About B:Classical 2022/23: An Unforgettable Evening with Sir Willard White and Brodsky Quartet

Sir Willard White bass

Krysia Osostowicz violin

Ian Belton violin

Paul Cassidy viola

Jacqueline Thomas cello

In 50 years, the Brodsky Quartet have given over 3000 concerts and released over 60 recordings, and their natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore different artistic directions is as sharp as ever. This unmissable project sees them join forces with Sir Willard White in an homage to the musical relationship and personal friendship between Frank Sinatra and the Hollywood String Quartet which led to their epoch-defining 1957 album Close to You. Jamaican-born bass Sir Willard White is one of the great all-round musical entertainers of our era, as dazzling when performing Songbook standards as he is on the stages of the world’s great opera houses.

“We have had so much fun putting together this inspiring collection of songs (in new arrangements by Paul Cassidy) and cannot wait to share them with you,” the Quartet says. And you can certainly tell. Expect pieces from the Great American Songbook, excerpts from Porgy and Bess, traditional folk songs from both sides of the pond, Barber’s evocative Dover Beach and a selection of Sinatra numbers from the album. And by way of a curtain-raiser, the Brodskys have a couple of quartet-only pieces up their sleeve too.

Copland Hoedown

Gershwin Porgy and Bess (excerpts)

Trad. The Ash Grove; The Foggy Dew

Massenet Elegy

Barber Dover Beach

Britten Poeme

Copland Long Time Ago; The Dodger

Jenkins / Mercer P. S. I Love You

Kern They Didn’t Believe Me

Hoffman / Lampl / Livingstone Close To You

Lord Burgess Jamaica Farewell

Anka / Revaux / Thibaut / François My Way

B:Eats at Symphony Hall

Our daytime menu is full of Brummie surprises alongside some breakfast, brunch, lunch, and sandwich classics, while our evening menus offer a contemporary take on some firm favourites and some quick bite options.

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    Victoria Square
    Birmingham
    B3 3DQ
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