Damian and Helen at LSO’s Genesis Suite & Bartok’s Concerto
by Gingersnap – damian-lewis.com – January 13, 2018
Damian was in attendance at London Symphony Orchestra’s Music of Exile: Genesis Suite & Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra on Saturday, January 13 at Barbican Centre’s Concert Hall in London, where Helen was one of the narrators. Rarely performed since its 1945 debut, the Genesis Suite was revived by the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, accompanied with visual projections conceived by creative director Gerard McBurney.
“It’s a fascinating work because it’s a very political gesture – it’s a Holocaust protest,” says McBurney. “The story focuses on Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel and the Tower of Babel, all of which are a series of broken promises. So, for me, this is a story about the lies that our leaders tell us.”
The piece is a composite suite by seven leading composers of the time, including rivals Arnold Schoenberg and Stravinsky, to bring together the “high art” composers in the US fleeing persecution with the popular culture of Hollywood scores.
Amazing to chat to #helenmcrory about the amazing tv drama #fearless . She was one of the narrators in #genesissuite A bonus that her husband @lewis_damian was in the audience! Hope they enjoyed Bartok's concerto for orchestra too! @londonsymphony @SirSimonRattle pic.twitter.com/1ozBD2muOH
— Maxine Kwok (@maxinekwokadams) January 13, 2018