Marin Alsop to honour mentor Bernstein with BSO

AMERICAN conductor Marin Alsop returns to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the anni­versary performance of Leonard Bern­stein’s Chichester Psalms in the Cathedral on Saturday 24th Nov­ember.

Recently appointed Conductor Emeritus of the BSO,  of which she was principal conductor from 2002 to 2008, Marin Alsop was a  music student in 1989 when she met Bernstein at Tanglewood, and in the last year of his life he became her mentor.

The music world celebrates his centenary in 2018, and the Chichester concert will be one of the highlights. The piece was originally performed at Chichester Cathedral in 1965. It had been commissioned by the Cathedral and the composer attended with his family. Later he wrote “In Chichester I heard angels sing”.

The BSO brings together the three Cathedral choirs that sang in the original performance more than 50 years ago – from Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester.

“This brilliant and very personal piece embodies Bernstein’s faith in humanity, innocence and youth,” says Marin Alsop.

Chichester made a notable impact on Leonard Bernstein. A community-wide programme of events, Bernstein in Chichester, is planned to reflect the composer’s output as musician, teacher and humanist.

As well as the Chichester Psalms, the concert programme will include Bernstein” Symphony No.1, Jeremiah, with mezzo soprano Michelle de Young and JS Bach Motets.

Tickets will go on sale at the end of February. For more information telephone  01202 669925 or visit the website, www.BSOlive.com