Brighton Festival 2020Public booking opens: Wed 19 Feb, 9am

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'It's typical of the Aurora Orchestra to have a bright idea, and then carry it through with aplomb... a foot-tapping path through Yiddish, Bulgarian and Balkan material... the almost belligerent brilliance of the Aurora Orchestra' The Times

Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon conductor

Mahler, arr. Iain Farrington Symphony No. 1
Aurora and She'Koyokh Klezmer and other folk repertory in arrangements

Klezmer - klezma - klezmah - klezmahler.

What happens when the adventurous Aurora Orchestra teams up with Britain's best Klezmer and Balkan band?

Aurora takes one of the mightiest of all symphonies and places it in an entirely new - and revelatory - context. Mahler loved folk music and was profoundly influenced by his own Jewish heritage, and into his First Symphony he worked passages of klezmer music, the traditional music of Eastern European Jews. Aurora takes this as a starting point for an audacious musical adventure with the klezmer and folk band She'Koyokh.

Iain Farrington's dazzling chamber orchestra arrangement of Mahler's Symphony No. 1, placed alongside a selection of klezmer and folk music performed by members of Aurora and She'koyokh, reveals the musical influences and inspirations behind Mahler's masterpiece with new clarity. This will be an evening of insight and inspiration, eloquence and exuberance.

Mon 19 May, 8pm
£10, £15, £18.50, £20, £22.50
Under 26s £15, Festival Standby £10