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Classical Music Alive in Reading under way

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of classical and romantic repertoire, pianist Imogen Cooper opens the 2019-20 Classical Music Alive season at The Concert Hall, on Thursday October 17.
 
Internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism, Imogen has had a widespread career and has appeared with orchestras and in recital venues all over the world. A familiar artist to our Classical Music Alive audiences, we are delighted to welcome Imogen back to The Concert Hall for an evening of Schubert’s last piano works.
 
Opening their residency at The Hexagon on Thursday October 31, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra brings a concert which is a perfect marriage of English and Italian orchestral favourites. Fantasia on a Themeby Thomas Tallis has been a staple of Classic FM’s Hall of Fame top three for many years. The rich variety of layers and textures in the work makes it a powerful curtain-raiser for this evening’s concert.
 
Continuing in the same theme of lush romanticism is Elgar’s sublime Cello Concerto performed by internationally-renowned cellist Jamal Aliyev, winner of the Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2017. Mendelssohn’s buoyant and cheerful Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’ closes this concert with panache and flair. The symphony incorporates native dance and folk rhythms and is a charming tribute to how Italy made him feel. Both concerts are preceded by a pre-concert talk.
 
Free to ticket holders, and starting at 6.30pm, our team of speakers are experts in their field and provide a fascinating insight into the works about to be performed. With a drink from the bar, and maybe a meal or snack, these are wonderful additions to your evening. Full price tickets are again kept at a fantastically competitive rate for this season -£17.50 to £28 at The Hexagon, and £13.50 to £23.50 at The Concert Hall. 
Box Office: 0118 960 6060.
 
For more details, to download the full 2019/2020 brochure or book online visit www.readingarts.com. Ticket prices shown are inclusive of booking fee.
 

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Henley Life December 2019