ON THE TOWN  The ‘On The Town’ suite begins with a dissonant, flutter-tongued fortissimo chord, followed by a hectic passage that seems to say it all about an average day on the streets of New York. In the same movement there is also a ‘homesick’ interlude, rather like the one in Gershwin’s ‘An American in Paris’. Later movements explore other moods: a jitterbug dance, a trombone blues full of wry humour and a Broadway-belting showstopper, in which each of the instruments take a turn as the star performer. After the classic ‘lonely trumpet’ number, the suite finishes up-tempo with a samba rhythm number.