2019/20 Season - St Andrews & Dundee

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Due to the exciting multi-million refurbishment of the Younger Hall in St Andrews, the Orchestra's 2019/20 Concert Season is slightly different to previous years. Join the Orchestra and Chorus from September 2019 to April 2020 for a series of memorable, inspiring evenings of live music.

  1.  Mozart, Haydn & Nielsen - Younger Hall, St Andrews (12 Sep 19)
  2. Bohemian Rhapsodies - Younger Hall, St Andrews (30 Oct 19)
  3. SCO Chorus Christmas Concert - Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews (18 Dec 19)
  4. New Year Gala Concert - Caird Hall, Dundee (5 Jan 20, 3.00pm)
  5. Altstaedt plays Shostakovich - Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews (19 Feb 20)
  6. Voyage through America - Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews (22 Apr 20)

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Single tickets are on general sale from Thursday 9 May 2019

We are offering subscription discounts for the two orchestral concerts at the Younger Hall. When submitting your subscription for the Younger Hall concerts online, it is also possible to purchase tickets for the remaining concerts of the season – three concerts at Holy Trinity Church in St Andrews and one concert at the Caird Hall in Dundee.

Mozart, Haydn & Nielsen

Thursday 12 September, 2019, 7.30pm - Younger Hall, St Andrews

Adam Walker 2

HAYDN
Symphony No 44 in E minor ‘Trauer’ (22’)
NIELSEN
Flute Concerto (19’)
DEAN
Siduri Dances Scottish Premiere (12’)
MOZART
Symphony No 36 ‘Linz’, K425 (30’)

DANIEL BLENDULF – Conductor
ADAM WALKER – Flute

British flautist Adam Walker landed the plum job of principal flautist with the London Symphony Orchestra aged only 21. He performs Nielsen’s witty and imaginative Flute Concerto, 15 years after demonstrating his astonishing virtuosity with this signature showpiece as a finalist in the 2004 BBC Young Musician.

Scandinavian conductor Daniel Blendulf directs stirring symphonies by “Father of the Symphony” Joseph Haydn and his admired friend Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a composer which Haydn described as “the greatest composer known to
me by person and repute”.

Bohemian Rhapsodies

Wednesday 30 October 2019, 7.30pm - Younger Hall, St Andrews

Stephanie

SUK 
Serenade for Strings in E-Flat (30’)
JANÁČEK 
The Fiddler’s Child (12’)
DVOŘÁK 
Symphony No 5 (36’)

JOSEPH SWENSEN – Conductor 
STEPHANIE GONLEY – Violin

Here are three people, all good friends, who just happen also to be amongst their nation’s foremost composers. This evening of Bohemian music is full of variety. The story goes that Dvořák criticised Suk for being too sombre, and encouraged him to lighten up – Suk responded by writing his Serenade and it became his most popular work. In contrast, Janáček’s Fiddler’s Child is like a whole dramatic opera condensed into 12 minutes – a brooding, tragic ghost story told by violin and orchestra. Swensen closes the evening with Dvořák’s sunny symphony: tuneful, spirited, uplifting music.

SCO Platform, 6.45pm - 7.10pm

Free for concert ticket holders
Performance by students from the University of St Andrews

SCO Chorus Christmas COncert - A Rose in WINTer

Wednesday 18 December 2019, 7.30pm - Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews

Chistmas Chorus concert

Programme includes:

SALLY BEAMISH 
In the Stillness
MARGARET RIZZA 
Mary Slept
JUDITH WEIR 
Drop down ye heavens
KERRY ANDREW
Hevene Quene 
CECILIA MCDOWALL
Ave Regina
ANTON BRUCKNER
Locus Iste; Ave Maria; Virga Jesse 
PRAETORIUS arr SANDSTRÖM 
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

BEN PARRY – Conductor
SCO Chorus

This year, we are delighted to bring our SCO Chorus Christmas Concert to St Andrews and also welcome back former Chorus Director Ben Parry as Guest Director. Be sure to book early!

