Soloist brings his own flair to piano concerto

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Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra concludes its 2013-14 season on Sunday afternoon (Brighton Dome, March 30, 2.45pm) with Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, a monumental work that represents his supreme achievement in orchestral music.

Spokesman Peter Back said: “The finale’s irresistible flow of ideas, crowned by a thrilling coda, should leave the audience wanting more.

“And more is promised, thanks to the generous support of the orchestra’s many fans, with the release shortly of next season’s programme.

“Brighton is indeed fortunate to have its own professional orchestra under such a distinguished conductor as Barry Wordsworth, whose dedication and championship of music in Brighton should be more widely acknowledged.

“Sunday’s programme also includes a performance of The Sea, a colourful orchestral evocation by Frank Bridge, who was born in Brighton and died in Eastbourne. The pull of the Sussex Downs and the sea held a lifelong fascination for Bridge. He built a house called Friston Field on the Downs, overlooking East Dean and Friston Forest.

“Lowell Liebermann may be one of America’s most frequently performed and commissioned contemporary composers, but his name is not widely known this side of the Pond.

“His Piano Concerto No 1 is full of pianistic athleticism and striking orchestral colour, an enlarged percussion section playing no small part in this. The soloist in Sunday’s performance, Robert Clark, has performed it there and brings his own virtuosity and flare to a work that will be new to many.”