Sarah Hicks

Our new All Stars playlist is here!

In this series, some of our - and your - favorite contemporary artists, composers, and musicians will let you take an exclusive sneak peek into their favorite musical works through specially curated playlists. For the third edition of All Stars, we are pleased to receive conductor, educator, arranger, producer, writer, and speaker Sarah Hicks, a versatile and vibrant creative committed to creating connections through music.

Watch Sarah Hicks introduce her favorites here!


Messiaen - L'Ascension

  • ConductorBarbara Hannigan
  • OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
  • LocationBarbican Centre

Messiaen's complex orchestral suite.

Written shortly after his appointment as titular organist of the Parisian La Sainte-Trinité church in 1931, Olivier Messiaen's complex orchestral suite 'L'Ascension' speaks not only to the well-documented influence of Catholicism on the composer's work but also his characteristic musical style. Watch it expertly performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.


Sibelius - The Oceanides

  • ConductorSir Simon Rattle
  • OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
  • LocationBarbican Centre

One of Sibelius's best, led by Sir Simon Rattle.

The Oceanides is a single-movement tone poem composed in 1914, and it is one of Jean Sibelius's most popular orchestral works, existing in stark contrast to the Finnish mythology that drives many of the composer’s tone poems. The London Symphony Orchestra tackles the piece in a stunning Barbican Centre appearance, led by Sir Simon Rattle.


George Walker - Lilacs

  • ConductorFranz Welser-Möst
  • OrchestraThe Cleveland Orchestra
  • LocationSeverance Music Center

Celebrating the richness of American classical music.

George Walker's Walt Whitman-inspired 'Lilacs' is as a significant milestone in American classical music, earning him the distinction of being the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1996. The exceptional Latonia Moore joins The Cleveland Orchestra for a performance of this stone-cold American classic.


Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 'Italian'

  • ConductorSir Georg Solti
  • OrchestraChicago Symphony Orchestra
  • LocationChicago Orchestra Hall

An historical Sir Georg Solti performance.

Sir Georg Solti's recordings of Felix Mendelssohn works serve to cement his reputation as 'the last of the great international orchestral and operatic maestri' (according to The Times). Here, Mendelssohn's 'Italian' symphony is performed with the expertise and precision that can only come from the great conductor. He takes to the podium of Orchestra Hall in this remarkable 1976 performance.


Beethoven - Symphony No. 7

  • ConductorCarlos Kleiber
  • OrchestraRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • LocationRoyal Concertgebouw

Beethoven's 7th from Amsterdam with Carlos Kleiber.

Carlos Kleiber's all-too-rare concert appearances are always musical occasions to cherish and remember. Here, the masterful conductor leads the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a spirited performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's iconic Symphony No. 7 in Amsterdam, bringing the work (one of the composer's most beloved and celebrated creations), to life.


Debussy - La Mer

  • ConductorEsa-Pekka Salonen
  • OrchestraOrchestre de Paris
  • Location Salle Pleyel

Debussy's oceanic masterpiece in Paris.

'The sea has been very good to me', wrote Debussy to his publisher shortly before he finished 'La Mer. 'She has shown me all her moods.' Here, Debussy's sonic 'sea' flows into the Salle Pleyel as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Orchestre de Paris in a riveting performance of the composer's masterwork trio of symphonic sketches.


Ravel - La Valse

  • ConductorZubin Mehta
  • OrchestraLos Angeles Philharmonic
  • LocationWalt Disney Concert Hall

Maurice Ravel in California.

La valse, composed by Maurice Ravel in 1920, is a significant work of French impressionism. Ravel flawlessly captures the essence of a waltz, while also deconstructing and reimagining it in a way that reflects the turbulent and dissonant atmosphere of post-World War I Europe. Originally conceived as a ballet, it is now most commonly performed as a concert piece - in this case, by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


Williams - Schindler's List

  • ConductorKeith Lockhart
  • OrchestraLos Angeles Philharmonic
  • LocationKonzerthaus

A moving fit for a cinematic masterpiece.

Violinist Yuri Revich joins conductor Keith Lockhart and the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien for a particularly heart-wrenching rendition of John Williams' violin theme from Schindler's List. The work is skillfully interpreted by Itzhak Perlman on the violin in the context of a wider concert tribute to the iconic film composer.


Mahler - Der Abscheid

  • ConductorSir Simon Rattle
  • OrchestraCzech Philharmonic
  • LocationRudolfinum

Mahler's farewell by the incomparable Czech Philharmonic.

Taken out of Gustav Mahler's 'Das Lied von der Erde', 'Der Abschied' ('The Farewell') is a profound and transcendent musical journey which embodies the themes of acceptance and the eternal cycle of life and death in one powerful movement. Here, we watch it performed the Czech Philharmonic, led by the one and only Sir Simon Rattle.


Mahler - Symphony No. 6

  • ConductorLorin Maazel
  • OrchestraRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Location Salle Pleyel

Mahler's 'tragic' triumph by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Performed by the Concertgebouworkest, Gustav Mahler's powerful Symphony No. 6 takes on new and exciting meaning. Often dubbed the 'Tragic Symphony', this is a monumental work like few others, traversing a vast emotional landscape. Conductor Lorin Maazel and orchestra work together to revisit the work's 'tragic' nature in a moving showcase.