Service
Deutsch
  • Home
  • About us
  • Contact
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

Prometheus


Sinfonieorchester Basel
Alexander Melnikov
, piano
Immanuel Richter, trumpet
Peter Simonischek, Speaker
Ladies of the Balthasar Neumann Choir
Ivor Bolton
, conductor

Gabriel FauréCaligula, op. 52
Dmitri Shostakovich: Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra No. 1 in C minor, op. 35

Ludwig van Beethoven: excerpts from the ballet music The Creatures of Prometheus, op. 43, with texts by Alain Claude Sulzer

SOB symphony concerts
slider-image

Sinfonieorchester Basel
Alexander Melnikov
, piano
Immanuel Richter, trumpet
Peter Simonischek, Speaker
Ladies of the Balthasar Neumann Choir
Ivor Bolton
, conductor

Gabriel FauréCaligula, op. 52
Dmitri Shostakovich: Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra No. 1 in C minor, op. 35

Ludwig van Beethoven: excerpts from the ballet music The Creatures of Prometheus, op. 43, with texts by Alain Claude Sulzer

Back to calendar

Prometheus


SOB symphony concert

Thursday, 24. October 2019

07:30 PM
Theater Basel

Theater Basel
Elisabethenstr. 16

CH-4051 Basel

Zentrale
T+41(61) 295 11 00

Website

Theater Basel
close

6.30pm: Introduction to the concert (in German) at the Theater Basel

Tickets

The music becomes more dramatic when Emperor Caligula meets the titan Prometheus. Fauré wrote stage music for women’s choirs and orchestras for Alexandre Dumas’ tragedy Caligula, who Tchaikovsky is said to have moved to tears during the première. In contrast, in the aftermath of the French Revolution, Beethoven composed electrifying music to the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus (Geschöpfe des Prometheus) – a musical firework filled with hope and expectation. Beethoven could not have known that his “Promethean” hero Napoleon would have himself crowned Emperor only a few years later. The choreography of the narrative ballet was lost. The Basel author, Alain Claude Sulzer, has written his own text version in time for the Beethoven year which was performed first by an actor of the Viennese Burgtheater, Peter Simonischek.

The pianist Alexander Melnikow meets the SOB solo trumpeter Immanuel Richter in a grotesque dialogue between Caligula and Prometheus in Schostakovitsch’s 1st Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra, in which Beethoven quotes are tossed around.

Prometheus


SOB symphony concert

Thursday, 24. October 2019

07:30 PM
Theater Basel

Theater Basel
Elisabethenstr. 16

CH-4051 Basel

Zentrale
T+41(61) 295 11 00

Website

Theater Basel
close

6.30pm: Introduction to the concert (in German) at the Theater Basel

Tickets