LSO violist Anna Green looks forward to the new season at the Barbican

LSO violist Anna Green looks forward to the new season at the Barbican

Concerts from September 2013 on sale now

2013-14 season

We are delighted to be able to bring you our complete 2013/14 season so that you can plan your year of concert-going and make a series booking in one easy transaction. Click on the links below for full details.

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Sir Colin Davis
Sir Colin Davis, who was originally billed to conduct several performances in the 2013/14 season, sadly passed away on Sunday 14 April 2013. For a full statement, please see Ticket bookers have been contacted, and as of 3 June 2013 we have announced details of replacement conductors.

By date

September 2013
> Sun 15 Sep: Gianandrea Noseda; Verdi Rigoletto
> Thu 19 Sep: Robin Ticciati/Mitsuko Uchida; Mozart & Dvorák
> Wed 25 Sep: Thomas Dausgaard/Barry Douglas; Strauss & Mahler
> Sun 29 Sep: Gianandrea Noseda/Nikolai Lugansky; Britten, Prokofiev & Shostakovich (+ LSO Discovery Day: Shostakovich)

> Thu 3 Oct: Daniel Harding/Christian Tetzlaff; Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky & Stravinsky
> Thu 10 Oct: Bernard Haitink/Emanuel Ax; Mozart & Shostakovich
> Tue 15 Oct: Bernard Haitink/Emanuel Ax; Mozart & Shostakovich
> Sun 27 Oct: LSO Discovery Family Concert
> Sun 27 Oct: LSO String Ensemble
> Thu 31 Oct: Valery Gergiev; Berlioz (+ Guided Concert Night for families with over-12s)

> Fri 1 Nov: Valery Gergiev/Antoine Tamestit; Berlioz
> Sun 3 Nov: Valery Gergiev/Olga Borodina; Berlioz (+ LSO Discovery Day: Berlioz)
> Wed 6 Nov: Valery Gergiev/Olga Borodina; Berlioz
> Thu 7 Nov: Valery Gergiev/Olga Borodina; Berlioz
> Tue 12 Nov: Valery Gergiev/Antoine Tamestit; Berlioz
> Wed 13 Nov: Valery Gergiev/Olga Borodina; Berlioz
> Thu 14 Nov: Valery Gergiev; Berlioz
> Wed 20 Nov: Daniel Harding/Christianne Stotijn/Burkhard Fritz; Schubert & Mahler
> Thu 28 Nov: Daniel Harding/Katarina Dalayman/Peter Seiffert/Christianne Stotijn; Schubert & Wagner

> Sun 1 Dec: LSO on Film: Celebrating the music of Patrick Doyle
> Thu 5 Dec: Nikolaj Zniader; Beethoven & Dvorák
> Thu 12 Dec: Michael Tilson Thomas/Simon Trpceski
> Thu 19 Dec: Michael Tilson Thomas/Evgeny Kissin

January 2014
> Sat 4 Jan: LSO Discovery Singing Day: Haydn The Creation
> Sun 12 Jan: Richard Egarr/Haydn The Creation
> Tue 21 Jan: Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Maria João Pires; Mendelssohn & Schumann
> Thu 23 Jan: LSO Brass Ensemble
> Thu 30 Jan: Sir Antonio Pappano/Janine Jansen; Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Brahms & Walton

> Sun 2 Feb: Sir Antonio Pappano/Maxim Vengerov; Elgar & Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (+ LSO Discovery Day: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies)
> Wed 5 Feb: Michael Francis/Anne-Sophie Mutter; Panufnik & Dvorák
> Sun 9 Feb: Jaap van Sweden/Yuja Wang; Beethoven & Rachmaninov
> Thu 13 Feb: James Gaffigan/Yuja Wang; Prokofiev & Ravel
> Sun 16 Feb: LSO Discovery Family Concert
> Sun 16 Feb: Yuja Wang solo recital
> Thu 20 Feb: Daniel Harding/Yuja Wang; Rachmaninov & Stravinsky
> Sun 23 Feb: Daniel Harding/Adam Walker; Huw Watkins & Mahler

> Sun 23 Mar: Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Alina Ibragimova; Mendelssohn & Schumann
> Sun 30 Mar: Valery Gergiev/Denis Matsuev; Scriabin & Liszt

> Thu 10 Apr: Valery Gergiev/Denis Matsuev; Messiaen & Scriabin
> Sun 13 Apr: Valery Gergiev/Daniil Trifonov; Messiaen, Chopin & Scriabin
> Thu 24 Apr: Eclectica at the Barbican with Dhafer Youssef
> Sun 27 Apr: Daniele Gatti; Mahler

