It’s back by popular demand. The success of last years’ Feva Festival performance of Bach to Tango in Knaresborough has encouraged further exploration of the dance theme under the title Bach to Tango 2.
For this Feva concert on Saturday, August 18, Knaresborough Pro Musica will be welcoming guest director/soloist Gemma Bass, a member of the acclaimed Manchester Camerata, and regular player with the BBC Philharmonica and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras’. As well as directing Pro Musica, Gemma will be the soloist in Bach’s A Minor Violin Concerto.
Last years Festival, found itself out of its comfort zone by taking on the music of ‘Mr Tango‘ Astor Piazzola, the Argentinian composer who died in 1992.
Pro Musica’s orchestra manager, Steve Crick said Piazzola’s Oblivion would certainly be played again alongside probably his most famous piece, Libertango.
He said: “The joy of the audience was palpable, a real bond developed, which, sent the audience home happy with their musical horizons somewhat broadened.”
Bach being the anchor composer, this year’s programme also explores his influence on subsequent composers such as Bartok with his rustic Romanian dances – who in turn had great effect on Piazzola.
Knaresborough Pro Musica, Knaresborough’s professional orchestra grew out of a community activity accompanying Come sing Messiah.
Its aim is to promote orchestral concerts to a professional standard. Parallel to this it provides a platform to young musicians aspiring to be full time musicians with many returning as soloists.
Its charitable activity involves concert donations going to Martin House hospice for children and young people and the refurbishment of the St John’s Knaresborough organ.
The event takes place at St John’s Church in Knaresborough on August 18 at 7.30pm.
Tickets costing £12 (conc £10 /students £5) are on sale at Castlegate Books or telephone 01423 862222