I GOT RHYTHM
ASSEMBLY HALL, WORTHING
Friday 27th January at 7.30pm
Alexander Borodin Polotsvian Dances
Malcolm Arnold Symphony No.4
George Gershwin An American in Paris
George Gershwin I Got Rhythm
George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Soloist: MARIA MARCHANT (piano)
Conductor: JOHN GIBBONS
Leader: JULIAN LEAPER
Sussex pianist Maria Marchant is fast becoming a favourite with Worthing audiences. Since her debut with WSO in 2019 when she played Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto, to her vivacious performance of Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto last season, she has shown her remarkable skill and versatility.
So there will be great excitement at the prospect of Maria performing two electrifying Gershwin classics – Rhapsody in Blue and I Got Rhythm – in this Friday evening concert at the Assembly Hall. Both combine elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects and are very evocative of the decades in which they were written – the 1920s/30s, also known as the ‘Jazz Age’ in the USA.
Feet-tapping will be the order of the day in another Gershwin hit – An American in Paris – as well as Borodin’s ever-popular Polotsvian Dances, immortalised for many in the hit musical Kismet.
Malcolm Arnold was an avid fan of Bernstein’s West Side Story, and his Fourth Symphony combines elements of Bernstein’s score with Afro-Caribbean rhythms that reflect his profound sympathy for the Windrush community of Notting Hill, London.
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Multi award-winning London-based Christian pianist & conductor Maria Marchant performs frequently for numerous festivals, music societies, recordings, projects and concerts at leading venues in the UK and abroad. Her performances have been featured on radio stations internationally including BBC Radio 3 ‘Breakfast’, ‘In Tune’ and ‘Record Review’, WMNR Radio in the USA and Premier Christian Radio in addition to TV shows such as the BBC Great British Menu and the BBC One Show. Maria has been awarded a ‘Digital Classical Music Award’ for the Best Digital Project by a Musician following the success of her 60 week global online composition project #7Notesin7Daysat7pm as featured on Classic FM, Gramophone Blog and International Piano. …