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Aurora with Jan Lisiecki

Sat 25 March 2023
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Aurora pairs iconic works by Beethoven with a new piece from one of the most exciting voices in 21st-century music, Héloïse Werner.

French-born composer Héloïse Werner is rapidly establishing herself amongst the most imaginative and engaging composers of her generation. Her new work for Aurora, entitled for mira and given its world premiere in this performance, harnesses the potential of an orchestra performing from memory to use instrumentalists in unexpected ways in a work written in memory of Héloïse’s friend, the artist Mira Calix. Werner writes of her new piece: “I am so excited to be writing a new work for Aurora – I’ve always been inspired by their thrilling approach to music making, including innovative theatricality and performance from memory.”

Werner’s new work introduces Beethoven’s mighty Fifth Symphony, performed here by Aurora in signature memorised fashion. Stellar young Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki appears as soloist for Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto.

This performance is kindly supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation.

Héloïse Werner’s new commission is kindly supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations.