After Hours: Laefer QuartetFriday 4 February 9:45pm Classical Music
Venue: Royal Concert Hall
Age Guidance: 7+
Under 14s must be accompanied by and adult aged 18+
Start time may vary depending on the finishing time of the earlier concert
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Thierry Escaich Tango Virtuoso
Erica Telisnor The Bridge
Stravinsky Circus Polka
Charlotte Harding Sub, to Street, to Scraping the Sky
Guillermo Lago Ciudades
One of the UK’s most dynamic saxophone quartets, the Laefer Quartet relish performing contemporary repertoire and transcriptions of classical works, and have performed in many leading UK venues including Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. They’ve won numerous awards including Park Lane Group Artists and the Elias Fawcett Ensemble Award for an Outstanding Ensemble in the Royal Overseas League Competition.
Their After Hours programme crosses musical continents and genres, beginning with Thierry Escaich’s boundary-pushing Tango Virtuoso which explores the ‘tango nuevo’ style popularised by Astor Piazzolla. American composer Erica Telisnor’s The Bridge is one that crosses the Atlantic, drawing heavily on jazz and popular music. Igor Stravinsky’s Circus Polka was written for George Balanchine’s ground-breaking New York collaboration between his ballet company and the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Another commission for the quartet, Charlotte Harding’s Sub, to Street, to Scraping the Sky, draws upon the multiple colours of the saxophone quartet to paint a musical picture of New York City. Finally, Guillermo Lago’s Ciudades evokes the spirit of some of the cities he has visited, including places in Bosnia, Uruguay, and Ethiopia.
This event follows an orchestral concert by The Hallé the same evening. Click here for details. Ticket holders for the earlier event get in for free.