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BBC Philharmonic Rhapsody In Blue

 20 February 2016 at 7.30pm 

BBC Philharmonic Rhapsody In Blue

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Nicholas Collon conductor | Lawrence Power viola | Jonathan Scott piano

One spark is all it takes. A flash of light, a tiny shard of fire – and the imagination ignites. Tonight, we’ve a whole shower of Sparks from our new Composer in Association Mark Simpson.

And what follows is a positive starburst of musical colour, whether it’s James MacMillan’s wild, fantastic Viola Concerto – played by the artist who gave its first ever performance in 2014, Lawrence Power – or the smouldering clarinet opening of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. It used to be one of Leonard Bernstein’s party pieces; tonight, Mancunian keyboard star Jonathan Scott will really go to town.

And finally: Stravinsky’s The Firebird, a tale of green-clawed demons, beautiful princesses and a magical bird of flame. The dynamic young British conductor Nicholas Collon will really set things ablaze.

Preview at 6.30pm:
Recently appointed as the BBC Philharmonic's Composer in Association at the age of just 26, Mark Simpson talks about his future plans with the orchestra.

Mark Simpson : Sparks
James MacMillan : Viola Concerto
George Gershwin : Rhapsody in Blue

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