Echoes of Estonia at the Ulster Hall
Ulster Orchestra Ulster Hall, Belfast Tonight, 7.45pm
It’s an unusual programme for tonight’s BBC Invitation Concert. Estonian musician Olari Elts is the conductor for the evening and this Baltic States connection would explain why Estonian composer Eduard Tubin’s Concerto for Double Bass, written in 1948, has been chosen for Latvian-born soloist Gunars Upatnieks as the central work in the concert.
Before that, the Ulster Orchestra will be performing Mahler’s Totenfeier, which translates as Funeral Rites and neatly matching that piece in the second half will be the tone poem Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss. As usual, these BBC invitation concerts are free admission but one normally books well in advance to ensure attendance.
However, it happens that some people do not take up their tickets so it is always worthwhile turning up early at the Ulster Hall for possible empty seats.