Classic showing at the cinema

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LISTEN live to a classical concert – at the cinema.

A George Gershwin concert will be broadcast live into Cineworld Boldon on Saturday.

This is the second in a series of four, 30th anniversary classical concerts by the Filarmonica della Scala orchestra from the Teatro all Scala venue in Milan, Italy.

It gives cinema audiences the chance of experiencing the concerts in high definition and in audio 5.1 surround sound, as if they have been transported to La Scala in Italy, considered to be one of the worldwide temples of classical music.

Francesco Micheli – one of Italy’s most reputed opera directors – will provide exclusive coverage from both behind the scenes and the foyer of La Scala, capturing interviews and commentaries with the artists.

The season continues in May, showcasing the works of composers Rachmaninoff, Franceschini, Beethoven and Gabrieli.

The performance on Saturday showcases the talents of classical conductor Riccardo Chailly and jazz pianist Stefano Bollani in a well-loved Gershwin programme, including An American in Paris, Catfish Row and Concerto in F, that promises a fusion of jazz and classical music.

The next event, on May 7, will see virtuoso Andrea Battisconi conducting the Filarmonica in a programme headlined by a new piece by composer Matteo Franceschini, followed by a series of pieces by Rachmaninoff including Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Finally, on May 21, Met Opera conductor Fabio Luisi conducts a varied programme including Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with young Polish prodigy Rafal Blechacz, and three canzonas to mark the 400th anniversary of Giovanni Gabrieli, the godfather of Baroque music.

Performance time for the Gershwin concert on Saturday is 6.45pm.

l To book tickets, visit www.cineworld.co.uk or tel. 0871 200 2000.