On Thursday June 10 Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct his final concert as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, a role that he has held for 13 years. In his tenure Salonen has highlighted the orchestra as one of the UK’s best ensembles, known for ground-breaking approaches to presenting and performing music, joining cutting-edge technological innovation with adventurous curation and meticulous performance.
The event includes the world premiere of Fog (version for orchestra) by Salonen. The work is a 90th birthday tribute to the architect Frank Gehry and it is also dedicated to him. The piece takes its name and much of its harmony from Gehry’s initials – F A G E H (B natural in English). The work is a fantasy around the Bach E major Prelude from Partita in E (BWV 1006), which was the first piece of music Salonen heard in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles while it was still under construction.
The concert takes place the Royal Festival Hall at London’s Southbank Centre and will be filmed to watch on demand on June 25.
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