Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Copland Appalachian Spring
PRICE arr. STILL Dances in the Canebrakes
Steve Reich Music for Pieces of Wood
Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks
75 years ago, almost to the day, the Philharmonia Orchestra gave its first concert. Our Principal Conductor Designate Santtu-Matias Rouvali opens a season like no other in the Orchestra’s three-quarters of a century.
A trio of American composers, and one who became an American citizen, rub shoulders in Santtu’s appealing programme. Aaron Copland’s much-loved Appalachian Spring tells the tender, hopeful story of a young couple preparing for their wedding.
Santtu joins the Philharmonia’s percussion section on claves (tuned woodblocks) for Steve Reich’s mesmerizing Music for Pieces of Wood. Florence Price conjures up the Deep South of her childhood in three characterful dances, a Rag, a Slow Drag and a Cakewalk, arranged by her friend William Grant Still.
Igor Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks is named after the grand Washington home of the couple who commissioned it. But with its lively counterpoint and contrast of timbres between strings, woodwind and horns, it is an homage not to American music but to JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.
This concert is supported by the American Patrons of the Philharmonia Foundation.
Need to know
Prices & Discounts
£9 – £20
depending where in the world you are watching, whether you are a Friend of the Philharmonia (click here to join), and whether you would like to opt to pay a bit more than the standard price, to support the orchestra as we recover from the COVID shutdown. Full details on the Book Tickets link above
Read the programme notes here
Where to watch
For audiences in the UK, tickets will be available via TicketCo. Your confirmation email will provide you a unique link to watch the stream
For audiences outside the UK, the concert will be streamed live on IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall platform.
When can I book my tickets?
Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opened 21 September(click here to join). General on-sale is now open
Will it be available after broadcast?
Yes. The performance will be available for video on demand after broadcast. Look out for ‘Video on demand’ listings on the Philharmonia ‘What’s On’ page
Is this a live performance?
Yes. The stream is completely live
Was it produced safely?
Yes. We are working with independent health and safety experts and have robust risk assessment procedures in place drawing from Public Health England advice