Dorset County Orchestra - Spring Concert

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Dorset County Orchestra - Spring Concert supporting Dorset county Orchestra

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Venue: Blandford Parish Church
Address: Peter & Paul C of E Church, Church Lane, Blandford Forum DT11 7AD

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Entry Fee: £12

When: Saturday 7th March, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm


Dorset County Orchestra perform their spring concert at Blandford Parish Church on Saturday7th March 2020 at 19.30.

Arturo Serna picks up the baton to conduct Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte Overture followed by two pieces by Mendelssohn for clarinet and bassett horn. Berlioz Symphony Fantastique completes the programme.
Russell Shipley the DCO's chairman and principal clarinet and Southampton based Nigel Salmon are the soloists in the Mendelssohn.

Cosi fan tutte is a comic opera with the theme of 'fiance swapping'. The title is usually translated as 'Women are like that'.

The Mendelssohn works were written when two Munich court musicians, clarinettist Heinrich Joseph Baermann and his son Carl a basset hornist, stopped by for a bite to eat at Mendelssohn’s home in Berlin, an odd deal was struck: They promised their composer friend to cook up an ample portion of steamed dumplings and sweet-cheese strudel, if he would write them a piece to use on their concert tours. The piece Opus 113 was originally written for clarinet basset horn and piano but was orchestrated by Mendelssohn a week later. The result was so popular with the musicians that it was repeated a few days later and Opus 114 was produced.

Symphony Fantastique was written by Berlioz in 1830. Leonard Bernstein described it as the the first musical expedition into psychedelia because of its hallucinatory and dream-like nature and because history suggests Berlioz composed some of it under the influence of opium.

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