Viv Mclean (Piano) and Susan Porrett (Narrator).
Commences 7.30pm at Hartlepool Town Hall. Doors open at 7.00pm.
“The Life and Music of George Gershwin”
With prize-winning pianist and famed Gershwin
interpreter Viv McLean and renowned classical actress
Susan Porrett narrating, this production presents an
intriguing, eclectic mix of Gershwin's music from the
much-loved Rhapsody in Blue, I got Rhythm Variations
and Swanee to the rarely played, classical Preludes and
the virtuoso challenge of the Piano Concerto.
All who enjoyed their brilliant presentation on Chopin
on their previous appearance for the Society will not want
to miss this one.
Winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has performed at all the major halls in the UK, as well as in France, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia, Israel, Japan, Australia and the USA.
Viv McLean's concerto work in the UK includes appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé, Sinfonia Viva and the National Musician's Symphony Orchestra. Recent highlights include performances of Mozart K467 with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, the Grieg Concerto with the London Philharmonic and a USA tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue . This season, McLean performs Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto with the RPO in Cambridge, Gershwin and Bernstein with the Hallé at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall.
Susan Porrett's last stage appearance was in Brecht's ‘The Good Soul of Szechuan' at the Young Vic for the acclaimed theatre and opera director, Richard Jones. Her theatre career includes seasons with the RSC (and two years at the National Theatre in Peter Gill's company. She has appeared in five plays at the Royal Court Theatre and was the Nurse in ‘Romeo & Juliet' for the English Touring Company at the Hong Kong Festival. Her television credits include playing Under Housemaid Alice in the first series of ‘Upstairs, Downstairs'; Mrs. Thomas (the Biology Teacher) in Grange Hill and Doris in ‘Absolute Hell'. Her favourite film part was Mrs. Medcalf in Alan Bennett's ‘A Private Function'.
"Extraordinary originality, superb simplicity, and fingers of steel hidden behind muscles of velvet. He is an otherworldly young man - he plays with the genius one finds in those who know how to forget themselves, naturally placing themselves at the right point to meet the music, this mystery of the moment" - Le Monde, Paris.
"The listener was struck by the sustained level of technical mastery. Viv McLean performed with his mind as well as his hands" - The Sunday Times.