Dvorak Suite in A major, Op.98b Jonathan Dove Hojoki (BBC commission: world premiere) Beethoven Symphony No 3 'Eroica' BBC Symphony Orchestra Jiri Belohlavek conductor Lawrence Zazzo counter-tenor
The opening concert of the BBC SO's 2006-07 season celebrates the 60th birthday of BBC Radio 3 and is also the opening concert of the Listen Up! festival of orchestras. Jiri Belohlavek's BBC SO concerts have attracted rave reviews and loyal audiences eager to follow the Czech maestro's profoundly perceptive, thrilling brand of music-making. In this, his first Barbican concert as Chief Conductor of the BBC SO, he leads the Orchestra in an irresistible mix of classical masterpieces, together with the premiere of an unmissable new score. Jonathan Dove's Hojoki takes its inspiration from the heartfelt response of a 12th-century Japanese poet and Buddhist priest Kamo-no-Chomei to the cataclysmic events of the world around him and to the contemplation of his life. Pre-concert talk 6pm Fountain Room Jonathan Dove discusses his new work. Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.