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Libor Pešek conducts Smetana, Chopin and Dvorák
Sunday 14 October 2012 7.30pm
The Hexagon, Reading
CONDUCTOR - Libor Pešek
Piano - Leon McCawley
Ł32, Ł28.50, Ł25.50, Ł20.50, Ł16

SMETANA Overture: The Bartered Bride

CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor

DVORAK Symphony No.7

Prague-born Libor Pešek has enjoyed an international conducting career for over fifty years, working with the world’s leading artists and orchestras. Heralded for his interpretations of Czech music, this programme is the perfect showcase for his talents with Smetana’s exuberant Overture to The Bartered Bride and Dvorák’s impassioned Symphony No.7. Arguably his greatest symphony, it is music that is tragic, striving and imbued with much that is hearttouching and dance-related. Rather than being in the shadow of Brahms, as is sometimes reported, Dvorák reveals his true Slavic identity.

Completing the programme, British pianist Leon McCawley makes a welcome return to The Hexagon, the ideal exponent for the brilliant piano writing of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1.

Pre-concert talk, 6.15pm, The Hexagon Auditorium - FREE

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