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Individual or society? Heart or heart? Conform or rebel?

Mon Nov 5 2018

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Individual or Society?
Head or Heart?
Conform or Rebel?
Laws or Freedoms?
Secular or Sacred?

These questions about how to live a good life challenged composers such as Bach, Brahms and Mozart as much as they challenge us now.

Our 2018-19 season of concerts at Southbank Centre features the music these composers wrote in response to these questions, sometimes overtly and sometimes indirectly.

It takes its name for the landmark quote in the United States Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Watch our trailer to hear some of the music we’ll be playing, and to discover some of the links we’ve been making between the Enlightenment and life now.

See all the concerts in our Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness season here: oae.co.uk/liberty

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