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University Choir & University Philharmonia

University Choir & University Philharmonia
Saturday 25 November, 7.30pm
The concert finishes at approximately 9.30pm
Albert Hall
£13 (£10 concession, £6 students) 

Conductors
Calum Fraser
Jonathan Tilbrook

Dvořák Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 'From the New World'
Whitacre Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
Adams Harmonium

America provides the musical focus for this concert by the University of Nottingham Choir and Philharmonia. Celebrating John Adams’s 70th birthday in 2017 the student ensembles perform Harmonium composed in 1981 which sets poems by John Donne and Emily Dickinson in a continuously evolving sound world. Nevada-born Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine was commissioned in 2001 and addresses the question ‘what kind of music would fill the mind of such a genius?’ Dvořák’s Symphony No.9 was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic receiving a tremendous reception at its premiere in 1893. Dvořák, inspired by African-American spirituals and the vistas he had seen on his travels in Iowa, appended the title reflecting his ‘impressions and greetings from the new world’ just before delivering the symphony to the New York Philharmonic.