OAE: Visions, Illusions and Delusions 2017/18

25 Sep 2017 - 4 Jul 2018

Can I trust my senses? Is what I perceive to be true really there? Join the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for Visions, Illusions and Delusions, a musical adventure in uncertainty, scepticism and doubt telling a story about the music it performs.

This series of 10 concerts launches six seasons exploring the Enlightenment and ideas that made the modern world.

Bach, Handel, Mozart and more 

Highlights of the season include The Judas Passion, a controversial new commission by Sally Beamish exploring the Easter story through the eyes of the traitor.

John Butt and choreographer Hubert Hazebroucq team up for Dangerous Liaisons to recreate the sights and sounds of the 17th century Palace of Versailles, while the OAE goes to the cinema for a remarkable salon performance of Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier against the backdrop of the 1926 film.

There’s also Handel’s sensual Semele and violinist Nicola Benedetti’s first appearance with the OAE.

Six Chapters of Enlightenment

Visions, Illusions and Delusions is the first of the OAE’s Six Chapters of Enlightenment, six years of concerts and events celebrating and questioning Enlightenment thought. What caused this explosion in science and the use of reason? And what could it mean for the so-called ‘post-truth’ world we live in today?

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7:00 pm | 25 Sep 2017
Classical music
Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven? The OAE explores Judas and Christ’s last days
Various times | 15 Oct 2017
Classical music
Children & Young people
Introduce your little ones to the magic of the orchestra
7:00 pm | 18 Oct 2017
Classical music
The OAE performs Handel’s steamy, shocking opera Semele
7:00 pm | 27 Nov 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Violinist Rachel Podger joins the OAE to show there’s more to Mozart than meets the eye.
Various times | 14 Jan 2018
Classical music
Children & Young people
Keep your youngest music lovers captivated with OAE TOTS
7:00 pm | 4 Feb 2018
Classical music
Violinist Nicola Benedetti performs with the OAE for the first time ever
7:00 pm | 27 Feb 2018
Classical music
What wins out, love or duty? Find out as the OAE tells a classic story set to music by Haydn
7:00 pm | 26 Mar 2018
Classical music
Mark Padmore and the OAE mark Easter with a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion
7:00 pm | 11 Apr 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Sir Roger Norrington conducts the OAE in an all-Mozart concert.
7:00 pm | 17 May 2018
Classical music
The OAE recreates an historic moment in cinema at this performance of Der Rosenkavalier.


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