STRAVINSKY Chant du rossignol
DEBUSSY La Mer
Introduced on stage by the conductor
François-Xavier Roth conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Part of the 2017/18 Season
For this short, one-hour concert, François-Xavier Roth immerses you in a world where music becomes more than mere sound.
The world of nature holds a power that man can never reach. A songbird brings an emperor back from the dead, and this parable by Hans Christian Andersen becomes a ballet by Stravinsky, where he must imitate the nightingale’s song.
Debussy tells the story of the eternal odyssey of the ocean. He sails through storm and calm, wind and rain, in music that rises and falls with the rhythms of the sea. The score is so vivid that you can almost smell sea salt, and see the crests of the waves.
Listen to these two pieces and their influence becomes obvious. But François-Xavier Roth will take you even further into the music by introducing each piece himself, sharing his insights and his thoughts on two modern masters.
At this concert will be offering a new experience – information and insight about the music delivered in real time to your smartphone. EnCue is a mobile app that enhances audience engagement during live performing arts events. The app delivers media to viewers in real time, creating a unique opportunity for viewers to receive helpful information at the exact moment you need it during live events.
Here's how to get involved:
Before the concert day
On the concert day
1. Make sure your phone is fully charged before leaving for the Barbican
2. Connect to our dedicated WiFi network 'LSO Half Six Fix'
3. Set your phone to silent. We also recommend turning off auto screen lock and disabling push notifications
4. Open the EnCue app
5. You can sign in with Facebook or your email if you want to create an account. This lets you save slides to view later, or share them to Facebook. If you’d rather not create an account, select 'Skip'
6. Select London from the list of available cities
7. Tap 'Download Performance' then 'View Performance'. The notes will start automatically and will advance automatically during the performance – you can swipe left or right to browse content on your own, and re-sync with the performance at any time by tapping the EnCue icon in the lower left portion of the screen. You will know you are in sync when the icon is completely blue.
There is a user guide contained in the app which can be accessed by tapping the (?) icon in the top right of the screen.
NB iOS11 users on iPhone may experience the app crashing, which is a known issue that Apple are still addressing via various updates.
These concerts start at 6.30pm and last for one hour, without an interval, featuring a short programme of one or two major works, which the conductor will introduce from the stage.
To bring you closer to the action, we’ll have screens to showcase the performers and programme notes available electronically on your Android or iPhone device. You can also enjoy the music with a drink in your seat.