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Music of the Spheres

Part of Associate Orchestras

Aurora Orchestra explores celestial sounds and the cosmic order in an eclectic programme enriched by choreography and illustration.

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. This enduring concept of the ‘music of the spheres’ provides the starting point for what promises to be one of Aurora Orchestra’s most visually spectacular Orchestral Theatre adventures, with elements of design, lighting, projection and illustration placing 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 seasons as the first orchestra in history to play whole symphonies without the aid of sheet music.

The programme also includes the world premiere of a new work by Max Richter created especially for this project, and Thomas Adès’ Violin Concerto Concentric Paths, a soaring modern masterpiece described by The Guardian’s Tom Service as follows:

‘In just 20 minutes, this three-movement piece does something magical. The way it swirls ethereally in the first movement, exerts a tragic and vice-like grip in the chaconne-like second part and finally propels you into the uninhibited flights of the finale is being spun into an infinite space.’

Pekka Kuusisto – himself one of the brightest stars in today's musical firmament – makes his debut appearance with Aurora as soloist for a celestial programme that promises to be one of the musical highlights of 2019.

Part of The Orchestral Theatre: The Claus Moser Series


Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon conductor
Pekka Kuusisto violin
Jane Mitchell director, concept


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: New work (World 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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