Saturday 12 November 2022
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX – Venue Information
Conductor: William Carslake
Soloist: Christian Paquette (Flute)
Schubert: Rosamunde Overture
Reinecke: Flute Concerto
Dvořák: Symphony No.8
The FSO begins its 2022-23 season with a birthday concert celebrating 100 years since the orchestra’s first performance on 13th December 1922. The opening work on that auspicious occasion was Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture and it is fitting that we start this 100th birthday concert with the same piece, which brims over with Schubert’s infectious melodies. We are also excited to welcome Christian Paquette, winner of the 2020 Marina Piccinini International Concerto Competition, to play the Reinecke Flute Concerto. A first for the FSO, this opportunity came about as a result of ongoing links with Marina Piccinini, the internationally-renowned flautist who played the Ibert concerto with the orchestra in 2017. Canadian by birth, Christian is Principal Flute of the York Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania and it is a great privilege for the FSO to welcome him as a soloist. The concert concludes with Dvorak’s 8th Symphony, which was composed in 1889 on the occasion of the composer’s election to the Prague Academy and is dedicated “To the Bohemian Academy of Emperor Franz Joseph for the Encouragement of Arts and Literature, in thanks for my election.” The music is cheerful and optimistic and wholly appropriate for a birthday concert. We hope that you will join us and help us celebrate.