Monday, 4 February 2008

Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela headline the Royal Festival Hall's 08-09 season

The Southbank Centre has announced the line-up for its 2008-09 Shell Classic International Series.
Featuring several of the world's greatest orchestras, conductors and soloists, it will see the Royal Festival Hall play host to several of the same orchestras as this season as well as a mouth-watering visit from the Vienna Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez conducting his Ensemble Intercontemporain and Gustavo Dudamel leading the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuala.


APWorldNY said...

The February 6 preview of London Symphony Orchestra on mentions one of the most prolofic director/choreographers of our time. Certainly the greatest living American choreographer and a darling of London, New York and San Francisco, Mark Morris's identity with music is spellbinding. You say you are "uninspired" by the upcoming UK premiere of the Mark Morris Dance Group's Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare, but you never mentioned why the collaboration is such a spectacular addition to the season. The orchestra will play the never-before-heard version of Prokofiev's masterful score, the way he'd originally intended to premiere it before the Stalin regime forced major changes on it. What the ballet world knows as one of the most celebrated and performed evening-length ballets is being presented with the original scenario and score for the first time to Europe in London by London's great symphony. This will be a monumentous event, one that should not be brushed aside. See and be inspired. Yours,

Dominic McHugh said...

I don't have an issue with the Morris ballet version of R and J but I do have an issue with following the ballet performances with two further performances of the piece with Gergiev in the concert hall. It would be nice to see the LSO perform a more extensive repertoire under Gergiev; instead, he's repeating rep he has been doing for years.