seats (specify which) £33          Club deadline Jan 22

Thu 29 Mar, 7.15pm              Welsh National Opera perform ‘Tosca’ at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Floria Tosca may have many admirers but she only has eyes for one man, the painter Cavaradossi. But the malevolent Chief of Police, Scarpia, has other ideas and wants her for himself. As he schemes to trick the lovers and get what he wants, dramatic and tragic events unfold, leaving Tosca stood alone clutching a dagger in her bloodstained hands, and with a shocking final twist to follow.
The turbulent backdrop of Rome during the Napoleon invasion is an apt setting for this thrilling story of love, lust, loyalty and corruption. Puccini characterises the drama through his exquisite melodies and orchestration, and fabulous arias that have made Tosca one of the best-loved operas in the world.
Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

Stalls and upper circle seats (specify which) £57 / £39              Club deadline Jan 29


Wed 2 May, 7.30pm            Jonathan Church Productions and Headlong present: The NationalTheatre and Chichester Festival Theatre production of ‘This House’ at the Lyric, TRP
Following sell-out runs at the National Theatre and in the West End this extraordinarily prescient play takes on a new importance in the current political climate. Are we in the midst of a political revolution? Can the country stay united?
Roll back to 1974. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread.
In an era of chaos, both hilarious and shocking, fist fights break out in the parliamentary bars, high-stake tricks and games are played, while sick or dying MPs are carried through the lobby to register their crucial votes as the government hangs by a thread.
James Graham’s biting, energetic and critically-acclaimed play strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on occasion bend the rules, to manoeuvre a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments. Directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things, Wolf Hall),This House gives us a timely, moving and often amusing insight into the workings of British politics

Stalls seats £36           Club deadline Feb 26


Thu 12 Jul, 2.30pm
             Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘Miss Saigon’ at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.
Mind-blowingly brilliant - Magic FM     A real big beast of a blockbuster - Time Out
The greatest musical of all time - Daily Mail     Thrilling, soaring & spectacular - The Times

A timeless musical masterpiece – Classic FM

Stalls or circle seats (specify which) £69       Club deadline Feb 26

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