Saturday 2 May 7.30pm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Charles Dutoit
Soloist Martha Argerich, piano
Prokofiev Symphony No.1 in D Major Op.25 ‘Classical’
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 in C Major
Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet Suite
Pre-concert talk 6.15pm – 7.00pm Kennet Room, Civic Offices (FREE)
The highlight of our season is undoubtedly the first appearance at The Hexagon of one of the world’s most celebrated musicians, Martha Argerich. Over the last 20 years this extraordinary pianist has made very few appearances in the UK and we are most fortunate to have her perform in Reading. What makes the evening doubly special is that the orchestra will be joined by another musician whose reputation places him as one of the truly great conductors performing today. Charles Dutoit has recently been appointed the Royal Philharmonic’s new music director. He will conduct an all-Prokofiev programme beginning with the delightful Classical Symphony, followed by Martha Argerich’s interpretation of the electrifying 3rd Piano Concerto. In the second half, Maestro Dutoit and the RPO will perform a suite of excerpts of what many regard as the greatest ballet score ever composed, Romeo & Juliet.