Danielle Kuhlmann, horn
Huw Edwards, conductor
Carl Maria von Weber – Overture to Oberon
Richard Strauss – Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11
Percy Grainger – Irish tune from County Londonderry (“O Danny Boy”)
Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82
The Olympia Symphony has played many works by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, including several of his “magnificent seven” symphonies. This concert features his compact and organic Fifth Symphony, inspired by nature and the rugged Nordic landscape – the horns playing a theme in the finale which has been described as “Thor swinging his hammer.” A horn call opens Weber’s Overture to Oberon (based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and the versatile French horn is the solo instrument on this program as the gifted Danielle Kuhlmann performs Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1. As this concert is on St. Patrick’s Day, it is fitting they will play “O Danny Boy,” a work for strings and two horns.