A whisper of melody, played by a lone violin, gradually grows and shapes into the stirring sweep of a full string section – echoing, perhaps, the resolute journey of a seed from the Earth towards the Heavens. This is The Patience of Trees, a new concerto for violin, strings and percussion by acclaimed composer Dobrinka Tabakova, and it forms the centrepiece of tonight’s immersive concert.

Devised by violinist Hugo Ticciati and performed with Manchester Camerata, the programme also features Tabakova’s reflective Frozen River Flows, Steve Reich’s pulsing New York Counterpoint – and a brand-new commission for strings by the winner of the O/Modernt Composition Award, to be announced in May. Together, the works combine into a timely meditation on nature and the city – and a reflection of sorts on our welcome emergence from this locked-down year.

Credits


Amanda Stoodley Design
Andy Purves Lighting Design

Image credit: Jose Pesquero

Essential Information


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