Overseas guests at Assembly Rooms

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TWO illustrious orchestras from overseas will be playing their part in the Classical Season 2011-2012 at Derby’s Assembly Rooms when they visit the venue in the early part of next year.

The first visitors, on Thursday, February 16, will be the Russian State Philharmonic Orchesta, playing pieces by two of their most famous homegrown composers.

The programme consists of the Polonaise from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin, Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto, and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.

The conductor will be Valery Poliansky and the violin soloist is Natalia Lomeiko.

Then, on Thursday, April 12, you can see the European Union Chamber Orchestra, directed by Jerome Akoka and with a star soloist in the shape of cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

The orchestra will be playing the suite from Handel’s Water Music, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 1 in C, the Two Aquarelles by Delius (arranged by his celebrated assistant Eric Fenby) and Mozart’s Symphony No 29.

Both concerts start at 7.30pm. Call the box office on 01332 255800.