An American in Paris

Thursday 15 September 2022

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Join us on a musical journey from the streets of Paris to a Sunday morning in Harlem, New York as the sounds of symphonic jazz, boogie-woogie and blues fill Huddersfield Town Hall.

Opera North Music Director Garry Walker conducts a transatlantic programme, opening with Gershwin’s An American in Paris, inspired by the sights and sounds of the French capital during the Roaring Twenties.

One of the world’s finest clarinettists, Julian Bliss, performs Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, followed by another showcase for the instrument by Artie Shaw. The concert closes with Duke Ellington’s blues-drenched Harlem.

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season.
Explore the full Season including the organ series.

From £13 | Concessions available

Pre-concert talk 6.40pm
Start time 7.30pm

16 and under £1
Under 30 £4
Concession £11 – £24

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Gershwin An American in Paris
Copland Clarinet Concerto
Shaw Concerto for Clarinet
Gruber Manhattan Broadcasts
Ellington Harlem

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Q&A with Julian Bliss

As he looks forward to returning to Huddersfield, Julian tells us how jazz and symphonic music come together in these works…


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Garry Walker


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Julian Bliss


Orchestra of Opera North

An American in Paris

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