Colin Davis and London Symphony Open Lincoln Center's Great Performers Season

Classic Arts News   Colin Davis and London Symphony Open Lincoln Center's Great Performers Season
Just three weeks ago, the beloved English conductor Colin Davis celebrated his 80th birthday. Far from relaxing and accepting laurels, he spent that week and the next on the podium, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in a series of programs.

Now Sir Colin (as everyone in the British music world refers to him) and the LSO have brought the party to New York. Tonight they begin a three-concert residency at Avery Fisher Hall to open the 2007-08 season of Lincoln Center's Great Performers series.

This evening's program, titled "Pure Mozart," offers the Piano Concerto No. 27 (with Imogen Cooper as soloist) and the Requiem. On Friday (October 19), a "Pure Beethoven" program, features Paul Lewis in the Piano Concerto No. 4 and the "Eroica" Symphony.

The LSO residency concludes on Sunday afternoon (October 21) with Haydn's great oratorio The Creation, with Ian Bostridge, Dietrich Henschel and Sally Matthews as soloists. (The following evening, before returning across the Atlantic, conductor and orchestra perform the "Pure Beethoven" program at Chicago's Symphony Center.)

Davis and the LSO have a very close relationship, of course: his dozen years as the orchestra's principal conductor are widely considered to have been an artistic golden age, and when he stepped down from that position at the first of this year (succeeded by Valery Gergiev), he became LSO president.

The next major Great Performers event, on October 29 and 30, is a visit by Baroque music superstars William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. They'll be giving the New York premiere of a rarely-performed 17th-century religious opera, Il Sant'Alessio by Stefano Landi. The performances will feature countertenors in most of the sung roles, including those of Saint Alexis (Philippe Jaroussky) and his wife (Max Emanuel Cencic). (On Oct. 18, anyone who'd like a preview may enjoy a free live webcast of Les Arts Flos' performance that evening.)

Lincoln Center's Great Performers 2007-08 season continues into May — with pianists Martha Argerich and Murray Perahia, violinists Midori and Anne-Sophie Mutter, conductors Charles Dutoit and Osmo V‹nsk‹, singers Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Joyce DiDonato, and the Russian National and Budapest Festival Orchestras being just a few of the many fine artists scheduled to appear. Information and tickets are available at

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