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London Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Adès

50th Birthday Concert

Thomas Ades conducting on stage 2017

In the week that he turns 50, Thomas Adès conducts his epic Totentanz – a colossal celebration of life, death and the power of the imagination.

‘Good folk, come, rich or poor, this way / Come young and old, to see the play …’ Thomas Adès has been called the natural successor to Britten, and his dark, daring Totentanz tells a tale as old as time. But with Adès, nothing is ever predictable, and this 50th birthday concert contains more than one masterpiece.

Adès himself conducts, and has chosen the other pieces for this celebration. Sibelius’ brooding, elemental tone-pictures and Kurtág’s concentrated intimacy each shine a light on the roots of Adès’ inspiration. And then, two handpicked soloists – Simon Keenlyside and Christianne Stotijn – join Adès and the LSO for what will surely be a near-definitive performance of a true 21st-century classic.

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