Having served as Principal Guest Conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2017, Daniel Harding will reunite with the orchestra this weekend in Santa Barbara, California as part of the orchestra’s relationship with the Music Academy of the West. This project, launched in April 2018, nurtures and develops some of this generation’s finest musical talent by offering young musicians the opportunity to receive bespoke coaching from LSO members.
Daniel will first appear on 13 July at the Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara. Soloist James Ehnes joins the ensemble to perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto which will then be followed by Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. The performance will open with Agnegram by Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. Composed in 1998, Agnegram is playful but heartfelt tribute to Agnes Albert, patron and friend of the San Francisco Symphony, where Michael currently serves as Music Director.
Daniel and the orchestra then transfer to the Santa Barbara Bowl on 14 July where they will be joined by the Academy Festival Orchestra for a side-by-side concert. This unique event will feature a varied and exhilarating programme, comprising of Berlioz’ Le carnaval romain, Stravinksy’s Firebird Suite and concluding with Tchaikovsky’s boisterous Symphony No. 4 in F minor.
Daniel will complete his 2018/19 season by giving his final performances as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris, appearing at the Edinburgh International Festival, Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight and BBC Proms.
For further details about Daniel’s performances with the LSO, check their website.