One of the world’s great concert halls, Wigmore Hall, opens its doors once again for its Wigmore Lates, a vibrant range of one-hour shows which take place after dark in the Hall’s sumptuous auditorium and make the ideal start to the weekend.
We are most interested in three of the performances: Lucy Schaufer, David Orlowsky, and Jason Rebello.
Lucy Schaufer, the uncategorisable American mezzo, brings a rich mix of songs by composers and song writers born in 1938. With Huw Watkins on piano, the programme includes world premières of arrangements of songs by Hedy West, Peter Yarrow, Gordon Lightfoot and a brand-new song by John Corgiliano, specially commissioned for this concert and his 80th birthday. Who could imagine them on the same bill? Other songs by William Bolcom, Joan Tower, John Harbison, Charles Wuorinen and Frederic Rzewski make up the celebration. (June 29)
Clarinettist David Orlowsky and his classical chart-topping Trio, purveyors of ‘weightless music of the moment’, take the train from cosmopolitan Odessa to Paris with music touched by echoes of lost ancestors, the kings of klezmer, contemporary jazz, world music and even sacred polyphony. (July 6)
Jason Rebello, who made his name in the late 1980s as a jazz pianist before joining Sting’s band and working with Jeff Beck, joins Wigmore Hall favourites The Prince Consort for a late-night set with singers Anna Huntley and Nicholas Mulroy. It mixes favourite art songs by such composers as Brahms, Schubert and Beethoven with jazz improvisations on the well-known tunes. (July 13)
All concerts are at 10 PM and finish at 11 PM.