Rattle replaces Mirga in car warehouse concertmain
With its music director expecting a baby, the he City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has called in Sir Simon Rattle to conduct its centenary concert on Saturday 5 September.
The venue is a warehouse and temporary production facility in Longbridge, Birmingham, famed for its former motor factories. The shed is big enough for a full symphony orchestra on social distancing, but there’s no safe space for an audience, dammit.
Mirga says: This is a very special moment for the orchestra. These are extraordinary circumstances, but it has been a wonderful task and challenge to devise this programme for both the orchestra and our audiences. When we were thinking about our centenary season, we chose works that have a special connection with the CBSO story, both past and present. It has felt like an intense conversation with the past and an opportunity to look ahead to the next chapter in the Orchestra’s story. One of the CBSO’s core values has always been innovation, and one of our tasks for the next 100 years is to make sure that continues. As we approached the centenary, we all agreed it was important to celebrate, but maybe even more important is to use this moment for re-thinking, re-questioning and re-discussing: ‘Who are we? Who do we want to be? What future do we imagine for the orchestra in this city?’. I think the founding conductor, Appleby Matthews, would be incredibly proud of his orchestra today!’
Robert Schumann Genoveva – Overture
Edward Elgar Serenade for Strings
Camille Saint-Saёns Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor
Hannah Kendall The Spark Catchers
A.R. Rahman Slumdog Millionaire Suite
Igor Stravinsky The Firebird – 1919 Suite