5th June 2018: Dukas, Howell, Mahler

Copyright Richard HaughtonCopyright Richard Haughton

Conductor: Rebecca Miller

Tuesday 5th June 2018 at 7.30pm

St John’s Smith Square

Dukas – Fanfare pour précéder ‘La Péri’
Howell – Lamia
Mahler – Symphony no. 5

The Birmingham Post dubbed the locally born Dorothy Howell the ‘English [Richard] Strauss’ in 1927, following her symphonic poem Lamia’s several outings at the Proms since its premier there by Henry Wood in 1919. A revival in 2010 had the Post likening the structure and erotic impression of Lamia to Dukas’ La Péri: the fanfare was composed after completing his Poème dansé in 1912.
In Leonard Bernstein’s centenary year we are reminded of his associations with Mahler’s 5th Symphony. The Adagio is often heard separately, including at Robert Kennedy’s funeral Mass conducted by Bernstein, but Mahler always wanted it played in the context of the whole symphony.

Tickets available from St John’s Smith Square or from members of the orchestra.


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