Violinist Hilary Hahn has been called "America’s best classical musician", and tonight she brings all her world-class
artistry to a very Czech masterpiece: the lovely Violin Concerto by Antonin Dvorak. The title of Smetana’s Má Vlast meanwhile, simply means "My Country". But this isn’t just a series of colourful postcards from Bohemia. It’s an adventure, too — a tale of battles, warrior-maidens, and a nation awakening to freedom.
Jakub Hrusa is one of the Philharmonia's two newly announced Principal Conductors. Find out more here.
6pm, pre-concert talk, FREE entry.
Jakub Hrusa in conversation with John Florance.
BRAHMS & TCHAIKOVSKY: Wednesday 1 November
Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor
Esther Yoo violin
BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont
TCHAIKOVKSY Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No 4
The great romantic composers did every-thing on a grand scale, and from the jubilant trumpets of Beethoven's Egmont overture to the storm clouds that tower over Brahm's fourth and final symphony, this concert is filled with emotions at their most uninhibited. So it's the perfect setting for the bewitching young violinist Esther Yoo.
This concert is supported by Friends of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
ROMEO & JULIET: Saturday 2 December
Krzysztof Urbanski conductor
Simon Trpceski piano
TCHAIKOVKSY Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet
TCHAIKOVKSY Piano Concerto No.1
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
Two houses, both alike in dignity... and two unashamedly melodious takes on Shakespeare's greatest love story. Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet redefined musical romance, and gave us one of the most celebrated love themes in all music. And with his impassioned melodies, bittersweet harmonies and taut, angular rhythms, Sergei Prokofiev brought the star-cross'd lovers dancing into the 20th century. In between, superstar pianist Simon Trpceski brings his "phenomenal technique" (Daily Telegraph) to Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto.
BARTOK MEETS BEETHOVEN: Wednesday 7 February
THE DMU CHANCELLOR'S CONCERT
Juraj Valcuha conductor
Evgeni Bozhanov piano
KODALY Dances of Galanta
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.3
BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra
Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra isn't just a magnificent showpiece for 80 world-class musicians. It's a salute to the human spirit by a composer in exile: filled with bold colours, supercharged dance-tunes and moments of piercing emotional honesty. This is music with a dash of paprika: an intoxicating climax to a concert that begins with the untrammelled joie de vivre of Zoltan Kodaly's riotous Hungarian dance suite, and the stars the award-winning Evgeni Bozhanov as soloist in Beethoven's darkest piano concerto.
LOVE STORIES FROM THE SILVER SCREEN: Thursday 8 March
Carl Davis conductor
Programme to include music from: Love Story, Gone with the Wind, La La Land, West Side Story, Dr Zhivago, Mamma Mia, Star Wars, James Bond, Romeo and Juliet, among many more.
Conducted by Carl Davis, Philharmonia at the Movies returns with a concert of some of the most iconic film scores and unforgettable love songs from the greatest romantic films of all time. The themes of love, passion and romance shine through in the instantly recognisable yearning melody to 1970 film Love Story and the soaring notes that set the tone to Margaret Mitchell's sweeping emotional epic Gone with the Wind, heard alongside soundtracks to Dr Zhivago, La La Land and the most tragic love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.
6.15pm, pre-concert talk, FREE entry.
Carl Davis in conversation with John Florance.
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN: MAHLER 1: Tuesday 10 April
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
David Fray piano
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.2
MAHLER Symphony No.1
A magical spring dawn - or the creation of the universe itself? One thing's for sure: the opening of Mahler's first symphony is the start of a thrilling journey, and from the extraordinary beginning right through to the roof-raising finish, there's no more dynamic guide than the great Esa-Pekka Salonen - the Philharmonia's principal conductor and artistic advisor, and one of the finest living Mahler interpreters in the world today. Beethoven's wittiest piano concerto should make a delightful complement.
6.15pm, pre-concert talk, FREE entry.
An introduction to the evening's programme.
PASSION & POETRY: Tuesday 8 May
Christoph Altstaedt conductor
Singers to be announced
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
MASSENET Cendrillon (arias and excerpts)
VERDI La Traviata (arias and excerpts)
LISZT Les preludes
Rising star conductor Christoph Altstaedt brings a programme of romantic 19th century story-telling - both peratic and symphonic - to the De Montfort Hall stage. The evening opens and closes with two symphonic poems: Liszt's lushly scored Les preludes and Wagner's Siegfried idyll. The music for the idyll - later used in Wagner's opera Siegfried - was composed for Wagner's wife Cosima's birthday, and first performed as a surprise for her on the stairs of their villa in Lucerne. In between themes of love and heartache in two of the most popular operas of the romantic era: Massner's Cinderalla and the tragedy of Violetta in Verdi's La traviata.
Start your Christmas celebration in style with singing sensation Katherine Jenkins, as she performs a magnificent concert of seasonal music and songs.
Mark Vincent special guest
Anthony Inglis conductor
London Concert Orchestra
Stephen Bullamore conductor
Musica Donum Dei
Samson is a three-act oratorio by George Frederick Handel which is considered to be one of his finest works. It was written by Handel in the month between finishing composing Messiah and going to Dublin for its first performance.
The libretto is based on Milton's poem, Samson Agonistes and the biblical story of Samson in Chapter 16 of the book of Judges. It includes the well-known aria Let the Bright Seraphim which was sung at Prince Charles' wedding to Diana by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
This will be the first time that Samson has been performed by the Leicester Philharmonic Choir.