WASO’s Principal Cellist, Rod McGrath will perform the solo in the Cello Concerto in community ensemble South Side
Symphony Orchestra’s (SSSO’s) upcoming performance, Enigmatic Elgar. Rod has performed with some of the best
conductors and orchestras all over the world but on Sunday 19 November, at The Theatre at Corpus Christi College,
local theatre goers can experience his mastery for themselves through the music of one of the most iconic and enigmatic
composers of all time, Edward Elgar.
The performance will begin with the Cockaigne Overture which represents a portrait of Edwardian life – the bustle of
London, the lush English countryside, conversations with friends, the beauty of love and the tragedy of war. This will
be followed by the colourful and much-loved Enigma Variations, a collection of musical sketches depicting Elgar’s wife,
friends and colleagues, so called an enigma by Elgar as it is widely believed to involve a hidden melody. The finale will
be Elgar’s aching and powerful Cello Concerto, composed in the aftermath of the first world war, the piece didn’t receive
popularity at the time but has since achieved a regular place in the concert repertory and was even rated the best
classical piece written in the twentieth century in the ABC’s listener poll in 2011.
Musical Director Izaak Wesson says “In a way, the program represents a portrait of Edwardian life – the bustle and chaos of London, the lush English countryside, conversations with friends, the beauty of love and the tragedy and violence of war. It’s a unique opportunity to dive into one of the most iconic English composers of all time and experience the variety and magnificence of his works in a single sitting. We cannot wait to share this exciting performance with everyone and we feel incredibly grateful to have Rod showcasing his amazing talent”.
2:30 pm Sunday 19 November at The Theatre, Corpus Christi College
50 Murdoch Dr, BATEMAN
To book your tickets to this enigmatic performance head to https://www.trybooking.com/CLBRA