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London Philharmonic Orchestra 2015/16 Concert Season Eastbourne Congress Theatre 01323 412000 eastbournetheatres.co.uk


Welcome to the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2015/16 season at Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre We are delighted to be returning to the East Sussex coast once again for another season of six Sunday afternoon concerts. As ever we are performing some of the best-loved works in the repertoire. We will be performing some of the greatest symphonies in the orchestral repertoire this season, including Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in our opening concert on Sunday 18 October, Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ on Sunday 15 November and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 as part of our Valentine’s Day concert. We also bring ballet music to the concert platform with excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Sunday 31 January and, as part of our Shakespeare400 anniversary celebrations, a selection from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet on Sunday 17 April.

We are pleased to introduce you to some fantastically talented young artists as well as distinguished performers such as pianist Marc-André Hamelin and classical guitar phenomenon Miloš Karadaglic´, who made his LPO debut in Eastbourne back in 2009 and has since risen to great fame. We are delighted that our Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski will also return to Eastbourne for a programme of Russian works by Medtner and Tchaikovsky on Sunday 6 March. We do hope you will be able to join us for this rich and vibrant programme of events in Eastbourne this season.

Timothy Walker AM Chief Executive and Artistic Director


OCTOBER

Sunday 18 October 2015 3.00pm Eastbourne Congress Theatre Shostakovich Festive Overture Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo theme Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 Robert Trevino conductor Harriet Krijgh cello

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In 1906, Rachmaninoff and his family left a politically turbulent Russia behind and escaped to Dresden. Here the composer relaxed, attended concerts and experienced one of the most productive periods of his life. Among its first fruits was his Second Symphony, a work that unlocked a new emotional power within Rachmaninoff and saw him master both the orchestra and the symphonic form with flowing themes, vital rhythms and sumptuous textures. Robert Trevino conducts it here after Tchaikovsky’s ultra-delicate Rococo Variations for cello and orchestra, performed by ECHO Rising Star Harriet Krijgh, and an overture by Shostakovich that’s full of fun and festivity.

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The music of Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff is available on the Orchestra’s own label as CDs or downloads. Visit lpo.org.uk/recordings or order CDs on 020 7840 4242 or through all good retailers.

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NOVEMBER

Sunday 15 November 2015 3.00pm Eastbourne Congress Theatre Mozart Overture, The Marriage of Figaro Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 Beethoven Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’ Gad Kadosh conductor Kristı¯ne Balanas violin In April 1805, Ludwig van Beethoven organised a charity concert that he hoped would help lift the burden of the oppressed. For this pivotal occasion, he wrote a symphony that would encapsulate ideals of liberty in music of intense endurance and fortitude. In its volume, length and emotional power, Beethoven’s Eroica left critics and audiences dumbfounded. You can still hear why. Sergei Prokofiev combined powerful elements in the neat symmetry of his Second Violin Concerto, too – a piece whose ordered poise is spiked with heady beauty and colourful fantasy, where long-breathed melodies mingle with moments of haunting stillness and thought.

The music of Mozart and Beethoven is available on the Orchestra’s own label as CDs or downloads.

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Kristı¯ne Balanas

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JANUARY

Sunday 31 January 2016 3.00pm Eastbourne Congress Theatre Wagner Prelude to Act 1, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 Khachaturian Masquerade Suite Tchaikovsky Swan Lake (excerpts) Matthew Wood conductor Tianwa Yang violin

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Swan Lake proved to the world that music for ballet could be as compelling and well-crafted as music for opera and concerts, and that Tchaikovsky was the man to make sure of it. Before a performance of excerpts from Swan Lake – music that has all the descriptive beauty and musical panache of Tchaikovsky at his best – Matthew Wood conducts Khachaturian’s colourful picture of the St Petersburg high life and Wagner’s stately Prelude to Act 1 of his only comic opera, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. To complete the programme, Tianwa Yang brings her fulsome, rich violin tone to the outpouring of seemingly spontaneous musical emotion that is Max Bruch’s treasured first Violin Concerto.

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FEBRUARY

Sunday 14 February 2016 3.00pm Eastbourne Congress Theatre VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT Nielsen Helios Overture Schumann Piano Concerto Sibelius Symphony No. 5 Christian Kluxen conductor Jayson Gillham piano

The music of Sibelius is available on the Orchestra’s own label as CDs or downloads. Visit lpo.org.uk/recordings or order CDs on 020 7840 4242 or through all good retailers.

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Jayson Gillham

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Gazing from the window of his beloved home nestling in a Finnish wood, Jean Sibelius glimpsed a group of swans taking flight. The First World War was tearing Europe to pieces, and Sibelius continued to be visited by illness and depression. But the swans injected the composer with a sudden optimism, captured in the music of his beautiful Fifth Symphony and its hopeful, surging motif that soars inspiringly upwards from within the orchestra. Sibelius’s inspiring Fifth Symphony is heard here alongside Schumann’s musical love letter to his beloved wife Clara, his gorgeous Piano Concerto, and Carl Nielsen’s refreshing musical vision of a sunrise.


MARCH

Sunday 6 March 2016 3.00pm Eastbourne Congress Theatre Medtner Piano Concerto No. 2 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 3 Vladimir Jurowski conductor Marc-André Hamelin piano In between his First Piano Concerto and Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky fashioned his irrepressible Third Symphony – his only symphonic work in a major key. Oozing charm and without the personal preoccupations of its successors, Tchaikovsky’s ‘Polish’ Symphony whirls its listeners through a series of dances from earthy folk stomps to urbane waltzes, pausing midway through for a radiant Andante. Before that, Marc-André Hamelin joins the Orchestra and its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski, for a performance of the exuberant but fatalistic Second Piano Concerto by the man Rachmaninoff hailed as ‘the greatest composer of our time’, Nikolai Medtner.

