Wednesday 22 March 2017
7.30pm, Lighthouse, Poole
A live performance by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, sponsored by Arts University Bournemouth. The performance Song and Dance, will feature the music of Adams, Rachmaninov, Bernstein and Gershwin.
Adams – The Chairman Dances
The Chairman Dances is a “foxtrot for orchestra” that Adams composed while working on his opera Nixon in China. The music is representative of a combination of minimalist iterations and stylised pseudo jazz inflections, chugging rhythms and colourful orchestration and diatonic harmonies.
Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No.4
The Fourth Piano Concerto displays much of the spacious style and the demanding virtuosity of Rachmaninov’s earlier concertos, wrapped up in a structure of tightly coiled drama. But it also inhabits a world of its own; it is a work very much of its time, incorporating not only the remnants of late Romanticism but also some up-to-date sounds of Ravel and Gershwin – reflecting Rachmaninov’s musical curiosity and evolving style.
Bernstein – West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
In 1961 Bernstein revisited the score for West Side Story and extracted nine sections to assemble what he called the Symphonic Dances. The suite opens with the famous confrontation of the Jets and the Sharks. The haunting strains of Somewhere contrast with the lively Latin dances of the Mambo and Cha-cha. The Cool fugue features a 12-tone scale, and segues into the final, deadly fight between the gangs in Rumble, whilst a solo flute plays I Had a Love to close the suite, which ends, like the musical, on a haunting, unresolved chord.
Gershwin – Porgy & Bess: A Symphonic Picture
A Symphonic Picture is a colourful cavalcade of melody – a sort of symphonic synopsis of the operatic scenario of Porgy & Bess. It seamlessly links all the biggest hit songs from the show including Summertime, I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’, Bess, You is My Woman Now and It Ain’t Necessarily So.
West Side 360°
This exhibition at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemoputh is a response by students in BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design, to a live brief from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO). The students were asked to design a set of costumes inspired by the concert Song and Dance (Adams, Rachmaninov, Bernstein & Gershwin), sponsored by the Arts University Bournemouth. This exhibition presents the work of the second year BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design students, who, this year, have investigated the celebrated American musical West Side Story.