Berio and Verdi
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus
Friday 07 December 2012, 7.30pm
Verdi, orch. Berio Eight Romances for tenor and orchestra
Verdi Four Sacred Pieces
Josep Pons conductor
Sarah-Jane Brandon soprano
Atalla Ayan tenor
BBC Symphony Chorus
Two fascinating concert works by the king of Italian opera, Giuseppe Verdi, alongside one of the most startling and original vocal works of the 20th century by compatriot Luciano Berio. Synergy Vocals take on the amplified solo parts originally written for the Swingle Singers in Berio’s 1969 Sinfonia, in which fragments of text decrying war and racial segregation jostle with quotations from the classical canon in a shimmering multi-layered melee. It was Berio, too, who penned the imaginative orchestration of Verdi’s rarely-performed Eight Romances for tenor and orchestra, here featuring the exciting young Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan. We end with Verdi’s rousing Four Sacred Pieces, including the beguiling Ave Maria for unaccompanied voices.
BBC SO Plus
Pre-concert talk, 6.00pm, Fountain Room
An introduction to tonight's concert
Free to ticket-holders for the evening concert. Limited capacity - please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
How to get there
- The nearest Underground station is Barbican, on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines.To reach the Barbican,exit the station and cross Aldersgate Street in front of you. Walk through the road tunnel (Beech Street) before taking the first turning right into Silk Street. The Barbican is straight ahead of you. Alternatively, exit the station using the stairs to the first floor, crossing the road using the footbridge before following the signs to the Barbican. Other Underground stations nearby are Moorgate, St Paul's, Bank, Liverpool Street and Mansion House.
- Bus Route 153 stops outside the Barbican in Silk Street. Starting from outside Liverpool Street Station, it runs daily to the Barbican, Angel and Finsbury Park. Other services running near the Barbican are as follows: 8, 11, 23, 26, 35, 42, 43, 47, 48, 55, 56, 76,78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 172, 214, 242, 243, 271, 344 (7 days a week); 4, (Mon-Sat); 21, 25, 521 (Mon-Fri).
- The nearest rail stations are Liverpool Street, Farringdon and Blackfriars. City Thameslink services serve Barbican, Moorgate and Cannon Street.
- The Barbican is clearly sign-posted and has four car parks. Two are off Beech Street (westbound access only) and two are off Silk Street near the main entrance. Please allow plenty of time for your journey. All car parks have a height restriction of 6'1". If the Barbican car parks are full, alternative parking is available in Aldersgate Street.
- The Main entrance at Silk Street is ramped and lifts give access to all levels. All our venues have seating for wheelchair users - please inform us of any access requirements on booking. There are three wheelchairs for visitors' use, subject to availability; these can be pre-booked by calling the Box Office on 020 7638 8891.