AMERICAN JAZZ AND RUSSIAN LYRICISM WITH WAYNE MARSHALL
English pianist, organist, and conductor Wayne Marshall will be taking on the demanding role of both conductor and soloist in the first of a series of three piano concertos. This Malta Philharmonic Orchestra event will be held at Teatru Manoel on the 15th April at 8pm.
The two works to feature in this concert are Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F and Alexander Borodin’s Symphony No. 2. The former is a 20th-century composition in the typical classical form with three movements, containing a mélange of bombastic timpani sounds, piano and orchestral lyricism, Charleston and blues. The 19th-century Russian piece by Borodin comprises four movements, having a declamatory opening on the tutti.
Marshall performs worldwide, but keeps Malta as his base. He is known for his virtuosic interpretation of works by George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington and other 20th-century American composers. Having acted as both conductor and soloist on a number of occasions, particularly in the performance of Gershwin pieces, Marshall is very accustomed to this kind of set-up.
Audiences can look forward to another two piano concertos in this series, one that will feature Michael Laus as conductor and soloist on the 6th May, and the third with conductor Kaspar Zehnder, and Natacha Chircop and Marco Rivoltini as soloists on the 27th May.
Tickets are priced from €10 to €30, and can be purchased from the Manoel Theatre website.