Saturday 11th May 2024 - 7.15pm
Conductor Shaun Matthew
Bassoon Linton Stephens
Brahms - Academic Festival Overture
Fogg - Bassoon Concerto
Boulanger - D'un Soir Triste
Grant Still - Symphony No.4, 'Autochthonous'
Our concert begins with Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture. Composed in 1880 and dedicated to the University of Breslau, Brahms conjures up less of a sense of the academic student but more of the comradeship in the student world.
We are proud to welcome Linton Stephens to perform the Bassoon Concerto by English composer, Eric Fogg. Written in 1931, it is an exciting, three movement work with the most glorious Chaconne as its 2nd movement. The outer movements display all the fun, cheekiness and virtuosic nature of the bassoon.
We continue with one of Lili Boulanger’s final works, D’un Soir Triste. This short but powerful piece displays the conflict of a terminally ill Lili Boulanger confronting her own mortality.
We close our concert with the UK première of William Grant Still’s Symphony no. 4, ‘Autochthonous’. Still’s original programme note states that the symphony ‘speaks of the fusion of musical cultures in North America.’ Join us for this amazing work, full of melody and the human spirit.