In this year’s International Chamber Music Series, hear how composers responded to life-changing personal and historical events with powerful and enduring works of art.
Beethoven’s knowledge of his approaching death, Messiaen’s internment in a prisoner of war camp and Shostakovich’s experience of the Siege of Leningrad were all channelled into music of great emotional impact.
Join us as we mark the reopening of the refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall with a performance of Steve Reich’s Different Trains on the 30th anniversary of its premiere.
Alongside this, Schubert’s Trout Quintet is performed by five of the brightest young musicians of the 21st century, echoing the famous 1969 performance by a young Daniel Barenboim and friends.
Over the course of the series, see first hand what today’s artists are creating in response to our own times, with commissions from Sir Harrison Birtwistle and video artist Bill Viola.
Several of the concerts in this series also form part of Belief and Beyond Belief, our festival exploring what it means to be human in the 21st century. Check our website for more concerts, and weekends of talks and debates, throughout 2017.
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