OAE: Visions, Illusions and Delusions 2017/18

25 Sep - 4 Jul
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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25 Sep 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:00 pm, 25 Sep 2017
Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven? The OAE explores Judas and Christ’s last days

18 Oct 2017

Classical music
Opera
7:00 pm, 18 Oct 2017
The OAE performs Handel’s steamy, shocking opera Semele

27 Nov 2017

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:00 pm, 27 Nov 2017
Violinist Rachel Podger joins the OAE to show there’s more to Mozart than meets the eye.

4 Feb 2018

Classical music
Orchestra
7:00 pm, 4 Feb 2018
Violinist Nicola Benedetti performs with the OAE for the first time ever

27 Feb 2018

Classical music
Opera
7:00 pm, 27 Feb 2018
What wins out, love or duty? Find out as the OAE tells a classic story set to music by Haydn

26 Mar 2018

Classical music
Choral
7:00 pm, 26 Mar 2018
Mark Padmore and the OAE mark Easter with a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion

11 Apr 2018

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:00 pm, 11 Apr 2018
Sir Roger Norrington conducts the OAE in an all-Mozart concert.

17 May 2018

Classical music
Opera
7:00 pm, 17 May 2018
The OAE recreates an historic moment in cinema at this performance of Der Rosenkavalier.

26 Jun 2018

Classical music
Orchestra
7:00 pm, 26 Jun 2018
The OAE and dancers recreate the sounds and sights of Versailles

4 Jul 2018

Classical music
Choral
7:00 pm, 4 Jul 2018
Sir András Schiff and the OAE perform magical and playful works by Haydn.

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