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May

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Russian Virtuosi of Europe with Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet) and Maria Meerovitch (piano)

Strauss Metamorphosen for strings
Arturo Cuellar Fantasy on Russian Themes for trumpet & strings
Yuri Zhislin Sketches for strings (World Premiere)
Shostakovich Concerto for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35 (or Piano Concerto No. 1)

Russian Virtuosi of Europe (dir. Yuri Zhislin)
with Sergei Nakaryakov trumpet
and Maria Meerovitch piano

A colourful programme that starts with Grieg’s famous Holberg Suite and a Bach concerto, followed by two world premieres: Sketches by the ensemble’s musical director, Yuri Zhislin, and a new commission from Colombian composer Arturo Cuellar. All players return to the stage for Shostakovich’s witty Concerto, which quotes and parodies several works of his and others, including Beethoven’s Appassionata.

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Clock6.30pm Sunday, 3rd May 2015

Pre-Concert Event: Laefer Saxophone Quartet - Sunday 3rd May, 5.20pm

Amy Green soprano saxophone
Philip Attard
alto saxophone
Loise Marson
tenor saxophone
Stephen Shepherd
baritone saxophone

Alexander Glazunov Saxophone Quartet op. 109: movement I
Eugene Bozza Andante et Scherzo
Modest Mussorgsky (arr. Jennings) Pictures at an Exhibition: The Old Castle
Felix Mendelssohn (arr. Trillaud) Four Pieces for String Quartet op. 81: Tema con variazioni
Hugo Alfvén (arr. Persson) Vallflickans Dans

To tie into the main concert this evening, the Laefer Quartet’s programme features works written by the great Russian composers, Alexander Glazunov and Modest Mussorgsky, as well as a delightful theme and variations by Felix Mendelssohn.

The award-winning Laefer Quartet is an exciting and fresh saxophone quartet who formed in 2012 at the Royal College of Music. They have received coaching from Kyle Horch and Martin Robertson and performed in masterclasses with David Brutti and Gerard McChrystal. The word ‘Laefer’ (pronounced lay-fer) is anglo-saxon for ‘reed’ and ‘sheet metal’. The Laefer Quartet were proud recipients of the 2014 Boconnoc Music Award which included a series of concerts at the Boconnoc Estate in Cornwall last July. They have been performing across the UK at numerous venues including The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room and the National Gallery and have been delighted to perform UK premieres of works by contemporary composers such as Ivan Fedele.

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