Dvořák, Walker & Schumann


Thu 10 Mar 2022 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Barbican Hall, London

Dvořák American Suite Op 98b
Walker Lilacs for voice and orchestra (London premiere)
Schumann Symphony No 2

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Nicole Cabell soprano
London Symphony Orchestra

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The LSO's performance of George Walker's Lilacs is generously supported by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Schumann and George Walker, in a concert filled with feelings that run too deep for words.

Music starts where words leave off – and in George Walker’s Lilacs, the poetry of Walt Whitman is simply the starting point for an even more fantastic emotional journey. It’s the beautiful, haunted heart of a concert that begins with Dvořák’s playful homage to the New World, and ends with Schumann’s most personal (some might say greatest) symphony.

For Sir Simon Rattle, it’s all about what lies behind the notes on the page – whether Dvořák’s warm-hearted nostalgia, or the musical love-notes to his wife Clara that Schumann threaded throughout his Second Symphony. And at the centre of it all, there’s a rare British hearing for Lilacs. This ravishing exploration of longing and loss won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996, and if you’ve heard Nicole Cabell perform at the Royal Opera, you’ll know that she makes every note tell a story.

Your Visit

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Distanced Seating

Standard seating is being used in most of the Hall for this concert. Audience members who would prefer to sit in a socially distanced environment can choose to book seats at the rear of the Balcony (subject to availabilty).

Available seats will be spaced 1 metre apart, and are indicated by an information flag when making your selection during the booking process. Those booking two or more adjacent seats are welcome to move together to sit as one group on the evening of the concert. All audience members are encouraged to wear a face covering unless exempt.

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Sneak Peek

 Get a flavour of what's to come: watch Sir Simon Rattle conduct Dvořák's American Suite and Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting Schumann's Symphony No 2. 

Concert programme

Free concert programmes are available on the night or you can view a pdf version in advance. 

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The Barbican Centre is fully accessible. Please visit this page for full details or contact us at [email protected] at any point ahead of your visit to let us know how we can support you.


The concert will be recorded for streaming on Marquee TV from Thursday 31 March and on BBC Radio 3 from 4 May.