Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Classical Music 13/02/09

It won’t be long until the Ulster Orchestra removes from its current headquarters in the Elmwood Hall to a new home in the Ulster Hall.

For nearly two years, few can have missed the hoardings outside this historic building on Bedford Street though not many have been privy to the refurbishments inside the hall. The reopening concert, organised by Belfast City Council to take place in early March, will reveal all.

Meantime, however, the Ulster Orchestra continues its concert season at the Waterfront Hall. There’s no particular reason I would imagine for associating St Valentine’s Day with films. Perhaps the urge for young couples or indeed old couples to celebrate their romantic notions is something which the silver screen has portrayed especially well. Whatever the reason, Saturday night is definitely film night tomorrow, February 14, at the Waterfront — but only in musical terms.

To introduce the Ulster Orchestra’s aptly named ‘Love Is In The Air’ concert is famed film buff Barry Norman.

He began his celebrated FILM series for the BBC in 1972 and has graced television screens ever since as Britain’s best-known and most popular film critic.

Joining him will be singer Maria Friedman, star of Broadway and the West End. She’s been enjoying huge success and rave reviews for her recent performances in London — a solo show in the Trafalgar Studios and The Great British Songbook in the Shaw Theatre. She sings timeless favourites like Singin’ in the Rain, Moon River and Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.

So, if film music be the food of love, go along to the Waterfront Hall tomorrow night for a feast.

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