Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade

West Road Concert Hall

de Falla Nights in the Garden of Spain
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Cambridge University Sinfonia
Tess Jackson conductor
Mark Zang piano (CUMS Concerto Competition 2019 prize-winner)

Tickets: £15, £10, £8
Concessions: £13, £8, £6
Students and under-18s: £3

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A murderous Sultan hears tales of princes and princesses, ginormous genies, mystical fakirs, an island on the back of a vast fish, violent storms and wild festivities in Rimsky-Korsakov’s enduring masterpiece. Convinced of women’s faithless capriciousness Sultan Shahryar takes a new wife every night and executes them come morning. However, the brilliant Scheherazade resolves to survive by telling a tale each evening which never concludes by daybreak, and the Sultan, eager to hear how the story ends, lets her live. For 1001 nights Scheherazade spins a new yarn until the Sultan falls in love and grants her her life. Rimsky-Korsakov brings these tales to vivid life with beautiful melodies and exquisite orchestration and CUMS Conducting Scholar 2019-20 Tess Jackson, with her Cambridge University Sinfonia, will be story-teller-in-chief. Where Rimsky-Korsakov brought to vivid life the sights, sounds and smells of a mythical orient, so Manuel de Falla wafts the scent of jasmine and citrus trees our way in his Nights in the Gardens of Spain, his own impressionistic depiction of an Andalucía of dreams and fantasy.