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Dreamers and Adventurers

Royal Festival Hall
£12 — £58

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Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 9.30am.

Conductor Rafael Payare wearing a black blazer over a white shirt, looking off camera, against a mural featuring people seating on stalls


Rafael Payare – conductor
Alisa Weilerstein – cello


Strauss Don Quixote

— Interval —

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Two masterpieces of musical storytelling form this evening’s programme.

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein, acclaimed worldwide for her mesmerising performances, takes the title role in Strauss’s Don Quixote. Cervantes’ daydreaming knight and his long-suffering sidekick Sancho Panza (represented by a quirky combination of viola, tenor tuba and bass clarinet) encounter vividly-drawn windmills, dragons and an army of sheep. But most striking of all is Strauss’s sympathetic portrayal of Don Quixote’s wandering, idealistic mind.

Berlioz tells of a very different hero in his Symphonie fantastique – a barely-disguised version of himself. An infatuated young artist sees his beloved everywhere he turns. His opium-fuelled reveries soon turn to terrible nightmares. A huge orchestra conjures up a whirling ball, a fearsome witches’ Sabbath, and Berlioz’s chilling vision of his own execution.

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Prices & Discounts

£12 – £58 (premium)

Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)

Running Time

2 hours, including 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+


Surtitles will be displayed

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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£12 — £58