Presented by City of London Sinfonia
20th May to 23rd May . 7:30pm; 2.30pm Saturday matinee .
£12.50 - £30 full price, £10 - £27.50 concessions
Mozart and Vivaldi were the original rock ‘n’ roll stars.
Both took cities famed for parties by storm, were virtuoso performers as well as composers, and led lives that were as chaotic and incident filled as any rock ’n’ roll colossus from the 60s, 70s or 80s.
City of London Sinfonia presents the music of these incredible composers in the exhilarating and intimate atmosphere that they would have known in their own day – more akin to a small-scale gig than the concert hall. The Orchestra is joined by pianist Robert Levin and Norwegian violinist Terje Tønnesen who each recapture the party spirit and decadence of the composers’ cities – Mozart’s enlightenment Vienna and Vivaldi’s baroque Venice.
Mozart with Robert Levin
20th – 21st May, 7.30pm
Pianist Robert Levin joins City of London Sinfonia to perform two Mozart concertos, no.18 and no.19, improvising solos and using ideas and tunes suggested by the audience – just as, legend recalls, Mozart did.
Vivaldi with Terje Tønnesen
22nd – 23rd May, 7.30pm
Norwegian violinist Terje Tønnesen and City of London Sinfonia recapture the party spirit and decadence of Vivaldi’s Venice with a unique take on the Baroque composer’s most famous work, The Four Seasons, and music by other violin virtuosos from history.
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (relaxed concert)
23rd May, 2.30pm
City of London Sinfonia performs Vivaldi’s most famous work, The Four Seasons, in a relaxed, afternoon performance with introductions from the Orchestra’s musicians.
City of London Sinfonia
Robert Levin – piano/director
Terje Tønnesen – violin/director
Running times: approximately 2 hours, including an interval