Part of our BEETHOVEN 250 Celebration series
Yeol Eum Son Piano
Nicholas Collon Conductor
Harrison Birtwistle Cortege
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K488
Beethoven Symphony No 6 in F, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’ [from memory]
This concert originally announced Ingrid Fliter as the piano soloist. However, due to Ingrid’s forthcoming maternity leave, she regrets that she must cancel her appearance. We are thrilled to have Yeol Eum Son replace her.
Showcasing the extraordinary versatility of St George’s Bristol’s Orchestra in Residence, Aurora Orchestra’s striking programme includes a symphony performed entirely from memory, a work of orchestral theatre from the incomparable imagination of Harrison Birtwistle, and a collaboration with rising star pianist Yeol Eum Son.
Known for her thoughtful interpretation of Mozart, Son performs Mozart’s A-major Piano Concerto K488, by turns jubilant and melancholic. This masterpiece is paired with a rare opportunity to experience Birtwistle’s Cortege for 14 musicians, a virtuosic work in which musicians take turns to deliver a solo line from the centre of the ensemble, creating a kind of ritualised dance. Aurora then presents one of its distinctive memorised performances of a whole symphony with an electrifying interpretation of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.
Mozart’s A major concerto K488 was written in 1786 alongside The Marriage of Figaro during the most productive period of the composer’s professional life. The concerto is paired with a rare opportunity to experience Birtwistle’s Cortege for 14 players, a virtuosic work in which musicians take turns to deliver a solo line from the centre of the ensemble, creating a kind of ritualised dance.
In the second half of the concert Aurora presents Beethoven’s sixth symphony, the Pastoral in one of its distinctive memorised performances of a whole symphony, an electrifyingly communicative approach which has become one of the most talked-about innovations in orchestral performance practice in recent years.
Watch the Aurora Orchestra perform Beethoven Symphony 5 by heart.
Why not pre-order a sharing platter or soup to enjoy ahead of the concert?
Bookable here or via the link above with your tickets, up to 48 hours ahead of the event.
With soup, bar snacks and ice cream available to order on the night.