BMW LSO Open Air Classics 2015


Free concert

Sun 17 May 2015 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Trafalgar Square, London

SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
SHOSTAKOVICH Passacaglia and Burlesque from Violin Concerto No 1
SHOSTAKOVICH arr GARETH GLYN March, Polka and Waltz from Jazz Suites *

Valery Gergiev conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin
Paul Rissmann presenter
London Symphony Orchestra
LSO On Track *
Guildhall School musicians *

Tickets: free, just turn up
Please arrive early to avoid disappointment

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The London Symphony Orchestra with Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev will give their next free, open-air concert in London’s Trafalgar Square on Sunday 17 May.

The LSO is delighted to be joined by the captivating young violinist Nicola Benedetti, who will perform movements from Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No 1, a tour-de-force of instrumental technique awash with subtle quotes from the likes of Beethoven and Stravinsky. Completing this all-Shostakovich programme will be his Festive Overture, a rousing brass fanfare to the start the day and lead us through to his first symphony, which ends it – a bold and dramatic, biting and satirical work completed when the composer was only 19-years old.

This event is the fourth annual concert in the BMW LSO Open Air Classics series, which brings the experience of live orchestral performance out of the concert hall and makes it available to everyone. This free performance in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square will see the Orchestra joined by members of LSO On Track, our educational initiative for young instrumentalists from East London, and together they will show a different side of Shostakovich, with a selection from his Jazz Suites in a special arrangement from Gareth Glyn.

Throughout the day presenter Paul Rissman will be on hand to guide the audience through the programme and large screens across the square will ensure that everyone gets the chance to see the action up close.

No glass or furniture allowed in the square.
Please arrive early to secure a place. 

> More details of the evening, entry instructions, access and facilities can be found on the info page.