Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to Appear at Center for the Arts

Posted: January 3, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Royal Philharmonic

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and its founder, Sir Thomas Beecham, regarded by many as one of Britain’s greatest conductors, are indelibly associated. In 1946, Beecham envisioned an orchestra that would bring the greatest music ever composed to every corner of the United Kingdom, and he set about creating a world-class ensemble from the finest musicians in the country.

Today, under the inspired leadership and gifted musicianship of Daniele Gatti (music director since 1996), the orchestra continues to expand its international reputation while maintaining a deep commitment to its self-appointed role as Britain’s national orchestra. Maestro Charles Dutoit leads their debut at the Center for the Arts on Friday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m.

Throughout a career that has spanned the globe and mined the riches of orchestral repertoire, Dutoit regularly collaborates with the world’s pre-eminent orchestras and soloists.

He has been invited each season to conduct all the major orchestras of the United States, including those of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. He has also performed regularly with all the great orchestras of Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as with all the London orchestras, the Israel Philharmonic and all the major orchestras of Japan, South America and Australia.

The Jan. 20 program will feature “Karelia Suite” op. 11, and Symphony no. 2 in D major op. 43 by Jean Sibelius; and Symphony no. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

A preperformance discussion is held at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets are $50, $42 and $25. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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