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THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2009 Jonathan Tilbrook, conductor Simon MacRae, clarinet WEBER Der Freischütz: Overture HINDEMITH Clarinet Concerto BRAHMS Symphony No.2 in D The University Philharmonia’s winter concert opens with Weber's Overture to Der Freischütz, which magically combines themes of love, sorrow and nature in music that was to have a profound effect on subsequent composers, notably Berlioz and Wagner. Hindemith wrote his Clarinet Concerto for Benny Goodman in 1947 following his emigration to the USA. Predominately neo-classical in style this attractive concerto veers between lyrical, contemplative moods and joyously effervescent movements. Brahms composed his second symphony while on holiday in the Austrian Alps in 1877 and it has a predominantly genial, almost pastoral, mood with Brahms himself referring to it as ‘the happy symphony’.