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Sir Simon Rattle conducting the LSO

Kirill Gerstein: Spotlight Artist

Sir Simon Rattle & Kirill Gerstein – Listening to America

Exuberant. Memorable. Irresistible.

Sunday 3 March 2024 • 7pm

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The Concert

George Gershwin arr Don Rose Overture: Let ‘em Eat Cake
George Gershwin Piano Concerto in F (ed Timothy Freeze)
Roy Harris Symphony No 3
John Adams Frenzy (world premiere)
George Gershwin arr Don Rose Overture: Strike Up the Band

Sir Simon Rattle  conductor
Kirill Gerstein  piano
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 9pm (timings subject to change)


£70 £55 £39 £25 £18
+ £4 booking fee per online/phone transaction

Wildcard Tickets

£12/£16 + booking fee as above
Guaranteed entry – your seat will be allocated on the day.
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Multibuy Discounts – save up to 40%
Under-18s – £6 tickets
14–25s – discounts for Young Barbican Members
Groups of 10+ – save at least 20%
Barbican Access Members – free companion tickets
Full details below 

A new work by John Adams is flanked by Gershwin’s most seductive tunes.

The Programme

John Adams always has something interesting to say about the world we live in. Any new work he produces soon shows up in concert halls across the globe – so hear Frenzy here first.

Roy Harris’ Third Symphony is a miniature epic, offering up a tragic glimpse of dust bowl-era America. George Gershwin paints a more ebullient picture of life across the Pond, transporting us to the roaring twenties in his razzle-dazzle Piano Concerto, complete with Charleston rhythms. Keep an ear out for some of his biggest melodies in two delicious musical theatre overtures.

The Performers

Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor Emeritus of the LSO, has a long history with John Adams, audible in every confident note of the LSO’s performance. Kirill Gerstein has made reference-point live recordings of George Gershwin’s music. Seize your chance to hear him tackle its addictive blend of classical and jazz, as part of his Spotlight Artist series with the LSO.

‘I wanted to make music that had all of the elements of my life as an American’ – John Adams

Read the programme


Programme Alteration

In a change to original listings, George Gershwin’s Overture to Girl Crazy will no longer be performed, and will be replaced by Gershwin’s Overture to Let ‘em Eat Cake. The order of the programme has also changed (see full listing above).

Original ticket holders have been contacted by email. For any queries the box office can be contacted via

Event change posted Thursday 3 August 12pm


Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and filmed for broadcast by Marquee TV

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Frenzy has been commissioned by London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Philharmonie de Paris, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association: Gustavo Dudamel, Music & Artistic Director.

Concert supported by Cockayne Grants for the Arts – a donor advised fund of The London Community Foundation


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Booking and Discounts

Booking Your Tickets

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By phone on +44 20 7870 2500 (Monday to Friday 12–5.30pm)
In person at the Barbican Centre

£4 booking fee per transaction when booking online or by phone

Refunds and Exchanges

If you can no longer user your tickets, you can exchange them for another LSO concert or Barbican credit voucher (valid for six months). Please inform the Box Office at least 24 hours before the performance (two weeks for group bookings). A per-ticket administration fee applies for all exchange services.

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The LSO reserves the right to change artists or programmes if necessary. If the event is cancelled, all bookers will receive a refund. All discounts are subject to availability and may not be combined. Box office calls may be monitored or recorded for quality assurance or training purposes.

Multibuy Discounts

Book 2 to 3 concerts and save 10%
Book 4 to 7 concerts and save 20%
Book 8 to 11 concerts and save 30%
Book 12 or more concerts and save 40%

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£12 or £16 (£10 or £15 for Half Six Fix concerts), plus booking fee. You are guaranteed entry to the concert but you won’t know your exact seat until the evening of the performance. Will you be lucky and bag a top-price seat in the stalls? Find out more about Wildcards.

Young People

£6 tickets for under-18s. Discounted tickets are available for selected LSO concerts for 14–25s through Young Barbican, and for full-time students through Student Pulse London.

Groups of 10+

Save 20%, or 30% when booking two or more concerts in the same season, plus additional benefits. Find out more about group booking.

Access Members

Members of the Barbican’s Access Scheme can book wheelchair places priced at the lowest price for that event and book a free companion seat. Join the Barbican Access Scheme.

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