Russian Reflections

Winter 2018 Concert

The Winter 2018 concert will place on Saturday, 10 February 2018, 7.30pm, at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre.

Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.6 ‘Pathétique’
Mussorgsky – Night on a Bare Mountain
Rachmaninov – Isle of the Dead
Borodin – In the Steppes of Central Asia

Conductor: Jon Hargreaves

South Birmingham Sinfonia takes you on a trip to Russia in their Febrary 2018 concert, combining a number of very popular and well known works.

Mussorgsky's "Night of the Bare Mountain" described the frantic dances and celebrations and sabbath of the Witches, on the midsummer Kupala Night (analogous to our Halloween) and the serenity of the morning that follows.

Rachmaninov's tone poem "The Isle of the Dead" continues this darker theme, and describes a boat voyage to the "isle of the dead" depicted in an image by Arnold Böcklin.

Borodin's tone poem, "In the Steppes of Central Asia" is a rather lighter description of a camel train in the Caucasus and features well loved tunes that are much heard both in-context and out-of context.

The concert finishes with Tchaikovsky's last and greatest symphony, the "Pathétique", a musical statement of tragic farewell.

Tickets are available from the Ruddock Centre. You can go directly to the details for the 10th February at