NEW! Classical Music in 2017-18 at London’s Barbican


The Barbican announces its 2017–18 classical music season

barbican_box_officeThe Barbican today announces its 2017–18 classical music season. At the core of the unparalleled programme are the Centre’s Resident Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, Associate Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Barbican Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia. Barbican International Associates, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra return to the Centre this season.

Highlights of the season include:

-A ten day celebration to mark Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season as the LSO’s Music Director and Artist-in-Association with the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, 14-24 September 2017

  • five evening concerts with the LSO conducted by Sir Simon
  • inaugural programme with works by Adès, Birtwistle, Knussen, Elgar and a world premiere by Helen Grime, commissioned by the Barbican
  • Adès, Birtwistle, Knussen and Grime curate four concerts at Milton Court, presented by the Barbican
  • concert relayed live to Barbican Sculpture Court, bringing silent disco technology to classical music for the first time
  • Portraits of Friendship, an interactive multimedia installation devised by Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning, alongside Anna Meredith and Jonathan Munro

-International orchestras including

  • a residency from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel
  • Bavarian State Orchestra conducted by Kirill Petrenko
  • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons
  • Orchestra of La Scala conducted by Riccardo Chailly
  • Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Herbert Blomstedt

-A composer focus on Esa-Pekka Salonen

  • a BBC SO Total Immersion dedicated to Salonen’s music
  • a new Barbican co-commission performed by LA Phil and Dudamel
  • Salonen conducts the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra in his LA Variations

-UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking

  • featuring Joyce DiDonato as Sister Helen Prejean, and the BBC SO
  • concert-staging by director Leonard Foglia

-Celebrating the centenary of Leonard Bernstein throughout the season

  • all three symphonies and musical Wonderful Town with LSO conducted by Marin Alsop and Sir Simon Rattle
  • Bernstein Anniversary Weekend (27-28 January 2018) with BBC SO Total Immersion and Bernstein Revealed: a Bernstein Cabaret

-A celebration of Finland, marking the 100th anniversary of the country’s independence

  • full Sibelius symphony cycle from the BBC SO conducted by Sakari Oramo
  • Independence Day concert on 6 December from the BBC SO
  • Susanna Mälkki makes her debut conducting the LSO with Sibelius

-Acclaimed American pianist Jeremy Denk as Milton Court Artist-in-Residence

  • Infinite Variations celebrating the variation form
  • Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds with Britten Sinfonia

-An eclectic Milton Court programme featuring:

  • celebrations of Couperin and Debussy
  • Indian classical music
  • Joby Burgess’ Powerplant collective

Huw Humphreys, the Barbican’s Head of Music, said:

This is going to be a particularly thrilling season for us at the Barbican. The impending arrival of Sir Simon Rattle has inspired a celebration of British music from world premieres by Helen Grime to digital community projects; and the season-long focuses on Bernstein and Salonen will offer a window into the worlds of two remarkable conductor-composers featuring an exceptional array of artists. When I look at the programme we, the Barbican and our family of orchestras, present together, I see no limits to what we can do. By joining all our respective seasons together into one whole, we are able to bring something exceptional to the most discerning concert-goers as well as offering newer audiences numerous ways into the life-changing world of music.

The season opens in September 2017. Tickets go on sale online to Barbican Members Plus from Wednesday 25 January, Barbican Members on Friday 27 January and to the general public on Friday 3 February.

The detailed listings can be seen here:

Thousands of discounted tickets are available to 14 – 25 year olds through the Young Barbican scheme.

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