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Program

  • Vaughan WILLIAMS: Tallis Fantasia 
  • ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 
  • WEINBERG: Jewish Rhapsody, Op. 36, No. 2

  • DEBUSSY: La Mer

In our opening concert of the season, brilliant young Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla leads the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, along with cello-sensation Sheku Kanneh-Mason, in a program of enduring favorites and new discoveries. From the churning impressionism of Debussy’s La Mer to soloist Sheku Kanneh-Mason shining on the Elgar Cello Concerto, this will be an evening of unforgettable music-making.

Winner of the 2012 prestigious Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla made her debut with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in a symphonic concert at the Salzburger Festspiele. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla served as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in from 2016 to 2022 and now serves as Principal Guest Conductor for the orchestra. Under her tutelage, the orchestra has flourished, most recently with their recording of Weinberg’s Symphonies Nos. 2 & 21 receiving Gramophone’s 2020 Recording of the Year. Prior to her being with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, she served as a Dudamel Fellow (2012-13), Assistant Conductor (2014-16), and Associate Conductor (2016-17) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason became a household name worldwide in May 2018 after performing at the Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which was watched by nearly two billion people globally. In June 2018, Sheku received the Male Artist of the Year and the Critics’ Choice awards at the re-launched Classic BRIT Awards, and in July 2018 became the first artist to receive the new BRIT Certified Breakthrough Award. In January 2020, Sheku released his second album, Elgar, which reached No. 8 in the UK Official Album Chart, making Sheku the youngest classical instrumentalist and the first cellist in history to reach the UK Top 10.

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