Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra dances to an American tune

Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra dances to an American tune

The Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra will be crossing the Atlantic ocean to find the music for its concert at Warwick Hall on 10 March 2018, playing some masterpieces from American composers such as Gershwin, Bernstein and John Adams.

Conducted by Philip Mackenzie, the orchestra will be joined by renowned young pianist Malcolm Forbes-Peckham for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, hot on the heels of their collaboration for the same piece with the Mozart Symphony Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Hall.

Also being performed are the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, The Chairman Dances by Adams and Three American Sketches by Hope.

Rhapsody in Blue was originally composed for solo piano and jazz-band and combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. It was not orchestrated until 1942 when it established Gershwin as a serious classical composer. It is renowned for its exposed clarinet glissando at the start of the piece, a daunting prospect for even the most experienced clarinettist.

Leonard Bernstein assembled parts of the score of his musical West Side Story into the Symphonic Dances in early 1961, originally for a fundraiser for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Nine extracts were selected from the musical, although it only includes two of the most popular favourites “Somewhere” and “Maria”.

The Chairman Dances was described by John Adams as an ‘outtake’ from Act III of his opera, Nixon in China. Composed in 1985, it depicts Madame Mao gate-crashing a presidential banquet, hanging paper lanterns, and performing a seductive dance – the word ‘dances’ in the title is a verb, not a noun.

Raymond Joyce, Chair of WSO and principal horn player said, ‘Having visited Russian music in 2017, it is a treat to be crossing the Atlantic to perform some of the American greats.’

The Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra is acknowledged as one of the best non-professional orchestras in the country and has established a reputation for its imaginative programmes and exciting, full symphonic sound

Warwick Hall, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 4BJ
01926 850385 or 01926 496277
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10th March
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