Soar to cosmic heights of wonder and ponder the celestial sounds that have mesmerised philosophers since ancient times with Aurora Orchestra in a visually striking Orchestral Theatre production.
For the Greek philosophers and their later Renaissance admirers, 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 this orchestral adventure that roams from Mozart to Max Richter, with elements of design, lighting, animation and audio narration.
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 a new work by genre-bending composer Max Richter (Arrival, Black Mirror) 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.
This production features flashing lights.
Part of The Orchestral Theatre series by Aurora Orchestra