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Jonathan Tilbrook, conductor SUK Fantastic Scherzo Alexander KOLASSA New Work STRAVINSKY Concerto in E flat for chamber orchestra ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances The University Philharmonia opens the new academic year with a programme of richly colourful and varied orchestral works. Josef Suk’s gorgeous Fantastic Scherzo is replete with attractive Czech folk tunes. Inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Stravinsky’s neoclassical ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ earned its title from the Washington D.C. estate owned by the former diplomat who commissioned the work. A new composition by talented postgraduate student Alexander Kolassa receives its premiere, and the programme is completed with Rachmaninov’s dazzling Symphonic Dances, his final composition which contrasts moods from May-time festivities, nostalgia for his Russian homeland, to the ultimate dance of death. The concert finishes at approximately 9.15pm