01 Mar Festival Coda: Aurora Orchestra – Shostakovich 9 from memory
Saturday 4 August 2018, 7.30pm
Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
Presented by Saffron Hall
Denis Kozhukhin piano
Nicholas Collon conductor/presenter
Tom Service presenter
Mozart Ballet Music from Idomeneo (excerpts)
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 in F major
Shostakovich Symphony No.9 in E-flat major
Four years ago at the BBC Proms, Aurora became the first orchestra to perform a symphony from memory, without the aid of printed sheet music. Since then the orchestra has electrified audiences around the world with this direct and communicative performance style, dispensing with any barrier between performers and players.
For this concert Aurora applies this thrilling approach to Shostakovich’s ninth symphony. Join Aurora’s Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon and BBC Radio 3’s Tom Service as they harness the unique versatility of an orchestra playing by heart to get under the skin of Shostakovich’s music, before hearing the orchestra perform the whole work entirely from memory. Aurora is joined by Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin, making his debut at Saffron Hall as soloist in Shostakovich’s much-loved second piano concerto.
“Marvellous… Playing from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration.” The New York Times
Tickets £35 – £14 (concessions available)
Tickets available online via Saffron Walden Hall Box Office Tel: 0845 548 7650