With virtually any musician, scratch the surface and you’ll find someone deeply interested in at least one of the other arts - whether it’s visual and figurative art or dance, cooking, literature or, in short, anything which reflects the life of the mind and of fantasy and imagination beyond our present experience of the world.
For my season as Artistic Director of the Leeds International Chamber Season, I’ve chosen the themes of ‘Dawn and Dusk’ as inspiration for inviting some of my most interesting colleagues to perform music which reflects on this general idea; whether it’s about the first or final years of a composer’s output or about the strong bond between music and literary and visual arts.
I’ve purposefully left the theme rather open-ended so as to encourage the creativity of these superb and interesting musicians, and I’m so pleased to introduce such consummate artists and fascinating repertoire so close to my own heart. From the melancholic nostalgia of the suite from Richard Strauss’ Capriccio, and the Enlightenment optimism of Haydn’s B minor quartet, to the thrilling fireworks from Debussy’s second book of preludes and one of Britain’s most exciting vocal groups this series is sure to please every kind of concert-goer, both young and old.
I look forward to meeting you at these concerts!
Mahan Esfahani, Artistic Director.