Sinfonia Viva - Flights of Fantasy

In this, 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, Sinfonia Viva will present extracts from Weber's classic Der Freishutz and will tell the story of A Midsummer Night's Dream through the classic score of Felix Mendelssohn. [ Exclusive £5 ticket offer ]
Thursday 9 June 2016, 6.00pm
Cabinet Of Curiosity
Derby Market Place, Derby DE1 3AH
Sinfonia Viva
Special £5 ticket offer available
Thursday 9 June 2016, 6.00pm
Cabinet Of Curiosity
Derby Market Place, Derby DE1 3AH
Sinfonia Viva
Special £5 ticket offer available
Sinfonia Viva
Sinfonia Viva

Sinfonia Viva's Cabinet of Curiosity is a portable inflatable venue where every show is different. Adaptable, mobile, stirring, evocative and as yet undiscovered, solve the mystery of what lies inside the Cabinet of Curiosity for yourself. Intrigue awaits you…

  • Mendelssohn  A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Carl Maria von Weber  Freischützby
  • Ben Spiller of 1623 Theatre Company  Narrator

As part of this year's Derby Book Festival and the Grand Tour 2016, Sinfonia Viva will present Felix Mendelssohn's interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Der Freischützby Carl Maria von Weber. Both considered master classes in storytelling bravado, these tales are at once worlds apart and yet universally linked.  

Mendelssohn was the great composer of The Grand Tour era, having gone on The Grand Tour of Europe during his lifetime. A Midsummer Night's Dream is among his best loved works and is itself a journey into the beautiful dreamlike world of Shakespeare's classic play. This performance will not only feature extracts from Mendelsohn's score, but will also allow you to experience the story through live narration from 1623's Ben Spiller.

Weber's Der Freischütz is based on the German folk tale of the same name and is considered a monumental moment in German storytelling and music. Telling a tale of love, dark magic and feudal rivalry, it is an epic story that takes you on an incredible journey to 17th century Eastern Europe.  Drawing on our human need for musical imagination Sinfonia Viva reinterpret these two classic tales through narration and chamber music. Vivid, powerful and expertly adapted, this performance is not to be missed.

  • This event is part of the Grand Tour and Derby Book Festival.

Tickets & booking

  • Tickets£5 tickets for the Derbyshire Music Education Hub. Quote the code "CURIOUS16" when buying your tickets.
  • To book | Tickets available online at Derby Live, Box Office 01332 255800 or in person at Derby Assembly Rooms.
    More information | You can find out more at Sinfonia Viva's website.

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Sinfonia Viva was founded in 1982 and is a national orchestra based in the East Midlands. It has an integrated approach to concert giving, outreach and audience development work, performing in a wide range of venues in urban and rural areas.