This Friday 31st January, the Ulster Orchestra commemorate the centenary of WW1 with a special concert – ‘Composers and War: 150 Years in Vienna’. The assassination of its Archduke, Franz Ferdinand, once hailed the beginning of WW1 and this concert captures some of those most emotive movements, as composed throughout experiences of war.
This concert also marks the debut of young British conductor Nicholas Collon with the Ulster Orchestra – praised by London’s ‘The Times’ for his “poise, passion and precision” while BBC Music Magazine stated that his recent performance was one of the most ear-catching heard in a long time.
Speaking about the event, Nicholas Collon stated; “I’m thrilled to be conducting in Northern Ireland for the first time with this wonderful programme, which sees three of my favourite composers, Strauss, Mahler and Beethoven, in their most ebullient, serene, pastoral and happy moods.”
Although this concert commemorates the centenary of world conflicts, each composer in the midst of the chaos presented by War, chose to look to the organic environments beyond the cities therein. The serenity of their compositions marked a human desire to reach beyond the tragedies of combat, and strive for hope.
“This is orchestral music inspired by the power and beauty of the natural world, a world which Strauss himself, for example, had so recently seen ravaged by mankind” added Nicholas.
Starting at 7.00pm with a pre-concert talk with Nicholas and BBC Journalist Andrea Rea on the subject at the Ulster Hall, this 7.45pm performance promises an uplifting evening for those attending.
Tickets can be bought for £8 – 22 through the Ulster Orchestra’s Box Office, at Belfast Welcome Centre, 8 – 9 Donegall Sq North, Belfast BT1 5GJ or by calling 028 9024 6609.