Join the SCO Chorus for a festive and reflective mix of ancient and contemporary music, exploring symbolism associated with the Virgin Mother, Mary. The programme includes Sally Beamish’s In the Stillness, which beautifully captures the hushed rapture of a small parish church in a snowbound landscape and Cecilia McDowell’s intimate Ave Regina. There’s also music by Sweelinck, Kenneth Leighton and Sir James MacMillan as well as traditional Christmas carols.

New Year Gala Concert

Sunday 5 January 2020, 3pm - Caird Hall, Dundee

New Year

Programme to include:

J STRAUSS II
Overture, Die Fledermaus (9’)
GRIEG
Peer Gynt Suite No 1 (15’)
NIELSEN
Overture, Maskarade (5’)
LUMBYE
Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop (4’)
Champagne Galop (3’)
J STRAUSS II
Roses from the South (7’)
An der schönen, blauen Donau (9’)
And songs by Lehár and Strauss

JOSEPH SWENSEN – Conductor
HARRIET EYLEY – Soprano

On Sunday 5 January 2020, we head to the Caird Hall in Dundee to present a festive and light-hearted Viennese New Year programme Conductor Joseph Swensen is much loved by the Orchestra and audiences alike, and gives this year’s programme a Scandinavian twist with a smorgasbord of delights, including galops by Hans Christian Lumbye, as well as classic New Year favourites from, of course, the Strauss family!

Altstaedt plays Shostakovich Cello Concerto

Wednesday 19 February 2020, 7.30pm - Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews

Nicolas Altstaedt

BEETHOVEN
Overture, Coriolan (8’)
SHOSTAKOVICH
Cello Concerto No 1 (28’)
SCHUBERT
Symphony No 4 in C minor ‘Tragic’ (31’)

NICOLAS ALTSTAEDT – Conductor / Cello

It is jaw-dropping to watch the skill and physicality of Nicolas Altstaedt switching between playing the toughest solo cello parts and directing the orchestra, then turning back to his cello, and doing it all so superbly.

Shostakovich’s spiky, brilliant concerto is a powerhouse work that makes the most of his dramatic side. It sounds spectacular but troubled, perhaps because beneath those notes lies a web of secret codes and references to Shostakovich’s merciless oppressor, Joseph Stalin. There is a heroism to it which finds echoes in Beethoven’s theatrical Overture and Schubert’s ‘Tragic’ Symphony. That title was well chosen… for the first 2 minutes at least: then it all gets considerably jollier!

Voyage through America with Pekka Kuusisto

Wednesday 22 April 2020, 7.30pm - Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews

KUUSISTO PekkaSTRAVINSKY
Concerto in E-flat ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ (15’)
MUHLY
Violin Concerto, UK Premiere
(Co-commissioned by SCO, ACO Collective, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and St Paul Chamber Orchestra) (20’)
DESSNER
Ornament and Crime (15’)
BARBER
Adagio for Strings (09’)
COPLAND
Appalachian Spring: Suite (23’)

PEKKA KUUSISTO – Director / Violin

If a concert could be like a 'great American road trip', this would be it. You get to take in iconic American classics like Barber’s Adagio, as well as discovering exciting voices of the latest generation. Pekka Kuusisto brings fruits of his close musical relationships with two of the hippest, hottest and most widely admired of younger American composers. Bryce Dessner (from American indie-rock band The National)
and Nico Muhly are the heirs-apparent to the likes of Philip Glass and Steve Reich, writing music that is as engaging and accessible as it is stimulating and intriguing. Pekka Kuusisto is their perfect interpreter.

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Single tickets for our 2019/20 Concert Season are on general sale from Thursday 9 May 2019. 

We are offering subscription discounts for the two orchestral concerts at the Younger Hall. When submitting your subscription for the Younger Hall concerts online, it is also possible to purchase tickets for the remaining concerts of the season – three concerts at Holy Trinity Church in St Andrews and one concert at the Caird Hall in Dundee.

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