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George Gershwin’sAn American in Paris

17 & 18 October 2024

In the Concert Hall

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Classical Music

The Roaring Twenties was a time of heady optimism in Paris. That joyous cross-pollination is immediately evident in these works by Gershwin, Stravinsky and Ravel.

The Roaring Twenties

Gershwin brought the Jazz Age to the concert hall with An American in Paris. From its audacious opening to its explosive tunes, this is music that recreates the lively spirit of Paris, from its dance halls to its streets.

Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand features similarly jazzy rhythms, demanding enormous virtuosity from the pianist. In Konstantin Shamray we have one of Australia's finest, and he brings his 'rich, colourful palate of sound' (Limelight) to this extraordinary work.

Stravinsky's Pulcinella sees the composer looking back to more classical times. His trademark ingenuity shines through in the contrasts of instrumental voices, creating a work that feels familiar and excitingly new.

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra


STRAVINSKY Pulcinella: Suite 
RAVEL Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
GERSHWIN An American in Paris

Artist information

Umberto Clerici conductor & presenter 
Konstantin Shamray piano 

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