- John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine , 4′
- Schoenberg Five Pieces /1, 2′
- Jörg Widmann Con brio , 12′
- Jennifer Higdon String Lake , 7′
- Elena Kats-Chernin Big Rhap, 10′
- Steve Reich Clapping Music , 3′
- Knussen The Way to Castle Yonder , 8′
- Daniel Kidane Woke, 11′
- Thomas Adès Powder Her Face: Suite, 15′
Newsflash: classical music is alive and well living in Brum. It’s coming to us from the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains, from the streets of 21st century London and from favourite children’s books. It might make you gasp with astonishment or laugh with delight. Some of it is right there in your own two hands. But this is the music of today; music that we love – and we’re here to share it with you.
As Birmingham’s orchestra, we know what it means to live in a 21st century city. Brummies have always been ahead of the crowd. Back in the day, we were the first to play brand new music by Elgar, Holst and Britten - pieces that are now well-loved classics - and in our 100th birthday year we’re continuing that tradition. But we know, too, that there are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about modern classical music. So we’ve chosen nine pieces that we think will be the classics of the future – and with the whole orchestra, and a bit of help from presenter Paul Rissmann, we’ll be showing you why.
So prepare to meet Thomas Adès’s scandalous duchess, to ride in John Adams’s fast machine, and to hide under the grand piano with Elena Kats-Chernin. We’ve got urban rhythms, fabulous dreams and a glimpse of Beethoven through the looking glass. All we ask is that you leave preconceptions at the door, and get ready to enjoy sounds like you’ve never heard before – in other words, the thrill of the new.
This concert has been made possible with generous support from the Rachel Baker Memorial Charity, the John Ellerman Foundation and the City of Birmingham Orchestral Endowment Fund.
The performance of Knussen's The Way to Castle Yonder has been made possible with generous support from Resonate, a PRS Foundation Initiative.