Travelling at this time of day is rarely fun. So tonight, try a different route, as Marin Alsop and the LSO perform Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances – Moscow to Beverly Hills in just 45 minutes.
Exiled from the Russia of his youth, Sergei Rachmaninov lived the life of a celebrity in Los Angeles. But though you can take the man out of Russia, you can’t take Russia out of the man, and in his Symphonic Dances, Rachmaninov fuses the melancholy of exile with the driving rhythms of jazz-age America.
It's a heady cocktail: music of widescreen vistas and flamboyant colour, all drenched in an unmistakably Russian sense of loss, and filled with melodies that seem to stretch out to the horizon. Dream ballet? Concerto for orchestra? Or a great Russian symphony hiding in plain sight? With our dynamic guest conductor and presenter Marin Alsop, it could be all of them at the same time. The Tube can wait; we’ve got stories to tell you.
The performance is expected to finish around 7.30pm
This concert is part of Half Six Fix, a different way to experience the LSO, with an introduction to the music from Marin Alsop, and digital programme notes on your phone or device. Grab a drink, take your seat and enjoy the music.
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£3 booking fee per online transaction, £4 by phone.
No fee when tickets are booked in person.
Booking fees are per transaction and not per ticket. If your booking contains several events the highest booking fee will apply. Booking fees do not currently apply to bookings for exhibitions in the Art Gallery. The booking fee may be reduced on certain events.
The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
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The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.