In a programme specially arranged for Piano and Strings Quintet Viv McLean joins the Bristol Ensemble to perform Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, a jazzy, optimistic, richly-textured work packed full of fabulous tunes and toe-tapping rhythms.
It was commissioned by Walter Damrosch, conductor of the New York Symphony Orchestra, the day after he had heard the premiere of Rhapsody in Blue, which is also part of this programme. Philip Glass’s breakthrough work, music for the iconic film Mishima, Copland’s lively and evocative work Hoe Down and Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite complete this distinctively American programme.
The Bristol Ensemble are: Viv Mclean – Piano, Roger Huckle – Violin, Marian Givens – Violin, Carl Hill – Viola, Harriet Wiltshire – Cello, and Jub Davis – Bass
Bernstein Westside Story Suite
Gershwin Concerto in F
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Philip Glass Mishima
Copland Hoedown from Rodeo
Please note: that in recognition of the age and heritage of Tetbury Goods Shed – the candles are artificial – no naked flames are allowed
Bristol’s only professional orchestra, Bristol Ensemble plays an important role in culture and music education in Bristol and the West of England, working with outstanding artists to present a vibrant and varied annual programme of concerts and events in the region’s major venues.
Committed to all types of music, Bristol Ensemble has commissioned over 50 new works by British composers. It is also known for film and media collaborations and has provided the music for award-winning productions including the BBC series Life in Cold Blood, Channel 4 drama Any Human Heart, and the 2021 Aardman Animation film Robin Robin.
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