W. A. Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail, overture
F. Say Concerto for violoncello and orchestra Never Give Up
N. Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
The long tradition of composers being inspired by the Orient began in the period of Classicism. While Mozart’s opera The Abduction from the Seraglio in the Singspiel genre comically evokes the atmosphere of a harem, contemporary composer Fazil Say adds the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra Never Give Up to his concert repertoire. With this composition, which is part of the Gezi Park trilogy, Say sends a message of peace and freedom through music, with the solo section performed exclusively by the young cellist Camille Thomas. Аnother story about freedom, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, ends this concert.