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American Romantics: Barber, Copland and Bernstein

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Ride the emotions of music by three great American composers of the 20th century, with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, towering figures in American classical music, were lifelong friends and champions of each other’s work.

Copland’s Appalachian Spring started life as a ballet telling the story of a young pioneer couple.

Around the cheerful melody of the Shaker hymn Simple Gifts, Copland builds a web of beguiling music, beginning and ending in an atmosphere of deep peace.

In Bernstein’s West Side Story, in contrast, powerful Latin dance rhythms depict the simmering, violent energy of two rival gangs.

There’s idealistic young love here too though, in the dreamy, hummable tunes of ‘Maria’ and ‘Somewhere’.

Barber’s Violin Concerto, arguably his most popular work after the Adagio for Strings, has one of the most lyrical, serene openings in classical music.

The pastoral mood of the Concerto is broken by its fiendish finale, a perpetual motion showpiece for the soloist.

Esther Yoo, a regular collaborator with the Philharmonia, has both the ‘scrupulous technique and sweeping passion’ (Bachtrack) to do justice to this wonderful piece.

Steven Stucky’s atmospheric tone poem Radical Light opens the evening.

Stucky was inspired by the music of Sibelius to write a piece that moves through a range of moods ‘without ever turning any sharp corners.’

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Joana Carneiro conductor
Esther Yoo violin

Repertoire

Stucky: Radical Light
Barber: Violin Concerto
Interval
Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Dates & times

14 May 2020
Approximate run time: 125 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

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

Multi-buy discount

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Multi-buy discount
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). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats or on the Philharmonia’s Christmas concerts on 12 and 15 December 2019.

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount
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). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.

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