Concert

West Road Concert Hall
  • Weber Overture to Euryanthe
  • Dvorak Violin Concerto
  • Brahms Symphony No. 3
  • Violin Júlia Pusker
  • Conductor Robert Hodge

Carl Maria von Weber, a contemporary of Ludwig van Beethoven, was hampered by incomprehensible and implausible librettos for his two final operas. Because audiences wouldn’t put up with the incompetence of the
wordsmiths, the runs were short and only the overtures have survived. The overture to Euryanthe is wonderfully characterful, varied and unpredictable, a firm pointer to the romantic styles of Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner. In this concert, the overture will be conducted by the winner of the CCSO’s biennial Young Conductors’ Competition.

Julia Pusker
Julia Pusker
photograph: Aiga Ozolina

Another young musician, the Hungarian violinist Júlia Pusker, stars in the Violin Concerto by Antonin Dvořák. Júlia’s sparkling career dates back to early childhood, and her accumulation of prizes and honours is impressive indeed. Dvořák’s concerto is a monumental work, on a par with the concertos of Beethoven and Brahms, and like them it has some charming lighter moments, especially in the final movement.

Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 needs no introduction. Although it is the shortest of his four symphonies, many regard it as his most profound and moving. Based on an easily recognised motif of three notes, it tells a gripping musical
story without words or pictures.

Ticket Information

Admission: £18, £16 (concessions), £8 (students), £5 (under 14)

Advanced ticket sales:
  • Online
  • Phone: 01223 300085 (12:30 - 16:00 on Monday, 12:30 - 19:00 Tuesday - Friday, and 15:00 - 19:00 on Saturday).
  • In person: ADC Box Office, Park St, Cambridge, CB5 8AS – just off Jesus Lane
There is no booking fee but a 70p charge applies for postage. Tickets will also be available on the door (subject to availability).

West Road Concert Hall

11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP (map)
By Car
From Junction 12 of the M11 Drive for approx 1.5 miles into Cambridge (Barton Road) Turn left into Grange Road Turn 3rd right opposite Rugby Club (West Road) We are half way along the right hand side of West Road.
By Train
Trains run regularly to Cambridge from both London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street. If you are coming from the North, it is advisable to change at Peterborough. West Road is a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride from the railway station.