|Our thirty-third season opens in September with a first for the Music Society, Retorica, a violin duo. Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo have received considerable acclaim from the critics for their performances. Gramophone Magazine's review of their latest recording praises their "superbly responsive playing ... faultless technique and unfailing insight." Having attended one of their concerts, I can confirm this judgement and look forward to hearing them again. One of the Society's constitutional aims is to encourage local musical talent. With Opera Nova in October we achieve this with an outstanding local choral society in a wide ranging programme of operatic works which I am sure our opera-loving members will appreciate.
In November we have a Greek pianist, winner of many international prizes, Konstantinos Destounis with a most attractive programme of Chopin, Debussy, Liszt and Schubert plus some short works by three of his compatriots. He is followed in February by Mishka Rushdie Momen, who won her first competition (the Leschetizky Concerto Competition, New York) at the tender age of 13 years and who since then has gone on to perform all over the world. Imogen Cooper, who was one of her teachers, described her as "a compelling talent". She will be playing works by Mozart, Schumann and Albeniz.
The third pianist is well-known to our concert-goers, Viv McLean, this time in a solo recital. This concert features some Gershwin and Chopin but the highlight must be a performance of one of the greatest works in the piano literature, Bach's Goldberg Variations. Don't miss this chance to hear this work performed by a pianist whose playing was characterised by Le Monde (Paris) as demonstrating "Extraordinary originality, superb simplicity and fingers of steel hidden behind muscles of velvet".
For the final concert of the season, we welcome for the first time the Teesside Symphony Orchestra. As indicated above, this helps fulfil our aim of promoting local musical talent - and we have never had a full orchestra before. They will be playing a popular programme featuring the music of Mendelssohn, Haydn and Handel, but the main work will be Weber's Bassoon Concerto performed by a musician who lives and works in Hartlepool, Carole Allott.
Brian Moore Hon. Chairman
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