Press release: London Symphony Orchestra 2016/17 season at the Barbican

The London Symphony Orchestra today launches its 2016/17 season at London’s Barbican Centre, where the Orchestra has been Resident since it opened in 1982. An ambitious array of concerts are presented featuring the LSO’s close family of artists and guest stars. Highlights include:

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Pierre Boulez: Sir Simon Rattle's tribute

Sir Simon Rattle dedicated the performances of Pelléas et Mélisande on 9 & 10 January 2016 to Pierre Boulez. Here is the text of his tribute, spoken at the beginning of the performances, in full:

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Obituary: Pierre Boulez (1925–2016)

The LSO is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Pierre Boulez, celebrated composer, conductor, musical thinker and modernist icon, on 5 January 2016.

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Pierre Boulez: our Chairman's tribute

LSO Chairman and Sub-Leader Lennox Mackenzie remembers conductor and composer Pierre Boulez, who has died at the age of 90.

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Proposals for a Centre for Music in London move forward as feasibility study published

As London expands, a proposal for a building to inspire a new generation of music-lovers:

  • A world-class concert hall, built for the digital age

  • An education facility offering immersive experiences for all 

  • A digital offer available to the whole of the UK and internationally

  • Engagement for London’s communities and young people

  • A renewed commitment to London as a world musical centre

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