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Edinburgh and Glasgow 2018/19 Season Highlights
Join us on a journey of discovery as we hear music composed across five centuries - from 17th Century Purcell and Biber, through a mini-series exploring glorious works by Mendelssohn, to music by Nordic giants Sibelius, Nielsen and Stenhammar, and a taste of France with Berlioz and Ravel, as well as familiar friends Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
French oboist / conductor François Leleux is one of several extraordinary featured artists that appears throughout the Season. He plays and conducts three separate programmes including a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Berlioz with a performance of Les Nuits d’Eté with another featured artist, the captivating British soprano Carolyn Sampson. Known to Scottish audiences for her critically acclaimed performances in Scottish Opera’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Sampson returns to the SCO later in the Season to sing Purcell and Handel with Guest Conductor Richard Egarr.
A third featured artist is accomplished French pianist Bertrand Chamayou who joins the Orchestra twice – first playing Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 with Principal Guest Conductor Emmanuel Krivine, and then for Ravel Piano Concerto with Spain’s leading conductor Josep Pons.
Music by Nordic giants permeates the 2018/19 Season, including performances of Sibelius Symphony No 3 with Guest Conductor Enrique Mozzola and Sibelius Symphony Nos 6 and 7 with Conductor Emeritus Joseph Swensen. Scandinavian artists featured across the Season include violinists Vilde Frang and Pekka Kuusisto, trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger and conductor John Storgårds.
Known for presenting programmes of an eclectic nature, Pekka Kuusisto returns to play and direct Ravel Le Tombeau De Couperin, in a programme also featuring Bartók, Messiaen, Crumb, Biber and Haydn.
Mini Mendelssohn Festival
In Autumn, we celebrate the most glorious works by Felix Mendelssohn; his enchanting music from A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream is paired with Die erste Walpurgisnacht for Orchestra and Chorus. As well as Symphony Nos 1 and 5 ‘Reformation’, SCO Clarinettists Maximiliano Martín and William Stafford take to the stage as soloists in the composer’s Two Concert Pieces.
An Orchestra of Soloists
The SCO is, essentially, a chamber ensemble composed of some of the UK's greatest soloists. As ever, there are opportunities in Season 2018/19 to experience our very own virtuoso Principal Players.
As well as Bach Violin Concerto in E, Leader Benjamin Marquise Gilmore partners up with his ex-Menuhin School friend Nicola Benedetti in a concert in which they share the directing role. Leader Stephanie Gonley is the violin soloist for the New Year Gala Concerts; Principal Viola Jane Atkins performs the World Premiere of John McLeod’s aurora borealis-inspired Viola Concerto ‘Nordic Fire’; there’s a rare performance of Crumb’s God-music by Principal Cello Philip Higham, accompanied by 20 tuned wine glasses; SCO Clarinets Maximiliano Martín and William Stafford will be a highlight of the mini-Mendelssohn Festival with Two Concert Pieces by Mendelssohn, and our award-winning Principal Horn Alec Frank-Gemmill presents Mozart's irresistible Horn Concerto No 4 on the Natural Horn.
We also present three original SCO commissions; Meditation (after Donne) by Martin Suckling, Jonathan Dove Accordion Concerto and John McLeod Viola Concerto, along with a specially curated concert marking the 60th birthday of Sir James MacMillan, with the composer at the helm of our Chorus and Orchestra. In April 2019, the Orchestra also perform Within Her Arms by English composer Anna Clyne.
The SCO Chorus will also take centre stage in performances of Haydn’s The Seasons, Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Seven Last Words from the Cross by Sir James MacMillan, Fauré’s Requiem and the much-loved Christmas Concert at Greyfriars Kirk.
Season concerts by month
Vilde Frang plays Beethoven Violin Concerto
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