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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

Schostakowitsch 9


Sinfonieorchester Basel

Gabriela Montero, piano

Michał Nesterowicz, conductor

Mikhail Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila

Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for piano and orchestra B-flat minor, op. 23

Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Symphony no. 9 E-flat major, op. 70

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SOB symphony concerts
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Sinfonieorchester Basel

Gabriela Montero, piano

Michał Nesterowicz, conductor

Mikhail Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila

Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for piano and orchestra B-flat minor, op. 23

Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Symphony no. 9 E-flat major, op. 70

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Schostakowitsch 9


SOB symphony concert

Wednesday, 30. January

07:30 PM

6.30pm: Concert introduction in the Theater Basel foyer

An evening dedicated to Russian music! Mikhail Glinka, its progenitor, took Pushkin’s fairy tale Ruslan and Lyudmila and made it into an entire opera, which premiered in 1842. The overture was composed last. Taking its motifs from throughout the opera, Glinka himself said he had "written it into the score ready-orchestrated". Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky’s 1st piano concerto has themes that you may find impossible to get out of your head. It was hotly discussed during Tchaikovsky’s lifetime: his friend the pianist Nikolai Rubinstein thought the concerto a "miserable" composition, while Hans von Bülow described it as "captivating and perfectly formed". In 1945 Russia celebrates the victorious end of the Great Patriotic War. Dmitri Shostakovich is expected to produce a hymn of praise to Stalin’s Red Army, outdoing the pathos of Beethoven’s

Ninth. But Shostakovich’s Ninth falls short of all expectations. The composer expresses the people’s joy in a transparently classical symphony: humorous, witty – and ironic.

Schostakowitsch 9


SOB symphony concert

Wednesday, 30. January

07:30 PM

6.30pm: Concert introduction in the Theater Basel foyer