Marin Alsop conducts Rhapsody in Blue
Marin Alsop – conductor
Marcus Roberts Trio:
Marcus Roberts – piano
Jason Marsalis – drums
Martin Jaffe – bass
Johnson Drums – A Symphonic Poem
Barber Symphony No. 1 Listen
— Interval —
Copland Fanfare for the Common Man Listen
Tower Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Bernstein Three Dance Episodes from On the Town Listen
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
A high-octane all-American programme featuring the Marcus Roberts Trio opens our series Let Freedom Ring: Celebrating the Sounds of America.
This survey of a century of American music opens with a bang – the effervescent Drums, by James P. Johnson, a key figure in the early years of jazz. And there’s more time in the limelight for the Philharmonia’s percussion and brass sections in two fanfares – Joan Tower’s is dedicated to our Principal Guest Conductor Marin Alsop, the ‘Uncommon Woman’ conducting tonight’s concert.
On the Town is Leonard Bernstein’s love letter to his adopted city. It was his first Broadway musical, written in 1944 when he was in his mid-twenties. Tonight’s Three Dance Episodes include the catchy hit New York, New York.
Many of the pieces in this series don’t just blur the boundaries between ‘classical’ and ‘popular’ music, they tear them up completely. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, with its unmistakeable sliding clarinet opening, is perhaps the most famous example. The virtuosity and almost telepathic rapport of the Marcus Roberts Trio, who visit London specially for Let Freedom Ring, takes this masterpiece of the Jazz Age to a whole new level.
Need to know
Prices & Discounts
£10 – £65
Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse (limited availability)
1 hr 40 mins, including a 20 minute interval
Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available here.
Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm
After the event
Insights Talk - Marin Alsop in conversation with Marcus Roberts
An insight into ‘The American Sound’, its meaning, influence, and impact. Alsop and Roberts explore the pieces contained in the American Series, highlighting the forgotten voices, and showcasing some of the stories around the well loved American classics.
Free, no ticket required