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Leading academic collaborates with Philharmonia Orchestra

Posted on 06/04/2011

Professor Julian Johnson

Professor Julian Johnson, Head of Music, at Royal Holloway, University of London, has played a central role in developing material and events around the upcoming Philharmonia Orchestra concert series.

Opening on 12 April, Maazel: Mahler Cycle 2011 will be a complete cycle of all of Mahler’s symphonies and orchestral songs conducted by Lorin Maazel in celebration of the composer’s centenary.

Series Consultant, Professor Johnson, has been developing a catalogue of materials surrounding the series, including a 72-page programme book, introductory films, pre-performance talks and study days. His work grows out of his book Mahler’s Voices, published by Oxford University Press in 2009, as well as his earlier consultancy for the orchestra in 2009 for the highly-acclaimed series City of Dreams: Vienna 1900-1935, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Professor Johnson said: “For all the great popularity of Mahler’s music it still remains hard to tie down and resists any neat labels. My role as series consultant gives me a great opportunity to use some of the perspectives developed in my own work to engage with a broad and non-academic audience.”

All 10 concerts will be performed at the Royal Festival Hall, with certain symphonies also being performed at various other UK locations. The tour will then travel to Europe, with concerts in France, Italy, Germany and Luxembourg: before making its close in London on 9 October 2011


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