Famed composers come to Barbican

Luxury London hotels may soon be packed with music fans eager to see the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion series of performances at the Barbican Centre.

Taking place over January 28th and April 28th, the performances boast a programme of contemporary music, with this season featuring composers Jonathan Harvey, Brett Dean and Arvo Part.

Two days of music spread out over four concerts will be provided by Mr Harvey, including the premiere of his praised opera Wagner Dream.

Referring to his music, the Guardian reported: “Beneath the compelling ebb and flow, his music has a stillness and non-specific spirituality which feed mind and spirit.”

Tickets for his shows cost £12 per person with unreserved seating, however, the popular composer will be staging a free performance in collaboration with UK electronic artist Leafcutter John.

Australian composer Brett Dean will take to the stage on March 17th, opening with a talk followed by a performance of Intimate Decisions.

His next turn on stage will see three pieces performed, Polysomnography, Voices of Angels and Wold-Lieder.

“Polysomnography evoke the five stages of sleep, Voices of Angels summon a very different kind of angel to the sentimental image of popular imagination, and Wolf-Lieder mingles Hugo Wolf’s music with Brett’s own in a moving portrayal of Wolf’s descent into madness,” explained organisers.

There will also be a showing of Mr Dean’s most recent opera, The Pit, followed by a talk.

The Chicago Tribune described the composer as “a voice of fertile imagination, originality and expressive subtlety.”

Famed composer Arvo Part closes off the series on April 28th with a range of talks, performances and films.

“Arvo Part creates a soundworld like no other, where the avant-garde comes face-to-face with early music to produce works of radiant beauty,” explained the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The Estonian classical composer is considered one of the most prominent living artists, with Mr Part known for his work with Gregorian chants and plainsong.

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