AAM Concerts

Command Performance: Music for an Empress
Academy of Ancient Music travels to the Vienna of Empress Maria Theresa – where genius paid court, and music flourished in magnificent (and unexpected) new ways.

They called her the 'mother-in-law of Europe', but as monarch, war-leader, diplomat and patron of the arts, the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria was one or the most extraordinary rulers in European history. Tonight, Academy of Ancient Music pays homage: recreating an era of splendour, innovation and music without limits.

Some of the names need no introduction – and Gluck, Haydn and the young Mozart were just some of the stars who shone around Maria Theresa’s throne. But just as the Empress herself defied convention, so Academy of Ancient Music will explore some more neglected names too: Maria Teresa Agnesi and Marianna Martinez are composers of striking originality and inspiration who flourished during the reign of a truly exceptional woman.

A free pre-concert talk will take place at 6.30pm in the auditorium for the UK performances.

Tickets for the UK performances of this concert are available to purchase as part of a multi-buy: for Cambridge performances, see our subscriptions page, and for London performances, see the Barbican website for more details.

Programmes will be available to purchase at the Cambridge and London performances. Download the digital programme here.

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Part of the 10 Years of Milton Court celebrations.

Milton Court at 10

These performances are made possible with funding from the ABO Trust’s Sirens programme, a ten year initiative to support the performance and promotion of music by historical women composers.

Timișoara is European Capital of Culture 2023.

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Wed 22 Nov
 | 7.30pm
West Road Concert Hall
Cambridge
Tickets: 
£37.50 – £5
01223 357851
Thu 23 Nov
 | 7.30pm
Milton Court Concert Hall
London
Tickets: 
£35 – £5
020 7101 1188
Sun 26 Nov
 | 8.00pm
Domul Romano-Catolic
Timișoara, Romania
Tickets: 
80,00 lei – 20,00 lei
+4 0748 110 111
Programme
Agnesi
'Licenza' from Sofonsiba
Haydn
Symphony No. 48 'Maria Theresa'
Martinez
Berenice, che fai
Hasse
Sinfonia from Ruggiero
Martinez
Keyboard Concerto
Gluck
'Non vi turbate' from Alceste
Mozart
Symphony in D major
Agnesi
'Rapido turbin vedo' from Sofonisba
Performers
Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings
conductor
Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings, conductor
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