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London, UK (The Light)
Belief and Beyond Belief: Science
7:30 PM, ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON, SE1 8XX
Philip Glass The Light
Aaron Jay Kernis Flute Concerto (UK premiere)
Ives The Unanswered Question
John Adams Doctor Atomic Symphony
Andrés Orozco-Estrada conductor
Marina Piccinini flute
London Philharmonic Orchestra
A trumpet asks Charles Ives’s Unanswered Question – and throughout a century of American music, composers have offered their answers. They’ve been as luminous and lush as Philip Glass’s The Light, and simultaneously as dark and as dazzling as John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony: an electrifying orchestral summary of his 2005 opera about the dawn of the nuclear age. Find your own 21st-century truth and be ready for a few surprises, as Marina Piccinini gives the UK premiere of a vibrant new flute concerto, written specially for her by the American maverick Aaron Jay Kernis.