Monday 23 March 2015

BBC Symphony Orchestra in Monte-Carlo

BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo
If you fancy a quick jaunt to Monte-Carlo in Monaco, then the BBC Symphony Orchestra is making its debut at the Festival Printemps des Arts there on Saturday 28 March 2015. Led by the chief conductor, Sakari Oramo, the orchestra will be playing and all Sibelius programme including Pojhola's Daughter, songs with Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski and Symphony No. 5, which celebrates not only the 150th anniversary of Sibelius's birth but the fact that Sibelius conducted the symphony's premiere 100 years ago in 1915.

The festival runs from 20 March to 12 April 2015 and presents a diverse line-up of artists (some 400  in all) at a variety of different venues in Monte-Carlo including the Musee Oceanographique, Opera Granier, The Grimaldi Forum, and the Yacht Club de Monaco. This year the focus of the festival is particularly on the music of Sibelius, Bach and the Italian composer Franco Donatoni (1927-2000), whose work included Arte della Fuga based on that of Bach.

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