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CPO: American Night

Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Bell MBE – Conductor
Jeffrey Howard - Piano

 Copland   Fanfare for the Common Man 
 Bernstein   Candide Overture
 Ives  Symphony No. 2 (Welsh Premiere) 
 Gershwin  Rhapsody in Blue
 Barber  Adagio for Strings
 Gershwin  Porgy and Bess: Symphonic Picture 

Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra opens its new season with a concert of music from across the pond!

It’s a night of tune after tune after tune, that opens with Copland’s breath-taking Fanfare for the Common Man and Bernstein’s popular Candide Overture. 

There’s also the sheer brilliance of music by George Gershwin in a suite from his opera Porgy and Bess….Summertime, Bess You is My Woman Now and It Ain’t Necessarily So, just some of the hit songs included. Jeff Howard, one of our favourite soloists features in Rhapsody in Blue, a work that epitomises the energy and razzmatazz of 1920s New York. 

Charles Ives completed his Symphony No. 2 in 1901, but it wasn’t performed for 50 years in a now legendary premiere conducted by Leonard Bernstein. CPO conductor Michael Bell was bowled over by this piece at the BBC Proms in 2018 and knew it was a work CPO had to perform. It begins lyrically, like Dvorak or Brahms, and closes in the most infectiously brilliant and joyous last movement with quotes of marches, hymns and American folk songs and an ending that will be as unexpected as it is stunning! A belated Welsh premiere! 

Also featured is Barber’s deeply felt Adagio for Strings widely known for its use on the soundtrack of films The Elephant Man and Platoon. 

 Standard Price  £8.00   Stalls (C-E sides), Tier 3 (rear), 7 (rear), 9 & 13
£11.00 Stalls (C-E centre) Tiers 10, 12, 3 (front) and 7 (front)
£13.00 Tiers 2, 8, 11
£19.00 Stalls
£25.00 Tier 1
 Children under 18 £6.50 Not available in Stalls or Tier 1 
 19 - 25 year olds £10.00 Not available in Stalls or Tier 1  
 Friends of St David's Hall |  Students | Over 60s | Claimants £2 off top two prices 
 Wheelchair user plus one companion (please contact Box Office on 02920 878444)
£8.00 each ticket (available on single tickets only, not on Series Offer) 
Time Credits (please contact Box Office on 02929 878444) 2 Credits
Series Offer - book all three St David's Hall concerts and save 25% 
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 Plus an optional £1.50 postage fee. 
*For Hynt tickets, please contact Box Office on 02920 878444. Limited availability - please book early to avoid disappointment.

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