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Kirill Karabits Principal Conductor

Lighthouse, Poole concert season 2013 / 14

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Bruckner Symphony No.9, John Lill’s 70th Birthday,

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Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts 0844 406 8666 series concerts


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Welcome to the 2013 / 14 Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Season here at Lighthouse in Poole As we enter our 120th consecutive year of music-making, I am as thrilled as anyone by the outstanding playing of our Orchestra and exceptional artistic achievements of Principal Conductor Kirill Karabits. We are all immensely proud that this musical relationship is starting to receive the national and international recognition it deserves, not least the Conductor Award for Kirill at the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards. Our 2013/14 season continues a number of important musical journeys, such as our ongoing

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Prokofiev Symphony cycle, and celebrations, including the anniversaries of Wagner and Britten. Kirill’s Brahms symphony cycle, taking place over two days, is sure to be an extraordinary climax to the season.

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Guest artists Valentina Lisitsa

Thomas Dausgaard

Johannes Moser

Xuefei Yang

piano 2 october

conductor 6 november

cell0 20 november

guitar 22 january

With her multi-faceted playing described as dazzling, Valentina Lisitsa is at ease in a vast repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Shostakovich and Bernstein. With more than 30 million YouTube channel views, she is one of the most watched classical musicians on the internet, using digital innovation to champion classical music.

Described by The Telegraph as “a conductor of rare conviction and insight,” Danish maestro Thomas Dausgaard is renowned for the rich intensity of his performances and his prolific discography. He holds a special passion for the symphonies of Nielsen, Bruckner and Mahler for which he has been much praised for his musical interpretation.

The BSO is delighted to welcome back Johannes Moser after his sensational performance of the Lutoslawski concerto last season. Praised for his rich, gorgeous tone and playing that can range from lovely and elegant to vigorous with head-banging, rock star energy, Johannes has been hailed as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists.”

Hailed as a musical pioneer, Xuefei Yang was the first-ever guitarist in China to enter a music school (Beijing’s Central Conservatoire of Music), and became the first Chinese guitarist to launch an international professional career. Now based in the UK, she is renowned for her alluring marriage of virtuosity and emotion.

Stephen Hough

Simon Trpcˇeski

Nicola Benedetti

Stefan Solyom

piano 5 february

pian0 12 march

violin 26 march

conductor 9 april

Nicola Benedetti returns to perform the Korngold concerto that lies at the emotional heart of her highly successful CD release The Silver Violin. Captivating audiences with her musicality and poise, she is a highly sought performer on the world platform. Nicola is fiercely dedicated to music education, demonstrating the power that music has in transforming the lives of young people.

Since gaining worldwide attention at the 2000 International Sibelius Conducting Competition, Stefan Solyom has rapidly acquired an international reputation to complement his firmly established status in the musical life of his native Sweden. The immediacy of his rapport and engagement with orchestral players has delighted critics, audiences and musicians.

Named by The Economist as one of twenty Living Polymaths, Stephen Hough is a rare renaissance man of our time. Over the course of a long and distinguished career, he has also excelled as a writer, composer and online blogger. His musical achievements have resulted in many awards and accolades for his concerts and more than fifty recordings.

“It is not simply that Simon Trpcˇeski has a phenomenal technique. Crucially he has the musical intelligence to know how to apply it” With comments like that in The Telegraph it is no wonder that Simon has become a firm favourite with BSO audiences, never failing to impress with his impeccable technique and delicate expression.

Bournemouth Symphony Strings

Wagner 200 Marking 200 years since his birth, Wagner’s full mastery of dramatic melody is demonstrated with four of his most celebrated operatic moments. His rare playful side is heard amongst the fanfare of the opening to The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, whilst the rousing march from Tannhäuser and the Entrance of the Gods from Das Rheingold display his usual gift of glorious triumphalism.

