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Music of Today: Reef and Desert

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Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Violin player


Pekka Kuusisto – conductor/violin


Gabriella Smith Anthozoa

John Luther Adams There is no one, not even the wind (UK premiere)

Gabriella Smith is a young American composer and environmentalist, whose music has been described as ‘high voltage and wildly imaginative’. Anthozoa, for violin, cello, piano and percussion, is inspired by the vibrant, teeming life of the coral reefs of French Polynesia.

Her compatriot John Luther Adams shares his experience of a very different environment in there is no one, not even the wind. Flutes, percussion, piano and strings evoke ‘the space and solitude, the stillness and light of the desert’ around his home in the US Southwest.

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Prices & Discounts

FREE, ticket required

Running time

45 minutes, there is no interval

Recommended age



You can take drinks from the bar into this evening’s performance

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717


The lobby of the Purcell Room at Southbank Centre, audience queuing at hall entrance

Purcell Room

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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After the event

Part of Human/Nature series

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