Pekka Kuusisto – conductor/violin
Isobel Waller-Bridge New work (world premiere)
Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
— Interval —
vivaldi The Four Seasons, with improvisation between movements
Finnish violinist and conductor Pekka Kuusisto presents his own distinctive take on Vivaldi’s masterpiece.
Pekka Kuusisto has a real gift for communicating through music. That could mean getting a concert audience of 6000 singing a Finnish folksong, or playing electric violin in a collaboration with a juggler, or making a film for Greenpeace in a devastated forest… Tonight he shines his distinctive light on one of the world’s best-loved musical depictions of nature, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, interspersing the familiar movements with improvisation.
Fresh sounds open the evening too, with Isobel Waller-Bridge’s new piece, commissioned specially for the Human / Nature series. Waller-Bridge is an award-winning film, TV and theatre composer, whose soundtrack credits include Vanity Fair, Fleabag, Black Mirror and Frozen Planet.
Britten’s Four Sea Interludes are taken from his opera Peter Grimes, a compelling portrait of a fishing community whose lives are intertwined with the sea and the weather. The orchestra vividly depicts the different faces of the sea, from dawn tranquility to a fearsome storm.
Need to know
Prices & Discounts
£13 – £65
Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
1h 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval
Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event
Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Before the concert
Pekka Kuusisto – violin/live electronics
- Riikka Talvitie Caprice of Nature
- Andrea Tarrodi Birds of Paradise
- Outi Tarkiainen Siimes
- Erkki-Sven Tüür Conversio
- Anna Thorvaldsdottir Hrim
Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.
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