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BBC Concert Orchestra: Streets of America

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Thu 18 Jan, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Head and shoulders shot of conductor Kwamé Ryan on stage, mid performance. He wears a red shirt, a baton in his right hand
Conductor Kwamé Ryan © Mark Allan

From West Side Story to Biden’s America: Kwamé Ryan shares the USA’s untold stories, including the UK premiere of a piece by Gabriel Kahane.

What brings you here? Have you ever been evicted? Have you ever been denied a lease or loan? The American composer Gabriel Kahane didn’t have any answers until he started talking to the homeless of contemporary America.

emergency shelter intake form is his response: a very modern oratorio, performed for the first time in the UK by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

The classical tradition collides with the voices – and the lived experience – of homeless people and the result is passionate, direct and startlingly sincere.

Conductor Kwamé Ryan opens with two more American cityscapes: West Side Story is as thrilling now as it was in 1957, but the tragedy at its heart is as raw, and as real, as ever.

Performers
  • BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Kwamé Ryan conductor
  • Alicia Hall Moran soprano
  • Gabriel Kahane singer
  • Holland Andrews singer
  • Holcombe Waller singer
  • The Choir With No Name
Repertoire
  • Jennifer Higdon: Skyline from City Scape
  • Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
  • Interval
  • Gabriel Kahane: emergency shelter intake form (UK premiere)

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 7+

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Dates & times

Thu 18 Jan, 7.30pm
Approximate run time: 2 hours.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

Price

  • Standard entry£15 ⁠–⁠ £30*
  • Concessions25%**


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Classical Music: Autumn/Winter 2023/24

As part of our classical music multi-buy offer, book multiple Autumn/Winter 2023/24 concerts in the same transaction to receive a discount:

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  • 15+ events: 30% discount

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An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The phone outside the Changing Places toilet will connect you with a member of staff, who can provide you with the key. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

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For step-free access from the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating (excluding rows A to C) and wheelchair spaces in the Rear Stalls, plus Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and the Purcell Room, please use the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.

To reach this entrance, enter the Royal Festival Hall via the Southbank Centre Square Doors. Take the JCB Glass Lift to Level 2 and exit to the Riverside Terrace. Turn right to find the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.

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