Music of Today: Jonathan Harvey

Thu 23 Jan 2014 18.00

Royal Festival Hall, London

Event Price: Free admission

No composer since Olivier Messiaen has so consistently captured notions of spirituality and transcendence into music than Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012). The Philharmonia celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday with the performance of two major works - the ensemble piece Wheel of Emptiness, an evocation of Buddhism, and Scena, a quasi-operatic scene for violin and ensemble which runs the emotional gamut from turmoil to luminous serenity. These are fascinatingly vivid and profound works by a major contemporary composer, who has created a musical world of his own. Jonathan Harvey Wheel of emptiness for chamber ensemble Jonathan Harvey Scena for violin & chamber ensemble A portrait of Jonathan Harvey, conducted by Antony Hermus with Hae-Sun Kang (violin). Music of Today is supported by the Royal Philharmonic Society. You can view other events in this series here.