In this concert, we celebrate the first KCLSO concert of the year. We begin with Prokofiev's Suite entitled Lieutenant Kijé which was originally meant to accompany a movie of the same name. Conducted by our assistant conductor Dominic Blanchard.
We are then joined by Alexander Dawkins, as he plays Khachaturian's Violin Concerto.
We end with Shostakovich and his incredible Symphony No.5.
Prokofiev, Lieutenant Kijé
Khachaturian, Violin Concerto in D minor
Shostakovich, Symphony No.5
7:30pm. 8th Dec, 2019.
The Great Hall, Strand Campus, King's College London, WC2R 2LS
Students / Concession: £8
Tickets available from the link here or on the door. ID required for Students and Friends of KCLSO.
We are delighted to welcome back our fabulous conductor from Tour 2019, Christopher Quentin!
American conductor Christopher Quentin McMullen-Laird will start the 2019-2020 season in his new post of Music Director of the Jæren Symfoniorkester in Norway and as interim Music Director of the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra. He started his career at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, where he prompted over 50 opera productions, working alongside Music Directors Kent Nagano and Kirill Petrenko. Christopher has conducted productions for Cape Cod Opera, Opera Providence, Opera Rogaland, Schlosstheater Rheinsberg, Tokyo Opera Association, and the education department at the Bayerische Staatsoper. He has also assisted on dance productions at the Royal Ballet and Rambert Dance Company in London.
In addition to his work in opera and ballet, Christopher enjoys a busy and varied concert schedule. He was previously Music Director of the Munich International Orchestra, the Bjergsted Symfoniorkester and the Phoenix Youth Orchestra, and has appeared as guest conductor with the Dartington Festival Orchestra, the Filharmonia Zielenogórska, and the Abaco Orchester. Debuts this season include the Surrey Mozart Players, Sandnes Symfoniorkester and Stavanger Amatørsymfoniorkester, and he returns to the Yorke Trust in Norfolk for Mozart’s Requiem and the Yorke Trust Summer Opera.
Christopher was a Leverhulme Arts Scholar at the Royal College of Music London where he earned a Masters of Music in Conducting. At the RCM he performed with all major ensembles and developed a particular interest in memorisation and performing music with movement. Christopher’s work in these fields won him the 2018/2019 Mercers’ Arts Award for combining theoretical knowledge with public performance. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA, and has held Fellowships at the Hochschule für Musik Weimar and the University of Stavanger.
Follow Christopher’s work on his website www.christopherquentin.com and on Facebook and Instagram @conductorchristopher.