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Ones to Watch Series: Aurora Orchestra - Music of the Spheres

  • Victoria Concert Hall 9 Empress Place Singapore 179556 (map)
PEKKA KUUSISTO,  violin

PEKKA KUUSISTO, violin

NICHOLAS COLLON,  conductor

NICHOLAS COLLON, conductor

PROGRAMME

MAX RICHTER 
Journey Song (CP1919) (World Premiere)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59 
II. Molto adagio (Si tratta questo pezzo con molto di sentimento)

THOMAS ADÈS 
Violin Concerto, ‘Concentric Paths’
I. Rings
II. Paths
III. Rounds

- Intermission (15 minutes) -


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 (From Memory)
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante cantabile
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Molto allegro


ABOUT THE EVENT

In this concert, the Aurora Orchestra explores celestial sounds and the cosmic order in an eclectic programme enriched by choreography and illustration.

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. This enduring concept of the ‘music of the spheres’ provides the starting point for what promises to be one of Aurora's most visually spectacular Orchestral Theatre adventures, with elements of design, lighting, projection and illustration placing 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 the Aurora Orchestra in recent seasons as the first orchestra in history to play whole symphonies without the aid of sheet music.

The programme also includes the world premiere of a new work by Max Richter created especially for this project, 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.

Join us for a free Pre-Concert Performance: Young musicians from YST’s Double Time programme perform with YST students and Aurora Orchestra musicians.

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ABOUT THE SG-UK PARTNERSHIP FOR THE FUTURE

We are delighted to be presenting this concert as part of the SG-UK Partnership for the Future.

2019 is a significant year for both Singapore and the United Kingdom, marking the Bicentennial of the founding of modern Singapore and the beginning of a new era for the UK. The SG-UK Partnership for the Future builds on our historical links by celebrating all that our nations are already achieving together and looks to the future by launching new collaboration initiatives.

TICKETING INFORMATION

• Tickets at $30/$20 via SISTIC.
• All event information is correct at time of print.
• Out of respect for other concertgoers, no children under 6 years of age will be allowed admission.

Photo credits:
Nick Rutter (Banner photo)
Felix Broede (Pekka Kuusisto)
Jim Hinson (Nicholas Collon)