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Hallé Orchestra perform new Mark-Anthony Turnage clarinet concerto tonight

Hallé Orchestra perform new Mark-Anthony Turnage clarinet concerto tonight

This wickedly funny, colourful programme combines jazz, vaudeville, ballet, the circus and football. It kicks off with Satie's ballet Parade - enlivened by solo parts for typewriter (performed by John Savident, better known as Fred Elliot from Coronation Street), lottery wheel ('played' by Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council) and pistols (shot by Mark Elder, the Hallé's Music Director) - and ends with the Music Hall scene from Shostakovich's weird and wacky Golden Age ballet featuring footballers and boxers. Staying with sport, Debussy's ballet score Jeux charts a triangular love/tennis match. Mark Elder is joined by the superb Michael Collins as soloist in Riffs and Refrains, a new clarinet concerto for the Hallé by Mark-Anthony Turnage whose musical style mixes jazz and classical idioms. Kazushi Ono's recording of Turnage's Etudes and Elegies (Warner Classics 2564 60244-2) has been receiving brilliant reviews and is available now. For more information about the concert, see http://www.halle.co.uk. Photograph of Mark-Anthony Turnage copyright Hessische Rundfunk Urban Kirchberg.

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