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An artwork image showing a cathedral on top of a wavy circle design with green, purple and blue colours

Journeys of Discovery: Psychedelia

Wednesday 10 May 2023, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall

Jennifer Higdon blue cathedral
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Vasily Petrenko Conductor
Arabella Steinbacher Violin

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Tickets on sale Autumn 2022

Music to transport you into a fantastical world of dreams and nightmares.

Higdon’s blue cathedral is a deeply moving aural experience, both an enthralling concerto for orchestra and a memorial to her recently deceased brother.  The listener is beckoned in by ethereal bells before being swept into a cathedral-like space that invites the ‘ecstatic expansion of the soul.’

If you like Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, then you will love his Second Violin Concerto that was written in the same period. It shares the same deeply romantic melodies and youthful energy of the ballet, but with surprises around each corner.

Berlioz’s zany Symphonie Fantastique is equally unpredictable, hallucinatory, even unhinged at times. The work’s protagonist has been spurned by the woman he adores and so chases her in a series of dreams that get ever more desperate. Berlioz captures everything along the way, from gentle yearning to feverish, overwhelming passion.

‘Balanced lyricism and fire […]. Among her assets are a finely polished technique and a beautifully varied palette of timbres.’
New York Times on Arabella Steinbacher

The safety of our audiences is of paramount importance. Government guidelines and safety measures are followed at all the venues in which the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs to ensure that you are able to enjoy the performance in a safe, comfortable environment. Find out more about venue guidance and safety measures below.

Venue safety

Large print versions of the programme for this concert are available on request. Please email your request to Doran Crowhurst at least one full week before the performance.

Ticket information

Tickets from £10.

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