The Symphony Orchestra of the Region of Murcia receives the clarinetist José Franch-Ballester to offer an American music program at El Batel

The musician, considered one of the best clarinetists in the world, will perform the Concerto for Clarinet by Corigliano in a evening that will also include works by Bernstein and Gershwin

The Symphony Orchestra of the Region of Murcia (OSRM) offers tomorrow Friday February 15, a new concert concert in the El Batel Auditorium in Cartagena, which will star along with the world-renowned clarinetist José Franch-Ballester.

Under the direction of Virginia Martínez, the musicians will perform an attractive program based on the creations of three composers, Corigliano, Gershwin and Bernstein, very influenced by each other, with works premiered in a short space of time and a color that identifies the music of the U.S.

The program will begin with the Clarinet Concerto by John Corigliano, premiered in December 1977 with clarinetist Stanley Drucker as soloist and Leonard Bernstein as head of the New York Philharmonic.

This impressive work, which will have José Franch-Ballester as a soloist in Cartagena, has an eclectic language, with neoclassical elements and the modernist rhetoric of American music of the time.

Currently Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Chamber Music at the British Columbia University in Vancouver (Canada), where he currently resides, Franch-Ballester is visiting these days in the Region of Murcia after having performed with orchestras such as the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra , the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra or the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others.

The OSRM concert will continue with 'Divertimento para orquesta' by Leonard Bernstein, an entertaining work composed of eight short pieces of varied style, orchestration and musical sense, showing elements of American popular music, Bernstein's own compositions and some of the repertoire that he had directed.

He even makes a set of solo interventions thinking about the members of the orchestra.

The last work of the night will be 'An American in Paris' by George Gershwin.

It's like a postcard in the Hollywood way with great color;

he who provides his particular and brilliant orchestration, with about a hundred musicians on stage.

Tickets for the concert in Cartagena, at 8:30 p.m. in the El Batel Auditorium, can be purchased for 12 euros at the El Batel box office and on the web www.auditorioelbatel.es.

There will be a pre-concert talk with the director and the soloist will start at 19.45.

Source: Agencias

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