As if April wasn’t exciting enough, Thomas Zehetmair is kicking it off with a genuine highlight: On the 5th and 6th April, the principle conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur and his orchestra will take to the stage to present the King David oratorio of Arthur Honneger (based on the drama by René Morax). The original premier of this seldom performed work was presented in German at this very place on 14 December 1921, conducted by the composer himself. This owes more to the patron Werner Reinhart, who generously supported the original premier and also made it possible to perform it in German.
On 12th and 13th of April, Thomas Zehetmair will then debut at the conductor’s stand of the Irish Chamber Orchestras in Limerick. Together with the young, up-and-coming orchestra whose exceptional performances have attracted widespread attention in recent years, he has crafted and interpreted a seminal programme featuring works by Dvorak, Barber and Schönberg.
To wrap up the month, he will once again be conducting the Royal Northern Sinfonia on 21st and 22nd April where he served as Musical Director until 2014 making it one of England’s leading orchestras. As expected, the orchestra and conductor are perfectly attuned to one another in light of their prolific cooperation spanning 12 years and, with their innate musical sense, are performing an exceptionally complex programme featuring works by Schoenberg, Strauß and Bruckner with the customary puissance par excellence.