Symphony Orchestra - Barbican season 2003-2004
BBC commissions from Magnus Lindberg and Vic Hoyland
Emanuel Ax, Christine Brewer, Karita Mattila, Leila Josefowicz and
Willard W. White
John Cage Uncaged
The 2004 January Composer Weekend
BBC Symphony Orchestra (SO) presents a programme of diverse concerts,
which mix new works from some of the world's greatest living composers
with masterpieces of the classical repertoire, in its fourth season
as the Barbican's Associate Orchestra.
BBC SO's Chief Conductor Leonard Slatkin, Principal Guest Conductor
Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis are
joined this season by guest conductors Jiri Belohlávek, Michael
Boder, Martyn Brabbins, Rumon Gamba, Oliver Knussen and David Robertson
while international soloists Emanuel Ax, Christine Brewer, Susan
Graham, Stephen Hough, Leila Josefowicz, Karita Mattila, Willard
W White and Catherine Wyn-Rogers appear alongside rising young stars
Julian Bliss, Lawrence Power and Simon Trpceski.
music is once again central to the repertoire as the BBC SO, in
association with BBC Radio 3, gives the premieres of two BBC commissions.
Lindberg's Concerto for Orchestra was performed on 30 September
and Vic Hoyland's Qibti is coming up on 18 December, the second
part of a trilogy which began with the tone poem Vixen which the
BBC SO premiered at the Cheltenham International Festival of Music
addition there are UK premieres of Mark-Anthony Turnage's new Viola
Concerto, On Opened Ground, (18 March) and Poul Ruders's Listening
Earth (6 March) and two premieres by women composers, Unsuk Chin's
Violin Concerto (20 February) and Jennifer Higdon's Concerto for
Orchestra (2 April).
2004 January Composer Weekend (16-18 January) focuses on the music
of American maverick John Cage. The weekend will explore music by
Cage, those who influenced him and those whom he influenced.
well as the concerts, talks and films that have become an integral
part of the January Weekends, the BBC SO hopes to re-create the
atmosphere of the 'happenings' that made this period in American
musical history so distinctive.
his second season as Principal Guest Conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste
conducts four concerts including an evening dedicated to the music
of the late Luciano Berio (27 April) as part of the Royal Festival
Hall's Berio Festival and three concerts in which he continues to
explore the repertoire of his own country.
well as the premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Concerto for Orchestra,
these concerts include Sibelius's Symphonies Nos 4 and 6 and Karita
Mattila singing Sibelius's rarely-performed vocal tone poem Höstkväll
also curates a two-day Finnish Music Weekend (11-12 June) which
explores the prolific musical output of his homeland over the last
the success of Tristan und Isolde last season, the BBC SO builds
on its growing reputation for opera in concert with a rare performance
of Barber's neo-romantic masterpiece Vanessa (15 November) with
Christine Brewer in the title role.
celebrations this season include the 70th birthday of Peter Maxwell
Davies who is the subject of a composer portrait on 3 February 2004
and the BBC Symphony Chorus's 75th Anniversary.
in 1928, the Chorus gave its inaugural concert on 23 November that
year when it sang in the world premiere of Granville Bantock's The
then it has given the world premieres of numerous important 20th
Century works which have become staples of the choral repertoire.
the 2003-2004 season the Chorus will perform with the BBC Symphony
Orchestra in Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ in Westminster Cathedral
under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis (12 December), Bartók's
Cantata Profana (6 March) and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13 (17
BBC SO continues to attract a glittering line-up of soloists who
this season perform a number of well-loved concertos.
a trio of Mozart concertos, Stephen Hough was the soloist in Mozart's
Piano Concerto No 21 in C minor (6 November), Julian Bliss plays
the Clarinet Concerto (17 April) and Emanuel Ax performs the Piano
Concerto No 20 in D minor (12 May).
highlights include Leila Josefowicz playing Bruch's Violin Concerto
(2 April), Simon Trpceski performing Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a
Theme of Paganini (18 December) and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist
Lawrence Power is the soloist in Mark-Anthony Turnage's Viola Concerto,
On Opened Ground (18 March).
at Six, the BBC Singers's successful series of short pre-concert
concerts in St Giles, Cripplegate, returns this season with choral
works to complement the BBC Symphony Orchestra's concerts in the
season the Singers perform music by Peter Maxwell Davis (3 February)
and William Walton (2 April) and little-known choral repertoire
from Denmark (6 March).
addition to its Barbican season the BBC Symphony Orchestra presents
another series of free concerts in its Maida Vale studios.
of this season's invitation concerts include composer portraits
of Xenakis and Edison Denisov and new music from Britain, France
BBC Symphony Orchestra maintains its strong relationship with BBC
Radio 3 and every concert the Orchestra performs is either broadcast
live or recorded for broadcast at a later date.
details of all concerts can be found on the BBC SO website: www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/so
Cage Uncaged: A weekend of musical mayhem (14.11.03)
Symphony Chorus 75th anniversary season (14.11.03)
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