Thursday, April 5, 2012


Double-whammy of events at The Egg: Clive Barda's photography exhibition of performing arts celebrities followed by the Philharmonia Orchestra.

I worked with Clive on an exhibition called Making Space for Theatre back in 1995, so nice to reconnect with this: 100 photographs of classical music, opera and a few dance greats, from Messiaen & Menuhin to Bernstein & Barenboim, captured over a career of some 40 years. Interesting concept: he's donated identical sets to The Egg, Guangzhou Opera House and Hangzhou Grand Theatre and they're all showing simultaneously, witrh him popping up at receptions on alternate days.

Afterwards we relaxed to the Philharmonia playing Haydn's Cello Concerto No.1 (with amazing soloist, Zhao Jing) and Mahler's 5th (the Death in Venice one). Lorin Maazel is pretty amazing: he's 82 and stood, wielding his baton for over two hours. 

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