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St John's Smith Square
Smith Square
City of Westminster



Leoš JanáčekFrom the House of the Dead
Judith WeirNatural History
~ Interval ~
Bohuslav MartinůSymphony no.5, H.310


Russell Keable – Conductor
Donna Lennard – soprano

Kensington Symphony Orchestra

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Programme Note

The penultimate concert of KSO’s 60th season features works by two Eastern European masters. Janáček’s final opera From the House of the Dead is a magnificent, brooding meditation on mortality and life. Martinů’s Fifth Symphony was composed in America at the end of the Second World War, but its heart is fixed on the composer’s Czech homeland. In between, a Western European take on Far Eastern philosophy in the form of Judith Weir’s Taoist Carnival of the Animals, Natural History.

Donna Lennard, soprano

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