Sassy performance by St Albans Symphony Orchestra

PUBLISHED: 13:29 18 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:11 06 May 2010

TWO of the best-loved works in the classical music repertoire will be brought together by St Albans Symphony Orchestra (SASO) next Saturday, June 27. SASO will be performing Mozart s Clarinet Concerto and the Second Symphony by Brahms in the concert at 7.

TWO of the best-loved works in the classical music repertoire will be brought together by St Albans Symphony Orchestra (SASO) next Saturday, June 27.

SASO will be performing Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and the Second Symphony by Brahms in the concert at 7.30pm at St Saviour's Church in Sandpit Lane.

But like the third work in the orchestral contribution to the St Albans Festival - Hindemith's exuberant Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Weber - their sunny exterior disguises depths of emotional seriousness and even sadness.

Koren Wilmer is the soloist for the Mozart Concerto which was the first to reveal the full range of the clarinet and has remained the instrument's most popular solo work for 200 years.

It will be Koren's farewell concert as a member of SASO before she and her husband Andrew Parnell - the orchestra's conductor from 1983 to 2001 - move to Cambs.

The Brahms' Second Symphony has a genial atmosphere which gives way to more soulful and mysterious moods before it reaches its famously triumphant finale.

Conductor James Ross will open the concert with Hindemith's work which draws on Hungarian, Chinese and jazz styles as it progresses towards a rousing march.

Tickets for the concert which starts at 7.30pm at St Saviour's Church in Sandpit Lane are £12 and £8 with under-18s £1 and students £5, available from the SASO ticket secretary on 01727 857422 or on the door.


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