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Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra Sets Stage for a Night of Musical Marvels Featuring Pianist Viv McClean

by Madonna

Prepare for an enchanting evening as pianist Viv McClean graces the stage of Medina Theatre on Saturday, March 16th, accompanied by the illustrious Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra. With his remarkable talent, McClean has become a beloved figure among audiences on the island.

McClean, who clinched the First Prize at the prestigious Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona, has garnered acclaim as a soloist with esteemed orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic and the Halle.

Gershwin’s Masterpiece

Highlighting the evening’s repertoire is Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, a captivating blend of jazz and late Romantic music. This piece exquisitely captures the vibrant rhythms and captivating melodies of jazz within Gershwin’s unique musical framework, promising to enthrall audiences with its depth of emotion and dazzling virtuosity.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s ‘Othello’

Adding to the evening’s allure is a rare rendition of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s ‘Othello’, originally composed in 1912 for a London production of Shakespeare’s timeless play. This Edwardian gem reflects a bygone era of prosperity and artistic richness, showcasing Coleridge-Taylor’s musical brilliance.

‘Till Eulenspiegels lustige streiche’

Also gracing the program is Richard Strauss’s ‘Till Eulenspiegels lustige streiche’, a musical portrayal of the mischievous character from European folklore known for his playful pranks. Strauss’s mastery as an orchestrator shines through in this whimsical piece, blending folk elements with lush Romantic complexity to create a captivating musical narrative.

Cesar Franck’s ‘Le Chasseur Maudit’

Rounding out the evening’s offerings is Cesar Franck’s ‘Le Chasseur Maudit’ (‘The Accursed Huntsman’), a gripping tone poem that transports listeners on a thrilling horseback journey through a forested landscape. Franck’s evocative composition brims with drama and excitement, promising an exhilarating musical experience.

Join us for this unforgettable concert at Medina Theatre on Saturday, March 16th, 2024, starting at 7:15 pm. The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra is proud to support The Wight Brainy Bunch at all of its concerts this season.

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