Russian melodies take centre stage

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THE music of 19th century Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Balakirev will loom large at Scarborough Symphony Orchestra’s concert at Queen Street Central Hall on Saturday.

It will open with Balakirev’s Overture on Three Russian Themes.

Using Russian melodies, and in a style that came to characterise Russian orchestral music, the piece has influenced composers from Borodin to Stravinsky. The orchestra will be joined by soloist Robert Holliday, who will perform Ferdinand David’s concertino for trombone. It is considered one of David’s finest works.

Robert has worked with most of the UK’s symphony orchestras and has been principal or sub-principal trombone with major symphony orchestras since 1994 as well as enjoying a busy solo career.

The main work for the evening is Tchaikovsky’s joyous second symphony, dubbed the Little Russian. Using three folk-songs from Ukraine (frequently referred to as Little Russia), the symphony was an enormous success in 1873.

Frank James will give a talk about the programme in the concert hall at 6.45pm. The concert is due to begin at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 (concessions £8.50, free to students).