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From a fishy tale to a cosmic lightshow: expect fairytale enchantment and awe-inspiring wonder in this eclectic concert under eminent Austrian conductor Thomas Zehetmair. 

The young Felix Mendelssohn was captivated by the medieval legend of the water sprite Melusine and her human lover, and conjured from it one of his most magical and evocative creations. 

Postponed from 2020, the ravishing Aurora by brilliant Hungarian composer Péter Eötvös gets its first UK performance, with the SCO’s own Principal Double Bass Nikita Naumov – a deeply expressive, charismatic player – as soloist. Eötvös surrounds the audience with sound in this exquisitely coloured concerto, inspired by contemplating the Northern Lights aboard a plane high above Alaska. 

Closer to home, Joseph Haydn celebrated the honorary doctorate he received from the University of Oxford in 1791 with his Symphony No 92 – and its energy, elegance and wit fitted the occasion to a tee. 

Mendelssohn Overture Die schoene Melusine  
Eötvös Double Bass Concerto ‘Aurora’ (UK Premiere) 
Haydn Symphony No 92 ‘Oxford’ 

Thomas Zehetmair conductor 
Nikita Naumov double bass 

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SCO 2021: Aurora

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