Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall in a programme of Janácek, Lindberg and Stravinsky. Featuring the UK premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Graffiti for chorus and orchestra, the concert also includes Janacek’s enduringly popular Sinfonietta and colourful ballet music for The Firebird.
Leeds International Piano Competition
Friday 9 October, 7.30pm
Every three years since 1963, Leeds plays host to the cream of young international concert pianists who travel there to take part in the city’s International Piano Competition. Past winners have included musical greats like Rada Lupu and Murray Perahia. Huw Edwards introduces the fourth finalist, Alessandro Taverna from Italy, who plays Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1. There is expert analysis from concert pianists Cristina Ortiz and Lucy Parham, plus behind-the-scenes reports from Clemency Burton-Hill.
Metropolitan Opera Season
Saturday 10 October, 8pm
Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and soprano Danielle de Niese star in Mark Morris’s energetic, dance-filled production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. James Levine conducts.