London Symphony Orchestra Performs music by Thomas Ades Conducted by Antonio Pappano and Thomas Ades

The London Symphony Orchestra performs two concerts in January featuring music by Thomas Adès, one of Britain’s leading composers. On 10 January the LSO, conducted by Antonio Pappano will perform dances from his chamber opera Powder Her Face, which Adès conducted with the LSO at the Barbican in 2006. Following the exploits of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, Powder Her Face was written in 1995 and has been performed worldwide. The work is part of an all-British programme which also features Walton’s Viola Concerto with soloist Antoine Tamestit and Elgar’s Symphony No. 1.

There is a free pre-concert performance of music by Sir William Walton at 6pm in the Barbican Hall given by artists from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Adès himself conducts the London Symphony Orchestra on 15 January in a performance of his own ‘In Seven Days’ for piano and orchestra (performed by Nicolas Hodges), and the orchestral work Tevot. Premiered in 2007 by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Tevot is a one movement symphony scored for an enormous orchestra, whose name comes from the Hebrew word for ‘ark’ or ‘vessel’.

‘In Seven Days’ follows the story of creation in the book of Genesis and was originally performed as a multimedia piece with accompanying moving images by video artist Tal Rosner. Mahler’s song cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn with tenor Toby Spence completes the programme.

There will also be an LSO Discovery Day from 10.00am-5.30pm on Sunday 15 January exploring the music of contemporary British composers. The event will begin at Barbican Hall in the morning and move to LSO St Luke’s in the afternoon.

Tuesday 10 January 2012, 7.30pm, Barbican
THOMAS ADÈS Dances from 'Powder her Face'
WALTON Viola Concerto
ELGAR Symphony No 1

Antonio Pappano conductor
Antoine Tamestit viola
London Symphony Orchestra
Tickets: £10 £15 £19.50 £27 £35

Tuesday 10 January 2012 6pm, Barbican
Guildhall Artists at the Barbican
WALTON A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table
WALTON Piano Quartet

Ellie Laugharne soprano
Raphaela Papadakis soprano
Peter Foggitt piano
Bartosz Woroch violin
Adam Newman viola
Brian O’Kane cello
Thomas Besnard piano


Susan Scheid said…
This looks wonderful. Why am I over here, instead of THERE!

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