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.
For this concert, which forms part of Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Aurora applies this thrilling approach to Shostakovich’s ninth symphony. Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon and BBC Radio 3’s Tom Service will break down this awe-inspiring work, using musical excerpts from the instrumentalists to guide us through the structure and main themes in an interactive presentation, before the orchestra performs the entire symphony 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.
Venue: Saffron Hall4 Aug 2018 - 7:30pm
Mozart Ballet Music from Idomeneo (excerpts)
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 in F major
Shostakovich Symphony No.9 in E-flat major (from memory)