16 Jan 2016 The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

BBC Philharmonic 2015-16 Season Life, liberty…and great tunes. Life, liberty…and great tunes.

Life, liberty…and great tunes.


19:30 Saturday 16 Jan 2016 Main AuditoriumThe Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Tel: 0161 907 9000

  • Charles Ives 1874–1954
  • Variations on 'America' (version for orchestra) (8 mins)
  • Philip Glass b.1937
  • Mad Rush (9 mins)
  • Aaron Copland 1900–1990
  • Organ Symphony (24 mins)
  • Billy the Kid (suite) (22 mins)
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold 1897–1957
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (21 mins)

Concert Information

Life, liberty…and great tunes. If America’s about anything, it’s about doing things your own way: and conductor John Wilson knows all about that!

Tonight, the man who brought Cole Porter to the Proms joins forces with Mancunian organist Jonathan Scott to celebrate the heroes who don’t fit the mould: from Copland’s Billy the Kid making a break for the West, to Philip Glass welcoming the Dalai Lama. Charles Ives blows a huge raspberry at a patriotic song (you’ll recognise the tune!) while over in Hollywood, Errol Flynn turns Robin Hood into the definitive all-American action hero – with a bit of help from Austrian romantic Erich Korngold.

So saddle up for a real adventure: big names, big personalities, and guaranteed entertainment. It’s the American way!

Journey Through Music, 6.30pm, Barbirolli Room: Violinist Julian Gregory leads an introductory session for families about the orchestra and the music that will be played in the concert. Our guest speaker will be tonight’s soloist Jonathan Scott.

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