The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder celebrate the life and legacy of the great Czech composer, Antonín Dvorák, in ‘Nature, Life and Love with all the events taking place at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall throughout May
The seasons begins on the 5th May with Sir Mark Elder conducting Francesco Piemontesi piano and the Hallé Youth ChoirMoravian Duets, Piano Concerto and the three Overtures: In Nature; Othello and Carnival.
Highlights include an special hour long event features Sir Mark and the Hallé discussing the four pieces Dvorák wrote based on the tales of the Brothers Grimm. The Orchestra will offer musical illustrations of these beautiful miniatures, and then Sir Mark will conduct a complete performance of the last of the quartet, The Golden Spinning Wheel.
Dvorak’s Symphonies Seven, Eight and Nine will be performed through the season which will come to a climax with a rare performance of the composer’s great oratorio, Saint Ludmilia. It will be performed here in a newly revised English translation by David Pountney, and will feature some of the world’s greatest singers, performing alongside the Hallé Choir.
Dvořák was born, the first of nine children, in Nelahozeves, a Bohemian (now Czech) village on the Vltava River north of Prague. He came to know music early, in and about his father’s inn, and became an accomplished violinist as a youngster, contributing to the amateur music-making that accompanied the dances of the local couples.
Dvořák’s most well known work is his Symphony No.9, ‘From the New World’ written in New York and premiered in Carnegie Hall in 1893