London Symphony Orchestra / François-Xavier Roth

New commission by Tim Garland, plus music by Copland and Gershwin

5 May 2011 / 19:30

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Gershwin Cuban Overture
Tim Garland Concerto For Percussion, Saxophone and Orchestra (world premiere)
Gershwin orch Grofé Rhapsody in Blue
Copland Billy the Kid - suite

François-Xavier Roth conductor
Tim Garland saxophone
Neil Percy percussion
Wayne Marshall piano
London Symphony Orchestra

In 1932, George Gershwin hit Havana – ‘two hysterical weeks in Cuba, where no sleep was had.’ The infectious rhythms produced his exuberant overture. His Rhapsody in Blue was written in 1924, but the famous wailing clarinet that begins the piece only emerged in rehearsal. The inventive British saxophonist and composer Tim Garland premieres a new piece, while Copland’s 1938 ballet about the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid offers prison breaks and gun battles.

Pre-concert performance
6.45pm, Freestage: Barbican Foyer Level 0
Pupils from the Bridge Academy in Hackney perform a brand new piece of music, composed themselves, that stylistically explores traditional jazz, blues, swing, Latin American music and contemporary British jazz, inspired by this evening's concert. The pupils have been working for four days with musicians from the LSO, composer Emily Howard and animateur Paul Rissmann.

Free post-concert event
Join us at the Clubstage on Level -1 for Aftershock: a new classical club night with Gabriel Prokofiev and DJ Richard Lannoy. Find out more on the LSO website.

Promoted by London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

Part of 10 / 11 Season Classical concerts
Part of LSO 2010-2011 Multi-buy
Part of LSO 2010-2011

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