Thursday 5th December 2019
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Tickets from £14.50, Under 30s and £5.50 student discount available (including booking fees)
Thursday 5 December 2019 - 7:30pm
Approximate finishing time = 9.30pm
Jake Heggie - Moby-Dick Suite (European Premiere)
Copland - Clarinet Concerto
Bernstein - West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Gershwin - Porgy and Bess: Symphonic Picture
Sergio Castelló López, clarinet
A favourite artist with the Hallé, Romanian conductor, Cristian Macelaru, now in his first season as Chief Conductor of WDR Cologne, returns to conduct music of his adopted country, the United States. Jake Heggie is a leading opera composer whose natural theatrical instinct is manifest in the suite from his acclaimed Moby-Dick, which receives its UK premiere. After it, the Hallé’s own Sergio Castelló López plays the concerto Copland wrote specifically for the great jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman. Two pinnacles of American musical theatre in symphonic guise complete the programme: Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, the latter in Robert Russell Bennett’s lush orchestration, featuring saxophone and banjo and including show-stopping numbers like ‘Summertime’.
Pre-concert event, 6.30pm
Free to concert ticket holders
The Bridgewater Hall auditorium
Sergio Castelló López and Cristian Macelaru
Hallé Principal Clarinet Sergio Castelló López and conductor Cristian Macelaru discuss the evening’s programme, with a particular focus on Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.
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