West Road Concert Hall
  • George Gershwin An American in Paris
  • Erich Korngold Violin Concerto
  • Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 7
  • Violin Jordan Brooks
  • Conductor Robert Hodge

Gershwin: An American in Paris   Korngold: Violin Concerto   Prokofiev: Symphony no.7

George Gershwin’s ‘An American in Paris’ is a cheerful and humorous overture portraying the impressions of an American visitor strolling about the city. The hustle and bustle of continental street life (complete with real taxi horns!) blends with nostalgic elements of jazz and blues in this entertaining cameo.

Erich Korngold emigrated from Austria to the USA during the 1930s, establishing himself as a film composer who brought symphonic techniques to the studio. By 1947, the year of his violin concerto, he was doing the reverse: the concerto is built on themes from his film music. Full of soaring melodies and rich harmony, it was sometimes seen as rather sentimental and old fashioned compared with the music of Stravinsky and Bartok, but today we can appreciate its beauty and romanticism without apology.

Prokofiev who, like Korngold, was also an accomplished composer for stage and film, composed seven symphonies over the course of his far from easy career. The seventh symphony was completed in 1952, the year before he died, in an attempt to improve his finances by winning the Stalin prize. Written in a more ‘simplistic’ musical style, the work combines a nostalgic, slightly melancholy tone with elements of his successful ballet writing and a cheerful, energetic finale designed to impress the judges.

Ticket Information

Admission: £20, £10 (students), £6 (under 14)

Tickets can be purchased in advance from TicketSource or on the door on concert day (subject to availability). E-tickets have no booking charge, Tickets may be posted but there is a £2.50 charge.

West Road Concert Hall

11 West RoadCambridge CB3 9DP (map)
By Car
From Junction 12 of the M11 Drive for approx 1.5 miles into Cambridge (Barton Road) Turn left into Grange Road Turn 3rd right opposite Rugby Club (West Road) We are half way along the right hand side of West Road.
By Train
Trains run regularly to Cambridge from both London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street. If you are coming from the North, it is advisable to change at Peterborough. West Road is a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride from the railway station.