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BBC Radio 3 Invitation Concert: Bacewicz, Sibelius, Dvořák

Join us for the fifth installment in this year’s series of free BBC Radio 3 Summer Invitation Concerts.

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  • Composer 2


  • Composer 3


  • Conductor

    Jac van Steen

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Event Details


23 August 2022 14:00


Ulster Hall - Belfast

Bacewicz                Overture for Orchestra
Sibelius                  Scenes Historiques Suite 1
Dvořák                    The Water Goblin


Join us for the fifth installment in this year’s series of free BBC Radio 3 Summer Invitation Concerts.

Three soloists – all winners of international competitions – make their Ulster Hall debut, together with the dynamic young British conductor Angus Webster, and returning favourites Jessica Cottis and Jac Van Steen.

This show opens with a short overture composed in the depths of World War 2. Written by Grażyna Bacewicz, a pioneering Polish female composer who studied with Nadia Boulanger, the work is full of courage and hope despite a fearful background. 

The first set of Scènes Historiques by Sibelius come next, taken from music written for a patriotic pageant, staged in 1899 at a time of increasing Finnish nationalism and originally including Finlandia, which was published separately.

And finally, some Czech mythology rounds off this afternoon event, with Dvořák’s The Water Goblin: music inspired by a Czech Romantic poem found in a collection published by Karel Jaromír Erben, entitled Kytice.

The Ulster Orchestra is conducted by its Honorary Principal Guest Conductor, Jac van Steen.



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