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A special performance of the Durham Concerto in Hagen, Germany on July 6 is set to be Jon’s first concert appearance this year.
The concert is rounding off Jon’s stretch as this year’s ‘composer in residence’ with the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra near Dortmund. To this end, the orchestra has been performing several of his pieces over the past few months, most recently a breath taking performance of From Darkness To Light, which was broadcast by German radio WDR3 on May 15.
About that performance, Jon later wrote to Hagen’s conductor Florian Ludwig:
‘It was a truly wonderful and emotional experience sitting in my house in England and listening to the glorious sounds you were making in Hagen – wanting to be there and yet in a way happy that you could not see me with the tears in my eyes. The piece means a very great deal to me, and you played it as if you had looked into my heart and soul and found what I was thinking and feeling as I wrote it.’
For the concert on July 6, and subject to the continued progress of his recovery from cancer, Jon will play Hammond organ on his Durham Concerto and piano on a further selection of his solo pieces mixed with works by other composers connected to Jon and his music.
Der Westen review of From Darkness To Light in Hagen (German language)
On Tuesday evening May 15, German WDR 3 radio will broadcast live as Jon’s From Darkness To Light, A Prayer For The Millenium is being performed by the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Florian Ludwig at Hagen Stadthalle.
The broadcast starts at 20.05 on WDR 3 and will feature the world premiere of Jon’s new arrangement of From Darkness To Light, A Prayer For The Millenium for tenor, choir and large orchestra.
The evening’s programme opens with In The South by Edward Elgar, continues with Jon’s piece and concludes with Jean Sibelius‘ Symphony No. 5.
Working from plans put in motion early last year, this Spring will see the orchestra perform five of Jon’s pieces; The Cathedral at Dawn, a segment of his Durham Concerto; Diguises, released on the Boom of the Tingling Strings album; From Darkness to Light in a brand new arrangement for full orchestra; To Notice Such Things and Sarabande.
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Jon has previously done several other concerts with the orchestra, starting in February 2008.
Review by Rasmus Heide
A gorgeous, contemplative 25-minute prayer piece for choir, piano and strings, From Darkness To Light engulfs the mature crowd of concert goers at Nürnberg’s Meistersingerhalle on Sunday night.
2011 has been a stunning year for Jon; several Blues Project shows; a stack of Concerto concerts in Europe and Russia; a victorious Sunflower Jam at London’s Royal Albert Hall (complete with fierce bluesrock jam with Joe Bonamassa, a buoyant Bourree, the deeply personal beauty of Pictured Within and much more); and most recently a preciously delicate presentation of To Notice Such Things at a small rural church in Sussex…
On November 13, From Darkness To Light will be performed in Nürnberg by the Lehrersangverein comprising upwards of 100 singers and the Nürnberg Symphoniker conducted by Bernd Dietrich. Another performance already took place on October 27.
Jon Lord at Schloss Salem, Salem, near Bodensee, Germany – June 19 211.
“It was great to watch Jon during the first part of the Concerto – sitting quietly behind his Hammond, he listened to the orchestra very closely, and every now and then he nodded in approval. But when the time for the band came, he almost exploded in a burst of music. Giving cues to the young musicians of the ‘band’, playing like a man possessed during his solo, he was clearly the centre of everything ‘up there’.”
Monika Schwarz caught Jon Lord in Salem last week. This is her report. Read the rest of this entry ?