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Three To See 2017: Three classical and traditional music shows

By | Published on Wednesday 2 August 2017

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three recommended shows from the music programme.

Don Giovanni | Festival Theatre | 9-12 Aug
You may remember pioneering Hungarian musician Iván Fischer’s acclaimed re-imagining of ‘The Marriage Of Figaro’, which was staged at the International Festival back in 2015. Now he’s back with a daring personal vision of ‘Don Giovanni’, which presents the world the opera is set in through the eyes of the titular character – a dangerous, erotic place. It will be a dark and provocative staging of an already pretty dark classic.

La Damnation de Faust | Usher Hall | 20 Aug
“Dancing skeletons, drunken rats and a wild, reckless ride to damnation: just some of the unforgettable evocations in Berlioz’s visionary and epic musical retelling of the Faust legend”. Another dark theme, but this time a choral extravaganza inspired by Geothe’s dramatic poem about the notorious soul-seller, performed by a startlingly good line up.

Concerto a Tempo d’Umore | Assembly Rooms | 3-27 Aug (pictured)
A concert for the whole family offering something of a lighter take on the whole classical music thing, as it combines mime and audience participation with a soundtrack including well-known pieces from famous composers such as Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Strauss and Brahms. Presented by Orquestra de Cambra de l’Empordà , an orchestra of twelve string musicians from Spain.