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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

Liebestod in Amerika


Sinfonieorchester Basel

Leonidas Kavakos, Violine

Erik Nielsen, Leitung

Richard Wagner: "Prelude and Liebestod" from Tristan and Isolde, WWV 90

Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Concerto for violin and orchestra no. 5 in A major, K. 219, Alla turca

Charles Ives: Symphony no. 2

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Sinfonieorchester Basel

Leonidas Kavakos, Violine

Erik Nielsen, Leitung

Richard Wagner: "Prelude and Liebestod" from Tristan and Isolde, WWV 90

Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Concerto for violin and orchestra no. 5 in A major, K. 219, Alla turca

Charles Ives: Symphony no. 2

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Liebestod in Amerika


SOB symphony concert

Thursday, 28. February

07:30 PM

6.30pm: Concert introduction in the Theater Basel foyer

"Charles Ives polished off the cake before anyone else had even sat down at the table", Igor Stravinsky apparently said of the American composer born in 1874, meaning he was far ahead of his time. At first glance his 2nd Symphony is a work of late Romanticism, entirely in the spirit of Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvorák, Richard Wagner and Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky. But its melodic material is new. It includes quotations from American hymns and student songs, elements of profane utility music and popular styles – and it calls into question the inviolable concept of musical works. This was revolutionary, but for nearly fifty years it remained unheard: Leonard Bernstein conducted its first performance in New York in 1951. You will also be able to discover echoes of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, from which the "Prelude and Liebestod” will open our concert. Sandwiched between these two works of the late Romantic period will be Mozart’s 5th violin concerto with its "Turkish" finale, interpreted by Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

Liebestod in Amerika


SOB symphony concert

Thursday, 28. February

07:30 PM

6.30pm: Concert introduction in the Theater Basel foyer