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Stravinsky's compositions under Michael Sanderling's baton, at Casa da Música

Porto Symphonic Orchestra features Stravinsky's compositions under Michael Sanderling's baton, at Casa da Música, Sala Suggia, on 28th February, at 9pm.

This concert marks the return of acclaimed German conductor Michael Sanderling to Casa da Música. The programme kicks off with Circus Polka, written by Igor Stravinsky in 1942. He composed it for a ballet production by choreographer George Balanchine and for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

The orchestration of the piece, published by Stravinsky in 1944, is now part of the repertoire of many orchestras.

The Firebird, written by Stravinsky in 1910 for the Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes Company, was the ballet and orchestral concert work that rose the Russian composer to fame. The ballet centers on the journey of its hero, Prince Ivan.

German conductor Michael Sanderling, who also performed as cello soloist for several years, devotes his time to teaching and his conducting career since 2010, as the Dresden Philharmonic chief conductor.

Michael Sanderling made his debut as a conductor leading the Kammerorchester Berlin in a concert on November 25, 2000 at the Berliner Philharmonie; he then gradually took over conducting engagements and in 2003 he became principal conductor of the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie. He has been chief conductor at the Dresden Philharmonic since the 2010/2011 season.