Gershwin, Copland, Barber and Weill: four faces of the American dream, performed with John Wilson’s inimitable energy and flair.
Everyone knows that no one – but no one – conducts Gershwin with more verve and style than John Wilson. But today, he explores an America beyond Catfish Row, and joins the outstanding Canadian violinist James Ehnes in the wry, restless concerto that Kurt Weill wrote even before his exile in America.
It’s the sound of an utterly individual voice, truly dancing on the edge of the volcano, and James Ehnes is ideally equipped to capture both its eloquence and its bite. But then, all the music in this concert has a big personality, from Samuel Barber’s glistening art deco overture to Copland’s muscular Symphonic Ode: a sky-punching, plain-speaking manifesto for orchestra.
This concert has been rescheduled, with a revised programme.
The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.
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The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
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.