BMW LSO Open Air Classics 2017 attracts thousands to Trafalgar Square. Free open atmosphere unison with rising star of a piano Behzod Abduraimov.

London. The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) gave a
free, alfresco unison to a throng of thousands in London’s Trafalgar
Square yesterday, in an annual unison array presented in partnership
with BMW. The LSO, with piano soloist Behzod Abduraimov, performed
song by a Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov and showcased its
work with immature musicians from East London, who achieved on theatre as
partial of a Orchestra. The assembly was guided by a performance
by presenter Lucy Griffiths with a assistance of films specially
combined by a LSO. For a past 6 years, BMW LSO Open Air Classics
has supposing a eventuality for a LSO’s musicians to get outside
and into a heart of a city to perform for an assembly who are
mostly experiencing a LSO live in unison for a initial time. 

Dr Ian Robertson, Member of a Board of Management of BMW AG,
addressing a assembly from a theatre said: “Thousands of visitors
are here today, not usually from London itself, though from all over the
world. We are gay to make this probable together with our
long-term partner, a London Symphony Orchestra. It is a very
critical component of a informative rendezvous to inspire broader
bargain and appreciation of a humanities – and also support
newcomers. This eventuality currently is a good instance of that.” 

Kathryn McDowell, LSO Managing Director, said: “For a sixth year, the
LSO’s unison in Trafalgar Square has been a smashing eventuality for
a musicians to get out of a unison hall, and perform in the
London sunshine. It stays totally giveaway of assign and open to
each Londoner or caller to a city, and it was those two
principles, that boost entrance to good music, that brought a LSO
and BMW together in 2012. It is their continued support as our
Principal Partner that enables us to benefaction such a top-tier uncover in
Trafalgar Square and we would like to offer frank interjection to BMW, as
good as a Mayor of London, for their continued joining to the
event. Our players adore removing out onto a Trafalgar Square stage
each year and a stirring knowledge for a immature people
behaving with a LSO is truly special.” 

Behzod Abduraimov non-stop a unison with a opening of
Rachmaninov’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”, with a London
Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. This virtuosic work,
famous to many from a use in films such as “Singapore Sling” and
“Groundhog Day”, was given a gorgeous opening by Abduraimov before
a theatre was set for 40 immature musicians from schools in easterly London
to join a LSO for a special opening of Rachmaninov’s “Symphonic
Dances” (first movement, “Non Allegro”). Aged between 11 and 18 years
they sat among a members of a LSO and musicians from the
Guildhall School of Music Drama, all behaving together from a
specially-commissioned arrangement of a song permitting players of
churned ability to perform together. The immature people take partial in the
LSO On Track programme, a pioneering partnership between a LSO and
a East London boroughs which, in partnership with internal Music
Education Hubs, builds on existent low-pitched sustenance in schools. By
giving students and training staff special entrance to LSO musicians in
schools, LSO On Track vastly enriches song training in a East
London boroughs and offers stirring opportunities such as this one
for immature people to perform with a LSO.

Valery Gergiev afterwards conducted a London Symphony Orchestra in a
opening of 3 movements from Rachmaninov’s immeasurable “Symphony No 2”
that brought this year’s BMW LSO Open Air Classics to an electrifying close.

The unison was projected live onto vast screens during a sides of the
stage, and elsewhere in a Square, permitting everybody to see the
Orchestra adult tighten and a state-of-the-art sound complement ensured the
really best peculiarity of sound, creation a knowledge equally special at
a behind of a block as during a front.

BMW’s alfresco array will continue in Munich on Jun 24 with an
outside unison as a kick-off to a Munich Opera Festival and on
Jul 9 with an outside screening of Richard Wagner’s opera
“Tannhäuser”, all in partnership with a Bavarian State Opera.

About BMW Group’s Cultural Commitment

For roughly 50 years now, a BMW Group has instituted and intent in
over 100 informative cooperations worldwide. The association places a main
concentration of a long-term joining on contemporary and complicated art,
exemplary song and jazz as good as pattern and design. In 1972,
3 large-scale paintings were combined by a artist Gerhard Richter
privately for a corridor of a BMW Group’s Munich headquarters.
Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim,
Jonas Kaufmann and designer Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW.
Currently, womanlike artist Cao Fei from China and American John
Baldessari are formulating a subsequent dual vehicles for a BMW Art Car
Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, a BMW Art
Journey and a “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich and London,
a association also partners with heading museums and art fairs as well
as orchestras and show houses around a world. The BMW Group takes
extensive artistic leisure in all a informative activities – as this
beginning is as essential for producing groundbreaking artistic work
as it is for vital innovations in a successful business.

Further information:






For serve questions greatfully contact:


Dr Thomas Girst

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Head of Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49-89-382-24753


Leonie Laskowski

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49-89-382-45382

Email: [email protected]


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