Events

Classic Gershwin at West London Synagogue

7 Star Arts most popular production in partnership with West London Synagogue for a full performance with projection and post-concert talk.

Classic Gershwin weaves the vibrant music of  the ever-popular composer George Gershwin with his fascinating life story from birth in the colourful, teeming New York of 1898 to his tragically early death in 1937.

Tickets £20 in advance / £25 on the door

The concert takes place in the magnificent Italian Moorish Sanctuary of West London Synagogue

With prize-winning pianist and renowned Gershwin interpreter Viv McLean and RSC, National Theatre and TV actress Susan Porrett narrating, this production presents an intriguing, eclectic mix of Gershwin’s music from the much-loved Rhapsody in Blue, I got Rhythm Variations and Swanee to the rarely played, classical Preludes.

“Vividly illustrated.. rapturously received.. highly recommended.”

Frances Wilson (The Cross-Eyed Pianist)

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Chekhov’s Grand Piano at the Russia Culture House

Anthony Hewitt – piano

Susan Porrett – reader

Klara Smith – art

‘Chekhov’s Grand Piano’, 7 Star Arts’ newest mixed-genre production, interweaves music by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff with readings from the ‘The Seagull’, ‘Ivanov’, ‘The Cherry Orchard’ and ‘The Three Sisters’ selected and read by actress Susan Porrett

Tickets

  • Early bird £18
  • Standard £22
  • On the door £25
  • Children under 16 £5

There are many parallels between the works of Anton Chekhov and the music of his compatriots. Chekhov’s writing is filled with allusions to music, especially the piano, and some of the plays have piano interludes. Shostakovich noted that Chekhov’s short stories were written in sonata form. Chekhov corresponded with Tchaikovsky whom he revered and his friend Rachmaninoff played the piano in Chekhov’s summer home The White Dacha at Yalta.

 

Praise for Anthony Hewitt

A remarkably gifted artist” – The Gramophone

The excellent British pianist Anthony Hewitt played with fleet technique, impressive clarity and a wide range of tonal colours” – New York Times

 

 

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