The final programme for this concert has now been confirmed, with some minor changes at the request of the artist. Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance will no longer be performed. Ravel’s Blues (from Violin Sonata) and Gershwin’s Lullaby have been added to the programme.
Jamaican-born bass Sir Willard White is one of the great all-round musical entertainers of our era, as dazzling when performing Songbook standards as he is on the stages of the world’s great opera houses. In his unmissable Saffron Hall debut, alongside the Brodsky Quartet, he pays tribute to the relationship between Frank Sinatra and the Hollywood String Quartet which resulted in the epoch-defining 1957 album Close to You. His recital also includes classic American art-songs, evergreen pop standards, and a sprinkling of surprises. Part of Saffron Hall’s year-long focus on great voices and great singing.
This concert will finish at approximately 9.20pm
Copland arr. P Cassidy/J Thomas Hoedown
Gershwin arr. P Cassidy Porgy and Bess (excerpts)
Trad. arr. B Britten/P Cassidy Two folk songs (Ash Grove and Foggy, Foggy Dew)
Massenet arr. P Cassidy Aria: Élégie
Barber Dover Beach
Ravel arr. A Haveron Blues (from Violin Sonata)
Copland arr. P Cassidy Two folk songs (Long Time Ago, The Dodger)
Jenkins/Mercer arr. N Riddle/I Belton PS. I Love You
Jerome Kern arr. J Thomas They Didn’t Believe Me
Hoffman/Lampl/Livingstone arr. N Liddle/A Haveron Close to You
Lord Burgess arr. J Jaconson Jamaica Farewell
Anka/Revaux/Thibault/François arr. J Thomas/D Gordon My Way