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Concerto in E-flat ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ (15’)
Violin Concerto, UK Premiere (Co-commissioned by SCO, ACO Collective, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and St Paul Chamber Orchestra) (20’)
Ornament and Crime (15’)
Adagio for Strings (9’)
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.
COMPOSER INSIGHTS, 6.45pm - 7.10pm
Free to concert ticket holders in Edinburgh and Glasgow
Composer Nico Muhly discusses his Violin Concerto with soloist and director Pekka Kuusisto
Pekka Kuusisto is renowned for his fresh approach to repertoire. An advocate of new music, Kuusisto’s recent premieres include concerti by Sauli Zinovjev, Anders Hillborg, Andrea Tarrodi and Philip Venables. This season he performs Daníel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto with the Iceland and Detroit symphony orchestras, and its Finnish premiere with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Austrian premiere of Hillborg’s Bach Materia with the Camerata Salzburg.