Yuja Wang plays Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto and Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Sibelius. Big personalities for big pieces.
With some artists, the name is enough. ‘Yuja Wang’s pianism inspires a sense of wonder,’ wrote one critic after she played solo at the Barbican. In partnership with our Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas in the delightfully playful concerto that Shostakovich wrote for his teenage son, she’ll shine like a diamond.
But any diamond needs an appropriate setting, and Tilson Thomas begins with a striking new work by the young Finnish composer Joel Järventausta – a student of George Benjamin. And then he joins Jean Sibelius amidst the majesty of a very different Finnish landscape. Sibelius’ Second Symphony begins gently but gradually swells, like a river, to an unstoppable surge of hope, melody and the best kind of national pride.
The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.
LSO Wildcard tickets guarantee you entry to the concert, but you won’t know your seat until the evening of the performance.
Book early for the best price – following an initial release, available Wildcards may rise in price from £10 to £15.
Tickets subject to availability, max two per person per concert.
Wildcards must be exchanged for valid concert tickets at the stalls box office on the evening of the performance – your seat will be allocated then. Cannot guarantee that two tickets purchased at the same time will be seated next to each other. Online booking only.
Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
£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.
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.