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BBC NOW in Concert: American Explorations

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The Riverfront, Kingsway, Newport, NP20 1HG

Friday 3rd May 19:30 - 21:30

About BBC NOW in Concert: American Explorations

Join BBC National Orchestra of Wales for a celebration of American classical music with their LA born Principal Conductor, Ryan Bancroft at The Riverfront on 3 May at 7:30PM.

Popular the world over, Barber’s Adagio for Strings is one of the most recognizable pieces in the orchestral repertoire and probably his best known work – used in film and television, and poignant for its performance at Roosevelt’s funeral and following the assassination of JFK, you’re sure to have heard this iconic piece!

Less well-know, but equally dazzling is his violin concerto. Written in the 1930’s when atonality were vying for attention, the traditional melody, rhythm, harmony and orchestration of Barber’s music was met with more than mild enthusiasm. Expansive and at times moody themes dominate, with hints of orientalism, folk and Russian grittiness; syncopation and distinctive counter-rhythms drive an exciting narrative and virtuosity prevail at every turn. To perform the solo role BBC NOW will welcome the charismatic violinist, Ben Baker.

The orchestra continues their exploration of the music of Charles Ives with Ryan Bancroft, with his Second Symphony. Infamous for quoting well-known American melodies, this symphony is his first major work which fully explores this borrowing, blended with European influences – a snapshot of the coming together of his childhood and adult life.

Website https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ez4bc8

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