Music from opposite ends of Europe features in Solihull Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Concert on Saturday, July 2, at 7.30pm, at Shirley Methodist Church.
In the first half, the orchestra will perform Chabrier’s Marche Joyeuse and España, and will be joined by soprano Margaret Cooper, pictured, for a set of Seven Spanish Songs by Manuel de Falla.
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, Margaret has played a wide variety of operatic roles include Madam Butterfly, Mimi (La Boheme), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Adina (L’Elisir D’Amore), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Mercedes (Carmen). She has also sung the Bach Magnificat and St John Passion, Beethoven Choral Symphony, Brahms Requiem, Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem and Orff Carmina Burana.
The second half of the concert features Sibelius’s Second Symphony, closely identified with Finland’s long struggle for independence in the early part of the 20th century. The third and fourth movements gradually build towards one of the most powerful climaxes in the whole symphonic repertoire.
Music director Martin Leigh said: “We hope this concert will stir your emotions in all kinds of ways – it is definitely an occasion not to be missed.”
Tickets are available from the Solihull Box Office on 0121 704 6962 or the orchestra’s website at www.solihullsymphony.org.uk which also features video extracts from all the works to be performed.