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North Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s July Concert Features Violinist Liisa Pallandi

July 30, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

The North Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s July concert conducted by Steven Hillinger with Concertmaster:Adrian Bendt, features music by Lizst, Vieuxtemps, Khalife and Respighi with violin soloist Liisa Pallandi.l
The concert opens with Liszt’s Les Préludes, the first work ever billed as a ‘symphonic poem’. Scored for a large orchestra, it has been a firm concert favourite since its premiere in 1854.
Henri Vieuxtemps was not only personal violinist to the Czar of Russia he was also the featured virtuoso at the coronation of Charles XIV of Sweden, played a command performance before the Sultan of Turkey and won official decorations from the kings of Belgium and Sardinia. Vieuxtemps was hailed as a rival to Paganini, and as a composing genius by figures such as Berlioz. It was Berlioz who  invited Vieuxtemps to take part in a concert he was organising and Vieuxtemps took the opportunity to present his new work, the 5th violin concerto. Shorter than Vieuxtemps’s other concertos, it is essentially a three-movement piece compressed into a single movement, and is full of high virtuosity, soaring melodies and glorious orchestral writing. A rare treat for those unfamiliar with this piece. 

 concerts is a Lebanese composer, singer and performer. He is best known for playing the oud, an Arabic stringed instrument somewhat similar to the lute, and has recorded many albums and toured the world as a performer. His musical output includes film scores, songs and orchestral works, and he continues to promote and develop Arabic musical styles. ‘Chaza’ is a short work for violin and string orchestra that features dancing themes and moments of great virtuosity that has delighted audiences all over the world.
Soloist Liisa Pallandi, is one of Australia’s foremost violinists. She is currently a permanent member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
The concert closes with Respighi’s Pines of Rome which depicts pine trees in four locations in Rome at different times of the day. It is music filled with delicate tone colours and evocative melodies, ending in a blaze of triumph.
The program: Liszt  – Les Préludes/ Vieuxtemps  – Violin Concerto No.5 / Khalife – Chaza
Liisa Pallandi – Violin
Respighi – Pines of Rome
Conductor: Steven Hillinger
Concertmaster: Adrian Bendt


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