BBC Symphony Orchestra / Pons

7 December 2012 / 19:30

Tickets £10 – 30

subject to availability
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Berio Sinfonia
Verdi orch. Berio 8 Romanze for tenor and orchestra
Verdi Four Sacred Pieces

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Josep Pons
Sarah Jane Brandon soprano
Atalla Ayan tenor
Synergy Vocals
BBC Symphony Chorus

Two fascinating concert works by the king of Italian opera, Giuseppe Verdi, alongside one of the most startling and original vocal works of the 20th century by compatriot Luciano Berio. Synergy Vocals take on the amplified solo parts originally written for the Swingle Singers in Berio’s 1969 Sinfonia, in which fragments of text decrying war and racial segregation jostle with quotations from the classical canon in a shimmering multi-layered melee. It was Berio, too, who penned the imaginative orchestration of Verdi’s rarely-performed Eight Romances for tenor and orchestra, here featuring the exciting young Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan. We end with Verdi’s rousing Four Sacred Pieces, including the beguiling Ave Maria for unaccompanied voices.

The concert will finish at approximately 10.00pm

Pre-concert talk 6pm, Fountain Room
An introduction to the music in tonight’s concert

Part of BBC Symphony Orchestra 2012–2013 multibuy
Part of BBC Symphony Orchestra 2012–2013
Part of All classical music events - 2012–2013 season


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