The Hallé

Saturday 22 March 7:30pm Classical Music
Tickets £12.00 to £41.00

Venue: Royal Concert Hall

Running time: Doors: 6.00pm. Running time: 2 hours, estimated end time: 9.30pm

Important Information

Age Guidance: 7+

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+

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Kahchun Wong           conductor
Mariam Batsashvili    piano

Ifukube                       Japanese Suite for Orchestra
Piano Concerto No. 1
Brahms                       Symphony No. 1

This concert marks an important moment in Nottingham Classics history, being the first performance to feature our resident orchestra’s new Principal Conductor, the prodigious Singaporean, Kahchun Wong. In a marker of his direction of travel he mixes Asian sounds with two western classical masterpieces.

Akira Ifukube began his journey as a composer after hearing Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in a radio broadcast but was also immersed in the Japanese folk music tradition. He later made his name in film music (notably his score for the 1954 film of Godzilla), whose punchy rhythmic energy also drives his Japanese Suite. A true Romantic revolutionary, Liszt delighted in taking the piano into places previously felt to be impossible. His 1st piano concerto is a potent statement of intent that gives the soloist plenty of scope for virtuosity whilst making the orchestra a more active player in the drama.

It took Brahms fifteen years to complete his first symphony, troubled as he was by following in the footsteps of Beethoven. But there’s no sign of this in the gripping opening, with thunderous timpani strokes underpinning the soaring strings. It’s the beginning of a heroic struggle, lightened by a sublime slow movement and eventually resolved in the broad, purposeful tune in the final movement, Brahms’s homage to the Ode to Joy theme of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Kahchun Wong in conversation.

Season Ticket and Multibuy Package Discounts
12 concerts – save 30% (season ticket)
10-11 concerts – save 25%
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3–4 concerts – save 10%

Groups 10+
Save 20% off full price tickets, excluding £9.50 and £12 seats.  Please email our Group Sales team or call 0115 989 5555 to book.

Groups 20+
Save 30% off full price tickets, excluding £9.50 and £12 seats.  Please email our Group Sales team or call 0115 989 5555 to book.

Under 26s and full-time students
Tickets £5 each. To purchase these tickets, you must be 26 or under or a full-time student at the time of booking. You may be asked to show your age ID / student ID on doors to confirm your age.

Bargain Seats
Tickets £9.50 from 12pm on the day of the concert online, by phone, or at the box office counter. Please note that these seats are subject to availability

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