Michael Tilson Thomas will be conducting the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall, with violinist Julia Fischer.
They will be performing some classical music by Beethoven, Bartok and Cage.
Cage -- The Seasons; Beethoven -- Violin Concerto; Bartók -- Concerto for Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas is an American conductor and composer. He is renowned for his interpretations of Gustav Mahler and has held the post of Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He is now the Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony.
Julia Fischer is a German violinist and pianist and has worked with many of the world’s greatest conductors and orchestras. She is currently artist-in-residence with the Wiener Symphoniker.
The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is the resident orchestra of the Barbican Centre and is the oldest of London’s symphony orchestras. It was recently rated by Gramophone as one of the top five orchestras in the world.
pwyn – “I only ever go here to listen to the London Symphony Orchestra, who have a residency here. I wouldn't go for any other reason as the Barbican is one of the ugliest parts of London. It can also be quite scary walking the forboding concrete walkways at night, but once you are inside it is very nice and pleasant. The London Symphony Orchestra is one of the best in London (although not a patch on the London Philharmonic), but they frequently have big name conductors and new works receiving their debut. The price is also a little less than the concerts at the Royal Festival Hall. If you think that classical music in London is only worth going to if it's at the Festival Hall or Royal Albert Hall, then give this a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.”
glenking – “There are probably millions of Londoners who have lived in London for years who have never been to the Barbican. I know why... because you have to make an effort to get there (it's not really near anything else that's interesting) and it looks like a concrete car-park. If first impressions count, then you wouldnt bother stepping through the front door, because it's an archtiectural monstrosity. But give it a chance! You can actually have a full day out at the Barbican because they've got everything -- an art gallery, a theatre, a concert hall, a cinema, and even the Museum of London tacked on as well. The only one i've not been to is the theatre, but the concert hall has some great stuff in it. and the art gallery usually has some good contemporary stuff on show, if you like that sort of thing. a bit like the stuff they show at the Tate Modern”
If you enjoy Barbican Hall then you might like to visit Cadogan Hall (catch the train from Barbican to Cadogan Hall), London Coliseum (catch the train from Barbican to London Coliseum), Royal Albert Hall (catch the train from Barbican to Royal Albert Hall), Royal Festival Hall (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Barbican to Royal Festival Hall) and Royal Opera House (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Barbican to Royal Opera House)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans