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Benjamin Grosvenor: Rhapsody in Blue

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Benjamin Grosvenor: Rhapsody in Blue

Britain's star pianist performs Gershwin's much-loved masterpiece.

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Benjamin Grosvenor brings his supercharged virtuosity to Rhapsody in Blue - matched by the effervescent Southbank Sinfonia.  Gershwin’s Jazz Age concerto shot American music in a vibrant new direction. In a single work comes pianistic verve, backed up by symphonic power that always keeps a feeling of off-the-cuff improvisation.
 
After meeting Gershwin, Walton also caught the jazz bug. Belshazzar’s Feast is a fusion of extrovert symphonic tradition and swing-infused, punchy rhythms. From its colossal orchestra and chorus come breathtaking sonic combinations, painstakingly chosen by a composer expanding his horizons.

Mason Bates' Mothership evolves this tradition for the 21st century. A daring electro-orchestral spaceship welcomes improvising soloists to ‘dock’ with it, allowing the individual their moment to shine.
 
"Southbank Sinfonia, a hugely talented young ensemble whose performances are always theatrical" The Independent

Benjamin Grosvenor performs Rhapsody in Blue on Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 7.30pm at the Royal Festival Hall. Tickets are between £12-£36. Find out more and book tickets here.

 

Southbank Centre, , Belvedere Rd, , Lambeth, , London SE1 8XX

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