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CGO: Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Rossini
Fri 18 March 2016, 20:00 – 22:30 GMT
Cambridge Graduate Orchestra
Conductor: Patrick Milne
With pre-concert talk by Professor Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins: Thinking Without Words – The Cognition of Beauty. 7:30pm.
Sibelius: Fifth Symphony
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite
Rossini: Thieving Magpie Overture
“Today I saw sixteen swans. God, what beauty! They circled over me for a long time. Disappeared into the solar haze like a silver ribbon.” So inspired, Sibelius took up his quill and penned his Fifth Symphony, exploring the frozen tundra of his native Finland.
The Cambridge Graduate Orchestra invites you to step into a musical aviary to reflect on nature and music’s beauty this concert season. Patrick Milne will be your instrumental ornithologist, performing Rossini’s energetic and well-known Thieving Magpie Overture, exploring beauty through Tchaikovsky’s much loved Swan Lake Suite, and ending by showing you the splendour of swans in flight through Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony.
As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, the pre-concert talk, Thinking Without Words – The Cognition of Beauty, will provide a thoughtful start to the evening, reflecting on themes to be picked up on further during the concert.