Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Upcoming Concert

Canberra Symphony Orchestra 4 August 2014

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s third instalment of 2014’s Llewellyn Series sees Sydney Symphony’s principal trumpet, David Elton, return to Canberra to perform one of the most virtuosic trumpet concertos of the repertoire.

The concert, entitled Firebird, conducted by Nicholas Milton, will feature music from Stravinsky’s exhilarating ballet, Firebird, and Tchaikovsky’s triumphant 5th Symphony. The trumpet concerto at the centre of this program is by one of Australia’s most distinguished composers, Richard Mills.

These three works form an exciting and diverse concert, with music encompassing the broadest spectrum of emotions and powerfully showcasing the immense impact of a full symphonic orchestra at its most glorious.

After his sensational performances at a recent Canberra Symphony Orchestra Prom Concert, David Elton is delighted to return to work with the CSO again, in a concert that features some of his favourite pieces of music.

“I can’t think of a better orchestral program. Firebird is one of my favourite orchestral works; it’s full of brilliance and colouring and so many different sounds, and the finale is just incredible. And then Tchaikovsky’s 5th is another one of my favourites. It’s definitely an exciting program.” Said Mr Elton.

“Above all, I’m thrilled to be playing Richard Mill’s Trumpet concerto,” he said. “Without question, Richard Mills is one of Australia’s greatest composers and has been for many years. This is an older work of his and it just has astounding virtuosity.”

“Audiences can expect sparkling colour and big sounds. The first movement is fast and furious and the second movement is beautiful and lyrical and it showcases the character of the trumpet.” Said Elton.

“The concerto is a challenging piece for trumpet. It requires the trumpet to play very intensely up high, and then suddenly drop to play very soft and lyrically. It also requires a lot of mute changes, so one of the main challenges is to not drop a mute while on stage.”

David Elton is also excited to be performing again at Llewellyn Hall, a venue he says is one of Australia’s finest.

“I’ve performed in Llewellyn Hall a number of times touring with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and always enjoy it; it’s great for the musicians as the room does a lot of the work for you,” he said.

“I also really enjoy playing with the CSO. The orchestra’s proximity to the School of Music has always provided it with great players. The CSO has always had an incredible woodwind section and very strong, young string players. That coupled with a wonderful hall to perform in, and the excellent guidance of Nicholas Milton really makes it a wonderful Australian orchestra.”

“I love coming to Canberra, and I’ll be sure to find time for a jog around the lake while I’m down.”

Llewellyn Series 14.3; FIREBIRD

When:13 and 14 August, 7.30pm (Pre-concert talk from 6.45pm)
Where: Llewellyn Hall, ANU

Conducted by Nicholas Milton

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite
Mills: Trumpet Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5

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