The Hallé

Friday 2 May 7:30pm Classical Music
Tickets £12.00 to £41.00

Venue: Royal Concert Hall

Running time: Doors: 6.00pm. Running time: 2 hours, estimated end time: 9.30pm

Important Information

Age Guidance: 7+

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+

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Marta Gardolińska     conductor
Alena Baeva               violin

Copland                      Appalachian Spring
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’

Three distinctive visions of America make up this concert from the Hallé and Polish conductor Marta Gardolińska, beginning with Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning suite from his ballet Appalachian Spring. Originally commissioned in wartime by the Martha Graham Dance Company, this ‘legend of American living’ with its feeling of open space rapidly became synonymous with the national spirit and its pioneering optimism. Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto dates from a similar time, and was premiered in 1941. Mixing lush lyricism with Modernist impulse, not least in its full-throttle finale it’s now one of the most admired twentieth-century concertos. The mesmerising Russian-Luxembourgish virtuoso, Alena Baeva, takes up the challenge.

Our final piece comes from one of America’s most famous musical immigrants. Dvořák made the journey to become the Director at the National Conservatory of Music in New York in 1892 and although often desperately homesick he found inspiration in the music of both Native American and African-American communities. The latter’s spirituals echo through the famous slow movement of the ‘New World’ Symphony and there’s a strong sense of America’s expansive panorama throughout, whilst often alluding to the vibrant melodies and infectious dance rhythms of his Czech homeland.

 Free pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Marta Gardolińska in conversation.


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12 concerts – save 30% (season ticket)
10-11 concerts – save 25%
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5–6 concerts – save 15%
3–4 concerts – save 10%

Groups 10+
Save 20% off full price tickets, excluding £9.50 and £12 seats.  Please email our Group Sales team or call 0115 989 5555 to book.

Groups 20+
Save 30% off full price tickets, excluding £9.50 and £12 seats.  Please email our Group Sales team or call 0115 989 5555 to book.

Under 26s and full-time students
Tickets £5 each. To purchase these tickets, you must be 26 or a full-time student or under at the time of booking. You may be asked to show your age ID / student ID on doors to confirm your age.

Bargain Seats
Tickets £9.50 from 12pm on the day of the concert online, by phone, or at the box office counter. Please note that these seats are subject to availability

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