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Music of the Spheres

Part of Associate Orchestras

Soar to cosmic heights of wonder and ponder the celestial sounds that have mesmerised philosophers since ancient times with Aurora Orchestra in its most visually striking Orchestral Theatre production.

For the Greek philosophers and their later admirers in the Renaissance, music was of profound importance, woven into the fabric of the cosmos as elemental sounds produced by the stars and planets themselves.

The enduring concept of the ‘music of the spheres’ provides the starting point for this orchestral adventure that roams from Mozart to Max Richter, with elements of design, lighting, projection and animation that place the orchestra inside these ancient visions of our solar system.

At the heart of the concert is a memorised performance of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, the composer’s final and arguably greatest single musical achievement.

This most perfectly-crafted expression of symphonic form is presented here entirely from memory: a thrillingly direct and communicative performance style pioneered by Aurora in recent years as the first orchestra in history to play whole symphonies without the aid of sheet music.

The programme also includes genre-bending composer Max Richter’s Journey (CP1919), a new work written for this project to be performed in the dark, and Thomas Adès’ Violin Concerto Concentric Paths, a soaring modern masterpiece performed by Pekka Kuusisto – one of the brightest stars in today’s musical firmament.

Part of The Orchestral Theatre: The Claus Moser Series


Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon conductor
Pekka Kuusisto violin
Kate Wicks production design
William Reynolds lighting design


Beethoven: Molto adagio from String Quartet in E minor, Op.59 No.2 (Razumovsky)
Thomas Adès: Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra (Concentric Paths)
Max Richter: Journey (CP1919) (performed from memory) (London premiere)
Mozart: Symphony No.41 (Jupiter) (performed from memory)

Dates & times

5 Jun 2019
Approximate run time: 105 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
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The production features flashing lights.