Aurora 2017

Aurora Orchestra

Beethoven's Eroica from memory

Friday 21st July 2017

7:30 pm

Nicholas Collon conductor/presenter
Tom Service presenter

'Aurora is the most bracing breath of fresh air to invigorate the British classical music scene in the past ten years.' Richard Morrison, The Times

Bold, fresh and fearlessly virtuosic, everything Aurora Orchestra touches sounds new. In recent seasons the orchestra has attracted acclaim for performing whole symphonies entirely from memory: unique amongst orchestras worldwide, this remarkable approach allows players to connect with the music and audiences on a new and intensely personal level. For this special CSMF performance, Aurora delivers what is thought to be the first memorised performance of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony in the modern era. Preceding the performance, BBC Radio 3’s Tom Service and Aurora Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon introduce this groundbreaking work through an in-depth presentation with live excerpts.

The evening also includes Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen, a piece written towards the end of his life when he underwent a profound aesthetic change that resulted in some of his most intensely personal and philosophical music. Scored for 23 solo string players, this ecstatic, elegiac work closes with an ‘Eroica’ quotation that mourns the devastation brought about by World War II.

'Marvellous… Playing from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration.' David Allen, The New York Times

R. Strauss Metamorphosen
Beethoven Symphony No.3 in E flat Major, ‘Eroica’
(performed from memory)

Ticket & Booking Information
£35.50/30.50/25.50/17 (concessions £32.50/27.50/22/17, students £12, unwaged: £7)
Cambridge Live Tickets 01223 357851

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