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The brilliant musicians of NYO have chosen hope as their theme for Summer 2021. Wordlessly expressive and innocently cunning, where music is the lifeblood of hope and a place where ideals and reality wrestle and are reconciled. Featuring conductor Jonathon Heyward and renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti, the concert opens with CHANT, an exuberant new work commissioned to explore our theme of hope from Laura Jurd, the Mercury-nominated trumpet player, composer, jazz-leader and improviser. From psalms to mantras to rainmaking to sports crowds, chanting is a universal expression of hope in a community. Next comes Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, in which sweet folk-like lyricism is infected by an anxious sense of reality. His mood proved prescient; written while Prokofiev was a globe-trotting composer in the process of making his return to the Soviet Union, this achingly beautiful and complex piece was completed shortly before Stalin's terror commenced. Jessie Montgomery's work was written in 2014 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’, a symbol of liberty to some but is more complex for those who have struggled against oppression. Embracing these contradictions Banner identifies and celebrates common ground in the ideal of freedom. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, 'The Heroic Symphony' was named for his contemporary Napoleon, until Beethoven's admiration turned to bitter disappointment and the composer scrubbed the name from his manuscript. Charged with emotion, Beethoven's momentous, expansive vision of human dignity and hope endures.