Yet most emotionally manipulative is the delicate and yearning simplicity of Tristan and Isolde’s doomed love affair. An unassuming tune is also a potent catalyst for astonishingly difficult pianistic gymnastics throughout Rachmaninov’s demanding mountain of a concerto. Scaling its dizzying heights is a test of virtuosity and endurance for any pianist.



october 7.30 pm

wagner Die Meistersinger Overture wagner Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods wagner Tannhäuser: Grand March wagner Tristan & Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 Kirill Karabits conductor Valentina Lisitsa piano

Valentina Lisitsa



Beauty & Death

mozart Serenade No.10 for 13 Winds shostakovich Symphony No.14

“Just a simple pulse, like a rusty squeezebox... and then high above it, an oboe, a single note hanging there unwavering until a clarinet took it over sweetening it into a phrase of such delight. This was a music I’d never heard... I was hearing the voice of God.” So stated Salieri in the film Amadeus of the opening moments of Mozart’s sublimely beautiful serenade.

october 7.30 pm

Kirill Karabits conductor Olga Mykytenko soprano Alexander Vassiliev bass

Death and retrospection lie at the heart of Shostakovich’s unusual symphony, almost a one-act opera in its sense of drama and character. The premiere performance was conducted by Rudolf Barshai to whom this concert is dedicated. Shostakovich regarded it as one of his greatest achievements, dedicating it to Britten (who gave the UK premiere in 1970).

“the folk-based gayaneh extracts showcase the bso’s virtuosity... the hair-raising lezginka... leaves you open-mouthed” Tim Ashley, The Guardian Onyx CD of Khachaturian Spartacus and Gayaneh, Nov 2010

Supported by

Terence and Annette O’Rourke

Elgar’s Enigma Bristling with energy the Introduction & Allegro is an intricately wrought concerto grosso for strings. Abandoning the expansive lyric nature of the Enigma Variations, the work that first brought him to public attention, or the imperial swagger of his marches, Elgar instead took the opportunity to explore a modern approach in a complex and densely packed masterpiece which still retains moments of

Andy Cresci

nostalgic reminiscence. With its symphonic proportions, grand orchestration, and stormy, Romantic rhetoric, Beethoven’s C minor concerto was an important precursor of his “heroic” middle-period style. Its solo part still demands immense power and virtuosity requiring an unprecedented range of colour and expression from the pianist.



october 7.30 pm

elgar Introduction & Allegro beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 elgar Enigma Variations Owain Arwel Hughes conductor Leon McCawley piano



Musical Pictures

rachmaninov The Isle of the Dead sibelius Violin Concerto mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky’s musical wander through a fictitious gallery of works by his friend Victor Hartmann is a beautifully curated series of miniatures, some intimate, others grotesque, but all imbued with vivid orchestral colour by Ravel’s genius for scoring. Rachmaninov first viewed Arnold Böcklin’s famous painting in 1909, and quickly set its disturbing images

october 7.30 pm

Alexander Vedernikov conductor Nikita Boriso-Glebsky violin

“what characterised this performance above all was its galvanised strength and relentless momentum” Hilary Finch, The Times Poole, Lighthouse, Oct 2012

and dark feelings into a symphonic poem that is one of his most convincing orchestral scores in terms of both orchestration and atmosphere. At times dreamy and reflective and at others turbulent and darkly passionate, Sibelius’ solitary concerto is full of technical prowess and deep and gritty orchestral exploration from darkness into light.

Lupu plays Bartók The journey from death to life lies at the heart of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, extremes of joy and pain contrastingly expressed more fully than ever before. From the opening funeral march the music gradually lightens, progressing through a gigantic waltz fantasy and intensely lyrical adagietto before reaching the exuberant rondo-finale. Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto begins gently, the

Nicole Boyesen

Radu Lupu

piano unwinding a thoughtful melody over a murmuring accompaniment. A hushed serenity pervades the whole work interjected with nuggets of playful humour. The central adagio is a beautiful hymn of thanksgiving, a peaceful chorale introduced by the piano which returns with full orchestral majesty in the rhapsodic climax.



november 7.30 pm

bartk Piano Concerto No. 3 mahler Symphony No. 5 Thomas Dausgaard conductor Radu Lupu piano



november 7.30 pm

mozart Don Giovanni Overture mozart Symphony No. 38 “Prague” mozart Requiem Kees Bakels conductor Elizabeth Watts Jennifer Johnston Benjamin Hulett David Stout

Mozart Requiem Mozart wrote both Don Giovanni and the Prague Symphony in 1787, hence the thematic references between the two and the theatrical flourishes that abound throughout the symphony, the first movement of which acts as an overture unveiling the shifting moods and dramatic contrasts and tensions that are to follow. Mozart set to work on the Requiem in October 1791, but had completed only a fraction

of the work before taking to his bed in mid-November, with what was to be his final illness. His wife, Constanze, desperate for funds and to fulfil the commission took it upon herself to see it completed. Thus much of Mozart’s brilliance is sadly lacking, yet it retains moments of heart-stopping beauty and exists as one of the greatest settings of the Requiem in history.

