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WELCOME to the 2012 /13 Cambridge Classical Concert Series which boasts a truly outstanding line-up of world class orchestras. The season opens on 26 October with a visit by the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (whose two concerts in last year’s season were complete sell-outs). We are also delighted to host the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra (with soloist Julian Lloyd Webber) and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. We are delighted to announce that we are holding season ticket prices at the same level as last year. By subscribing to all concerts you can save over 20% on your tickets. We would like to thank Elms Cambridge BMW, for their generous sponsorship of this year’s orchestral series and Dr Nigel Brown for his continued support as Orchestral Series Patron.

Friday 26 October 2012 • 7.30pm

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Soloist Borodin Rachmaninov Sibelius

Oliver Gooch Viv McLean, piano Prince Igor Overture Piano Concerto No. 3 Symphony No. 5

We would also like to thank Ian Maclay (Managing Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Andrew Jamieson (of IMG Artists), Orchestras Live and Cambridgeshire Music for their continued support.

The 2012 /13 Cambridge Classical Concert Season opens with a return visit from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra who delighted audiences with two sell-out concerts in last year’s series.

And finally, a word from our Artist-in-Residence, Julian Lloyd Webber: ‘It’s a real privilege to be Artist-in-Residence at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. The venue has a very special ambience and – if the popularity of the Classical Concert Season is anything to go by – there is a terrific audience for classical music in Cambridge. During my three-year residency, I plan to add to the richness of the music on offer by holding performances, giving talks, advising on programming and supporting music students throughout the county.’

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and talented young British conductor Oliver Gooch present an evening of rousing masterpieces. Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture is a feast of memorable Russian dances and Oriental melodies. The Russian flair continues with Rachmaninov’s glorious Piano Concerto No.3, a work brimming with yearning passion, as well as showcasing soloist Viv McLean’s dazzling virtuosity. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is one of the most wonderful examples of the symphonic repertoire, culminating in a breathtaking finale with its sweeping French horn theme.

Thank you for your continued loyal support and we hope you enjoy the season ahead!

‘ The Cambridge Classical Concert Season is going from strength to strength. I attended several

sell-out concerts in last year’s series and the atmosphere was simply wonderful. There has never been a better time to savour world class orchestral music in the Corn Exchange’s unique setting.

Dr Nigel Brown OBE Orchestral Series Patron

Did you know? The Finnish 100 mark bill featured Sibelius’ image until it was taken out of circulation in 2002. Pre-concert talk Free to ticket holders, at 6pm at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Downing Street Oliver Gooch

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Tuesday 13 November 2012 • 7.30pm

Thursday 24 January 2013 • 7.30pm

Prague Symphony Orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor Soloist Smetana Beethoven Janáček Dvořák

Heiko Mathias Förster Igor Tchetuev, piano Bartered Bride Overture Piano Concerto No. 4 Adagio Symphony No. 8

Founded in 1934, the Prague Symphony Orchestra is a leading Czech music ensemble with an outstanding international reputation. It is conducted by Heiko Mathias Förster, one of the most compelling young conductors of his generation. The Bartered Bride is Smetana’s most popular work and the Overture which opens this evening’s concert brims with sheer rhythmic vitality. With its elegant cadences and subtle complexities, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 is one of the world’s major piano concerti. After a consummate performance of Janáček’s lyrical Adagio, the evening ends with Dvořák’s joyous and tender Symphony No. 8 which draws on the Bohemian folk music so beloved by the composer. Did you know? Smetana was naturally gifted as a pianist, and gave his first public performance at the age of six. Pre-concert talk Free to ticket holders, at 6pm at Cambridge University Press Bookshop on the corner of Trinity Street and St Mary’s Street.

