- Tickets: £39, £35, £28, £21, £13; under 16s & full-time students £10 (includes £1 booking fee). Over 65s standby tickets available only on the day of the performance. Group discount available - contact the Box Office for more info
Mussorgsky Night on a Bare Mountain
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Ray Chen violin
Diego Matheuz conductor
Mussorgsky’s spine-tingling depiction of a witches’ Sabbath is one of his most successful tone poems. After a riotous night on St. John’s Eve, the participants are dispersed by dawn and distant church bells. Tchaikovsky wrote his Violin Concerto while on a trip to Switzerland with a violinist friend, after his ill-fated marriage had broken up. He found a sense of release and renewal that meant the work went well, writing in a letter: “In such a frame of mind, composition loses all sense of labour; it is pure bliss.” Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral suite takes tales from the Arabian Nights and dresses them in gorgeous, inventive orchestral colours to make a dramatic and satisfying work. Conductor Diego Matheuz trained under the famous El Sistema in his native Venezuela.
The Philharmonia Orchestra is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Partnership
This concert is also available on subscription. Please contact the box office for more details.