A triple bill of Russian works

THE Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra will be performing an all-Russian concert on Tuesday at Derby’s Assembly Rooms.

Conducted by Alexei Stepanov, the concert begins with Rimsky Korsakov’s suite from his opera The Tale Of Tsar Saltan. The opera itself contains one of the composer’s most famous pieces – The Flight Of The Bumble Bee – although the suite doesn’t.

Instead, its three movements are entitled The Tsar’s Departure And Farewell, The Tsaritsa And Her Son Afloat In A Barrel and The Three Wonders, all orchestrated in Rimsky-Korsakov’s trademark colourful style, as befits a work inspired by a magical fairytale.

The rest of the concert is made up of Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto and Act Two from Tchaikovsky’s ballet score for The Nutcracker. The concerto – here featuring soloist Ivan Rudin – was composed while Rachmaninov was still a student while the ballet music is one of the composer’s best-loved offerings, a regular Christmas favourite, heard here in the concert hall rather than the theatre.

The concert starts at 7.30pm. Call the box office on 01332 255800.