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Under the baton of returning guest conductor Benjamin Bayl, the program opens with Dvořák’s glorious Serenade for Strings. Ever immersed in the natural beauty of his Czech homeland, the composer masterfully builds this beloved work from its gentle opening strains to an exuberant high point.
Then, the CSO is honoured to welcome Andrew Bain, Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to Llewellyn Hall, to perform Mozart’s Second Horn Concerto. A virtuosic show-stopper of a work, the horn leads the hunt in the lively final movement, galloping over all terrains with the full orchestra in hot pursuit.
The chase continues in Haydn’s Hornsignal Symphony, showcasing the CSO’s French Horn section. Deceptively mellow at first, it blossoms into a lyrical waltz, eventually bursting forth with excited rowdiness.
We close our orchestral season with a new commission from Christopher Sainsbury, a composer of Dharug descent and one of Canberra’s most eminent creative voices.
Benjamin Bayl Conductor
Andrew Bain French Horn
Canberra Symphony Orchestra
Antonín Dvořák Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 (B. 52)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 417
Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 31 in D major, Hob. I/31 ‘Hornsignal’
Christopher Sainsbury World premiere, new CSO commission
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