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Special Programmes include:

Classical Jazz

Few Composers were unaffected by the impact of jazz in the early 20th century. Here - Abbott O'Gorman celebrate the union of classical form and the jazz idiom with works ranging from Ravel's Five O'clock Foxtrot to Barber's nostalgic Palm Court reminiscences - Souvenirs. Only one work could possibly end this presentation of jazz-inspired classics - Gershwin's immortal Rhapsody in Blue.

The Four Hand Philharmonic

What better way to discover the orchestral repertoire than by hearing it on the piano!! Before radio or gramophone, the great composers transcribed their ballets and large orchestral works for the full gamut of colour and percussive effects of the piano and twenty fingers. From Ravel's La Valse, Daphnis et Chloé and Capriccio Espagnole of Rimsky-Korsakov, to Stravinsky's driving Rite of Spring, the composers' lines are clearly illuminated in these refreshing alternative versions.

Dreams and Magic

Escape reality for just a while and enter a world of fantasy from the fairies of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream captured in Mendelssohn's shimmering score to Ravel's Mother Goose Tales. The charlatan of the Shrovetide fair brings Stravinsky's Petrouchka to life while the Sorcerer's Apprentice is in such hot water - he'd prefer a Danse Macabre!

Charms of Childhood

Ravel intended to "awaken the poetry of childhood" with his tales of Mother Goose in Ma Mère l'Oye. A little girl's innocent musings come to life in Faure's Dolly Suite while Bizet recalls nursery life with his Jeux d'Enfants.
Enjoy an evening of magic and fantasy and a bit of fun at the zoo with the Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals.

By George - It's Gershwin !

Explore the Gershwin legend through some of his best loved works illustrated with vignettes and anecdotes.
Let Abbott & O'Gorman lead you along his phenomenal journey from Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and Broadway.


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