Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Song and Dance
Doors 7pm, £31.25, £25.75, £22.50, £20.50, £16.00 including booking fee and restoration levy
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Song and Dance

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Song and Dance

Thursday 23 Mar 2017 - Doors 7pm, £31.25, £25.75, £22.50, £20.50, £16.00 including booking fee and restoration levy

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In 1961 Bernstein revisited the score for West Side Story and extracted nine sections to assemble what he called the Symphonic Dances. The suite opens with the famous confrontation of the Jets and the Sharks. The haunting strains of Somewhere contrast with the lively Latin dances of the Mambo andCha-cha. The Cool fugue features a 12-tone scale, and segues into the final, deadly fight between the gangs in Rumble, whilst a solo flute plays I Had a Love to close the suite, which ends, like the musical, on a haunting, unresolved chord. A Symphonic Picture is a colourful cavalcade of melody – a sort of symphonic synopsis of the operatic scenario of Porgy & Bess. It seamlessly links all the biggest hit songs from the show includingSummertime, I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’, Bess, You is My Woman Now and It Ain’t Necessarily So.

The Chairman Dances is a “foxtrot for orchestra” that Adams composed while working on his opera Nixon in China. The music is representative of a combination of minimalist iterations and stylised pseudo jazz inflections, chugging rhythms and colourful orchestration and diatonic harmonies. The Fourth Piano Concerto displays much of the spacious style and the demanding virtuosity of Rachmaninov’s earlier concertos, wrapped up in a structure of tightly coiled drama. But it also inhabits a world of its own; it is a work very much of its time, incorporating not only the remnants of late Romanticism but also some up-to-date sounds of Ravel and Gershwin – reflecting Rachmaninov’s musical curiosity and evolving style.

Adams The Chairman Dances

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4

Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Suite

Gershwin Porgy & Bess: A Symphonic Picture

Carlos Miguel Prieto

Denis Kozhukhin

Series Discounts:

12 concerts 40%

9-11 concerts 30%

6-8 concerts 20%

3-5 concerts 10%


Kids for a quid
Wheelchair users: 50% discount and 50% discount for ONE companion
Disabled customers: NO discount but 50% discount for ONE companion
Full-time students: 50% discount (with valid proof)
Job Seekers, Income Support Benefit: 50% discount (with valid proof)
BSO staff: 50% discount with green BSO ID card

Group booking discount available:

10% discount for groups 10+
20% discount for groups 20+
30% discount for groups 30+

On sale 7th of September 2016

Cafe Our popular Café Guildhall & fully stocked bars will be open for dinner before shows and during intervals. Read More
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Booking Fee Kindly note the advertised price includes a booking fee (BF) of 8%. More information

All events at Portsmouth Guildhall include a ticket restoration levy. This restoration levy will help us to invest in maintaining and enhancing facilities within our historic Grade II Listed building, ensuring that we continue to deliver the highest quality experience for event goers, artists and promoters. We appreciate your on going support for Portsmouth Guildhall. A restoration levy is effective on all events that go on sale as of March 1st 2016.

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