MK City Orchestra Concert Programme

Friday 6 January 2017

Venue: The Venue, Walton High
Date: 06 Jan 2017
Time: 19:30

Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Mozart: Mozart Violin Concerto No.3
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (Scottish)
Conductor: Damian Iorio
Soloist: Anna Liisa Bezrodny

Ticket Prices: £10,  £25

MKCO is delighted to welcome back Anna Liisa Bezrodny for the first concert of 2017 at The Venue. She is the first in an all-star line-up of soloists in the year in which we are proud to celebrate MK50. Anna Liisa will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, written when the composer was nineteen years old, an early indication of his future greatness. The concerto is preceded by Beethoven’s Egmont overture which features one of the most dramatic openings in all music.

The evening concludes with Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, influenced by the young composer’s travels north of the border in 1829. It will help to get you in the mood for Burns Night later in the month.

Friday 24 February 2017

Venue: The Venue, Walton High
Date: 24 Feb 2017
Time: 19:30

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Haydn: Symphony No.101 (The Clock)

Conductor: Damian Iorio
Soloist: Craig Ogden

Ticket Prices: £10,  £25

MKCO is very pleased to be welcoming Craig Ogden to Milton Keynes as guitar soloist in the ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez which has a secure place in the Classic FM Hall of Fame rankings. Craig is a Classic FM star in his own right, too. His albums Summer Guitar (2014) and Craig Ogden and Friends (2015) both went straight to No. 1 in the classical chart. The evening’s programme begins and ends with a symphony, adding further steps in the orchestra’s exploration of the great works of Beethoven and his mentor, Haydn.

Sunday 12 March 2017

Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre
Date: 12 Mar 2017
Time: 15:00

Sibelius: Karelia Suite (with MK Youth Orchestra)
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)

Conductor: Damian Iorio
Soloist: Mr. Ji Liu

Ticket Prices: £12,  £20, £28, £34

You hardly have time to catch your breath in this amazing showcase of musical genius. First MKCO introduces the fabulous MK Youth Orchestra playing alongside our own professional musicians for a performance of the Karelia Suite. Sheer quality comes to MK when Mr Ji Liu performs the sensational Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue. He is described as the "Wunderkind Pianist" by the Guardian and the "Major Talent" by He is at the top of the record charts and delights audiences around the world.

His debut album, “Piano Reflections” immediately hit No.1 storming the UK charts after its release. He is the UK’s biggest-selling classical breakthrough artist of 2014. Ji Liu followed by releasing a further two chart-topping albums, "Piano Encores" and "Pure Chopin" in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The American theme concludes with Dvorak’s Symphony, “From the New World”

Friday 21 April 2017

Venue: The Venue, Walton High
Date: 21 Apr 2017
Time: 19:30

Mendelssohn: The Fair Melusina
Concerto: To be announced
Ives: The Unanswered Question
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

Conductor: Damian Iorio
Soloist: Yamaha Scholarship winner
Ticket Prices: £10,  £25

Mendelssohn provides a rousing start to this concert followed by another celebration of partnership working in the MK50 celebration year. Charles Ives provides a thoughtful and provocative interlude, before our grand finale of Beethoven’s Symphony No2.

Another treat in store for concert goers as, once again, MKCO, through its partnership with Yamaha, will showcase the talent of the winner of the 2017 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe scholarship. This year’s competition is for pianists and the concerto will be announced once the winner has been chosen in February.

Friday 12 May 2017

Venue: The Venue, Walton High
Date: 12 May 2017
Time: 19:30

Mozart: La Finta Semplice Overture
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1
Ravel: Pavane pour une infant défunte
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin Fugue and Toccata (arr. Kenneth Hesketh)

Conductor: Damian Iorio
Soloist: Raphael Wallfisch

Ticket Prices: £10,  £25

This concert is the MK debut for Raphael Wallfisch, another jewel to add to our MK50 celebration concert series. Raphael is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage. He is regularly invited to play at major festivals such as the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and across the world. He has recorded nearly every major work for his instrument and his extensive discography includes both the mainstream concerto repertoire and countless lesser-known works. Britain’s leading composers have worked closely with Raphael, many having written works especially for him. Raphael is here to play Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 1 as a centerpiece to a concert exploring the works of and a little piece of Mozart.

Friday 9 June 2017

Venue: The Venue, Walton High
Date: 09 Jun 2017
Time: 19:30

Saint-Georges: L'Amant Anonyme Overture
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Mozart: Symphony No. 39

Conductor: Damian Iorio
Soloist: Hyeyoon Park

Ticket Prices: £10,  £25

This final concert of the season is a celebration of strings.

Lesser known than Mozart but in a similar style, Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint Georges was a brilliant composer and musician with many believing that Mozart was influenced by his music. Our opening overture is a charismatic introduction to his work. Hyeyoon Park made her orchestra debut at the age of nine with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has studied music in Korea, the USA and Berlin and she has performed across the world. In 2012 Hyeyoon received the London Music Masters Award, which opened up her UK career. On the concert platform Hyeyoon Park combines integrity with elegance, focus with panache, all of which combines to make her an artist of true style and virtuosity. MKCO is delighted that she will debut in MK with them in this celebration year.

Friday 18 August 2017

Venue: The Amphitheatre, Campbell Park
Date: 18 Aug 2017
Time: 20:00 - 22:00

Conductor: Damian Iorio

Proms in Campbell Park draws thousands of classical music lovers together for an evening of traditional classical favourites, in a delightful setting for all ages to enjoy and with a spectacular firework finale.

In celebration of partnership working in MK for MK50, Milton Keynes City Orchestra is partnering with The Parks Trust for the fifth year running to bring a spectacular MK Proms to Campbell Park. The concert is a major fund raising activity for both MKCO and The Parks Trust Charities to continue their education and outreach work in schools and communities across the region. The concert is only made possible by generous sponsorship from local companies and funding organisations.

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