Wed 11th Jun at 7:30pm
@ Royal Festival Hall, London
Also appearing: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Alexander Shelley
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Concierto de Aranjuez: John Williams, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Alexander Shelley
Programme to include:
Edward Elgar: Overture, In the South (Alassio)
Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar & orchestra
Stephen Goss: Guitar Concerto
George Gershwin: An American in Paris
One of the most celebrated classical guitarist in the world, John Williams, performs what is surely the globes most popular Guitar Concerto - Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.
Inspired by the composer's honeymoon, the concerto conjures up the palatial gardens at Aranjuez, and, as Rodrigo recalled,'the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains'.
The RPO gave the first performance of the new Guitar Concerto by Stephen Goss, a work championed by John Williams.
As well as our trip to Spain with Rodrigo, we visit Italy, in Elgar's sunny In the South, and Paris, in Gershwin's delightful and humorous work An American in Paris.
Legendary classical guitar maestro whose repertoire ranges from the standard Baroque and Spanish classics to more innovative contemporary works. John Williams is a foremost ambassador of the guitar. Born in Melbourne, Australia, he was taught the instrument by his father and went on to study music at the Royal College of Music in London. He has since toured many countries playing solo and with orchestras. He has also appeared regularly on radio and television - and, of course, his music is familiar to many filmgoers, most notably The Deerhunter (Cavatina). He has collaborated with many outstanding musicians, including Julian Bream, Itzhak Perlman, Andre Previn, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth.
'John Williams is the undisputed king of the classical guitar' (The Times).
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Founded in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham and described by the Daily Telegraph as 'a true premier league orchestra'. Acknowledged as one of the UK's most prestigious orchestras, the RPO enjoys an international reputation for first-class performances.
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