Sheffield's premier orchestra
The Jazz Age
Saturday 14 May, 7.30pm | High Storrs School, Sheffield
George Morton – Conductor
Hallam Sinfonia returns with regular guest conductor George Morton, giving a programme of music from the early 20th Century – related in some way to the origins of, or inspired by, early jazz music.
Ethiopia's Shadow in America
William Grant Still
Symphony no.1 "Afro-American"
An American in Paris
Suite for Variety Orchestra
Florence Price's "Ethiopia's Shadow in America" portrays aspects of the life of slaves in the US. William Grant Still's "Afro-American Symphony" was the first symphonic work by a black composer to be performed by a major American orchestra when it was premiered in 1931.
The second half features two well-known works that include strong jazz influences: Gerge Gershwin's famous "An American in Paris", which includes everything from jazz bar-style brass to car horns in the percussion section, and Dmitri Shostakovich's "Suite for Variety Orchestra", which is sometimes (incorrectly) known as one of his jazz suites.