As a newcomer to Music in the Round, with a background firmly rooted in theatre and literature, I feel very excited and privileged that the first concert I watch will be Conversation Pieces. What better introduction than to hear resident musicians Ensemble 360 performing together with one of the UK’s best-loved novelists, Marina Lewycka?
The programme for this concert has been chosen with Marina, and includes music spanning three centuries, by Bach, Prokofiev, Poulenc, Szymanowski and Chopin. As well as having the opportunity to hear more about these choices, I am also looking forward to the format of the evening. We are used to performances which are accompanied by spoken word– a pre- or post-show talk, maybe. But here is a concert where conversation is integral to the performance. Marina will be onstage, sharing thoughts with Ensemble members, at appropriate points between pieces, about how we listen to chamber music, and how the players approach performing it. She’s going to talk about her Ukranian heritage, especially the folk music that is such an important part of that heritage. And what better platform for this dialogue than the intimate, in-the-round setting of the Crucible Studio?
So my first concert will combine world-class chamber music, an acclaimed author and fascinating conversation. That seems a pretty good place to start. But don’t take my word for it – join us at the Crucible Studio this Thursday.
Thursday 17 October, 7.30 pm
Alison, Interim Marketing Manager
14 October 2013