West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Sat 20 June
City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

CCSO: Copland, Gershwin, Whitacre & Grofé

Copland: El Salon Mexico
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Whitacre: Equus
Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite

Piano: Victor Maslov
Conductor: Robert Hodge

CCSO’s final concert of the season crosses the Atlantic to bring the audience an all-Americal programme comprising familiar favourites as well as some exciting music that is probably less familiar. El Salon Mexico was a seedy dance hall that Copland visited in the 1930s. His one-movement composition of that name reflects the kinds of music he heard there: a colourful depiction blending and celebrating Mexican folk music, jazz and traditional ballroom.

If El Salon Mexico reflects the Hispanic influence on American music, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, with its famous introductory glissando for clarinet, reflects the influence of jazz. Victor Maslov, who played the Rachmaninov third piano concerto with CCSO in 2019 to great acclaim, will be the soloist.

Equus by Eric Whitacre, which took the Promenade concerts by storm in 2015, is a thrilling moto perpetuo exploiting every section of the orchestra with glorious abandon.

The Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé conjures the magnificence of this American geographical wonder in five musical portraits. Like El Salon Mexico, it was created in the 1930s. It was used by Walt Disney for the Oscar-winning film Grand Canyon in 1958.


Sat 20 June at 7:30pm


135 minutes


West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge


£5 (children) £15 (adults)

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.



West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road
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