The London Symphony Orchestra is honoured to work with a number of leading contemporary composers who also perform with the Orchestra.
On 1 March 2010 the London Symphony Orchestra performs live to a film score by Nitin Sawhney. Sawhney has produced a thrilling new score to acclaimed Japanese director Mikio Naruse’s powerful melodrama, the 1933 silent film Yogoto No Yume (Nightly Dreams) centred around the tragic world of barmaid, Omitsu. Conducted by Kristjan Järvi.
John Adams conducts the premieres of two of his works in March 2010. On 7 March the UK premiere of the revised version of his Doctor Atomic Symphony, inspired by his acclaimed opera of the same name, is performed alongside the Four Sea Interludes from Britten’s Peter Grimes and Sibelius’ Symphony No 6. On 11 March Adams conducts the European premiere of his LSO co-commissioned City Noir. The programme also includes Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Debussy’s Préludes, orchestrated by Colin Matthews, and Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments with pianist Jeremy Denk. These two concerts are part of the Barbican’s Great Performers 2009/10 and their In Focus: John Adams series. City Noir has been co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic; London Symphony Orchestra (European premiere at Barbican on 11 March 2010), also in association with Cité de la Musique-Salle Pleyel (LSO performs French premiere on 16 March 2010); The Eduard van Beinum Foundation at the request of the ZaterdagMatinee, the Dutch Radio Concert Series in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (performance in November 2010); and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
André Previn, LSO Conductor Laureate, returns on 25 April 2010 for a concert of mainly American music including his own Miss Sallie Chisum remembers Billy the Kid. He is joined by soprano Barbara Bonney, for whom the work was written, and it is performed alongside Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite, Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 and Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony.
Thomas Adès conducts the LSO in two of his own orchestral works on 6 June 2010. His 1996 work These Premises are Alarmed will be performed alongside Bartók’s Piano Concerto No 1, with soloist and Bartók specialist Zoltán Kocsis.