Ulster Orchestra's Rustioni to conduct Music for Valentine

The Guildhall, 13th February

The Ulster Orchestra will return to the city next month, just in time to provide the perfect night out to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

The iconic Guildhall will once again play host to what is sure to be another memorable occasion, on Thursday 13th February.

The Ulster Orchestra’s new Chief Conductor, Daniele Rustioni will be joined by his talented wife and star violinist Francesca Dego, and there is a special Valentine’s programme which has been prepared for the occasion, such as: 

Prokofiev was deeply inspired by Shakespeare, hence composing the score for the Romeo and Juliet ballet, which includes the beautiful Balcony Scene, signifying the star-crossed lovers' first meeting and the scene at Juliet's balcony.

When Shostakovich began composing his First Violin Concerto in 1947, he was enjoying a period of relative calm. However, by the time it was finished in 1948, the situation had changed completely. Premièred after Stalin’s death in 1955, this piece perfectly encapsulates how Shostakovich took the suffering of his absurd and treacherous world and transmuted it into something beautiful and profound.

The Manfred Symphony is a romantic four-movement work in tribute to a poem by Byron and contains the kind of melodic appeal and colourful orchestration that has made Tchaikovsky such a popular composer. Filled with passion and beautifully conveying the theme of tragic love, it is possibly one of the greatest symphonies of the nineteenth, or any other century.

You can catch the Ulster Orchestra's next instalment at the Guildhall on 13th February, with tickets priced at £14 and available here

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