Jordan de Souza – conductor
Julia Bullock – singer


Still Symphony No. 1 (Afro-American)

Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915

— Interval —

Dvořák Symphony No. 9, 'From the New World'

Our exploration of American music culminates in Dvořák’s ever-popular ‘New World’ symphony – inspired by the spirituals and folk music Dvořák heard while he was working in New York in the 1890s.

William Grant Still’s 1930 First Symphony is an audience favourite in the US. Threaded through with the sounds of the Blues, ragtime and jazz, the work ends in a triumphant hymn of hope.

Julia Bullock, one of our Featured Artists this season, is known for her intense, authentic performances and commanding stage presence. She sings Barber’s Knoxville, conjuring up a childhood in a small Southern town with Bluesy themes and flexible rhythms.

Part of Let Freedom Ring

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£15 – £40

Multi-buy offer available; under-16s and concession discounts available

Running time

2 hrs, including 20-minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available here.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

Before the event

Panel discussion with audience in front
6.30pm, Harpur Suite

Insights Talk: what makes music sound distinctively 'American'?

Free, no ticket required


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