The Russians are coming to Barnstaple in this year’s series of international classical concerts from North Devon Theatres. With a stellar list of top international names and ensembles, the series of five concerts all have links with Russia and great romantic music.
The series, entitled “Russian Romance”, contains Russian or Romantic elements within each of its five concerts, spanning a time-frame of over 150 years.
Starting the series in October is international renowned pianist John Lill, a winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. His programme, containing works from Beethoven to Prokoviev, perfectly demonstrates the rich, romantic sound that forms the basis of this year’s programme.
Alan Dodd, Programme Director of North Devon Theatres, said: “We appreciate that our classical audience is knowledgeable and discerning and this year’s Russian Romance series marks another step-up in terms of the quality and the appeal of our classical programme. We’re one of the few theatres still to put on a well thought out series of classical concerts and we’re delighted to have secured such top international names to be part of this year’s Russian Romance programme.”
Other highlights include: a welcome return to Orchestra Welsh National Opera, with Borodin’s overture to his opera Prince Igor part of an all Russian composers night; one of Russia’s most exciting quartets, the Atrium String Quartet; clarinettist Emma Johnson playing a very special arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’; and rounding off the series in triumphant style, the largest Sinfonia Classica ever assembled for Tchaikovsky’s virtuoso variations on a Rococo theme, alongside romantic composer Franz Schubert’s inspiring 5th symphony.
Tickets are for all concerts are now on sale. For further information or to book, call the Box Office on 01271 324242 or visit www.northdevontheatres.org.uk