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Byline: By Val Javin

It is a season that promised much and is already delivering.

Opera North is fast building audiences in its first season as manager of the orchestral concert season based at Huddersfield Town Hall.

Next Thursday (April 8), the orchestra returns with a piece which is tailor-made to show off all its capabilities, the monumental eighth symphony by Bruckner.

The Town Hall can expect to be dazzled by the sheer power of the musical forces on display, 12 woodwind players, eight French horns (four of which alternate with tubas), seven further brass players, three harps, six timpani and a correspondingly augmented string section.

It promises to be a powerful night of music-making making it all the more understandable that Opera North has brought back the eminent Viennese conductor Dietfried Bernet to take the podium.

Bernet made many friends in Huddersfield when he conducted the New Year concert emphasising its unmistakable Viennese flavour.

His busy international career was launched after he won the International Conductors' Competition in Liverpool at the age of 22. Since then he has conducted orchestras, operas and been a guest at festivals throughout the world. He has also conducted world premiAres by Shostakovitch, Dallapiccola, Petrassi, Penderecki and Ligeti.

Though illness interrupted his career, he has managed to re-establish his international reputation with a series of outstanding successes in opera and on the concert stage.

Here in Huddersfield, he will conduct Bruckner's Eighth Symphony .

When the piece was premiered in 1892, the performance was attended by Brahms, Hugo Wolf and Johann Strauss and it marked the biggest sale of standing room tickets at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's subscription concert series.

For those holding tickets for the Huddersfield concert, there's a bonus. All eight French horn players will attend a free pre-concert talk at 6.40pm where they will talk through the piece and demonstrate the "Bruckner sound".

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets, price pounds 7.00 to pounds 19.00 (with concessions), are available from Kirklees booking offices or on the ticket hotline: 01484 223200.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2004
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