A Celebration of Tchaikovsky for LGBTQ+ History Month

To celebrate the LGBTQ+ History Month, the de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra explores the works of the renowned composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Historians widely agree that Tchaikovsky’s writings reveal his homosexuality – defiant at a time when it was considered socially unacceptable, even illegal. This internal struggle may well have contributed to the undoubtedly stormy nature of his music.

  • Romeo and Juliet (Fantasy Overture)
  • The Variations on a Rococo Theme, soloist Bozidar Vukotic
  • Symphony No.5

The concert begins with the passionate romanticism of Romeo and Juliet, depicting the famous and tragic love affair. The Variations on a Rococo Theme, featuring cello soloist Bozidar Vukotic, consists of an original theme in a rococo style with a set of eight variations. It is thought to be Tchaikovsky reflecting back to a more classical period, that of Mozart whom he much admired.

The second half of the concert is formed by the ever popular Fifth Symphony with the beautiful horn solo in the second movement, which we hope will leave you feeling invigorated!