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BBC Symphony Orchestra 80th Birthday
The BBC SO celebrated 80 years at the forefront of British music with a concert conducted by Principal Guest Conductor David Robertson. Virtuoso Finnish clarinettist Kari Kriikku performed his compatriot Kaija Saariaho's new clarinet concerto in a version staged by theatre and opera director Peter Sellars. Vibrant percussionists Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox - O Duo - performed a new work by Stephen McNeff. The concert opened with music by Wagner that featured in the BBC SOs very first concert and Stravinskys masterpiece The Rite of Spring.