Bernstein Candide Overture
Barber Adagio for strings
Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Gershwin An American in Paris
John Williams Star Wars Suite
April Fredrick Soprano
Stefan Hofkes Conductor
Like an extra strong Americano, this concert is overflowing with some of the best music from across the pond:
Two offerings from Samuel Barber with his famous and poignant Adagio for Strings, and the lesser-known, but gloriously lush, rhapsody for voice and orchestra Knoxville: Summer of 1915 set to words of James Agee mix with the sparkling vitality of Bernstein’s Overture to Candide in the first half.
April recorded the Barber she will sing in this concert on the SOMM label, which prompted MusicWeb International to describe her as having “a beautiful voice, shining and round, celestial on the high notes and rich on the low ones…[with a] creamy timbre and velvety strength”.
To follow, Gershwin’s irrepressibly jazzy An American in Paris and – for an out of this world finish – the epic music from Star Wars penned by John Williams.
Please note, this is a slightly amended programme to that listed in the season brochure. The concert was previously billed as featuring Susanne Holmes as mezzo-soprano, however will now feature soprano April Fredrick