• A Heroic Golden Age

    A Norfolk Symphony Orchestra performance

Event description

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra invites you to a vast and heroic concert to stir the soul.

A Heroic Golden Age

Schubert – Symphony No.5
Richard Strauss – Ein Heldenleben
Musical Director – Philip Hesketh

As a man and as a musician, Schubert personifies many of the main characteristics of 19th Century Romanticism. The world is a bad place and getting worse, nothing can be done – we must all just sit together and wait for the end. Art, therefore, is an escape from this awfulness. His Fifth Symphony, is, perhaps his lightest and most charmingly cheerful work, he expresses his love for Mozart and yearns for what he sees as the “brighter, better life” when he was still alive.

The massive and monumental work Ein Heldenleben, (A Hero’s Life), is clearly based on the life of Richard Strauss himself, although he was slow to admit this. The orchestra is vast. The Hero, played by eight horns, faces his enemies, the critics who he felt were unfair in his early career. His beloved wife, the singer Pauline de Ahna, takes centre stage, represented by beautiful and extremely virtuosic violin solos. With her by his side he faces his foes and, after a great battle, vanquishes them, retiring afterwards into tranquillity and fulfilment.

Location

St Nicholas Chapel, King’s Lynn

Time

Saturday: 19:30 to 21:30

Tickets

Tickets £16.00 / £8 (front row only) from King’s Lynn Corn Exchange call the Box Office on 01553 764864.
100 free tickets for young concert-goers – ask the Box Office for details.

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