War & Romance: David Charles Abell’s Transatlantic Summer


The summer has hardly begun and already MKAM’s David Charles Abell has received critical acclaim and delighted audiences with Into the Woods at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris (his fourth Sondheim in France), the Olivier Awards in London and a concert of Copland, Gershwin and Bernstein with the fabulous Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Now David heads to the USA to work with Cincinnati Opera on a production of Kevin Puts’ 2011 opera, Silent Night.  Based on the film Joyeux Noël, it tells of the moment in Christmas 1914 when the guns and mortars fell silent on the Western Front: http://www.cincinnatiopera.org/performances/silent-night/silent-night-cast-creative-team.  Guaranteed to be a moving experience in this year of all years, performances will take place on 10th and 12th July.

Carrying on in the same spirit, David returns to the UK with one of the most eagerly awaited concerts in the BBC Proms 2014 season, the War Horse Prom on 3rd August: http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/whats-on/2014/august-03/14970. Including works by Elgar, Holst and Bridge, the centre-piece of the event is Adrian Sutton’s brilliantly evocative War Horse Suite, created especially for the Proms from his score for the original production.  Not to be missed.

To round off the summer with a flourish, MKAM is delighted to announce that David will join forces with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist Leon McCawley to present three special concerts – on 15th, 22nd and 29th August – combining Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto Number 2 and live screenings of David Lean’s 1945 film of repressed romance, Brief Encounter: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/david-leans-brief-encounter-85118?dt=2014-08-29.

Here’s to a wonderful summer ahead.

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