Perth Symphony Orchestra present an entertaining evening of well-known orchestral music from the late 19th and early 20th century.
The concert begins with Vaughan-Williams’ Overture from The Wasps orchestral suite. Originally composed as incidental music for a production of Aristophanes’ The Wasps at Trinity College, Cambridge, it is a popular independent concert piece today. The Concierto de Aranjuez for classical guitar and orchestra, performed by soloist Michael McGeary, is by far the best-known work by Joaquín Rodrigo. Its success undoubtedly helped establish his reputation as one of the most significant Spanish composers of the twentieth century. The second half of the concert sees the orchestra perform one of the most popular of all symphonies – Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor From the New World. Composed during his time as director of the National Conservatory of Music of America, Dvořák took inspiration from Native American melodies that he had heard during his time in the country