Artists Series to present BBC Concert Orchestra April 21


a-best-keith-0370The BBC Concert Orchestra, one of five British Broadcasting Corporation radio orchestras and considered to be one of the United Kingdom’s most versatile ensembles, closes out the 2014-15 Marshall Artists Series with a performance on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

Created in 1952, the BBC Concert Orchestra, with roughly 50 players, spends the majority of its time producing music for the radio broadcast. Tabbed one of the world’s finest orchestras, they have performed at the Proms in London, Royal Festival Hall, and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert. Keith Lockhart, one of classical music’s most dynamic maestros, became the seventh lead conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2008. Lockhart is currently the artistic director of the Boston Pops and has served as conductor for numerous orchestras around the globe.

The orchestra’s performance at the Keith-Albee will feature many well-known classical pieces, including Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Piano Concerto in G; Walton’s March Crown Imperial; Vaughn Williams’ Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1, E minor; and Britten’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell (also known as The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra).

Also, a special pre-show discussion, Artistic Viewpoints, will take place prior to the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. The discussion is free, but patrons must have show tickets to be admitted into the discussion. Artistic Viewpoints provides guests an opportunity to learn more about the BBC Concert Orchestra and their music.

Currently, the BBC Orchestra acts as the house orchestra for BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. Performing daily broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, the orchestra can be heard on such BBC soundtracks as Africa and The Paradise. The orchestra also takes part in key BBC Music initiatives, including the “Ten Pieces” project, which introduces young children to classical music.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Artists Series box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse or call ext..6-6656    Box office hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

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Photo: Keith Lockhart will conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra in Huntington April 21.