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These will include the welcomed return of Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and Domingo Hindoyan’s first appearance since being appointed Chief Conductor Designate.
Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Manze and conductor Joshua Weilerstein will also lead the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The varied repertoire will include two world premieres: Julian Joseph’s Othello 21 and 2019 Christopher Brooks Composition prize winner Athanasia Kontou’s, Antigone: Pure in her Crime.
Also included is the UK premiere of Caroline Shaw’sEntr’acte alongside works by Beethoven, Britten, Mozart, Schubert and Stravinsky.
Performers include Liverpool Philharmonic’s new Artist in Residence baritone Roderick Williams and Young Artist in Residence pianist, Isata Kanneh-Mason in recital. Liverpool Philharmonic’s contemporary music group, Ensemble 10/10, conducted by Geoffrey Paterson and current Artist in Residence mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston will also return to the stage.
Amongst the popular returning soloists are two pianists playing Beethoven in his 250th year: Boris Giltburg playing Piano Concerto No. 4 and Stephen Hough performing Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’. Violinist Tasmin Little plays Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Ravel’s Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra in her final orchestral concerts.
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome back our musicians and associated ensembles. These concerts will give the Orchestra a chance to get back to what they do best, delighting audiences and bringing music back to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall which has been silent since March. The concerts will present new and exciting commissions as well as orchestral favourites, demonstrating the versatility and creativity of the Orchestra, conductors and musicians. I look forward to the first concert on 1 October.”
The work to help the community is continuing @TheFlorrie and the team can't wait to see people back in the building.
— The Guide Liverpool (@TheGuideLpool) August 26, 2020
Each concert will last one hour with no interval. Seating will be limited to 240 people, with two-metre social distancing in place. The Orchestra will also be socially distanced on stage which means the works they will perform are for smaller orchestral forces (up to 30 players). November’s concerts will be announced in early October.
The majority of these performances will also be streamed online from Wednesday 7 October in the new Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OnDemand concerts. Audiences can purchase a ticket to watch at home and will get access to exclusive pre and post-performance Zoom conversations with Orchestra musicians, conductors and artists. These will be hosted by journalist, BBC Radio 3 presenter and classical music specialist Stephen Johnson.
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