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SÓNic Interventions | Bach and the Abstract

13 July 2018

6pm | Free entry, drop-in

Musicians from SÓN, Southampton’s professional orchestra, present a series of evening events in response to ARTIST ROOMS: Gerhard Richter. Artistic Director and Conductor Robin Browning showcases a series of musical interventions which respond to the works on display in the Gallery spaces. Featuring music stretching from Bach to Anna Clyne, SÓN also introduce new works commissioned specifically for these events. Each intervention focusses on a key response to Richter’s work: Bach & Abstract, Minimalism, 48 Portraits, and ‘220 Fragments’ – crowdsourcing the compositional process.

SÓN have curated an intoxicating blend of new and old, journeying from solo Bach to improvised and newly-commissioned works. There’s even music which the audience will create, too, as we explore crowd-composing and musical chance. SÓN musicians, alongside stunning guest artists and associated composers, present this series of SÓNic Interventions to you this summer – right next to the very artwork which inspired them.
This Intervention is centred around Chaconne by Bach, as virtuoso soloist Anca Campanie (SÓN Associate Director) leads the audience around the Gallery spaces from room to room. The evening includes the premiere performance of Contemplations of Curiosity, a new modular work written specifically for this event by University of Southampton composer Andrew Fowler. It will be performed in multiple versions, each time utilising different options embedded within the work, all at the choice of the performer. Embracing both aleatoric and abstract, the work is designed to guide the listener around the Gallery, culminating in the final iteration in the cathedral-like acoustic surrounded by Richter’s '4900 Colours'. More here.
Who are SÓN
Founded by Robin Browning, són is a professional chamber orchestra – a versatile newcomer to the UK stage: passionate, virtuosic and flexible. Made up of some of the country’s finest orchestral, chamber and solo players, són is generating a real buzz amongst concert-goers and the UK’s orchestral community. Browning is also an inspirational teacher, running the highly-regarded Conducting Course at the University of Southampton, and a Lecturer with the University Music Department.

Free entry // Drop-in