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Usher Hall Edinburgh 09/10

Donald Runnicles Chief Conductor Ilan Volkov Principal Guest Conductor Stefan Solyom Associate Guest Conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk Conductor Laureate Elizabeth Layton Leader

In my first season as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, I am delighted to return to my home city and bring these magnificent musicians to this wonderful venue. In just two concerts we can promise you a superbly varied musical diet filled with marvellous music. Powerful works by Beethoven, Mahler, Strauss and Wagner form the core of our concerts, and we shall be joined by two of the world’s most distinguished sopranos, whose artistry, I know, will bring something special to the performances. We can promise you some really exciting music making; I hope you’ll want to join us! Donald Runnicles

“The symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.” GUSTAV MAHLER, 1907



Sunday, 11 October 2009 at 7.30pm

Sunday, 21 March 2010 at 7.30pm

Beethoven Symphony No.1 Berg Seven Early Songs Mahler Symphony No.1 ‘Titan’

Wagner Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser Richard Strauss Songs                          Beethoven Symphony No.7

HEIDI MELTON, soprano Donald Runnicles, conductor

Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles begins his first season at the helm of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with two great works from the Austro-German symphonic tradition. Runnicles and the BBC SSO have already given some memorable performances of Mahler together, at the Edinburgh International Festival and in London at the BBC Proms, and their interpretation of the magnificent First Symphony will be eagerly awaited. Influenced by both Mahler and Richard Strauss, Alban Berg’s lushly scored, late romantic songs complete this marvellous programme.

Christine Brewer, soprano Donald Runnicles, conductor

The international reputation of Donald Runnicles as a Wagner conductor has been forged in the world’s leading opera houses, from Vienna, Berlin and Bayreuth to New York and San Francisco. The wonderful overture and virtuosic Venusburg Music from Tannhäuser make a superb start to this programme which features one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine Brewer, in a ravishing selection of songs by Richard Strauss. “The apotheosis of the dance” was how Wagner described the extraordinary rhythmic energy of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony - music that truly sounds as if it was conceived in a white heat of inspiration.

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Booking Your Tickets Box Office: 0131-228 1155 or via: BOOKING YOUR TICKETS


SINGLE TICKETS Area 1 : £26.00 Area 11 : £21.00

Usher Hall Box Office Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA

Area 111 : £16.00 Area 1V : £10.00

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Telephone: 0131-228 1155

Open Monday - Friday 10am to 5pm (booking opens 15 May 2009)



By post: To the address above. Cheques made payable to: City of Edinburgh Council In person (from 17 August 2009): Usher Hall Box Office Open Monday - Saturday 10am to 5.30pm


All major credit cards accepted

Single Ticket Concessions: Over 60s, SSO Club Members, Registered Unemployed £2.00 off full price single ticket (proof of status may be requested).

Please note there is a £1 transaction fee for bookings by telephone, online or by post

Registered Disabled: Both you and a companion will receive a 50% discount on any single full price ticket.

Usher Hall is located between the Royal Lyceum Theatre and Traverse Theatre. It is close to both Haymarket and Waverley train stations (approx. 15 minute walk to either). A taxi rank is situated opposite the hall. There is limited on-street parking, however a 24hour car park is located behind the hall on Castle Terrace.

School Pupils: £5.00 Students: Those in full time education can buy any remaining tickets for £5.00 each. This offer is available only on the day of the performance (proof of status may be requested). Groups: Get a group of 10 together and get 1 extra ticket free (that’s 2 free tickets for a group of 20, etc– only one concession applies). Multi-buy: Buy a ticket for both concerts and receive a 15% discount (this discount applies to all categories except standby tickets). Area 1 Area 11 Area 111 Area 1V

: £44.20 (£40.80 *) : £35.70 (£32.30 *) : £27.20 (£23.80 *) : £17.00 (£13.60 *)

* denotes concession price


DISABLED ACCESS There are wheelchair access places in the Stalls and Grand Circle and wheelchair accessible toilets are available. Parking spaces for disabled badge holders are located across from the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Grindlay Street, however due to continuing landscaping work outside the Hall, it may be wise to phone in advance to check availability.

The BBC SSO would like to thank Mark Hamilton for the photography featured in this brochure. Brochure design:

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