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Monday 1 May 2023, 7pm

Aurora Orchestra: American Rhapsody

Aurora Orchestra: American Rhapsody

Presented by Saffron Hall

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Join Aurora Orchestra and regular collaborator, pianist Tom Poster, on a journey across America, as the orchestra showcases its dazzling musicianship.

In the first half, Copland’s Appalachian Spring evokes the vast rolling landscapes of the American interior, whilst Caroline Shaw’s miniature for string quartet Valencia finds delight and wonder in a single piece of fruit – the common Valencia orange. Rich with his signature jazz stylings and opening with one of the most instantly-recognisable instrumental solo ever written, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue made an instant star of its 25-year-old composer, and remains a cherished highlight of 20th-century American music.

Charles Ives’ Three Places in New England was written by the composer over a period of nearly 30 years leading up to its premiere in 1930, and even today continues to astonish with its haunting combination of American folk tunes, multiple tonalities and sharp textural contrasts. It is presented here in combination with a specially-created film by the Australian photographer/filmmaker Jon Frank, commissioned by Aurora and shot on location in the modern-day versions of the three New England locations that originally inspired the piece. Frank’s film captures the uncanny, evocative quality of Ives’ music whilst introducing a distinctively 21st-century vision of modern middle America. We finish back in the Big Apple with the Symphonic Dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story, performed here in Iain Farrington’s arrangement for Aurora, which recaptures the virtuosity and sparkle of the original Broadway pit-band instrumentation.

Supporters

Supported by the Board of Saffron Hall Trust

Performance information

Running time

2 hours 10 minutes

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old. Children under 5 years old will not be admitted to this performance.

Booking information

Seating style

This event has tiered stalls and balcony seating

Discounts

Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.

Transport

Shuttle bus

Pre-show shuttle bus will be operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance

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Programme and performers

Programme

  • Caroline Shaw Valencia 6 mins
  • Charles Ives Three Places in New England (with film by Jon Frank) 20 mins
  • George Gershwin arr. Iain Farrington Rhapsody in Blue 16 mins
  • Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring (suite for 13 instruments) 31 mins
  • Leonard Bernstein arr. Iain Farrington Symphonic Dances from West Side Story 23 mins

Performers

  • Aurora Orchestra
  • Nicholas Collon conductor
  • Tom Poster piano

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Information for your visit

Monday 1 May 2023, 7pm

Schedule

All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

Pre-show shuttle bus

6pm - 7pm
Operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance.

When to arrive

6pm - 6.45pm
We have over 400 free parking spots for anyone driving.

Foyer opens

6pm
Enjoy a drink at the bar before the auditorium opens.

Auditorium opens

6.30pm
Get your tickets ready for checking, find your seats, sit back and relax.

Show starts

7pm

Interval

Interval (20 mins)

Show ends

9.10pm (approx)

Post-show shuttle bus

9.10pm – 10.10pm
Operating from Saffron Hall to Audley End Station

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old. Children under 5 years old will not be admitted to this performance.

Location

Saffron Hall

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH

Transport

Shuttle bus

Operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance.
More info

Additional information

Drinks

For this event, you're welcome to bring drinks purchased from our bar into the event with you.

Cloakroom

We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

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