Conductor Soloist Brahms Chopin Beethoven

Fabien Gabel Janina Fialkowska, piano Tragic Overture Piano Concerto No. 2 Symphony No. 6 (‘The Pastoral’)

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the Corn Exchange to present an outstanding concert of Romantic masterpieces, conducted by the charismatic Fabien Gabel. Brahms’ Tragic Overture provides a wonderfully emotional and dramatic introduction to the evening. Janina Fialkowska is one of the world’s finest Chopin interpreters; the perfect exponent for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2, full of spirited Polish folk music and with a dazzling piano score. Dramatic writing also takes centre stage in Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, its turbulent ‘Storm’ movement surrounded by music of sunny grace and rustic charm, a fitting finale to an extraordinary concert. Did you know? Brahms is sometimes grouped with JS Bach and Beethoven as one of the ‘Three Bs’. Pre-concert talk Free to ticket holders, at 6pm at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Downing Street

Fabien Gabel

Heiko Mathias Förster

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Friday 15 February 2013 • 7.30pm

Tuesday 16 April 2013 • 7.30pm

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

European Union Chamber Orchestra

Conductor Soloist Bernstein Lutoslawski Mendelssohn Mahler

Conductor Soloist Vivaldi Elgar Eric Whitacre Barber Schubert

Jacek Kaspszyk Agata Szymczewska, violin Candide Overture Little Suite for Orchestra Violin Concerto Symphony No. 5

Hans-Peter Hofmann Julian Lloyd Webber, cello Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor Serenade for Strings The River Cam Adagio for Strings Symphony No. 5

The internationally renowned Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra presents a very special concert which brings together music of stirring passion and sublime gracefulness.

Following their hugely popular concert in last year’s series, the European Union Chamber Orchestra makes a welcome return.

The evening begins with Bernstein’s bright and vivacious Candide Overture. Lutoslawski’s Little Suite for Orchestra is a richly textured, atmospheric piece drawing on Polish folk music. One of the greatest violin concerti of all time, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is a towering achievement of the Romantic era and is performed with panache by acclaimed soloist Agata Szymczewska. The second half of the concert features Mahler’s magnificent Symphony No. 5, which ranges across a huge emotional canvas, from the consummate yearning of the opening trumpet solo to the turbulent passions of the stormy second movement.

World famous cellist and Cambridge Corn Exchange Artist-in-Residence Julian Lloyd Webber is joined by his wife Jiaxin Cheng to perform Vivaldi’s lyrical and eloquent Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor. With its lilting rhythms and dusky atmosphere, it’s easy to see why Elgar himself singled out Serenade for Strings as his favourite work. Julian Lloyd Webber concludes the first half of this evening’s concert with a performance of Eric Whitacre's evocative and pastoral The River Cam.

Did you know? While visiting Britain, Felix Mendelssohn met Queen Victoria and her musical husband Prince Albert, who both greatly admired his music.

One of the most moving pieces of music written in the twentieth century, Barber’s Adagio for Strings is instantly recognizable as the soundtrack for the Oscar-nominated film Amélie. The evening draws to a close with a spirited performance of Schubert’s fresh, lyrical Symphony No. 5, an uplifting note on which to end this remarkable concert. Did you know? Eric Whitacre’s The River Cam was inspired by the composer’s daily riverside strolls from Cambridge to Newnham during his time as a Visiting Fellow at Sidney Sussex College in autumn 2010.

Pre-concert talk Free to ticket holders, at 6pm at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Downing Street Agata Szymczewska

Julian Lloyd Webber

Jacek Kaspszyk

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Friday 17 May 2013 • 7.30pm

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra Conductor Soloist Rimsky-Korsakov Tchaikovsky Tchaikovsky

Pavel Kogan Tatiana Kolesova, piano Introduction & Three Miracles from Tsar Sultan Piano Concerto No. 1 Symphony No. 6 in B Minor

The internationally acclaimed Moscow State Symphony Orchestra ends the 2012 /13 Cambridge Classical Concert Season in spectacular fashion. The evening opens with Introduction and Three Miracles from Rimsky-Korsakov’s voluptuous and exotic Tsar Sultan Suite. One of the brightest pianists to emerge from Russia in recent years, soloist Tatiana Kolesova performs Tchaikovsky’s great Piano Concerto No. 1 with verve and brilliance. From its slow, ominous opening, to the turbulent pathos contained within, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor (‘Pathetique’) is the composer’s great swan song. The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, under revered conductor Pavel Kogan, brings this great work powerfully to life. Did you know? Encouraged by his brother, Rimsky-Korsakov joined the Imperial Russian Navy at the age of 12! Pre-concert talk Free to ticket holders, at 6pm at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Downing Street

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