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Half Six Fix: Sir Simon Rattle conducts John Adams

Half Six Fix is a 60-minute burst of music to kick-start your evening. Grab a drink and take your seat, as LSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle journeys to 1980s California, and introduces you to the vast, visionary expanses of John Adams’ Harmonielehre.

You’re standing on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge when a supertanker suddenly rockets into the air. Strange, yearning music plays beneath blue Californian skies. And amid the stars, a medieval monk chatters away to an all-American baby. Those are the visions that inspired John Adams’ Harmonielehre. It’s a modern classic on a blockbuster scale, and Sir Simon Rattle adores it.

Adams grabs images from pop culture and collides them with a pulsing, glittering symphony orchestra. Some regard him as America’s greatest living composer and this evening, you might discover why. ‘When people tell me that something I’ve written has affected them, it makes me feel my existence on the Earth has been worth it’ – John Adams.

‘The London Symphony Orchestra’s regular Half Six Fix is a quick shot rather than the full classical cocktail: one hour; one symphony; no messing around.’ – inews

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