For the last concert of the season we cross the Atlantic to enjoy an all-American programme comprising familiar favourites and some exciting music that is probably less well known. El Salon Mexico was a genuine seedy dance hall that Copland visited in the 1930s. His one-movement composition of the same name reflects the kinds of music he heard there. It’s a colourful depiction, with Mexican folk music, jazz and traditional ballroom blended and celebrated. If El Salon Mexico reflects the Hispanic influence on American music, ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ by George Gershwin reflects the influence of jazz. The famous upward glissando on the clarinet introduces this exciting mini-concerto for piano and orchestra. The soloist is Victor Maslov who, in March 2018, amazed the CCSO audience in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3. ‘Equus’ by Eric Whitacre is a thrilling moto perpetuo exploiting every section of the orchestra with glorious abandon. It took the Promenade Concerts by storm in 2015. 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 and it was used by Walt Disney for the Oscar-winning film ‘Grand Canyon’ in 1958.
Admission: £18, £16 (concessions), £8 (students), £5 (under 14)
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