Tuesday 1 November, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
London Philharmonic Orchestra invites international cabaret artiste Meow Meow to create a one-off evening of cabaret and song as part of the Orchestra’s main concert season at Royal Festival Hall. Meow will be joined by pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale, a trio of musicians from Pink Martini and the full force of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance follows Meow’s sell-out run as Titania in the Globe’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the highly-acclaimed tour of Weimer Cabaret with Barry Humphries and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Meow’s solo works have been curated by greats such as David Bowie, Pina Bausch and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She has toured with punk outfit Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls and taught dance routines to Liza Minnelli. Her latest “Pandemonium” show with the London Philharmonic Orchestra features an array of music from tangos by Astor Piazzolla, the sublime smoky cabaret of Kurt Weill and Jacques Brel through to Radiohead and original songs by Meow, some receiving their premiere performance.
Meow has had extensive experience working with classical musicians and orchestras around the world. In 2013 Meow made her London Philharmonic Orchestra debut under its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski as Jenny in Brecht/Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper in Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and London’s Royal Festival Hall. She has also appeared with the LA Philharmonic in Louis Andriessen’s De Materie and as a guest with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and New York Pops.
Meow Meow says:
“It’s a delight to work with the beautiful musicians of the London Philharmonic Orchestra once again. For this new show, Thomas M. Lauderdale and I will take the audience on a journey from the sublime to the satirical; from tangos and bossas to chansons and Weimar lieder. It’s beautiful music, but often funny and tragic, too. I never know exactly what will happen with a wild audience on the night, and with an inspired orchestra, the element of danger is thrilling; it’s an exciting and potent musical cocktail.”
Timothy Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, says:
“We are thrilled that Meow Meow accepted our invitation to create a ground-breaking, one-off show with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. As an exceptional artistic force and a stylish cabaret artist, we felt that she would create a hugely entertaining evening of orchestral music with a difference as a bold and hopefully inspiring event in our main season at Royal Festival Hall.”
“Witness the birth of a new star…She is sensational”
“There is nothing that this woman cannot do… Her voice is astonishing”
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London Philharmonic Orchestra
One of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham. Since then, its Principal Conductors have included Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. In 2007 Vladimir Jurowski became the Orchestra’s current Principal Conductor.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall since it opened in 1951, becoming Resident Orchestra in 1992. It also has residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne, and performs regularly around the UK. The Orchestra frequently tours abroad: highlights of the 2016/17 season include visits to New York, Germany, Hungary, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Switzerland.
The Orchestra broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and has recorded soundtracks for numerous films including The Lord of the Rings. In 2005 it began releasing live, studio and archive recordings on its own CD label.
Thomas M. Lauderdale
Thomas M. Lauderdale has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Oregon Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Chamber Music Northwest and Oregon Ballet Theatre (where he collaborated with choreographer James Canfield and visual artists Storm Tharp and Malia Jensen on a ballet based on Felix Salten’s Bambi, written in 1923).
Lauderdale founded the “little orchestra” called Pink Martini in 1994 to play political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, the environment, affordable housing and public broadcasting. In addition to his work with Pink Martini, Lauderdale collaborates with international superstar and singing sensation Meow Meow, the surf band Satan’s Pilgrims and novelist/writer Tom Spanbauer. In Spring 2008, Lauderdale completed his first film score for Chiara Clemente’s documentary Our City Dreams, a portrait of five New York City-based women artists of different generations. In 2008, he performed as the featured piano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia with the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland under the direction of Roger Doyle, and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the Oregon Symphony under the direction of Christoph Campestrini.