Thursday 23 Jan 2014, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Antony Hermus conductor

Hae-Sun Kang violin

Jonathan Cross presenter

Harvey Wheel of Emptiness for Chamber Ensemble

Harvey Scena

No composer since Olivier Messiaen had so consistently captured notions of spirituality and transcendence into music than Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012). We celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday with the performance of  two major works: the ensemble piece Wheel of Emptiness, an evocation of buddhism, and Scena, a 'quasi-operatic scene' for violin and ensemble, which runs the emotional gamut from turmoil to luminous serenity. These are fascinatingly vivid and profound works by a great modernist composer, who created a musical world of his own.

Electronics supplied by the Birmingham Conservatoire

This concert is part of the Music of Today series