This Autumn, the BBC Philharmonic orchestra is celebrating the works, life, inspirations and influence of conductor, composer, and all around musical genius, Leonard Bernstein. Well known outside the world of classical music for his ground breaking musical, West Side Story, he was a prodigious talent and there are three concerts taking place this November which acknowledge his influences as part of the BBC Philharmonic’s American Adventure season at The Bridgewater Hall. Bernstein famously conducted Finnish composer Sibelius’ complete symphonies during his tenure at the New York Philharmonic in the 1960s, and, fittingly, the season features a concert in honour of Sibelius’s 150th birthday. Works performed will include Sibelius’ Karelia Suite, Magnus Lindberg’s Sibelius-inspired Violin Concerto (performed by Christian Tetzlaff ) as well as Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela and Symphony No. 5. Principle Guest Conductor is John Storgårds (pictured). Prior to the performance there’s Journey Through Music from 6.30pm for ticket holders, a creative introduction to classical music for children aged 8-12 years old (and their families) where they can meet the orchestra and find out more about the concert (details here). Students can also buy tickets for this (or any other BBC Phil) concert for £3 with a valid NUS card. Again, click here for more info. Other events in this season include Bernstein: Power and Peace (Fri 13 Nov, and Joybox by name, Joyful by nature (Fri 20 Nov,, both at The Bridgewater Hall. Watch this space for more details.

Sat 7 Nov, The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS. Tel: 0161 907 9000, 7.30pm, £3 (NUS) / from £12,

Sat 7 Nov
Ruth Allan
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Mon 2 Nov 2015