Bernstein On the Town: Three dance episodes Korngold Violin Concerto Korngold The Adventures of Robin Hood Suite Bernstein On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite
Violin: Júlia Pusker Conductor: Robert Hodge
Both Bernstein and Korngold were American citizens of European/Jewish background. Both were hailed as musical child prodigies, and both made their fortunes in the glitz of Hollywood and New York. Bernstein was multi-talented: a composer, conductor and pianist of consummate skill; so much so, that demands on his time forced sacrifices now regretted by the musical world, as his compositions are comparatively few in number. Everyone knows ‘West Side Story’, but what of tonight’s pieces, ‘On the Town’ and ‘Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront’? Both were well received and both deserve more airings. They show Bernstein’s absorption of many musical styles, ranging from romantic, through jazz to the avant garde.
Korngold astounded the world with compositions written at the age of 12 and went on to become a prolific composer of film music, completing sixteen film scores in all, two of which won Oscars, ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’ being one. His Violin Concerto, played in this concert by Júlia Pusker, who in the summer played the Dvorak concerto with CCSO to huge acclaim, has amassed a large and loyal following. No one can fail to be captivated by its flowing melodies and wistful allure.
Sat 29 June at 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall
£18, £16, £8, £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.