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Sat 16 Dec 2017 7.30pm - 9.40pm
Barbican Hall, London

Bernstein 100
With Sir Simon Rattle

Bernstein Symphony No 2, ‘The Age Of Anxiety’ *
Bernstein Wonderful Town (concert version)

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Krystian Zimerman piano *
Danielle de Niese Eileen
Nathan Gunn Bob Baker
Duncan Rock Wreck
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle presents a double-bill of works by Leonard Bernstein, to celebrate the centenary of the Orchestra’s former President.

Rattle is joined by pianist Krystian Zimerman for the symphony inspired by W H Auden’s ambitious book-length poem, The Age of Anxiety, which Bernstein considered ‘one of the most shattering examples of virtuosity in the history of English poetry’. It’s an eclectic set of variations for piano and orchestra, following four strangers as they struggle to combat their loneliness and isolation in an increasingly industrialised world.

One of Bernstein’s lesser-known musicals, Wonderful Town is nevertheless a swinging, bluesy, fun and uplifting piece, with five Tony Awards to its name. A sunny and good-humoured work, it tells the story of two sisters seeking success and bright lights from their basement apartment in New York City.

Tickets: £55 £40 £30 £20 £15

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£3 online booking fee, £4 telephone booking fee per transaction - click here for more information on booking fees

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£5 under-18s tickets available

On sale online from 10am Friday 3 February 2017

Part of the 2017/18 season

Also in this series:

Saturday 4 Nov 2017:
Family Concert: Celebrating Bernstein

Sunday 5 Nov 2017:
Bernstein 100

Wednesday 8 Nov 2017:
Berstein 100

Thursday 21 Dec 2017: Half Six Fix:
Wonderful Town