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King's Lynn entertains Norfolk Symphony Orchestra with 2022/23 season opener with music from USA and Mexico: Bernstein, Barber and Marquez

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra opens their 2022/23 season by inviting you to travel to The Americas with a varied programme of music from the USA and Mexico in Lynn.

On November 20 at 3.30pm at the Corn Exchange, Lynn conductor Steve Bingham will raise the baton and the afternoon will begin with Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, which includes sections of the most famous numbers from the operetta, ‘Oh Happy We’ and ‘Glitter and be Gay’.

Focus then moves to the string section of the ensemble with Barber’s Adagio for Strings, famously recognisable from those opening chords which build movingly to create a calmness and beauty which continues through the piece. This work is a favourite for many music lovers.

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra soloist Viv McLean, piano.
Norfolk Symphony Orchestra soloist Viv McLean, piano.

The orchestra is delighted to welcome back soloist Viv McLean who won first prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and has performed concertos with orchestras such as the RPO, Philharmonia Orchestra, LPO, ECO and BBC Concert Orchestra under the baton of conductors including Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green and Carl Davis.

“Viv McLean revealed extraordinary originality, superb simplicity, and muscles of steel hidden by fingers of velvet,” says Le Monde (Paris).

Viv will be performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, another work with a famous opening, the glissando on the clarinet and subsequent themes known by so many of us. This work is a wonderful combination of Gershwin's signature style, including jazz and classical and is a joy for the orchestra and audience alike.

Aaron Copland’s Four Dances from his ballet Rodeo will certainly keep the energy in the concert hall going. The four movements are Buckaroo Holiday; Corral Nocturne; Saturday Night Waltz; Hoe-Down and they depict the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit.

The final work of the concert is Danzon No 2 by Arturo Marquez. This piece is dance style with its origins in Cuba but is also a very important part of the musical heritage of Veracruz. Danzon No.2 was premiered in 1994 and has since been used in a Mexican film of the same name. It was introduced to the UK in 2007 at The Proms by Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra.

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra will once again be giving away 100 free tickets to under-18s throughout this season. For details on this offer please call the box office

Tickets are £16. Tickets are available from the box office on 01553 764864 or online at www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk.

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