Philharmonia Orchestra Preview: September – October 2017

Yesterday, Wigmore Hall highlights. Today, Philharmonia. There is a lot going into my diary. If only the Festival Hall was pretty as the outdoor venue the band played on the Amalfi Coast in August.

September 2017

September sees Royal Academy of Music graduate 22-year old Tom Blofield joins the Philharmonia as Joint Principal Oboe.

The Philharmonia’s season kicks off with a concert conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen including Sibelius’ 6th and 7th symphonies, contrasted with two contemporary works by Icelandic composers. Thursday 28 September.

Also, on Thursday 28 free pre-concert and interval opportunities available to experience parts of Sibelius’ 5th symphony in Virtual Reality.

Mahler 3 is billed for Sunday 1 October at 3pm. A must-attend. Because. Mahler 3.

The following Sunday evening features just two works: Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and Smetana’s Ma Vlast. Sunday 8 October, 7pm

Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917

After the critical acclaim and industry recognition for their Stravinsky series, the Philharmonia embarks on a major exploration of the music and culture of Soviet Russia after the October 1917 Revolution in a series devised by Russian conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy.

The first event is a live screening of Battleship Potemkin accompanied by symphonic excerpts by Shostakovich performed by the orchestra. Thursday 12 October

Vladimir Ashkenazy was a valuable international cultural figure in the Soviet Union. But under suffocating restrictions imposed by the USSR he eventually left for self-imposed exile in 1963, first staying with his parents in London before moving to Iceland with his wife where he set up the Reykjavik Arts Festival.

Book tickets via the Philharmonia wesbite

 

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