With the prelude to the third act of La traviata, Daniel Harding whisks us away to Venice. The premiere of Verdi’s famous opera marked the reopening of the Gran Teatro La Fenice after it had burned down several years prior. It burned a second time in 1996. The disaster inspired the Dutch composer and lover of Venice Richard Rijnvos to compose fuoco e fumo (fire and smoke). We then cross the Atlantic Ocean with the Italian pianist Stefano Bollani. Classical music and jazz meet in George Gershwin’s well-known Rhapsody in Blue. The orchestra is performing the original version for jazz band written in 1924. Stravinsky’s brightly coloured ballet music Petrushka portrays the adventures of a rag doll at a fair in St Petersburg. Stravinsky described Petrushka as ‘the immortal and unhappy hero of every fair in all countries’.