Thursday 19th April 2018 7.30pm
St John’s Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA
ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Kenneth Woods – Conductor
Emma Johnson – Clarinet
Ives- Symphony no. 3 (“The Camp Meeting”)
Copland – Clarinet Concerto
Emma Johnson- clarinet
Jesse Jones- Smith Square Dances (world premiere jointly commissioned be ESO and SJSS)
The ESO’s recent performances at St John’s Smith Square have been universally hailed as some of the most ambitious and polished programmes heard in London in recent seasons. This concert promises to be one of the highlights of SJSS’s year-long celebration of American music.
Britain’s favourite clarinet virtuoso, Emma Johnson, brings to life the concerto written by Copland for legendary clarinetist Benny Goodman and Kenneth Woods conducts two cornerstones of the American symphonic literature. Oregon-born Jesse Jones is a Charles Ives Prize-winning young superstar whose recent work for the Juilliard Quartet has been hailed as a triumph. Recently commissioned to write a new opera for the Aldeburgh Festival, his new work for the ESO promises to be one of the most important premieres in London this year.