After months of lockdown Wollongong’s award-winning chamber orchestra, Steel City Strings is thrilled to make a welcome and COVID safe return to Wollongong Town Hall.
A program that is short (as permitted by current health regulations) and sweet (as admired by our audiences) promises two old favourites, Antonio Vivaldi’s ’Concerto for Two Cellos’ and Peter Warlock’s popular ’Capriol Suite’. And a surprise: a rare gem from the chamber orchestra repertoire, the ’Concerto Grosso No.1 for strings and piano obbligato’, written in 1925 by Ernest Bloch.
A joyous celebration of string writing at its very best. Just the ticket for a happy return in what promises to be a Bloch-buster program.
THE RETURN – The Music This program will have broad appeal to audiences with a mix of lively and energetic music.
Ernst Bloch's Concerto Grosso No 1 for String Orchestra and Piano is a romantic and modern work for its time. Written in 1925 the piece has straightforward rhythms in the outer movements, supple ones for the lovely slow movement. This rarely heard work will be played by SCS with well-known local pianist David Vance. David will also accompany the orchestra on harpsicord (electronic) in the Vivaldi Concerto.
The Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos in G is a singular work for this instrumentation while he wrote multiple works for many other combinations of instruments including 28 Concerti for the solo Cello. This lyrical work keeps the cellos front and centre. Karella and Rita improvise some lovely ornamentation to listen for in the slow movement.
Warlock's Capriol Suite once of his best-known works was also written in 1925 and was inspired by a 16th century French treatise on dance music.
Comprehensive program notes are available on the website and at performances.