The RNCM’s Young Explorers Concert Series continues this summer with an energetic, instantly recognisable programme featuring Stravinsky, Bernstein and Copland.
Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird, based on the Russian fairytale about a magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner, was described as a ‘riot of rich colour and fantastic movement’. Written in 1910, the piece is full of vivid, lush orchestral colours and includes nods to traditional Russian folksong.
Leonard Bernstein’s 1950s-penned musical accompaniment to West Side Story and Copland’s highly evocative Fanfare for the Common Man, a tune that was written in 1942 and that featured in two Space Shuttle missions, as well as Barack Obama’s Inaugural Celebration in 2009, complete the programme.
The Young Explorers concerts are family-friendly ‘relaxed’ performances, which offer a great way to introduce children to live classical music. Family tickets are available.