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The Swingling Sixties

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December 08, Sat
7:30pm

Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road,London, SE1 8XX


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The Swingling Sixties

Imagine a symphony that takes in everything a symphony has been and everything a symphony could be.

Picture an orchestral showpiece that’s simultaneously a protest, a celebration, and an outrageous postmodern prank from the heart of 1960s counterculture.

Berio’s Sinfonia is all that and much more.

50 years after its premiere, The Swingles – who sang in its historic first performance in 1968 – join forces with the LPO to bring it back to astonishing, psychedelic life.

It’s a spectacular landmark on our Stravinsky journey, as well.

Two piercing, crystal-clear musical rituals from 1958 and 1964 begin the concert – and throw open the doors of perception

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Maxim Mikhailov.

Programme

Stravinsky Variations in memoriam Aldous Huxley; Threni: id est Lamentationes Jeremiae prophetae **
Interval
Stravinsky Tango arr. for orchestra *
Berio Sinfonia *

Performers

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Elizabeth Atherton soprano
Maria Ostroukhova mezzo-soprano
Thomas Walker tenor
Joel Williams tenor
Theodore Platt baritone
bass to be announced
The Swingles *
London Philharmonic Choir **