Star violinist to perform with Island Symphony Orchestra

If you haven’t been to an Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert before, we’d highly recommend it. The sheer impact of having up to 70 quality musicians performing on stage is not to be missed.

Shana Douglas

Thanks to Helen for sharing details of this upcoming event. Ed


Following their recent very successful concert, the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra are back rehearsing for their next performance.

The Orchestra will next take to the stage of the Medina Theatre on the evening of 24th May. At this concert (starting at 7.15pm) the Orchestra will be welcoming Shana Douglas as their soloist in a performance of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto.

Well known experienced violinist
This young star was born in the USA, but now resides in the UK. Having graduated from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music in 2006, Shana crossed the pond to continue her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Shana is a very experienced soloist having appeared with well known orchestras both here and in America. In the UK she has performed with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra. Nearer to the Island, she has also appeared with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Rarely performed English pieces
The violin concerto will end the first half of the concert.

The concert will start with two rarely performed English pieces: The Bamboula by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, based on a Caribbean dance tune, is a party piece for the whole orchestra; and Ballad for strings was composed by Eric Coates (he of the Dam Buster’s March fame).

7th Symphony by Dvorak
The second half of the concert will contain just the one substantial work, the wonderful melodic and lyrical 7th Symphony by Dvorak. This is Dvorak at his best and makes a fitting conclusion to the concert.

Book now
Tickets are already on sale, and not surprisingly given the reputation of the orchestra, the variety of the programme and the talent of the soloist, over half the tickets have already been sold!

To book your ticket contact the Medina Theatre box office on 01983 527020 or via their website

Monday, 14th April, 2014 1:21pm

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