West Road Concert Hall
Sat 1 July
City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

Gershwin, Barber, Honegger and Ravel

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Gershwin Cuban Overture

Barber Violin Concerto

Honegger Pacific 231

Ravel La Valse

Gershwin An American in Paris

Solo Violinist: Joo Yeon Sir

For its abundance of energy, excitement, romance and colour, this programme cannot be bettered. George Gershwin’s ‘Cuban Overture’ was inspired by a holiday in Havana in pre-Castro days. His ‘American in Paris’ completes the concert: a longer work but every bit as characterful and just as thrilling. The orchestration is brilliant, incorporating a set of car horns among other curiosities. The Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber is one of the great 20th century concertos – much more romantic than Gershwin yet unmistakeably American. Now a regular soloist with the CCSO, the immensely talented violinist Joo Yeon Sir will display her spectacular technique and profound musical insight. Honegger’s depiction of a steam locomotive (called Pacific 231) is thoroughly gripping. No-one can fail to thrill as this giant ‘iron horse’ flexes its muscles and starts to move. Maurice Ravel’s La Valse was intended as a ballet but has gained more fame as a concert item. The shadow of a waltz emerges from a musical mist to morph into a full-blooded, heart-stirring homage to the King of the Waltz, Johann Strauss. Ravel’s immaculate orchestration and super-sensitive attention to every musical nuance will bring an extra sheen to what promises to be a knock-out concert.



135 minutes


West Road Concert Hall


£18, £16 (concessions), £8 (students), £5 (children)

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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