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Stravinsky’s Firebird by Heart

Wed 23 October 2024
7:30 pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Get under the skin of Stravinsky’s The Firebird as it’s deconstructed and reassembled by Aurora Orchestra, presenter Tom Service, and conductor Nicholas Collon.

Aurora takes a deep dive into the Russian fairy tales and folk melodies of Stravinsky’s magical Firebird suite, one of the great ballet scores of the 20th Century. How does Stravinsky create a feeling of unease for the antagonist? What does the incandescent flight of the Firebird in the night sky sound like? And how does he build up the terror of the infernal dance, part by part? Find out in an Orchestral Theatre presentation, as Aurora engages with the story and bold modernism of The Firebird in its typical revelatory way. And then expect blazing virtuosity and thrilling communication as Aurora performs the whole electrifying work in signature memorised style.

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***** “nothing short of spellbinding”

(The Times)