NSO: Swingin-On-Broadway

NSO: Swingin-On-Broadway

Friday, 22 July 2022, 7.30pm

National Symphony Orchestra
Brian Byrne, conductor and arranger
Lucia Evans, vocalist
William Byrne, vocalist
Matt Ford, vocalist
Anna-Jane Casey, vocalist

Programme to include:

Arlen & Harburg Somewhere Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz)
Loesser Luck Be A Lady (Guys and Dolls)
Loesser, I’ve Never Been in Love Before (Guys and Dolls)
Bernstein & Sondheim Somewhere (West Side Story)
Bernstein & Sondheim Something’s Coming (West Side Story)
Rodgers & Hammerstein This Nearly was Mine (South Pacific)
Rodgers & Hammerstein Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)
Rodgers & Hart My Funny Valentine (Babes in Arms)

Take a stroll along the Great White Way as we travel to the heart of New York theatre to celebrate the tune-filled glories of the Broadway musical arranged with brilliant Swing-era panache by Brian Byrne.

One of the most in-demand composers and arrangers at work today, creative powerhouse, multi-award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated Brian Byrne leads the National Symphony Orchestra and a quartet of superb singers in musical theatre hits that have become popular standards.

New York is also the setting for two signature Broadway musicals – Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls boasting the chancer’s anthem ‘Luck Be A Lady’ and heart-on-sleeve ‘I’ve Never Been in Love Before’; and Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s West Side Story with its sublime ‘Somewhere’ and thrilling ‘Something’s Coming’.

Romance is to the fore in songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s exotic South Pacific and the haunting ‘My Funny Valentine’ from Rodgers & Hart’s Babes in Arms.

And Hollywood muscles its way into the act with the yearning innocence of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ from The Wizard of Oz and its sweetly earnest conviction that ‘dreams really do come true.'

Presented by National Symphony Orchestra

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Published by nationalconcerthall on 31 May 2022

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