Stravinsky Concerto in Eb Major, ‘Dumbarton Oaks’
Mozart Piano Concerto No.13 in C Major, K415
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K550 (from memory)
Cédric Tiberghien piano
Jane Mitchell flute
Nicholas Collon conductor
‘Marvellous… Playing from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration.’ The New York Times
The first orchestra in the world to play whole symphonies from memory, Aurora brings this unique and thrilling performance style to Kings Place for the first time.
Perhaps Mozart’s most iconic and recognisable work, the ‘Great’ G minor symphony unfolds with gripping drama. Performing without sheet music, Aurora invites you to experience this cherished piece through the rare and fresh lens of memorised performance.
Continuing the theme of memory and recall, Stravinsky’s neo-classical gem ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ pays homage to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, while Boulez’s haunting Mémoriale for flute and small ensemble fondly commemorates flautist Lawrence Beauregard, adapted from an earlier musical tribute to Stravinsky himself. Completing the programme, Cédric Tiberghien returns as soloist with the orchestra for Mozart’s dazzling Piano Concerto No. 13.
“Memorising deepens and enriches our relationship with the music and takes communication to a new level. Whilst it feels naked at first without a stand and music to hide behind, it intensifies the levels of trust between players. It also communicates in a new way with the audience: we are all – players and audience alike – unshackled from the physical and metaphorical confines of the printed notes.” Nicholas Collon, Principal Conductor
Preceded by a pre-concert talk with Aurora players, where they will reflect on their experience of performing from memory. Followed by The Lock-In: Hoedown with Aurora principal bassist, Ben Griffiths and his bluegrass band.
Part of Mozart’s Piano
Mozart’s Piano is generously supported by:
The Parabola Foundation (principal supporter)
An Anonymous Donor
Nicholas Snowman & Wartski
Aurora Orchestra’s Concerto Patrons & Friends