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Reading Symphony Orchestra
Join us in the Great Hall for our fabulous spring concert, featuring Rachmaninov’s wonderfully romantic Piano Concerto No. 2 and Richard Strauss’ monumental Alpine Symphony. Robert Cheung, the soloist for the Rachmaninov, is an amazingly talented young pianist who was the winner of the RSO / Hickies Young Musicians’ Competition and the Rotary / Harrods International Young Musician Competition 2014. Robert, who is also a keen actor (whose TV credits include BBC’s Casualty and Outnumbered), is a member of the Royal College of Music Junior Department and has been nominated for the prestigious Emmanuel piano trophy for 2015. The piece he will be performing, famously used in the 1945 film Brief Encounter, is probably one of the most famous and well-loved piano concertos there is.
Strauss’ Alpine Symphony, completed in 1915, wonderfully depicts a day spent climbing in the Alps, and is loosely based on Strauss’ own experience as a boy when he and a group of climbers lost their way heading up a mountain and were caught in a thunderstorm. The piece (which was the first ever to be recorded onto CD) calls for 125 players, and includes cowbells, wind and thunder machines along with Wagner tubas. The orchestra is delighted to be joined by members of the Orchester der Landesregierung Düsseldorf for our performance of this exceptional piece. This will be a spectacular and rare chance to see this amazing work performed live in Reading, with the full and mighty force of such a large orchestra. Tickets: £13 adult, £5 students and under-18s; available from the RSO Box Office on 0118 9860707/9735517
Great Hall University of Reading
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