CCSO Feb 2015

City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra


Saturday 20th June 2020

7:30 pm

CCSO’s final concert of the season crosses the Atlantic to bring the audience an all-Americal programme comprising familiar favourites as well as some exciting music that is probably less familiar. El Salon Mexico was a seedy dance hall that Copland visited in the 1930s. His one-movement composition of that name reflects the kinds of music he heard there: a colourful depiction blending and celebrating Mexican folk music, jazz and traditional ballroom.

If El Salon Mexico reflects the Hispanic influence on American music, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, with its famous introductory glissando for clarinet, reflects the influence of jazz. Victor Maslov, who played the Rachmaninov third piano concerto with CCSO in 2019 to great acclaim, will be the soloist.

Equus by Eric Whitacre, which took the Promenade concerts by storm in 2015, is a thrilling moto perpetuo exploiting every section of the orchestra with glorious abandon.

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. It was used by Walt Disney for the Oscar-winning film Grand Canyon in 1958.

Copland: El Salon Mexico
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Whitacre: Equus
Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite

Ticket & Booking Information
Adult £18, Concession £16, Student £8, Under 14 £5
ADC Box Office 01223 300085

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