Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

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Michael Tilson Thomas: 50th Anniversary

Thu 14 Nov 2019 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS Agnegram
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
Interval
PROKOFIEV Symphony No 5

Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Nicola Benedetti
violin
London Symphony Orchestra

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Online: Tuesday 5 March 2019 10am
By Phone: Tuesday 19 March 2019 10am
In Person: Tuesday 19 March 2019 10am

Part of the 2019/20 season

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The LSO’s Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas celebrates an incredible 50 years of conducting the Orchestra, with Russian masterpieces and a heartfelt original composition.

By turns elegant, jazzy and cacophonous, Tilson Thomas’ own Agnegram is a playful but heartfelt tribute to a friend, premiered by San Francisco Symphony in 1998. The Orchestra is joined by Nicola Benedetti for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, a work that brims with melodies – from its gorgeous opening to its explosive folk-dance finale.

Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony was premiered in Moscow in 1945 and, stating his intent to the Soviet authorities, the composer said that the Fifth would be ‘a work about the spirit of man’. Prokofiev’s fine, glassy textures swell to brilliant climaxes in arcs across the Symphony. The music is also imbued with Prokofiev’s signature humour, heard in the sarcastic wind solos and martial percussion of the Scherzo.

Celebrating 50 Years

Sun 10 Nov Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet
Wed 13 Nov Half Six Fix: Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony
Thu 14 Nov Prokofiev's Fifth and Tchaikovsky with Nicola Benedetti
Sat 16 Nov Orchestral Artistry Workshop-Performance: Stravinsky

Pre-concert performance

6pm, Barbican
LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists

Guildhall musicians perform a free pre-concert recital of Russian song