Belfast Telegraph

Classical Music 22/05/09

By Rathcol

The end of the Ulster Orchestra's current season is now in sight and it's a busy week for the players.

Tonight in the Waterfront Hall, Principal Conductor Kenneth Montgomery wields his baton in an unmissable programme, the highlight of which will be Rachmaninov's last orchestral masterpiece “The Symphonic Dances”.

Equally interesting will be the Belfast debut of Benjamin Grosvenor in Grieg's Piano Concerto. At age 11, Benjamin won the 2004 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and he's been impressing audience and critics ever since. The concert includes Ravel's Bolero.

The Ulster Orchestra then promotes a concert tomorrow in the Ulster Hall at 7pm featuring the choral achievements of The Phil Kids under Christopher Bell.

The orchestra's last concert of the season is an Ulster Hall lunchtime event next Wednesday at 1.05pm. John Page conducts Rossini's Barber of Seville overture, described as “a perfect appetiser to the adventures of the wild Peer Gynt and his encounter with the Troll-King (in Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite) before Beethoven’s startlingly direct Eighth Symphony.”

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