First #MK50 Celebration Concert planned for the New Year

Posted 30th December 2016

Milton Keynes City Orchestra (MKCO) will launch its MK50 Celebration concert series on Friday 6th January 2017 at The Venue MK, 7:30pm. This will be the first of seven MK50 Celebration concerts from MKCO in 2017, all featuring internationally renowned soloists under the baton of world-class Music Director, Damian Iorio.

In January, leading Russian violinist Anna Liisa Bezrodny, will return to MKCO and perform the marvellous Mozart Violin Concerto No.3 written by the composer when he was just nineteen years old. The Orchestra will open the concert with the Beethoven Egmont Overture and the finale will be Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.3 (Scottish).

Anna Liisa Bezrodny has previously performed with the Milton Keynes City Orchestra and is in great demand as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician all over the world, receiving praise from music critics around the globe. Born into a distinguished family of musicians in Moscow, Anna Liisa is the recipient of countless awards and prizes and has released a number of CD’s and DVD’s of her work over the last few years. She is also passionate about music education and regularly teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Following the January concert, there will be performances from amazing soloists from around the world, featuring Classic FM favourites Craig Ogden playing the Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez, Mr Ji Lui performing in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Raphael Wallfisch, one of the most celebrated cellists performing the Haydn Cello Concerto No.1. and Hyenoon Park, a sparkling new talent, will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on 9th June, before the Proms in Campbell Park on 18th August closes the season.

Chairman of MKCO Marian Livingstone said, “We are delighted to welcome such astounding classical talent to MK for the MK50 celebrations. Our Music Director, Damian Iorio has made an astonishing difference to the quality of our Orchestra’s performance and the choice of repertoire, pleasing classical fans at every stage of their musical appreciation. None of this can happen without the growing support we have from our Sponsors, Patrons and our marvellous audiences. Keep coming and bring your families and friends to keep classical music alive in MK.”

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