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London Symphony Orchestra/Wilson

Letters from America

Picture of John Wilson

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.

Rescheduled event
This concert has been rescheduled, with a revised programme.

The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.

Barbican Hall