16 June 2018
Guest Conductor : William Carslake
Soloist : So-Ock Kim (Violin)
Bizet : Carmen Suite No. 2
Lalo : Symphonie Espagnole
De Falla : Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat
Bernstein : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
The final concert of the season has a pronounced latin theme and features one of Lalo's best known works, the Symphonie Espagnole, which today is more usually considered as a violin concerto. To perform this exciting piece, we are delighted to welcome back So-Ock Kim, who so enthralled us with her performance of the Elgar Violin Concerto in 2016. The Spanish theme is sustained with Bizet's second Carmen suite, which opens the concert, and Dances from De Falla's ballet, The Three Cornered Hat, a story about an infatuated magistrate's attempts to seduce the faithful wife of a miller. The season will close with the vibrant orchestral suite prepared by Bernstein in 1961 from his highly successful musical, West Side Story, which depicts 'Romeo and Juliet'-inspired love blossoming in the gang culture of 1950s New York.