“the audience was rewarded with a sprightly, taut performance of mozart’s jupiter symphony that was brimful of playful energy” BBC Music Magazine Bristol, Colston Hall, Oct 2012

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

In memory of

Canon & Mrs Ivor Jeffrey-Machin

Britten & Friends

Johannes Moser

Like all Britten’s works featuring solo cello, the Cello Symphony was written for Mstislav Rostropovich. It marked his return to symphonic writing after a period dominated by operatic and vocal works and thus displays a mature mastery of structure and symphonic thinking in this emotionally unrelenting essay. Shostakovich’s Festive Overture has proved to be one of his most frequently performed works. Its brilliant

Supported by

The Britten-Pears Foundation

orchestration, exuberant mood and infectious high spirits have guaranteed its place as an effective concert opener and audience pleaser. Britten and Shostakovich both explore the depths of human yearning, loneliness, desperation, love, hate, murder and sacrifice in their respective tragic operas. The musical interludes in both show their composer’s full mastery of descriptive symphonic invention.



november 7.30 pm

shostakovich Festive Overture britten Cello Symphony shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Five Interludes) britten Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia Kirill Karabits conductor Johannes Moser cello



Worlds Old & New

bizet L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2 rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini dvok Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

The second suite is a charming collection comprising six pieces from those that Bizet composed for Daudet’s play The Girl from Arles – a tragic story about unrequited love in which the title character never appears. Paganini’s theme is ripe for development and Rachmaninov fully exploits this in a freely imaginative and rhythmically energetic sequence of tightly organised variations forged into

november 7.30 pm

Carlo Rizzi conductor Alexander Gavrylyuk piano

a continuous and potent drama, composed in a matter of days and brimming with white-hot inspiration. Remaining incredibly fresh and abounding with memorable melodies, the Ninth Symphony describes Dvořák’s own spiritual and emotional journey from his intense longing for his beloved Bohemia to the thrill of the “New World” and its varied peoples.

“this was still an engrossing performance, finding the bso on terrific and energetic form” Andrew Morris, Classical Source Basingstoke, Anvil, Mar 2012

Philippa Stevens

Pranks & Penitence Strauss’ colourful, warm-hearted portrait is marked as a rondo “in the old-style roguish manner” and roguish is certainly the word for the work’s hero, a notorious fourteenth-century prankster from northern Germany. Here he is heard running amok in the marketplace, impersonating a priest and more before he has to answer for his crimes on the gallows. Each movement of

Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony is based on Grünewald’s vivid, grotesque and bizarre Isenheim altarpiece paintings. The music emulates the bright colours with brilliant splashes of sound. Sensitively written for the violin, Beethoven’s only completed concerto for the instrument is a lyrical balance between soloist and orchestra. A masterpiece like no other.

Yan Pascal Tortelier



december 7.30 pm

r strauss Till Eulenspiegel hindemith Mathis der Maler Symphony beethoven Violin Concerto Yan Pascal Tortelier conductor Augustin Hadelich violin



december 7.30 pm

r strauss Metamorphosen schumann Violin Concerto mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 “Italian” Kirill Karabits conductor Renaud Capuçon violin

Changing Moods With its dense chromaticism, intricate counterpoint, and Wagnerian drive sweeping toward a great climax, Metamorphosen is a memorial to a type of music that had been abandoned long before 1945. It succeeds so brilliantly because Strauss at last found a way to address the present with the voice of the past. Schumann too linked past and future in his Violin Concerto which has been

described as the missing link between Beethoven and Brahms. It is a melancholy yet achingly beautiful reflection of his failing state of mind. Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony is extrovert from the outset, conjuring up the sunny skies and landscapes of the Italian countryside in a virtually flawless assembly of airy and fiery dances, never letting the excitement lapse for a moment.

