Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Gil Shaham – violin


Dvořák Slavonic Dances Op. 46 Nos. 1 – 3 Listen

Dvořák Violin Concerto Listen

— Interval —

Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty (excerpts) Listen

Fairy godmothers good and evil, a lovely princess doomed to die on her sixteenth birthday, a handsome prince who will wake her with a kiss – Sleeping Beauty has all the ingredients of a classic fairytale.

The story has been told and re-told since the fourteenth century, but in 1890 Tchaikovsky gave it one of its most popular incarnations, as a ballet. Our Principal Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali, renowned for his affinity with ballet music, conducts some of the most well-loved passages, including the curse of the evil fairy Carabosse, the Garland Waltz and Rose Adage at Princess Aurora’s sixteenth birthday party, the hunting party where we meet the Prince, and the grand ‘happily ever after’ finale.

Gil Shaham, a violinist admired not only for his flawless technique but for his warm stage presence, joins us in Dvořák’s Violin Concerto. A violinist himself, Dvořák poured all his skill and a characteristic dash of Czech soul into this masterpiece of the violin repertoire. A rich and colourful first movement leads to a gloriously lyrical Adagio, and an exuberant finale full of dancing, syncopated melodies.

To whet our appetites for the violin concerto, Santtu has chosen his favourites from among Dvořák’s lively and memorable Slavonic Dances.

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Prices & Discounts

£20 – £75

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse (limited availability)

Running time

1 hr 50 mins, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event.

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