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Music of the Spheres
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Music of the Spheres

Date: 5 Jun
Time: 19:30
Nicholas Collon, conductor

Aurora Orchestra
Pekka Kuusisto, violin
Kate Wicks, production design
William Reynolds, lighting design

Soar to cosmic heights of wonder and ponder the celestial sounds that have mesmerised philosophers since ancient times with Aurora Orchestra in its most visually striking Orchestral Theatre production.

For the Greek philosophers and their later admirers in the Renaissance, music was of profound importance, woven into the fabric of the cosmos as elemental sounds produced by the stars and planets themselves.

The enduring concept of the 'music of the spheres' provides the starting point for this orchestral adventure that roams from Mozart to Max Richter, with elements of design, lighting, projection and animation that place the orchestra inside these ancient visions of our solar system.

At the heart of the concert is a memorised performance of Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, the composer's final and arguably greatest single musical achievement.

This most perfectly-crafted expression of symphonic form is presented here entirely from memory: a thrillingly direct and communicative performance style pioneered by Aurora in recent years as the first orchestra in history to play whole symphonies without the aid of sheet music.

The programme also includes genre-bending composer Max Richter's Journey (CP1919), a new work written for this project to be performed in the dark, and Thomas Adès' Violin Concerto Concentric Paths, a soaring modern masterpiece performed by Pekka Kuusisto - one of the brightest stars in today's musical firmament.

Part of The Orchestral Theatre: The Claus Moser Series

Performers
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon, conductor
Pekka Kuusisto, violin
Kate Wicks, production design
William Reynolds, lighting design

Repertoire
Beethoven: Molto adagio from String Quartet in E minor, Op.59 No.2 (Razumovsky)
Thomas Adès: Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra (Concentric Paths)
Max Richter: Journey (CP1919) (performed from memory) (London premiere)
Interval
Mozart: Symphony No.41 (Jupiter) (performed from memory)

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Queen Elizabeth Hall

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This Event is at Queen Elizabeth Hall

 Southbank Centre SE1 8XX Belvedere Road, London

The Queen Elizabeth Hall is the second largest concert hall on Southbank Centre site, hosting chamber orchestras, quartets, choirs, dance performances and opera. As well as the main concert hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall also contains two smaller venues, the Purcell Room and The Front Room at the QEH. Festival Village is located on the ground level of Queen Elizabeth Hall, underneath the foyer entrance and the Roof Garden on the top of the venue.

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