Royal Philharmonic Orchestra May 2018

Venue: Hexagon Theatre (Directions)

Thu 31 May, 19:30


Rory Macdonald, Conductor

Michael Petrov, Cello

Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture

Variations on a Rococo Theme Op.33

Symphony No.2 in D Major Op.43

Sombre strings descend into crashing percussion before giving way to the Romantic, lilting theme of Shakespeare’s play in Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.

Joining the Orchestra for another of Tchaikovsky’s great masterpieces is cellist Michael Petrov, who performs the elegant and charming Variations on a Rococo Theme. Technically demanding but light-hearted, the cello solos resonate throughout the piece and are considered to be Tchaikovsky’s homage to Mozart.

​Sibelius’ Symphony No.2 evokes the expansive, glacial landscape of his native Finland. From an anguished slow movement to a finale of furious passion, this piece climaxes in a flourish of exhilarating heroism.

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm
The Hexagon Auditorium FREE

Ticket information

Tickets: £25.50, £22.50

Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £12 each. No additional subscription rates apply. (subject to availability)
All children under 18: £6 for individual tickets
Schools: £6 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) (SMS members £5.75)
Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age - please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme)

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Venue info

Hexagon Theatre

Queens Walk
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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