Saturday, May 15, 2021

Sergio A. Mims: The Chineke! Orchestra with Sheku Kanneh-Mason Returns to Royal Festival Hall May 25

Sergio A. Mims writes:

The Southbank Centre in London has announced that it is reopening the venue this summer for concerts and will be starting out with a return engagement of the Chineke! Orchestra in a special program entitled Fate Now Conquers.

The orchestra has performed a series of small limited concerts with members of the orchestra during the pandemic but this will be the first time the full orchestra has performed together since before the pandemic lockdown.

With triumphant energy, Carlos Simon's tribute to Beethoven opens the first concert of our new season, Summer Reunion.

A commission by the Boston Symphony Orchestra commemorating the composer's 250th birthday, its title derives from Beethoven's journal entry of 1815, quoting lines from the Iliad.

'But Fate now conquers; I am hers, and yet not she shall share / In my renown; that life is left to ev'ry noble spirit / And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit.'

Remnants for Poet and Orchestra by composer James B. Wilson and poet Yomi Ṣode is a lyrical response to London Black Lives Matter protests of 2020.

Narrated by Ṣode, this emotionally charged piece is inspired by the iconic Reuters image of Patrick Hutchinson lifting a counter-protester to safety.

Chineke! alumnus Sheku Kanneh-Mason last performed with Chineke! on the Royal Festival Hall stage in 2016, the same year he won the prestigious BBC Young Musician competition.

Now a confirmed superstar on the classical music scene, he performs with Chineke! Orchestra once more in the timeless Dvorák Cello Concerto.

Chineke! has long championed the work of Black British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the gifted yet unjustly neglected contemporary of Holst and Vaughan Williams.

The program closes with the high drama of Coleridge-Taylor's majestic Othello Suite.

Chineke! Orchetra
Conductor: TBA
Sheku Kanneh-Mason Cello
Yomi Sode Narrator

Works to be performed
Carlos Simon: Fate Now Conquers
James B. Wilson: Remnants
Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Coleridge-Taylor: Othello Suite Op. 79

Chineke! Orchestra: Fate Now Conquers
Friday 28 May, 2.30pm
Royal Festival Hall

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