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London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Antonio Pappano

Christmas Swing, with Frank Dupree

Portrait photo of Frank Dupree, smiling and facing the camera.

Classical meets jazz with some Christmas favourites – plus a riotous ride with Kapustin, Gershwin’s most swinging tunes, and Bernstein at his exuberant best.

Gershwin’s got rhythm in his overture to Girl Crazy, while Bernstein riffs on classical form with great style.

Kapustin’s Fourth Piano Concerto conjures up a great night at a jazz club, with a wild piano solo and a drum-kit. Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s arrangements give bring the same vibe to Tchaikovsky the same vibe, soft-shoe shuffling through The Nutcracker. Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride is a perfect, old-school Christmas finale to take us into the festive season.

The LSO lets its hair down in this jazz-inspired programme., while Frank Dupree brings powerhouse energy to Kapustin’s Fourth Piano Concerto, and the LSO’s own Principal Clarinet Sérgio Pires takes the solo role in Prelude, Fugue and Riffs.

This performance will end at approximately 8.45pm, including a 20-minute interval (timings subject to change).

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Guaranteed entry to the concert – your seat will only be allocated on the day of the performance. You could be placed anywhere in the Hall, in seats worth at least £18. Book early for the best price – following an initial allocation Wildcards may rise in price from £12 to £16.

Online booking only. Tickets subject to availability, max 2 per person. Cannot guarantee that 2 tickets purchased at the same time will be seated next to each other.

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Top-Up Bookings

Customers who book multibuy tickets in the 2024/25 season will be able to retain their discounts for any later bookings for concerts in the same period.

Anyone booking just one main season concert will receive a 10% discount for any additional bookings they make within the 2024/25 season.

Higher discounts are available if enough qualifying concerts are booked at the same time.

Multibuy and Top-Up bookings exclude LSO Discovery Family and Showcase Concerts, and 15 March 2025 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra concert.


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Please select the relevant preferences on the access registration page during your booking so we can provide you with the correct information and discounts.

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Groups of 10 or more receive a 20% discount, or 30% for two or more concert bookings.
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