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Sat, 24 Feb




We are pleased to welcome the British classical pianist, Ivana Gavric who will perform Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. Ivana recently performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festial Hall.


Time & Location

24 Feb 2024, 19:30 – 21:45

Basingstoke, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR, UK

About the Event


Dvorak  The Noonday Witch

Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Dvorak  Symphony No. 8 in G major

Stephen Scotchmer  Conductor

Ivana Gavric  Piano

Steeped in Slavic mythology, Dvorak’s dramatic symphonic poem The Noonday Witch was inspired by the poem Polednice by Karel Jaromir Erben which tells the tragic tale of a mother who accidentally smothers her son whilst trying to protect him from the horrible noon demon of Czech folklore, ‘Lady Midday’. Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini is considered by many to be his finest work for piano. The 24 variations are based on a Caprice for violin written by the virtuoso violinist and composer Paganini. Variation 18 is particularly popular and is often played as a separate entity. Our soloist for this performance is Ivana Gavric who recently performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 has been described as “a work of sunny exuberance” and is considered by many to be one of his most optimistic works. It is well-known for its strong use of Bohemian folk music and dance rhythms.

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