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Firebird Flies to the States

Tuesday 12 June 2018, 8:30 pm

Firebird Flies to the States

Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Barber Adagio for Strings
Overture to Candide
Gershwin Summertime
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Symphony no.9 (‘From the
 New World’)

Conductor Michael Thrift
Piano Marc Corbett-Weaver
Soprano He Wu

Firebird’s 2017/18 Season concludes with our annual Summer Concert at St Paul’s Covent Garden – and this year we head to the States for an all-American-themed evening to be remembered. Copland’s dramatic Fanfare, performed by brass and crashing percussion, is contrasted with Barber’s soul-searching Adagio for Strings, before the whole orchestra performs Bernstein’s grandiose Overture to Candide.

Our Artistic Director Marc Corbett-Weaver performs Gershwin’s jazz-influenced Rhapsody in Blue, preceded by his classic song from Porgy & Bess, Summertime. After the interval we hear the world première of the new work by the winner of the Firebird Composer of the Year 2017, before Firebird’s Michael Thrift conducts the New World Symphony.

This concert offers a feast of delights from the Land of Opportunity performed by a large orchestra – a perfect way to spend a summer’s evening.

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Tuesday 12 June 2018
8:30 pm


St Paul’s Covent Garden
Bedford Street
London, WC2E 9ED
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