The Ulster Orchestra’s 2018/19 Season begins with two blockbuster works to introduce the Season’s ‘Composers and the State’ theme: Strauss’s Don Quixote and Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony.
Both Shostakovich and Strauss were war-time composers and giants of the twentieth century, but they had very different life experiences during the Second World War. From different backgrounds, both composers wrote music of exceptional intensity and humanity.
Shostakovich Fourth, features as part of the Association of British Orchestras’ Annual Conference, which is being held in Belfast for the first time in over 20 years. Dorothea Röschmann, one of the world’s finest sopranos, will join the Orchestra to sing Strauss’s deeply affecting Four Last Songs.
Principal Guest Conductor Jac van Steen, will bring his wonderful musicianship and rigour to the music of Dvorák and Elgar. Other conductors for the season include Andrew Litton, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Daniele Rustioni and, for the first time in Belfast, Elim Chan, the highly regarded Principal Guest Conductor of the RSNO.
The Ulster Orchestra has a strong history in bringing internationally renowned soloists in the last years, and this season is no exception. Along with Ms. Röschmann, you can hear the talents of Barry Douglas, violinist Baiba Skride and pianist Steven Osbourne among many others. Our Lunchtime Concert series allows busy city-centre workers, tourists and anyone else who fancies a lunchtime treat to join the Orchestra for a bite-sized sampler of some of classical music’s most famous works.
Our Pops series brings a variety of themes to life, from the greatest hits of the 80s, through to your favourite Country and Western songs, as well as our special Halloween Movie Night and Festive concerts. Our annual performance of the Snowman continues to charm and enthral child and adult alike, while our journey into dance culture with Lush! is on course to sell out the SSE Arena for the third year running.
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