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SOB symphony concerts

SOB symphony concerts

SOB symphony concerts are organized by the orchestra itself. Their programmes are decided by the principal conductor and the artistic director. Internationally renowned artistes perform as guest soloists, and the orchestra plays under the direction of its principal conductor or inspiring guest conductors. Until the re-opening of the Stadtcasino in 2020/21, the SOB symphony concerts are held in the Basler Münster, Theater Basel und Musical Theater Basel.

SOB symphony concerts

Alpensinfonie


Sinfonieorchester Basel

Midori, violin

Hans Drewanz, conductor

Peter Eötvös: Concerto for violin and orchestra no. 2, DoReMi

Richard Strauss: Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op. 64, TrV 233

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Sinfonieorchester Basel

Midori, violin

Hans Drewanz, conductor

Peter Eötvös: Concerto for violin and orchestra no. 2, DoReMi

Richard Strauss: Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op. 64, TrV 233

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Alpensinfonie


SOB symphony concert

Wednesday, 16. May

07:30 PM

The introduction will take place at 06:30 PM in the foyer of Musical Theater Basel (in German).

Media partner: Radio Swiss Classic

The programm-magazine on issuu.

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Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony – composers have always been fascinated by the representation of natural phenomena. Richard Strauss was no exception. At the age of fifteen he went on a hike in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, setting out before dawn so that he could watch the sun rise from one of the peaks. On the way down, though, he was caught in a thunderstorm – and it took him until evening to reach a farm where he could spend the night. "It was an absolutely fascinating, unusual, original experience", he wrote to a friend. "Next day I improvised a piano piece about it, naturally with gigantic tone painting and other Wagnerian frippery." Strauss initially planned a four-movement work entitled The Antichrist, an Alpine Symphony. Antichrist is a reference to a work of the same name by Basel professor Friedrich Nietzsche, in which he wrote: "It takes practice to live in the mountains, to look down on the pathetic prattling of politicians and selfish peoples."  

To represent nature Strauss uses a large orchestral line-up, sophisticated instrumentation – and off-stage brass and percussion, not to mention cowbells, a wind machine and a thunder sheet.  

DoReMi – Concerto no. 2 for violin and orchestra by Péter Eötvös, dedicated to violinist Midori – is also about migration in the broadest sense of the term. To this Hungarian composer do, re and mi, the first three notes of the familiar tonic sol-fa, are not just a pun on the soloist's name, they also represent the musical distinction between West and East. Western European melodies generally end on do, whereas in eastern Europe they end on mi. Eötvös has composed a piece that moves between these two spheres.

Alpensinfonie


SOB symphony concert

Wednesday, 16. May

07:30 PM

The introduction will take place at 06:30 PM in the foyer of Musical Theater Basel (in German).

Media partner: Radio Swiss Classic

The programm-magazine on issuu.

Tickets