David Helfgott & Bellingen Youth Orchestra
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One of the highlights for this concert will be David Helfgott performing Grieg’s well known Piano Concerto in A Minor with Bellingen Youth Orchestra.
It is Grieg’s biggest work in terms of power and gesture. Only 25 at the time of its composition, Grieg was able to exhibit a degree of maturity in his handling of the concerto form that few have equaled. A drum roll followed by a brilliantly descending passage in the piano sets the stage perfectly for what follows – a succession of lyrical, reflective, and sometimes dramatic themes that extend throughout the three movements. The melancholy second movement concludes with a dialogue between the piano and the solo horn. Only in the final movement does one hear the color and movement of Norwegian folk dance. Not surprisingly, Liszt championed the work and was largely responsible for making it one of the most frequently performed of all piano concertos.
Also on the program are some much loved pieces in Bellingen Youth Orchestra’s repertoire, including music from ” Far & Away” by John Williams, featuring soloists Corey Cutler & Duke Cruikshank.