“Fantasies, Overtures and the Black Dog” – CANCELLED

Saturday August 08th 2020 at 2.30 pm

Venue: St. George’s Anglican Church. Warncliffe Road East Ivanhoe
Guest Artist/Soloist - Amy Barry | Clarinet

Dmitri Shostakovich was a much persecuted composer in his home country – Russia. Stalin directed this persecution and despite the enormous pressures applied to Shostakovich, to come in line with the party politick, he wrote music of incredible power and emotion. Festive Overture written in 1947 to mark the 30th anniversary of the October Revolution will begin this concert by Heidelberg Wind Ensemble. The program moves from celebratory to Dello Joio’s inspired work on a theme by Joseph Haydn, to Woolfenden’s celebration of Warwickshire County’s Roman history, SPQR, (Senātus Populusque Rōmānus)then to the extraordinary compositional style of Leonard Bernstein and his Candide Suite, progressing to a composition inspired by the music of the hard-rock band of the 1970s Led Zeppelin, the brilliant & electric Black Dog, featuring our guest Clarinet Soloist, Amy Barry. Finally, to James Barnes’ Third Symphony – The Tragic.This work progresses from the deepest darkness of despair all the way to the brightness of fulfilment and joy. The third movement is an homage to their daughter Natalie who died as a young baby. A powerful work and amongst Barnes’ best compositions for wind band.


Shostakovich:             “Festive Overture”

Dello Joio:                   “Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn”

  1. Theme
  2. Fantasy I
  3. Fantasy II 
  4. Fantasy III

Woolfenden:               “SPQR” (Senātus Populusque Rōmānus)

  1. Fosse Way
  2. Notturno  
  3. Via Appia

Bernstein:                    “Candide Suite”

McAlister:                    “Black Dog” with Guest Clarinet Soloist: Amy Barry 

Barnes:                        “Third Symphony” – The Tragic

  1. Lento
  2. Scherzo, Allegro moderato
  3. Mesto (for Natalie)
  4. Finale: allegro giocoso