Ulster Orchestra- Celebrating the Classical: The Alley, Strabane

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Date(s) - 27/01/2022
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ulster Orchestra- Celebrating the Classical

Martines Sinfonia in C Major- Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major- Beethoven Symphony No. 2

The Ulster Orchestra is delighted to return to The Alley Theatre with a charming concert featuring Principal Flute, Jennifer Sturgeon. To open, a Sinfonia by an underrated 18th Century composer, Marianna Martines. Lauded throughout Europe in her lifetime, this poised and elegant work is just part of a musical legacy that has been sorely neglected over the years.

Martines was a celebrated musical hostess as well as a composer and amongst the regular attenders at her soirées was one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His Concerto for Flute and Harp was written whilst he was teaching harpist Marie-Louise-Philippine Bonnières. Her father, the Duke of Guînes, was an excellent flautist and this unusual combination of soloists marks the only time Mozart wrote for the harp, in order to create a piece they could play together. The slow movement’s gorgeous, rippling melody is a musical gem within this lovely concerto.

Mozart’s Prague Symphony is a strong influence on Beethoven’s Second Symphony, which – despite Beethoven’s deepening personal trauma as his hearing deteriorated – is brim-full of high spirits and energy, drawing this concert to a virtuosic close.

For further information contact the Alley Arts and Conference Centre on 028 7138 4444