Henley Symphony Orchestra

Venue: Hexagon Theatre (Directions)

Sun 17 Mar, 19:30


HSO continues its proud record of engaging internationally acclaimed soloists by welcoming Peter Donohoe to play Brahms’s mighty Piano Concerto No 1.  Since his unprecedented success as Silver Medal winner of the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Peter has built an extraordinary world-wide career, encompassing a huge repertoire.  He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique. 

Brahms wrote his first Piano Concerto at the age of 25 and the work is a pillar of the Romantic repertoire. From the opening ferocious drum roll the music proclaims Brahms’s genius and youthful flare with its grandeur and excitement. At times the orchestra and piano seem to be engaged in some titanic struggle. The concert culminates with Shostakovich’s most-played, but ambiguous, Symphony No 5. Written in 1937 at the time of Stalin’s Great Terror, Shostokovich worked in a mood of isolation and fear after being denounced by the Union of Soviet Composers. The work was an immediate success as the audience rose to its feet after the triumphant, joyful finale. Do we hear political protest or capitulation to the Soviet regime?  What is indisputable, is that the work is a masterpiece.

Ticket information

£22, £19, £14
Under 16's/Students: Half Price
Groups 10+: 1 in 8 free

Venue info

Hexagon Theatre

Queens Walk
Sat Nav - RG1 7TQ


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Contact: 0118 960 6060

Box Office opening times:
Mon-Fri: 10.00-17.00 or until show time
Sat-Sun: Closed or 1 hour before show time