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A World of Music at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

THE EDINBURGH SEASON 2014/2015

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THE BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S 2014/15 EDINBURGH CONCERTS In September 2014 it will be five years since I took up the post of Chief Conductor with this wonderful orchestra. Our relationship continues to blossom, and I am immensely proud of our achievements so far. It has been my intention to bring some of the finest singers, soloists and conductors to Scotland and to showcase the brilliance, flexibility and commitment of this remarkable group of musicians. We open with an all-Russian programme, including Scriabin’s wonderfully Romantic piano concerto and the stunning Tenth Symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich; and we will be exploring the kinship between the music of Beethoven and Sibelius, including a performance of the latter’s Violin Concerto with Guy Braunstein. I’m also delighted that this year I’ll be celebrating an important birthday in Scotland with arguably the finest present a conductor could ask for - Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The orchestra and I will be joined by a world-class line-up of soloists, and our friends the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, for what promises to be a very memorable occasion. I hope you can be there. Donald Runnicles Chief Conductor, BBC SSO

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RUSSIAN CLASSICS

BEETHOVEN’S NINTH

SUNDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2014, 4.00PM

SUNDAY 16 NOVEMBER, 4.00PM

MUSSORGSKY A NIGHT ON THE BARE MOUNTAIN SCRIABIN PIANO CONCERTO SHOSTAKOVICH SYMPHONY No.10

MOZART SINFONIA CONCERTANTE BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY No.9 ‘CHORAL’

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BARRY DOUGLAS PIANO DONALD RUNNICLES CONDUCTOR A horn calls softly, a piano dreams in the twilight, and Scriabin’s Piano Concerto begins its enchanted journey. That’s the centrepiece of the opening concert of our season: the finest piano concerto Rachmaninov never wrote, played by a soloist celebrated for his interpretations of the Russian piano repertoire. It’s a very different world from Shostakovich’s shattering Tenth Symphony. A heartfelt cry for freedom written under the shadow of Stalinism, it’s still one of the 20th century’s most overwhelming symphonic experiences. Donald Runnicles conducts, and opens the concert by whipping up a storm with Mussorgsky’s exciting orchestral showpiece. Prelude: 3.00pm (free to ticket-holders) Alexandra Smith from the University of Edinburgh discusses the cultural context of each of the composers in this concert.

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LAURA SAMUEL VIOLIN SCOTT DICKINSON VIOLA ANGELA MEADE SOPRANO ELIZABETH BISHOP MEZZO-SOPRANO STUART SKELTON TENOR MARKO MIMICA BASS-BARITONE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL CHORUS CHRISTOPHER BELL CHORUS MASTER

DONALD RUNNICLES CONDUCTOR A special occasion calls for a very special concert – and from the epic tragedy of its opening to its transcendent final Hymn to Joy, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has long been classical music’s supreme act of celebration. So what better way for the BBC SSO to toast Donald Runnicles’ 60th birthday than with the work at the very centre of his beloved German Romantic tradition. First, though, two of the orchestra’s principal players begin the festivities with one of the few pieces that can truly look Beethoven in the eye: Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, music of sublime grandeur and heart-rending beauty. Prelude: 3.00pm (free to ticket-holders) donald Runnicles in conversation.


RUNNICLES CONDUCTS

SIBELIUS

SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2015, 4.00PM

BEETHOVEN OVERTURE: CORIOLAN SIBELIUS VIOLIN CONCERTO SIBELIUS SYMPHONY No.7 BEETHOVEN LEONORE OVERTURE No.3

Barry Douglas (photo: Katya Kraynova)

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DONALD RUNNICLES CONDUCTOR GUY BRAUNSTEIN VIOLIN “I believe in civilisation” said Jean Sibelius, and amidst the turmoil and uncertainty of the early 20th century, he created a final symphony of monumental grandeur and elemental strength. Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony might just be the greatest since Beethoven; what’s certain is that few composers share such a profound kinship. Guy Braunstein will dig deep into the yearning soul of the Sibelius Violin Concerto, while Donald Runnicles bookends the concert with two famous overtures by Beethoven, depicting a journey from darkness to light.

Clockwise from top left: Marko Mimica (photo: Nikola Serventic), Elizabeth Bishop (photo:Sasha Vasiljev), Stuart Skelton ( photo:John Wright), Angela Meade (photo: Dario Acosta)

Prelude: 3.00pm (free to ticket-holders) guy Braunstein discusses his career and the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Guy Braunstein (photo: Ofer Plesser)

Photo opposite: Donald Runnicles (photo: John Wood)


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1 £64.80 for all three concerts (saving £16.20) Area : 11 £52.80 for all three concerts (saving £13.20) Area : 111 £40.80 for all three concerts (saving £10.20) Area : Area : 1V £26.40 for all three concerts (saving £6.60)

1 Area : £27.00 11 £22.00 Area : Area : 111 £17.00 Area : 1V £11.00

Single Ticket Concessions

Box Office

Over 60s, BBC Scottish Symphony Club Members, Registered Unemployed: £2.00 off full price single ticket (proof of status may be requested)

Usher Hall Box Office Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA

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

Box Office opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10am to 5.30pm.

Under 16s and school pupils: £5.00

When there is an event on a Sunday the box office is open from 1pm until 30 minutes after the start of the event.

Student Tickets: £5.00. (Those in full time education can buy any remaining tickets for £5.00 each. This offer is available only on the day of performance (proof of status may be requested) Groups: get a group of 10 together and have 1 extra ticket free (that’s 2 free tickets for a group of 20, etc. – only one concession applies)

Cheques should be made payable to: City of Edinburgh Council All major credit cards accepted. Please note there is a £1 transaction fee for bookings by telephone, online or by post.


All the concerts in this series are promoted in association with The Usher Hall.

E-mail: bbcsso@bbc.co.uk bbc.co.uk/bbcsso facebook.com/bbcsso twitter.com/bbcsso All concerts are scheduled to be recorded for future transmission on BBC Radio 3.

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

Disabled Access There are wheelchair access places in the Stalls and Grand Circle and wheelchair accessible toilets are available. Customers’ personal details are held in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Data Protection Act 1998. If consent is given at the time of ticket purchase, this information will be passed to the BBC SSO and may be used to contact you with information about forthcoming concerts or BBC events. These details will not be passed on to any third party. If you wish to have your name removed from the orchestra’s mailing-list please E-mail: bbcsso@bbc.co.uk or telephone: 0141-422 6728. The information in this brochure was correct at the time of publishing. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra reserves the right to amend artists and programmes for any of the listed concerts if necessary.

A large print, text-only version of this brochure is available. For a copy please telephone: 0141-552 0909. Cover photograph: Donald Runnicles (photo: John Wood)

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BBC SSO Edinburgh Season Brochure 2014/15  

Season brochure of all the orchestral concerts to be given at the Usher Hall by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

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