Bridlington Spa will be hosting a rare opportunity to come and join the Hallé orchestra in a concert of dance music from across the world, featuring everything from ballet to bossa nova!
'Music of Dance' will be a family concert on Sunday, 22 July, at 2pm, and the orchestra will be conducted by Jonathon Heyward, with presenter Tom Redmond.
The orchestra will demonstrate how it can evoke the sophistication of the grandest theatres and ballrooms, the steamy passions of Spanish legend, riotous partying in the old Wild West, rhythms from the Jazz Age and beyond, and the everyday culture of the people, whether in old Bohemia or recent Latin-America.
They start with one of the best-loved ballet scores of all: Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers, from The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky wrote to his friends at the time, '"It's awfully fun to write a march for tin soldiers and a waltz of the flowers."
They then cut to Spain, through the sounds of the French composer Bizet, and his operatic blockbuster-hit, Carmen. Dancers from the East Riding Youth Dance County Company will be welcomed and have created their own choreography to Bizet's Habanera from Carmen, and the afternoon will continue with many more pieces of dance music.
To finish the concert, they travel to Mexico. The dead-pan title of Arturo Marquez's Danza No. 2 conceals an orchestral riot! This became famous worldwide – and at the Proms - as the encore to concerts given by the young Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudemel and his Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra; there's simply no better way to sum up the spirit of dance.
Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to secure the Halle Orchestra to come to visit Bridlington, hot on the heels of the hugely successful concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra last year. I know this will be another very popular event, offering a unique way for families to spend a summer afternoon!"
Tickets are available now priced £17.50 for adults; £15 for concessions; £5 for children and £40 a family from Bridlington Spa Box Office on 01262 678258, or online at www.bridspa.com.
Pre-theatre lunch is also available at £12.50, or £8 for children – details are available when buying tickets for the concert.
On the previous day, Saturday 21 July, a 'music box' will take place which is a free session for anybody aged eight upwards - no experience necessary - to have a go with an instrument.
Community arts officer June Mitchell said : "Come and create some new music and sounds alongside musicians from the Hallé, and together you will explore the music being played at the family concert the following day."
Although the workshop is free, booking is essential at Bridspa.com