SATURDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2017 | 8.00PM | St. James

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Guest Soloist: Rachel van der Tang


Leonard Bernstein
Overture to ‘Candide’

Max Bruch
Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 (cello)

Antonin Dvořák
Silent Woods, Op. 68 No.5 (cello)

Antonin Dvořák
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, ‘New World Symphony’

For the final concert of the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra 2017 Credit Suisse Series, the orchestra is delighted to welcome back guest conductor Ewa Strusinska and local favourite Rachel van der Tang.

We are pleased to welcome back to Guernsey from Poland, international conductor Ewa Strusinska. Over recent years, Ewa has become internationally acclaimed as one of the principal architects of the transformation of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, leading its players to scale new artistic heights. She has been given the title 'Ambassador of Stalowa Wola' by her hometown an accolade that recognises an individual's personal achievements in Poland and abroad. To begin this exciting concert, the orchestra will perform Bernstein's brilliantly scored 'Candide' overture, which has a certain type of vitality that is not easy to match.

A highlight of the concert is our soloist, Rachel van der Tang, who will perform the warm and rich evocative work 'Kol Nidrei', and the lyrical character piece 'Silent Woods'. Locally born Rachel has a busy and varied musical career, having played with orchestras such as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Mariner, the Philharmonia, London Mozart Players, BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. With the RPO, Rachel spends up to 3 months a year touring Europe, US, Russia, Japan, China & Taiwan as well as playing concerts all over the UK.

To conclude the concert, the orchestra will perform Dvorák's 'Symphony no.9', popularly known as the 'New World Symphony', which was composed 1893. It is by far his most popular symphony as well as being one of the most popular classics of all time. Neil Armstrong even took a recording of this piece to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, the first Moon landing in 1969.


The 2017 series of concerts is kindly sponsored by Credit Suisse (Channel Islands) Limited
The Orchestra would like to thank Credit Suisse for their generous and continued support since 1992.