In Wednesday’s (3/11) Guardian (London), Mark Brown reports, “Today the Barbican, Europe’s largest performing arts centre, will reveal a new programme of work that includes a stellar list of names, from Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel to veteran director Peter Brook. … Instead of being a venue for one-off flying visits by orchestras, the Barbican said it wants to change the dynamic and develop more lasting relationships with organisations that it today names as international associates. One of the most eye-catching is the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led as it will be by arguably the most exciting and dynamic conductor working today, the 28-year-old Dudamel. The others are the New York Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the New York-based Jazz at Lincoln Centre, which will be the first resident next year. … Sir Nicholas Kenyon, who took over the Barbican from Sir John Tusa in October, said they had had very successful one-off performances from orchestras over the years but now was the time to take relationships to the next level, allowing more concerts as well as smaller scale performances, master classes and work with schools.”
Posted March 11, 2009