> Thu 1 May: Nikolaj Znaider/Roman Simovic/Tim Hugh; Strauss & Brahms
> Sun 4 May: Sir Mark Elder/Imogen Cooper; Strauss & Mozart(+ LSO Discovery Day: Strauss)
> Thu 8 May: Sir Mark Elder/Anne Schwanewilms; Mozart & Strauss
> Wed 14 May: Pablo Heras-Casado/Roman Simovic; Ravel, Prokofiev & Shostakovich
> Tue 20 May: Daniel Harding/Paul Lewis; Harrison Birtwistle & Brahms

> Sun 1 Jun: Sir Simon Rattle/Veronika Eberle; Beethoven & Brahms
> Fri 6 Jun: Leonidas Kavakos/Tim Hugh/Enrico Pace; Beethoven
> Thu 12 Jun: Sir Mark Elder/Nicola Benedetti; Bruch & Dvorák
> Sun 15 Jun: LSO Discovery Family Concert
> Thu 19 Jun: Fabio Luisi/Lisa de la Salle; Mozart & Bruckner
> Sun 22 Jun: LSO Discovery Singing Day: Beethoven Mass
> Sun 22 Jun: Fabio Luisi/Christiane Oelze; Strauss & Beethoven
> Sun 29 Jun: Jonathan Nott/Cynthia Millar/Steven Osborne; Beethoven & Messiaen

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts at LSO St Luke's

September 2013–April 2014

Mozart Chamber Music
> Thu 26 Sep: Christian Bradshaw
> Thu 3 Oct: London Winds & Leon McCawley
> Thu 10 Oct: Aronowitz Ensemble
> Thu 17 Oct: London Winds
> Thu 24 Oct: Lendvai Trio
> Thu 31 Oct: Chiaroscuro String Quartet
> Thu 7 Nov: Vilde Frang & Michael Lifits
> Thu 14 Nov: Ebène String Quartet

Barry Douglas & Friends
> Thu 23 Jan
> Thu 6 Feb
> Thu 13 Feb
> Thu 20 Feb

Schubert Chamber Works
> Thu 27 Feb: Cédric Tiberghien & Christian Ihle Hadland
> Thu 6 Mar: Nicola Benedetti, Leonard Elschenbroich & Alexei Grynyuk
> Thu 13 Mar: Doric String Quartet
> Thu 20 Mar: Signum String Quartet

Russian Romantic Piano Works
> Thu 27 Mar: Nikolai Demidenko
> Thu 3 Apr: Yevgeny Sudbin
> Thu 10 Apr: Boris Giltburg
> Thu 17 Apr: Denis Kozhukhin

Season themes

Valery Gergiev 2013/14 – Berlioz and Scriabin

Valery Gergiev is a long-time Berlioz champion, conducting it internationally with the Vienna Philharmonic and with the Mariinsky Orchestra, and next autumn he will share his interpretations with London audiences, catching the anarchic undercurrents of Berlioz’s scores as surely as its rapturous refinements. Scriabin was nothing if not too ambitious, and Gergiev presents his complete orchestral works (all five of them) over three concerts in March 2014. The LSO gave the first UK performance of Scriabin’s ‘Poem of Ecstasy’ in 1910, and Elgar was so shocked when he heard it a decade later he wrote: ‘To think that Gloucester Cathedral should echo to such music. It’s a wonder the gargoyles don’t fall off the tower’.

11 concerts conducted by Valery Gergiev:
Berlioz: 31 Oct; 1, 3, 6, 7, 12, 13 & 14 Nov 2013
Scriabin: 30 Mar; 10 & 13 Apr 2014

UBS Soundscapes: LSO Artist Portrait – Yuja Wang

Yuja Wang is a questing pianist who knows her own mind. Introduced to the LSO by Michael Tilson Thomas in 2009, she has also toured with the Orchestra to Spain and Germany. Her musical roots are ‘playing the piano really naturally because everything I heard from the beginning was through music. I studied with only one teacher from the age of seven to 14. She was Russian-taught and talked a lot about sound. She really loved Kissin, so I heard all his Chopin recordings when I was nine. She also liked Argerich, and I liked Cortot; I found him extremely poetic and very inspiring’. At 25, Yuja Wang reached a landmark year in 2012 making her debuts at the BBC Proms, the Tanglewood Festival and at Carnegie Hall.

