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Fairfield at 50: Beethoven Gala
Saturday 3 November 2012 7.30pm
Fairfield Halls, Croydon
CONDUCTOR - Owain Arwel Hughes
Piano - Sarah Beth Briggs
Soprano - Rachel Nicholls
Mezzo-soprano - Catherine Carby
Tenor - James Edwards
Baritone - Stephen Gadd
Croydon Philharmonic Choir
Wimbledon Choral Society
£31.50, £28.50, £25.50, £22, £18, £12

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.3

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9, ‘Choral’

In celebration of Fairfield Halls turning fifty, the Orchestra presents a fitting golden anniversary gala featuring two of Beethoven’s most magnificent works. The Third Piano Concerto was dedicated to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, himself a composer, and features a slow movement of tranquil beauty, offset by the finale’s memorable, lively theme. Beethoven’s last completed symphony is in every sense a revolutionary work, characterised by an intensity of emotional expression and overpowering energy. The unfolding drama of the first three movements culminates in the celebrated finale – the Ode to Joy – in which vocal soloists and choir intone Beethoven’s heartfelt and unforgettable plea for universal love.

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