29 June 2017

Tchaikovsky Gala

Last week I headed to South Kensington for a night of explosive, high-octane Russian drama at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's Tchaikovsky Gala at the Royal Albert Hall.

Tchaikovsky Gala, Royal Albert Hall - London lifestyle & culture blog

The RPO is known for its versatility and accessibility, bringing classical music to the masses for 70 years with spectacular performances - like the upcoming musicals extravaganza - reaching a wider audience than any other UK ensemble.  The Tchaikovsky Gala featured five of the Russian composer's most celebrated works led by conductor Grzegorz Nowak, opening with the dramatic, romantic Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture and the hugely popular Piano Concerto No.1 performed by the young, acclaimed pianist Teo Gheorghiu before the interval.  A glass of champagne later, the grand Eugene Onegin: Polonaise opened the second half, followed by The Nutcracker Excerpts from the magical ballet before the thrilling 1812 Overture closed the show with a firework finale.  Lively classical music at its best.

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