Thursday 2 February 2017

Looking ahead: London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2017/18 season

Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra - photo Benjamin Ealovega 
Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra - photo Benjamin Ealovega 
The London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2017/18 season has some extremely exciting programming including the start of Wagner's Ring Cycle, a performance of Enescu's Oedipe, a year long Stravinsky celebration, and premieres from Gerald Barry, Anders Hillborg, Bryce Dessner and Joseph Marx (the UK premiere of  peice from 1922). The season also the 10th anniversary of Vladimir Jurowski's becoming chief conductor.

Highlights include Vladimir Jurowski conducting a performance of Enescu's Oedipe which will open the 2017/18 season and is part of the Belief and Beyond Belief series running throughout 2017. 2018 will be well and truly launched with a semi-staged performance of Wagner's Das Rheingold, the first instalment of a planned Ring Cycle.

Premieres will include the London premiere of Gerald Barry’s Organ Concerto with Thomas Trotter, the world premieres or Anders Hillborg’s Homage to Stravinsky and Bryce Dessner’s Concerto for Two Pianos (for the Labèque sisters) as well as the UK premiere of Joseph Marx’s 1922 work An Autumn Symphony.

Starting in 2018, Changing Faces: Stravinsky's Journey is a 22-concert, year-long exploration of the music of Stravinsky, from the famous ballet scores for Diaghilev to the final atonal works, alongside works of his predecessors and contemporaries from Rimsky Korsakov to Ravel. Jurowski will be conducting nine concerts in the series.

Belief and Beyond Belief continues through 2017 with a variety of works including Britten's Cello Symphony, Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances, the lay vicars of Westminster Abbey performing plainchant and Peteris Vasks Dona nobis pacem, and Vladimir Jurowski's father, the conductor Mikhail Jurowski will be conducing a programme including Bridge's Summer.

The LPO's education and community work celebrates 30 years and 2017/18 sees a new three-year partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability and Drake Music, using ground-breaking assistive technology. Also 2017/18 is the first year of LPO Junior Artists, an orchestral experience programme for talented young musicians (age 15-19) from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in professional orchestra. And 2017/18 will be 14th year of LPO's Foyle Future Firsts, the programme which bridges the transition from college to professional life for 16 young players.

During last season the LPO gave 145 performances to 325,000 people, and engaged with 30,000 people in education and community projects. And nearly 1,700,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

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