Gil Shaham plays Britten

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LSO International Violin Festival

Sun 12 Apr 2015 7.30pm - 9.45pm
Barbican Hall, London

ARVO PÄRT Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
BRITTEN Violin Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No 6

Osmo Vänskä conductor
Gil Shaham violin
London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: £10 £16 £22 £28 £38

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The Strad Sundays

10am–5.30pm, Fountain Room
Violin Makers Exhibition

Featured speakers include stringed instrument expert Florian Leonhard, who will discuss instrument restoration and violin maker Helen Michetschläger, who will discuss violin varnish.
Free entry, no ticket required

6–6.45pm, Barbican Hall
Panel Discussion: A Guide to Violin Sound

Can you tell the difference between a Strad and a factory-made violin from sound alone? A lively panel debate, chaired by Sean Bishop of Bishop Instruments and Bows, on what makes one instrument sound so different from another – including demonstrations by LSO Leader Roman Simovic and contributions from London violin maker Philip Ihle. 
Free entry, no ticket required

The Strad

The International Violin Festival continues as Gil Shaham makes a welcome return to the Barbican under the baton of Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä. Shaham’s stellar international career dates from 1989 when he stepped in at short notice to play with the LSO. Britten’s Violin Concerto, premiered in 1940 while the composer was living in the USA, is complemented by Arvo Pärt’s moving tribute to Britten, and a symphony by Britten’s friend Shostakovich.