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Summer Concert 2013

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7 Jul 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Oldham Hulme Grammar School, Chamber Road, Oldham OL8 4BX
School website

By car: From the M60: Exit at Junction 22 and join the A62 Manchester Rd (signposted Oldham). Travel for just over a mile and turn right into Chamber Road. Proceed uphill for a further mile, cross Frederick Street (B6192) and the schools' main buildings are immediately on the right.

From the A627(M): Leave the motorway by the slip road signed Oldham at the roundabout take the second exit on to Chadderton Way A627. Remain on the A627 across the next roundabout to the following intersection and leave by the slip road. At the roundabout turn right to join the A62 Manchester Street. Travel for approximately half a mile and turn left into Frederick Street (B6192). Travel for a further half a mile and turn left into Chamber Road. The schools' main buildings are immediately on the right.

Parking is available at the school.

By bus: The school is served by the following bus routes: (pdf timetables linked)

Richard Waldock

Our upcoming concert is an extravaganza of Russian music with perennial Oldham Symphony Orchestra favourite Pyotr Tchaikovsky. His Nutcracker Suite contains some of the most well-known pieces in ballet, and its Christmas tale will delight all year around. The Fairy's Kiss, another ballet, was composed by Stravinsky in a "Tchaikovsky" style, but far from being a mere homage this piece is unmistakibly his own. We round out the selection with the rousing and romantic Romeo and Juliet fantasy overture, a symphonic poem telling the story of the play that Tchaikovsky so admired.

This concert will be dedicated to Ann Heeks.

Tickets are £10, available on the door, with £6 for concessions and £3 for children under 16.


Igor Stravinsky: Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy's Kiss)

Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy's Kiss) is a ballet in one act and four scenes composed by Igor Stravinsky in 1928 and revised in 1950 for George Balanchine and New York City Ballet. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's short story, Iisjomfruen (English: The Ice-Maiden), it is an homage to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, making use of several melodies from his early works. Stravinsky elaborated melodies from early piano pieces and songs by Tchaikovsky. Ida Rubinstein commissioned the work and Bronislava Nijinska choreographed the Paris premiere, which occurred on November 27, 1928, that month being the 35th anniversary of Tchaikovsky's death (November 6, 1893).

Balanchine made a full-length ballet to the music on his American Ballet. The premiere took place April 27, 1937, at the Old Metropolitan Opera House, New York City. The NYCB premiere was November 28, 1950, at City Center of Music and Drama, New York, at which time it was presented under the English translation of the title, The Fairy's Kiss (the original French title has since been restored.)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite

The Nutcracker (Russian: Щелкунчик, Балет-феерия, Shchelkunchik, Balet-feyeriya; French: Casse-Noisette, Ballet-Féerie), Op. 71, is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, 18 December 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky's opera, Iolanta.

Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in the U.S. Major American ballet companies generate around 40 percent of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker.

Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions, in particular the pieces featured in the suite. Among other things, the score is noted for its use of the celesta, an instrument that the composer had already employed in his much lesser known symphonic ballad The Voyevoda.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, TH 42, ČW 39, is an orchestral work composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is styled an Overture-Fantasy, and is based on Shakespeare's play of the same name. Like other composers such as Berlioz and Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky was deeply inspired by Shakespeare and wrote works based on The Tempest and Hamlet as well.

Unlike Tchaikovsky's other major compositions, Romeo and Juliet does not have an opus number. It has been given the alternative catalogue designations TH 42 and ČW 39.

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