Bohemian Beauties theme for orchestra's season finale in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 07:52 17 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:50 17 June 2018

The de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the University of Hertfordshire. Picture: Ila Dasai

The de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the University of Hertfordshire. Picture: Ila Dasai

Ila Dasai

A season finale of wonderful Czech masterpieces will bring an orchestra's year to a close in Hatfield next weekend.

The final concert of the de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2017-18 season takes Bohemian Beauties as its theme.

Taking place at the University of Hertfordshire’s Weston Auditorium on Sunday, June 24, the dHPO concert opens with Janacek’s Suite from the opera Cunning Little Vixen.

This is woven through with Moravian folk music and rhythms from the historical Czech lands.

Bohuslav Martinu’s stunning Rhapsody Concerto for viola and orchestra is also based on Moravian folk songs and finds the composer nostalgic for the music of his childhood homeland.

Conducted by Robin Browning, the orchestra will be joined by violist Timothy Ridout of the Young Classical Musicians Artists Trust for this performance.

The programme also includes Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony.

This was composed to mark the occasion of Dvorak’s admission to the Prague Academy.

A cheerful and popular work, it promises to be an uplifting and optimistic end to a wonderful season of orchestral music.

The concert on the university’s de Havilland Campus in Hatfield starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £20, £15 concessions, £8 children, and £6 students.

• Book online at www.uharts.co.uk or call the box office on 01707 281127 (open Monday to Friday, 10am to noon, phone only).

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