The festive season is upon us and thoughts inevitably turn to the rapidly approaching New Year – so what better way to see out the old and celebrate the new than in the company of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra at Brighton Dome with a traditional New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala?
Guest conductor Stephen Bell says:
'What better way to end 2016 than with some suitably uplifting and joyous Viennese music? I am delighted to be joined by star soprano Rebecca Bottone - she and I have performed this repertoire many times - and she brings a clarity and delightful lightness of touch to these glorious melodies.'
There will be plenty of foot-tapping marches, polkas and waltzes by the Strauss family and their contemporaries. Stephen is particularly looking forward to 'rarely heard gems like the vocal version of Sphärenklänge and the wonderful sound world Franz Lehár creates in his overture to The Land of Smiles.'
Soprano Rebecca Bottone has promised us lots of “sparkly top notes” on New Year’s Eve. She is a rising star in the opera world who has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras‚ and has appeared in TV documentaries The Genius of Beethoven and David Starkey’s Music and Monarchy as well as in Stephen Poliakoff’s acclaimed film Capturing Mary. Her ability to bring to life roles across the widest repertoire has met with considerable acclaim, and her baroque — and particularly Handelian — performances have received especial praise.
The Brighton Phil’s annual pilgrimage around the salons of 19th century Vienna, now in its 20th year, has become a well-established part of the festive season in the city and is generously supported by the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust. You can view the full concert programme on the Brighton Philharmonic site.
The Brighton Phil are offering a limited number of discounted season tickets for their four concerts at Brighton Dome in the New Year – see www.brightonphil.org.uk for details.
Sat 31 Dec, 2.45pm