Semyon Bychkov, who holds the BBC SO's Günter Wand Conducting Chair, presents two utterly contrasting works, both written during the Second World War. Martinů's delicious Concerto for Two Pianos dates from his highly productive spell in America. Katia and Marielle Labèque are the ideal pianists to animate its dancing syncopations, soaring lyricism and crystalline textures. From boom-time America to the Soviet Union in the grip of winter and war, Shostakovich's ‘Leningrad' Symphony pays tribute to the defiance and courage of the Russian people in a vast, compelling musical tour de force.
BBC SO Plus Family
6.00pm Fountain Room
An introduction to tonight's concert for families. A free family-friendly workshop followed by the concert in the Barbican Hall for just £5 a ticket (plus booking fee).
BBC SO Plus Family is specifically deisgned for family groups with children between the ages of 8 and 16 and at least one of your group must be aged 16 or under. These concerts are not recommended for children under the age of 8. Call the Barbican Box Office and quote ‘BBC SO Plus Family' to buy your tickets, or book online and quote 040679 for a reduced booking fee. Please note that spaces are limited and tickets sell out quickly!
Please note that this BBC SO Plus Family event is more suitable for older children.
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