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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

Carmens Spiel


Sinfonieorchester Basel

Ksenija Sidorova, accordion

Michał Nesterowicz, conductor

Georges Bizet: Carmen highlights, concert piece for accordion and orchestra (arranged by Joachim Schmeisser)

Astor Piazzolla: Aconcagua, concerto for bandoneon and orchestra

Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 5 in E minor, op. 64

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SOB symphony concerts
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Sinfonieorchester Basel

Ksenija Sidorova, accordion

Michał Nesterowicz, conductor

Georges Bizet: Carmen highlights, concert piece for accordion and orchestra (arranged by Joachim Schmeisser)

Astor Piazzolla: Aconcagua, concerto for bandoneon and orchestra

Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 5 in E minor, op. 64

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Carmens Spiel


SOB symphony concert

Wednesday, 26. June

07:30 PM

6.30pm: Introduction to the concert (in German) at the Musical Theater (1st floor, not accessible for wheelchairs)

We close the season at the Musical Theater Basel with a varied potpourri centring on the accordion. Georges Bizet was just 36 years old when he composed his most successful opera Carmen – and he died in the same year. But his Carmen was not always a success: at its premiere in 1875 it flopped, because its subject was simply too scandalous for the age. This interplay of love, liberty and death centres on Carmen, the gypsy girl for whom men fall like nine-pins but who values her freedom above all else. Audiences have also fallen for Latvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova. As an acclaimed star she has toured all over Europe with pop superstars, and now she is stopping off in Basel with her own classical repertoire. In Astor Piazzolla’s concert piece for accordion and orchestra she takes us on a journey to Aconcagua in the Argentinian Andes, South America’s highest mountain. But if we are to believe Piazzolla’s publisher Aldo Pagani, the title of the work refers not only to the Incas’ holy mountain, but also to the high point of Piazzolla’s compositional creativity. In 1888 Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky sets out on his first major concert tour. On returning home he struggles with life, his work and Russia. He writes his 5th Symphony, known in some countries as the Destiny Symphony. Perhaps its most unusual feature is its leitmotif, which from the very beginning runs inexorably through all four movements.

Carmens Spiel


SOB symphony concert

Wednesday, 26. June

07:30 PM

6.30pm: Introduction to the concert (in German) at the Musical Theater (1st floor, not accessible for wheelchairs)