The 2021/22 Season ends in the Ulster Hall, 03 June 2022 with another musical postcard – this time a riotous carnival of rhythm from the USA! Bernstein’s thrilling set of Symphonic Dances are derived from his music for West Side Story.
The influences of jazz and Latin run rampant throughout the music, with clever orchestration and a huge percussion section emphasising the rhythms, so it feels balletic even without dancers on stage, while the romantic depiction of Tony and Maria’s fatal romance soar throughout.
As interest in swing and big band, jazz waned, bandleader and clarinettist Benny Goodman approached Aaron Copland to commission a Concerto. The result is a sublime opening movement that resonates with all of the same open space that can be heard in the likes of Appalachian Spring, and a linking cadenza that shifts the mood from contemplation to the spiky jazz of the second movement. The ensemble’s energy builds and a Rhapsody in Blue-style glissando for soloist brings the work to a spectacular close. Our soloist is the wonderful Michael Collins.
“The chamber-music qualities of this performance are a particular delight and Collins proves a strong and committed advocate for the work” - International Record Review
The programme closes with Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture, which cuts a glorious symphonic cross-section through this American classic. The perfect concert to end the season and lead you into Summertime!
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