The official visitor website for Norfolk

Refine your search

Type of Venue






Or Venue Name


image for Music - Classical item typeNSO Concert at St Nicholas Chapel

Music - Classical, Sun 24 Mar 2019, free entry

America – A New World of Music

America – A New World of Music


Many of its composers were migrants from the Old World who enthusiastically embraced their chance to make a new start.
The first major contribution made by America to world music was, of course, Jazz, and many “classical” composers absorbed its rhythms and sounds and used them as the basis for their music. One of the most famous of these was George Gershwin, whose Piano Concerto in F combines perfectly the energy of Tin Pan Alley and the richness of the Blues. Even more wildly abandoned is Bernstein’s music to West Side Story with its mix of Latin dance and 50s swing.
Aaron Copland was deeply affected by the work of Nationalist composers in Europe, such as Bartok and Vaughan Williams and, like them, set about creating a musical language out of the building blocks of his folk traditions. His Fanfare for the Common Man has become an icon.
The other great contribution which America made came much later, towards the end of the 20th Century. This was minimalism, with its bewitching, hypnotically repeating patterns. Perhaps the most famous minimalist composer is Philip Glass, whose string piece Company was written as incidental music to Samuel Beckett’s play of the same name.
Vibrant, energetic and vividly colourful...

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Glass: Company
Bernstein: West Side Story: Symphonic Dances

Tickets available at the Corn Exchange box office:

Children welcomeDisabled access

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 24 Mar 2019 15:30


Free entry

Adults £16, First 100 under 18s free, then £8, Members and Friends £2 discount

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 24 Mar NSO Concert


Ann Street,
King's Lynn,
PE30 1QS


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access