Russian Sailors’ Dance
Piano Concerto No. 1
Symphony No. 12 - The Year 1917
The Russian Sailors’ Dance is the best-known excerpt from Gliere’s landmark ballet, ‘The Red Poppy’. The scene depicts an uprising on a Chinese ship and the successful intervention of the Russian sailors.
One of Tchaikovsky’s most loved works and among the most famous in the classical music canon, the first Piano Concerto is a deeply expressive and romantic ‘tour de force’. It is majestic and measured, with finger-twisting prestissimos, and is flamboyant, fast and feisty.
Shostakovich dedicated his 12th Symphony to the memory of Lenin. This symphony is an example of a program symphony, because the music is supposed to evoke extra-musical ideas. The Symphony has a subtitle, “The Year 1917”, as each of the movements is named for a different part of the Russian October Revolution.
Prior to the HSO concert, ticket holders are eligible to attend Twilight Concerts by Junior Strings of Banyule & Robertson Youth Orchestra from 5.00-6.30pm, and the Heidelberg Wind Ensemble from 7.00 – 7.30pm