classical music

Rouvali conducts Stravinsky

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Finnish artists Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Pekka Kuusisto bring their energy and invention to music infused with rhythmic vigour.

Combining lively irreverence and memorable tunes, Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto whirls across the orchestra with infectious patterns.

His Petrushka tells the fantastical tale of three puppets brought to life at a Shrovetide fair.

Inspired by Russian legend, Stravinsky fused traditional folk songs with his own vivid musical storytelling.

Hear how the bustling dances of the festival suddenly vanish as the magician arrives with menacing bassoons, and how two clarinets paint the otherworldly twilight of a scene in Petrushka’s room.

John Adams described The Chairman Dances as an ‘outtake’ from his opera Nixon in China.

The music combines lush Hollywood harmonies with a vision of Chairman Mao and Madame Mao dancing a foxtrot together.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Pekka Kuusisto violin


John Adams: The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for orchestra)
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto
Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947)

Dates & times

30 May 2019
Approximate run time: 105 mins
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Royal Festival Hall


£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
3 – 5 events (10% discount)
6 – 8 events (15% discount)
9 – 11 events (20% discount)
12 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)
These discounts are not available on Premium seats or for the following concerts:
Brian Tyler Returns – Live in Concert (25 Oct 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas with King's College Choir (13 Dec 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas at the Movies (16 Dec 2018), Valentine’s Day Gala (14 Feb 2019).

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 9.30pm: Pekka Kuusisto and Santtu-Matias Rouvali join master juggler Jay Gilligan to create a performance where music takes shape in gravity-defying movement. Admission free.

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