The Worthing Philharmonic spring concert will as usual be conducted by music director Dominic Grier and will feature two major nineteenth century symphonies : Schubert no 8 “The Unfinished” and Brahms First op 68 in C minor. The concert opens with the Wagner overture to The Flying Dutchman”.
The Flying Dutchman overture is taken from the German opera which was inspired by a dreadful sea journey experienced when Wagner, destitute and unable to pay his debts, escaped with his pregnant wife from Prussia to London. The journey involved a very rough sea crossing from Riga to the port of London that should have taken 8 days but lasted for over 3 weeks as the boat had to take shelter in a Norwegian Fjord. The first performance was in January 1843.
The two movement Schubert Unfinished Symphony was composed in 1822. A third movement may well have been sketched but was believed by some to be formed into the entract for the incidental music to Rosamunde. Many regard this well known and frequently performed delightful work as the first Romantic Symphony.
Brahms First Symphony was sketched in 1854, but took over 20 years to complete as he was very critical of his work, being expected to follow the grand style of Beethoven. It was not performed until his life long pianist and composer friend Clara Schumann encouraged him to do so. She particularly liked the Alpine Horn theme in the last movement and convinced him to perform the symphony in November 1876 in Karlshuhe. It was not published until a few years later.
Do come and support your local musicians in the self-funded full symphony orchestra established almost 70 years ago and regular performer in the wonderful Assembly Hall. It is a registered charity and would welcome your support both in the audience and as a ‘Friend of the Orchestra’ requiring a modest subscription. Friends receive a discount on ticket prices and get a newsletter.
Spring Concert Sunday afternoon March 18th 3.00pm at the Assembly Hall.
Tickets are £9, £13, £16 with children under 16 and students just £3 available from the Worthing Theatres Box Office tel 01903 206206 or on line www.worthingtheatres.co.uk