The music of Tchaikovsky is available on the Orchestra’s own label as CDs or downloads.

© Drew Kelley

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APRIL

Sunday 17 April 2016 3.00pm Eastbourne Congress Theatre De Falla The Three-cornered Hat (Suite No. 2) Castelnuovo-Tedesco Guitar Concerto No. 1 Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (excerpts) Jaime Martín conductor Miloš Karadaglic´ guitar

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Miloš Karadaglic´

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Long before the Kirov Ballet staged its Romeo and Juliet ballet using Prokofiev’s music in 1940, the bulk of the score was widely heard in a suite in which the composer arranged the most vivid moments of the score for concert performance. Audiences can’t have been in any doubt as to the characters and events Prokofiev was describing in what is surely one of the most remarkable conjurings of character, mood and circumstance in musical history. Before this ground-shaking depiction of Shakespeare’s Montagues and Capulets comes a rare performance of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s beautifully intoxicating Guitar Concerto No.1 by Classic BRIT Award-winning guitarist, Miloš.


Group bookings: bring friends – save money! — Groups of 10 or more will receive a 20% discount on ticket prices — Groups of 20 or more will receive a 20% discount as well as a complimentary ticket for the group organiser. Please call the Ticket Office for details. Please note that offers cannot be combined.

How to pay We accept Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards. There is a £1 booking fee for each ticket purchased. This is included in the ticket prices displayed. There is a £1 charge for postage. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded.

Access We want everybody to enjoy their visit and offer a range of facilities for patrons with disabilities and their companions, and also to those who may need support in attending our events. Please ensure you notify us of any special requirements when booking, so we can ensure you are offered the most appropriate seats.

Congress Theatre Ticket Office 01323 412000 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4BP Monday to Saturday 10am – 8pm (and Sundays if there is a performance)

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BOOKING INFORMATION

Book more, pay less: series discounts — Book 3 concerts and receive a 10% discount — Book 4 concerts and receive a 15% discount — Book 5 concerts and receive a 20% discount — Book 6 concerts and receive a 25% discount

Play your part The London Philharmonic Orchestra is a registered charity that relies increasingly on its audience support to continue its work both on the concert platform and in the community. There are a number of different ways through which you can support the Orchestra, including one-off and regular donations, memberships and legacies to help secure our future. For more information or to make a donation please contact: 020 7840 4225 development@lpo.org.uk lpo.org.uk/support

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GENERAL INFORMATION

How to find us

Wheelchair users

Congress Theatre is situated on Carlisle Road, close to Eastbourne seafront and a short distance from the town centre. We are just 45 minutes from Brighton, 30 minutes from Hastings and Bexhill and 60 minutes from Tunbridge Wells.

The Congress Theatre has several specially designed seat positions as well as a wheelchair-accessible toilet on the ground floor. A companion sitting in a neighbouring seat may be admitted free of charge, via the essential companion scheme. Please ask the Ticket Office for further details.

Hearing impaired customers There is an infra-red assisted hearing system in the Congress Theatre. Headphones and neck loops can be requested from the Duty Manager prior to the performance. They can also check that your hearing aid is compatible with this system.

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Disabled parking is available between the Congress Theatre’s main entrance and the Winter Garden – approximately 100m to the right of the Congress Theatre’s main doors. Patrons may also be dropped off and collected from this point. Pay and display parking is available at the College Road car park, approximately 250m behind the Congress Theatre.

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Guide dogs are welcome. Printed materials are available in large print on request from the London Philharmonic Orchestra Marketing Department on 020 7840 4200.

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Front cover: Katalin Varnagy First Violin Back cover: Keith Millar Percussion

Public transport Eastbourne Station is a 10-15 minute walk away, with fast, regular services to Eastbourne from Hastings, Lewes, Brighton, Haywards Heath, London and elsewhere. To book tickets and for travel updates visit southernrailway.com or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950. There is a frequent bus service from all areas of the city. Visit stagecoachbus.co.uk or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 for details.


Live, studio and archive recordings from our catalogue including critically acclaimed recordings with Jurowski, Tennstedt and Haitink are available from lpo.org.uk/recordings, the London Philharmonic Orchestra ticket office 020 7840 4242 (Monday–Friday 10.00am–5.00pm), and all good retail outlets. Download or stream online via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and others.

Recent recording highlights Richard Strauss’s Don Juan/Ein Heldenleben with Bernard Haitink LPO-0079 ‘The orchestra sounds wonderful here [Don Juan], and the performance sweeps one along.’ International Record Review, November 2014

Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 6 & 14 with Vladimir Jurowski LPO-0080 ‘This is by far the most stunning Shostakovich disc I have heard this year.’ Recording of the Month, BBC Music Magazine, November 2014

Organ works by Poulenc & Saint-Saëns with Yannick Nézet-Séguin LPO-0081 ‘The Poulenc, in particular, gets a blistering performance. The Saint-Saëns plays a long game and rises to a suitably magniloquent ending. James O’Donnell, organist of Westminster Abbey, is master of the king of instruments.’ Financial Times, November 2014

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LPO at Eastbourne's Congress Theatre 2015/16 Season