Insurance Orchestral Society

Insurance Orchestral Society

February 27, 2024
7.30pm

Insurance Orchestral Society

February 27, 2024
7.30pm

The Phoenix Orchestra: Third Centenary Concert

1924 was are volutionary year. Aside from the inauguration of the Insurance Orchestral Society, it marked an epoch-defining moment in music - the death of Puccini, the birth of Mancini and the composition of three musical masterpieces that have challenged and awed musicians and audiences for 100 years. In the third concert of the Phoenix Orchestra’s centenary year, we have chosen three pieces of music that will transport you to a golden era in music.

Described by the composer as ‘cold spring water’ and the‘ scent of the first snow’, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 6 is a poem within a symphony, the Cinderella of his seven symphonies, reflecting an expression of the composer’s spiritual creed and a phase of his inner life.

Composed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Budapest, Bartok’s Dance Suite is a vibrant celebration ofHungarian folk music that consists of five dances with Arabic, Wallachian andHungarian melodies, and a finale that brings the influences together.

Composed in just five weeks, Gershwin’s dazzling Rhapsody in Blue, is one of the most recognisable compositions, a ground-breaking mix of classical and jazz that defined the Jazz Age and heralded a new era inAmerica’s musical history.

This concert is sponsored by the kind generosity of The Insurer (www.theinsurer.com), in support of The Brokerage Citylink (www.thebrokerage.org.uk).

Please Note: our normal drinks reception will not be available for this concert due to space constrictions at the venue. A public bar is nonetheless available for use by your colleagues.

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