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Yo-Yo Ma & NY Philharmonic Barbican, London, 2nd April

America’s greatest living composer, John Adams, celebrates his 70th birthday this year. Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic (below) bring two of his classic works to London: the pulsing urban symphony that is Harmonielehre and the sparkle of his Chairman Dances—a glittering foxtrot for orchestra that the composer describes as an “outtake” from his Nixon in China. The concert also includes the European premiere of a cello concerto by Esa-Pekka Salonen. With Yo-Yo Ma as soloist,…

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