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Press Release  Number 2

Milton Keynes City Orchestra

Great and Small

7.30pm Friday 2 September 2005

Milton Keynes Theatre

Overture Oberon                                              Weber

Piano concerto no.1 in G minor                       Mendelssohn

Symphony no. 9 in C           “The Great”        Schubert

Hilary Davan Wetton                       Conductor
Seta Tanyel                                       Soloist


Opening in the mysterious forest of Weber ’s fairy-tale world, this programme takes us journeying to the pinnacle of Schubert’ssymphonic writing.  The nickname “The Great”, first applied by a 19th century publisher, makes reference to the scale of the work in comparison with an earlier work in C major – although now it has become synonymous with the extent and intensity of this outstanding work.


Whilst Mendelssohn directed an early performance of Schubert’s “Great” he was himself a fine composer and pianist, writing extensively for the instrument in his early years.  This piano concerto was composed, premiered  - with the composer as soloist - and dedicated to a beautiful young woman in 1831.  The concerto was described by Mendelssohn, then aged only 22, as “a thing rapidly thrown off”.  Here Seta Tanyel makes a welcome return to Milton Keynes :


Seta Tanyel’s performances are beyond praise” – Gramophone




Concert tickets, priced £25 - £8 (concessions available), are available from Milton Keynes City Orchestra on 01908 558311 or Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office on 01908 60 60 90.


Pre-concert talk, with Adrian Boynton, at 6.30pm in the auditorium at Milton Keynes Theatre.


For further details, images and press tickets contact:

Anna J Denny, General Manager

Milton Keynes City Orchestra, 3 Theatre Walk, Central Milton Keynes , MK9 3PX

T.  01908 558311                                                F.  01908 558312                                                W.  www.mkco.org


MILTON KEYNES CITY ORCHESTRA  is funded by Milton Keynes Council and Arts Council England, South East.

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