Monday 8th January 7.15pm (please note start time)
MUSICAL MILESTONES The American Tradition Centenary Tribute
LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918-1990)
A talk illustrated with find CD recordings by Adrian Boynton
A friend of young Bernstein once said, 'Lenny is doomed for success.' As composer, conductor, pianist and broadcaster, he was indeed one of the great talents of the Twentieth Century. His music embrace a multiplicity of traditions - Jewish sacred music, the symphonic techniques of Mahler and Shostakovich, the rhythmic verve and clear scoring of Copland and Stravinsky, ragtime, blues and other jazz elements, not to mention the snappy melody of the Broadway musical. These various strands are moderated according to the nature of the work, and Bernstein shows an unusual ability to compose in quite different ways almost at the same time. His greatest works include the three symphonies 'Jeremiah', 'Age of Anxiety' and 'Kaddish', orchestral suite 'On the Waterfront', ballet 'Fancy Free', the extraordinary Mass (1971), Chichester Psalms, ,and three outstanding stage works 'On the Town', 'Candide' and 'West Side Story'.
Admission £5 (student £1) at the door
Sunday 14th January 6pm
THE EPIPHANY CAROL SERVICE
THE CHOIR OF THE CITY CHURCH Directed by Adrian Boynton
The lovely season of Epiphany commemorates the revelation of Christ to the world, symbolised in the story of the Magi. With beautiful readings, both from the Bible and other sources, and fine musical settings by Bach, Handel, Howells, Leighton and Warlock, we celebrate this special time.
Sunday 21st January 7.30pm
GREAT MASS IN C MINOR / SOLEMN VESPERS
EXSULTATE JUBILATE / PIANO CONCERTO IN D MINOR
THE CORNERSTONE CHAMBER CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA
Philippa Barton (Leader) Craig Greene (piano)
Adrian Boynton (conductor)
To open our special season 'Celebrating Mozart' the Cornerstone Chamber Choir and Orchestra offer a mouthwatering selection of the composer's finest works. The concert is framed by the Vespers written for Salzburg Cathedral (featuring the sublime 'Laudate Dominum') and the Great Mass in C minor, Mozart's supreme choral masterwork. The programme also features the brilliant motet for solo soprano and orchestra 'Exsultate Jubilate' (which includes the famous 'Alleluia') and the dramatic Piano Concerto in D minor with soloist Craig Greene. Join Craig, the Orchestra, Choir and four prizewinning vocal soloists for what is certain to be a memorable evening.
Tickets £16.50 (conc £16), £14.50 (conc £14), child £1 from email@example.com, 07971 443970, 01908 246486 (ans mach), 07961 348697 or at the door
Thursday 25th January 7.15pm (please note start time)
EXPLORING MUSIC Classical Masters
MOZART (i) The Salzburg Years (1756-1781)
A new series of talks illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton
"Mozart took the musical small-change of his day and transformed it into a mint of gold" [Michael Kennedy]
In the first of four sessions devoted to this remarkable genius we trace the development of the young composer, his European journeys and his stormy years in the service of the Archbishop of Salzburg . We explore the outstanding early symphonies in G minor (K183) and A major (K201), the violin concertos, the early piano concertos (including K271), the first 'great' work in the genre), fine settings of the Mass written for the Salzburg Chapel, and instrumental serenades composed for court entertainments. We end with 'Idomeneo', Mozart's first major operatic success, and one of his noblest works.
Admission (at the door £5, student £1)