Our 2017-18 season fulfilled all expectations and there is no doubt that we were fortunate to enjoy recitals by pianists, both established and rising stars, many of whom we will no doubt hear again in Darlington.
The committee – and audience members – have wondered how we might match this, in terms of both performers and programmes. Putting together a season, with all its considerations of artist availability, budget management and recital programme content, can be taxing, but I’m sure that our 23rd season is of the highest standard. One challenging element of putting together six piano recitals is to ensure programme variety without undue repetition of works and also the inclusion of pieces new to our audiences and this season readily fulfils that aim.
By coincidence, the six pianists in the season are all new to us and their programmes include several works not heard previously, by composers such as Balakirev, Messiaen, Gal, Stravinsky and two Romanian composers of the C20th. But don’t be put off by this, or the opportunity to hear the rarity of a Shostakovich string quartet in Boris Giltburg’s own arrangement!
As in previous seasons, the generous and much appreciated commercial sponsorship received by the Society enables us to achieve such quality and we are, once again, deeply indebted to our loyal sponsors. But to continue to develop the strength and capabilities of the society, it is critical to develop membership growth and audience numbers, so please continue to spread the word amongst friends and colleagues and encourage them to join us.
Click on the links to the left to see the details of each of these splendid recitals.
Look at the Teesside Music Society page for their half-price Season Ticket offer to DPS members.
The Society is very grateful for the generous financial support for the season
by Kookaburra Ltd. (www.kookaburra-uk.com)
We gratefully acknowledge the support from
Making Music’s Award for Young Concert Artists Scheme