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Celebrating Edgard Varèse jointly with the CBSO 

Monday 4 May 2020, 7.30pm*
Town Hall, Birmingham, B3 5DQ

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Birmingham pre-concert performance and conversation, 5.45pm*
Pre-concert conversation with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and BCMG Artistic Director Stephan Meier, followed by a pre-concert performance by Creative Composing Lab participants.

NEXT Musicians Side-by-Side
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Conductor


Edgard Varèse (1883–1965)     Density 21.5 (1936), 4′
                                                      Ionisation (1931), 6' 

                                                      Intégrales (1923), 12′ 

                                                      Déserts (1954), 23′

Rebecca Saunders (b.1967)      a visible trace, 20′

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)    Prèlude á l'après-midi d'un faune, 10′

                                                       Syrinx, 3′

Gérard Grisey (1946-1998)       Stele, 7′

* Programme and Timing Changes

Due to the change in the Early May Bank Holiday, the concert start time has been changed to 7.30pm. As a result, the Pre-concert performance of new works created by Creative Composing Lab participants will now start at 5.45pm, and the Pre-concert Conversation with conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla and BCMG Artistic Director Stephan Meier will now start at 6.15pm.

The programme has also been revised to include works by Gérard Grisey and Rebecca Saunders – composers who carry forward Edgard Varèse’s pioneering legacy through the 20th and 21st centuries – as well as continuing BCMG’s link with the CBSO Centenary Season with the addition of Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune.

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