FRENCH CONNECTIONS

17th March 2018

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Start time 7:30pm
Varèse: Ionisation*
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Poulenc: Concerto for 2 Pianos
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
Poulenc: Stabat Mater
Conductor: Timothy Redmond, Finan Jones*
Soprano: Margo Arsane
Pianos: Nicolae Mihaila, Thibault Charrin

Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus Guildhall Percussion Ensemble Paris entre-deux-guerres, played host to the some of the greatest creative geniuses who ever lived. Throughout the 1920s and 30s, in the salons and concert halls of the French capital, Gershwin and Copland rubbed shoulders with Picasso and Chagall, Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel and Nina Ricci. The music of the time was as varied as it was brilliant. In this concert, Stravinsky’s austerely beautiful Symphony of Psalms contrasts with the unabashedly lush sound world of Francis Poulenc. *A free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm will include a performance of Varèse’s Ionisation for thirteen percussionists, conducted by Finan Jones.