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Pick-Your-Own Thursday

Please choose the 4 upcoming concerts:

Thu 28.02.19
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


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.


Thursday, 28. February 07:30 PM
Theater Basel, Grosse Bühne

Thu 04.04.19
Bruckner+ Bartók

Sinfonieorchester Basel

Antoine Tamestit, viola

Marek Janowski, conductor


Béla Bartók: Concerto for viola and orchestra, op. posth. BB 128

Anton Bruckner: Symphony no. 7 in E major, WAB 107


6.30pm: Introduction to the concert (in German) at Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft


Reading the many abysmal reviews that Anton Bruckner had to endure following the first performances of his symphonies, you have to wonder where he found the perseverance and the inner confidence to carry on. To Bruckner, composing meant not just creating something new: it also meant revising works that had already been performed and savaged by the critics. Bruckner must have been enormously satisfied when the premiere of his Seventh symphony finally achieved the breakthrough success that he had been hoping for all his life. Even the audiences in Vienna were delighted, and Bruckner wrote: "Even after the first movement there were five or six tempestuous curtain calls, and so it went on: after the finale there was endless frenzied applause and more curtain calls, a laurel wreath from the Wagner Society and a banquet." So it’s no wonder that the Seventh was spared the otherwise inevitable "suggestions for improvement" from friends: the first version remained the only one. The + in this concert stands for Béla Bartók’s concerto for viola, an instrument that generally fades into the background and is often underrated – but this work’s virtuoso solo part places it at the centre of attention. We are very much looking forward to the Basel debut of French viola player Antoine Tamestit, and to the return of conductor Marek Janowski.


Thursday, 04. April 07:30 PM
Basel Minster

Thu 23.05.19
Bruckner+ Schmidt und Mahler

Sinfonieorchester Basel

Antoine Tamestit, viola

Marek Janowski, conductor


Béla Bartók: Concerto for viola and orchestra, op. posth. BB 128

Anton Bruckner: Symphony no. 7 in E major, WAB 107


6.30pm: Introduction to the concert (in German) at Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft


Reading the many abysmal reviews that Anton Bruckner had to endure following the first performances of his symphonies, you have to wonder where he found the perseverance and the inner confidence to carry on. To Bruckner, composing meant not just creating something new: it also meant revising works that had already been performed and savaged by the critics. Bruckner must have been enormously satisfied when the premiere of his Seventh symphony finally achieved the breakthrough success that he had been hoping for all his life. Even the audiences in Vienna were delighted, and Bruckner wrote: "Even after the first movement there were five or six tempestuous curtain calls, and so it went on: after the finale there was endless frenzied applause and more curtain calls, a laurel wreath from the Wagner Society and a banquet." So it’s no wonder that the Seventh was spared the otherwise inevitable "suggestions for improvement" from friends: the first version remained the only one. The + in this concert stands for Béla Bartók’s concerto for viola, an instrument that generally fades into the background and is often underrated – but this work’s virtuoso solo part places it at the centre of attention. We are very much looking forward to the Basel debut of French viola player Antoine Tamestit, and to the return of conductor Marek Janowski.


Thursday, 23. May 07:30 PM
Basel Minster




Basel Minster
Theater Basel
Musical Theater Basel


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(3rd category seats in the minster with obstructed views)