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Seeking New Horizons continues at Cadogan

February 28, 2019

Alexander and the Royal Philharmonic tonight continue their exploration of the impact of immigration, exile and new cultures on some of Classical Music’s greatest creative artists.

In the last instalment Hungarian music stood in the focal point, with works by Kodaly, Liszt and Bartok. For this second part of the series, three very different European composers are featured, each of whom became closely associated with the United States later in their lives.

The concert opens with Stravinsky’s Suites for Small Orchestra. Originally piano works written while in exile in Switzerland during the 1st World War, the composer later orchestrated the pieces for small symphony orchestra. Each of the short movements explores a different character and mood, brilliant crafted using the most efficient of means.

Korngold’s vibrant Violin Concerto follows, written in celebration of the fall of the Nazi regime while the composer was residing in Los Angeles and originally premiered by Jascha Heifetz. British violinist Jennifer Pike joins Alexander the RPO as soloist.

The concert concludes with Dvorak’s New World Symphony, written during his sojourn as Director of New York’s National Conservatory of Music and absorbing the influence of both Native American and African American melody.

Find out more about the series on the RPO and Cadogan Hall websites.