A new work by John Adams is flanked by Gershwin’s most seductive tunes.
John Adams always has something interesting to say about the world we live in. Any new work he produces soon shows up in concert halls across the globe – so hear it here first. Roy Harris’ Third Symphony is a miniature epic, offering up a tragic glimpse of dust bowl-era America.
George Gershwin paints a more ebullient picture of life across the Pond, transporting us to the roaring twenties in his razzle-dazzle Piano Concerto, complete with Charleston rhythms. Keep an ear out for some of his biggest melodies in two delicious musical theatre overtures.
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor Emeritus of the LSO, has a long history with John Adams, audible in every confident note of the LSO’s performance. Kirill Gerstein has made reference-point live recordings of George Gershwin’s music. Seize your chance to hear him tackle its addictive blend of classical and jazz.
Presented by Bristol Beacon
Sir Simon Rattle Conductor
Kirill Gerstein Piano
London Symphony Orchestra
George Gershwin arr Don Rose Let ’em Eat Cake
George Gershwin Piano Concerto ed Watson
Roy Harris Symphony No. 3
John Adams Frenzy
George Gershwin arr Don Rose Strike up the Band (Overture)
Pre-Concert Talk with Jonathan James
Lantern Hall, 18:00. Free with concert ticket.
Format: Reserved seating
Age: For all ages (Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)
Start Time: 19:00
All timings are approximate and subject to change
“Adams’s pounding tribute to the harmony of late Romanticism perfectly suits Rattle’s ability to focus musical energy with pinpoint accuracy.”
with Jonathan James
18:25, Lantern Hall (30 mins)
Free with a concert ticket
Pre-concert talks are a great way to take a deep dive into the season’s concerts.
Hosted by conductor, music educator, writer and presenter Jonathan James, these talks introduce the works in the programme, include interviews with members of the orchestras and illuminate the creative process.
Orchestral Ticket Prices
There are four price bands (Bands A-D) for each concert in the Orchestral Season 2023/24. A fifth price band (Premium) will apply to some concerts in the season.
Within price bands A-D, there are two types of ticket: Standard and Open Concession.
If you are under 26, there is a fixed ticket price available on a limited number of seats for every concert.
If you purchase tickets for more than one concert in the 2023/24 Orchestral Season, you may be able to take advantage of our Multibuy offer.
Buy 3 concerts save 10%
Buy 4-7 concerts save 20%
Buy 8-10 concerts save 25%
Buy 11 concerts save 30%
In order to qualify for the discount, tickets for the corresponding number of concerts must be purchased in one transaction.
About Beacon Hall
Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon
at Bristol Beacon
Getting to the venue
Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.
Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.
Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.
Bristol Clean Air Zone
Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.
Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.
Spaces for wheelchair users are in:
- row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
- row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
- rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)
Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.
A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)
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