Bernstein On the Town: Three Dance Episodes Gershwin Piano Concerto in F Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
Cambridge University Orchestra Jamie Phillips conductor Louis Schwizgebel piano
Cambridge University Musical Society is delighted to welcome back Jamie Phillips, previously associate conductor with the Hallé, to conduct an (almost) all-American extravaganza.
Bartòk’s most popular work, his effervescent Concerto for Orchestra – so-called due to its virtuosic treatment of every section of the orchestra - rejuvenated the health of its composer upon its commission by Serge Koussevitsky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is a perfect showpiece for the youthful talent of both conductor and orchestra.
Complementing this masterwork are two composers who, like Bartòk, achieved that rarest of feats: successful cross-genre pollination. Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town capture the joi de vivre and youthful exuberance of young sailors on shore-leave in New York and that of its young composer, recently catapulted to stardom. Once called the New York Concerto, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, with its intoxicating mix of classical, jazz, blues and even Charleston, is the epitome of the cultural dynamism that defined the New York of the Roaring Twenties.
Sat 23 November at 8:00pm
West Road Concert Hall
£20, £14, £10, Concessions: £18, £12, £8, Students and under-18s: £5
West Road Concert Hall is one of Cambridge's premier music venues. Ideally situated only minutes' walk from the famous Cambridge Backs and King's College, it is renowned for its superb acoustic qualities.
Please note there is restricted viewing from some of the balcony seating.
Three wheelchair spaces are available in the concert hall with easy access at ground floor level throughout the building.
The main entrance to the venue has a double width door, with a push button for automatic opening.