RNS: Beethoven's Fourth
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Dinis Sousa conductor
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Kaija Saariaho Vers toi qui es si loin (soloist Maria Włoszczowska)
Beethoven Symphony No.4
A dramatic finale to our New Beginnings series. Dinis Sousa, the orchestra’s Principal Conductor Designate returns to conduct a night that starts with Wagner’s serene Idyll. Kaija Saariaho’s mini-concerto for Violin is typical of her music – conjuring a floating, ethereal, musical landscape. The word most often used to describe Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony is ‘sunny’, and while it’s not inaccurate, it does this symphony an injustice – not just sunny, but brooding, dance-like and powerful. A fitting end to our season of New Beginnings.
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Pre-Concert Performance (Additional ticket required)
As well as the concert in Sage One, we will also be offering free chamber music on our Concourse before each show, performed by musicians from RNS. If you would like to come along please make sure you book a table, where you will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy a drink while you listen.
Please note, there are a limited number of tables available, which must be booked at the same time as your ticket. For your safety, we will be running table service only – all of our usual café and bar areas will be closed.
Dinis Sousa, conductor
Dinis Sousa is Founder and Artistic Director of Orquestra XXI, an award-winning orchestra which brings together some of the best young Portuguese musicians from around Europe. Orquestra XXI has already established itself as one of the leading performing groups in Portugal, appearing regularly in its main concert halls. Recent highlights include opening the Gulbenkian Foundation season and appearing at Centro Cultural de Belém’s festival “Dias da Música” for a televised concert with Orquestra XXI and the Gulbenkian Choir, performing Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri.
Dinis has worked closely with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his ensembles — the English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir — culminating in his appointment as the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras’ first-ever Assistant Conductor. He has also assisted Gardiner with other orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich.
Royal Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a worldwide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences.
The orchestra regularly flies the flag for the region at major festivals, including the BBC Proms. They appear frequently at venues and festivals in Europe, including La folle journée in Nantes. In recent seasons they have toured to Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul and Tokyo.