Orff, Bernstein & Brahms

Orff, Bernstein & Brahms

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Saturday 21 November 2015

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  • 7:00pm

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  • Gloucester Cathedral

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  • Ellen Williams – soprano
    Gareth Treseder – tenor
    Alex Jones – baritone
    Seb Field – countertenor
    James Geidt – baritone
  • Jonathan Hope – piano
    Derek Harris – piano
    Percussionists from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Gloucester Choral Society
    Adrian Partington – conductor

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Tickets: £32.50, £26, £18, £10

NOTE: The Box Office run by the Everyman Theatre will close midday on 20th November 2015

BUT – Tickets will be available at the cathedral after 2pm on 21st November and on the door.

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Everything I have written to date, and which you have, unfortunately, published, can be destroyed. With Carmina Burana my collected works begin.
Carl Orff

What a way to open our concert season. Three extraordinary pieces of music by three very different composers.

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana, such a joy to sing and so familiar (do we detect a hint of Old Spice?). Orff’s inspiration came from a selection of early 13th century English texts called ‘Wine, Women & Song’. We say no more.

Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Bernstein asked why so many of us try to explain the beauty of music, thereby depriving it of its mystery? Yet beautiful this certainly is. Hopeful, life-affirming and springing from a crisis of faith, Chichester Psalms has a jazzy contemporary feel – only to be expected from the composer of West Side Story.

Johannes Brahms: Liebeslieder Walzer

Finally we have Brahms in romantic mood, soaking up the music of gypsy bands and bewitching us with a roving eye, desperate longing and unrequited love. Written for piano and four hands. Gorgeous.
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