3 concerts with the LSO and Yuja Wang:
9, 13 & 20 Feb 2014
Yuja Wang Solo Piano Recital: 16 Feb 2014

Music alchemists: journeys with great conductors

So what do great conductors do? The answer is to be found in those ‘cosmic’ performances, where, in a truly alchemical transformation of elements, something is achieved that goes beyond the egos of the players or the conductors, and the only choice is to follow the musical energy that’s being created on stage. The last thing great conductors do is to force musicians to do their bidding. Performances are constructed through patient hours of listening, so that each player has the chance to build up a similar mental, musical and emotional map of the piece. Then listening expands to include the audience, too, so that live concerts aren’t simply letting a musical experience happen to you, but you are an active, essential part of it. Here are 14 of the best.

14 concerts conducted by:
Bernard Haitink: 10 & 15 Oct 2013
Michael Tilson Thomas: 12 & 19 Dec 2013
Sir John Eliot Gardiner: 21 Jan, 23 Mar 2014
Sir Mark Elder: 4 & 8 May 2014
Sir Simon Rattle: 1 Jun 2014

Singing Sundays

This series does exactly what it says on the tin: six Sundays spent listening to great choruses and choral masterpieces. Simon Halsey, the dynamic new Choral Director of the LSO and the London Symphony Chorus, will also be your guide in two singing days so you can participate too, if you want to. Simon has an impressive choral pedigree. He is Chief Conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir, he has been Chorus Director of the CBSO Chorus for over 25 years, and he also holds the positions of Artistic Director of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Youth Choral Programme and Director of the BBC Proms Youth Choir.

6 concerts with choruses:
Verdi Rigoletto: 15 Sep 2013
Berlioz The Damnation of Faust: 3 Nov 2013
Haydn The Creation: 12 Jan 2014 + Singing Day (4 Jan 2014)
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Symphony No 10 (choral): 2 Feb 2014
Scriabin Symphony No 1 (choral): 30 Mar 2014
Beethoven Mass: 22 Jun 2014 + Singing Day

Part of the LSO and LSC Choral Development Project which is generously supported by the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust

The LSO invites …

Over the next three years the LSO is inviting a panoply of conductors to the podium to guest conduct them in repertoire synonymous with the Orchestra. The line-up includes established conductors new to the LSO but not to London, such as Daniele Gatti, Thomas Dausgaard and Jonathan Nott, two conductors well-known to the Orchestra as violinists, Leonidas Kavakos and Nikolaj Znaider, plus James Gaffigan and Jaap van Zweden.

9 concerts with 8 new faces:
Thomas Dausgaard: 25 Sep 2013
Jaap van Zweden: 9 Feb 2014
James Gaffigan: 13 Feb 2014
Daniele Gatti: 27 Apr 2014
Nikolaj Znaider: 1 May 2014
Leonidas Kavakos: 6 Jun 2014
Fabio Luisi: 19 & 22 Jun 2014
Jonathan Nott: 29 Jun 2014

Sounds British

From its early days the London Symphony Orchestra played with the leading lights of British music, and premiered
their works. Elgar, Walton and Britten are three of the big name composers played this season along with two world premieres: Huw Watkins’ Flute Concerto and Peter Maxwell Davies’ Tenth Symphony. But did you know that one Polish composer, a naturalised Brit, also inspired composing workshops and new commissions for the next generation now called the Panufnik Scheme, or that there are six LSO Soundhub composers working regularly at LSO St Luke’s?

6 concerts featuring Brits:
Britten: 29 Sep 2013
Walton: 30 Jan 2014
Elgar and Peter Maxwell Davies (world premiere): 2 Feb 2014
Panufnik: 5 Feb 2014
Huw Watkins (world premiere): 23 Feb 2014
Harrison Birtwistle: 20 May 2014

Music in Colour

It’s not hard to imagine, when listening to a piece of music, what scenes and colours might appear in one’s head. But what if, when listening to music, you actually saw or felt real colour from sound? And what if that colour wasn’t conjured up by your imagination, but by a real extra-musical sense? For synaesthetes Scriabin and Messiaen, this is exactly what happened. These fascinating programmes present some of the a complete account of Scriabin’s works for orchestra as well as key pieces by Messiaen. 

5 concerts 'in colour':
Scriabin & Liszt: 30 Mar 2014
Scriabin, shostakovich & Rachmaninov: 3 Apr 2014
Scriabin, Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: 10 Apr 2014
Messiaen & Scriabin: 10 Apr 2014
Messiaen, Chopin & Scriabin: 13 Apr 2014

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