Reflections on Debussy: Orchestral Pictures
with the BBC Philharmonic
Saturday 24 March 2012, 7.30pm
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
MUSSORGSKY orch. RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition
Juanjo Mena conductor
Steven Osborne piano
Post-concert performance of chamber music by students from Chethams School of Music
It’s all about colour. When Claude Debussy wrote his 'Images', he didn’t just paint sumptuous orchestral pictures of English folk dance, blossoming spring and a Spanish fiesta. He created musical colours that no-one had ever heard before. George Gershwin took the classical piano rhapsody, tinted it with the blues, and created a masterpiece as iconic and thrilling as the Manhattan skyline itself. It’s the definitive jazz concerto, and British pianist Steven Osborne really knows how to swing it.
Maurice Ravel, meanwhile, simply took a huge bucket of orchestral colours and threw it all over Mussorgsky’s 'Pictures at an Exhibition' – bringing huts on hen’s legs, talking skulls and dancing chickens to sparkling, glittering life. As our Debussy anniversary celebrations take a spectacular turn, Juanjo Mena is our tour guide for this extraordinary private view!
Jouney Through Music and Sonic Card tickets are available for this concert.
Tickets also available from Quaytickets.
How to get there
- Metrolink tram passengers should alight at St Peter’s Square. Discounted Metrolink vouchers are available to purchase from the Box Office or online when you buy your concert tickets. The discounted fare is £3.00 adult and £1.50 child; vouchers are valid for unlimited travel from any Metrolink stop after 9.30am.
- The nearest bus stops for major routes into the city centre are St Peter’s Square, Portland Street or Deansgate.
- The nearest rail stations are Deansgate and Oxford Road.
- If travelling by car, please allow plenty of time for your journey. For satellite navigation, the Hall’s postcode is M2 3WS. The nearest car parks are Park Avenue, NCP Manchester Central (formerly G-Mex), NCP Great Northern or NCP Oxford Street. Manchester Central car park is linked directly to The Bridgewater Hall by an underpass beneath Lower Mosley Street.
- The Bridgewater Hall welcomes deaf and disabled patrons. If you have any specific access requirements please ask the Box Office on 0161 907 9000.