François Leleux last appeared with the SCO to great acclaim as an oboist; now he returns both as soloist AND conductor. He offers a dramatic and turbulent first half that yields to a sunny second.
Leonard Bernstein’s explosive tour de force lies at the heart of this evening. Halil means ‘flute’ and SCO Principal Flute Alison Mitchell takes on the virtuoso solo inspired by “the threat of wars, the overwhelming desire to live, and the consolations of art, love and the hope for peace”. Both Lebrun and Bizet were child prodigies. Lebrun’s oboe playing was called ‘divine,’ and his lovely concerto gives a hint of just how beguiling it must have been. Bizet’s symphony, written in two months when he was just 18, is simply full of life, exuding brilliance, charm, wit and great tunes.
CONNECT INSIGHTS, 6.30pm
Edinburgh: Performance by students from the City of Edinburgh Music School.
Glasgow: Performance by students from Music School of Douglas Academy.
François Leleux’s pre-eminence as an oboist is internationally recognised and he is regularly invited by the world’s leading orchestras, festivals and concert series, both as soloist and player/director, with repertoire ranging from baroque to newly commissioned works.
Alongside her busy SCO schedule Mitchell performs as soloist and chamber musician, most notably, in collaboration with Christian Zacharias, Robert Levin, the Hebrides Ensemble, Mr McFall’s Chamber, pianist Scott Mitchell, harpist Eleanor Johnson and guitarist Allan Neave and at East Neuk Festival as a regular guest artist. In 2012, she has performed as guest flautist with the Southern Cross Soloists at the Bangalow Music Festival, and with the dynamic Melbourne based ensemble, Syzygy.