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Friday Night Classics: La Vie en Rose – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) presents music from, and inspired by, France in this latest of its series of Friday Night Classics concerts of light orchestral music. So, as conductor Richard Balcombe mentions, there is plenty from the pen of Michel Legrand; classical songs associated with The Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf; and ...

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Friday Night Classics: Star Wars – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ever since George Lucas’ blockbuster, Star Wars, hit the big screens in 1977, there has been a huge following for that galaxy far, far away and the fight there between good and evil that features Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader and a cast of bizarre alien lifeforms. This has spawned a further five ...

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A Night at the Movies – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Music: David Arnold Conductor: Nicholas Dodd Reviewer: Selwyn Knight David Arnold is one of Britain’s most prolific and successful film composers, although such is the lot of the film composer that few will know the name or his impressive canon, which includes scoring five James Bond films, Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla and the TV series Sherlock. This evening, he appears ...

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CBSO Friday Night Classics: Charlie Chaplin – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Carl Davis Reviewer: Sam Chipman “You can’t hire this on Netflix” boasts the CBSO concert programme, and this couldn’t be truer. Very rarely will an opportunity come along in which you can watch a film accompanied by a live orchestra, and one in full vigour like the world class CBSO is not to be missed. Symphony Hall rarely sells ...

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Friday Night Classics: 21st Century Blockbusters – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer: Selwyn Knight By its nature, film music is subservient to the films it accompanies, quietly manipulating the viewer’s emotions almost unnoticed. And so, much film music doesn’t really stand up alone. But some does, and this concert includes some of the finest film music – finest music – all of which wears its heart on its ...

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PREVIEW: Forthcoming events at Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall

Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall have an international reputation for the quality of their programming and the Symphony Hall is widely regarded as one of the finest of its kind, with wonderful acoustics and excellent sightlines. The Public Reviews is pleased to be associated with the organisation and to be able to review a selection of the concerts and ...

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CBSO: From the Danube to the Rhine – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Zazushi Ono Reviewer: Sam Chipman After the “Tragic” Fourth Symphony in C minor, in which Schubert was showing signs of development towards a romantic symphony, his Fifth Symphony reverted back to a more conventionally classical symphony although the availability of certain instruments in his amateur orchestra seems likely to have influenced this. Kazushi Ono leads the CBSO with much ...

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