Renaud Capuçon

Christmas with the bso Christmas is a time of warmth, fun, feasting and goodwill to all, so what better way to enjoy the festive season than in the company of the BSO and a selection of seasonal concerts which display all these qualities in abundance. Since 1742, the Messiah has secured itself in the Christmas calendar. It is heaped full of beautiful arias including He was Despised and Rejected and I Know that My Redeemer Liveth, and rousing choruses like For Unto Us a Child is Born and the ever-popular Hallelujah Chorus. This year's quartet of superb

soloists are Rebecca Bottone, William Towers, Samuel Boden and Christopher Purves. In The Last Night of the Christmas Proms Pete Harrison returns with Annie Skates and James Spilling for another glittering evening of the best of gems from an array of hit musicals as well as more modern Christmas classics guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit, whilst the Celebration of Christmas Carols is our more traditional offering of Christmas music and congregational carol singing.

wednesday – monday

18–23 december 7.30 pm

wednesday 18 december Handel’s Messiah Christian Curnyn conductor Bournemouth Symphony Chorus saturday 21 december Last Night of the Christmas Proms Pete Harrison conductor monday 23 december Celebration of Christmas Carols Maxime Tortelier conductor Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus

Amyn Merchant, Kevin Morgan, Edward Kay, Andy Cresci

New Year’s Day Johann Strauss Gala Johann Strauss II is the king of the waltz and New Year’s Day has become synonymous with the elegance of Viennese style and grandeur. Join the BSO and Günther Bauer-Schenk and escape to a world of glittering dance-halls in a concert filled with memorable polkas, marches, gallops and waltzes. With the power of a full symphony orchestra, this is Strauss as it should be heard – pulsating with shimmering strings and dashes of orchestral exuberance.

Highlights include his overture to Waldmeister, the Tik-Tak, Pleasure Train and At the Hunt polkas and the Emperor and Treasure waltzes. There are also treats by his brother Josef including the Phoenix march and Feuerfest polka. Plus, of course, The Blue Danube to finish.



january 3 & 7 pm

Günther Bauer-Schenk conductor Fiona Murphy soprano



january 7.30 pm

rimsky-korsakov The Snow Maiden Suite tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 shostakovich Symphony No. 6 Andrew Litton conductor Barry Douglas piano

Russian Masters The master of orchestration, Rimsky-Korsakov doesn’t disappoint with this energetic showpiece of a suite in which his musical magician’s wand busily showers spells of sparkling sound. An enchanted world is created, icy and cold, soon bursting with birdsong and finishing with the popular Dance of the Tumblers. Despite its popularity, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto remains

refreshingly original with its exciting and altogether exceptional opening and richly forged musical dramas of powerful virtuosity and uncommon sensitivity. Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony is one of two halves. The first, an expansive largo, darkly beautiful with moments of searing intensity, the other a frenetic descent into absurdity and black humour – poking fun at his Soviet critics perhaps?

Nicole Boyesen, David Daly

A Taste of Spain The heat and passion of Spain is evoked in a selection of pieces dripping with sun-drenched melodies. Eavesdrop on a torrid affair full of sensuality and betrayal in Granada, witness a quiet moment of prayer with toreadors before the dangers of a bullfight and relax in the sultry orange-fragranced heat of Andalucia with one of the most famous and popular of all concertos with its achingly

beautiful slow movement. Tchaikovsky’s final symphony is no less emotional as he explores the power of Fate in life and death. It has been subject to a number of theories as to a hidden meaning including the anguish of unrequited love and the conflict between platonic passion and the desires of the flesh, but it is the music itself that remains testament to a musical genius.

Xuefei Yang



january 7.30 pm

de falla Interludio y Danza from La Vida Breve turina La Oración del Torero rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique” Pablo González conductor Xuefei Yang guitar



january 7.30 pm

mozart The Impresario Overture mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 K482 beethoven Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” Kees Bakels conductor Ronald Brautigam piano

Beethoven’s Eroica Mozart’s overture to The Impresario is a sparkling and witty piece of orchestral merriment which set the scene for the farcical backstage look at opera production as rival prima donnas try to outdo each other. Written at the same time, his Piano Concerto No. 22 explores deeper emotions, resulting in an expansive, truly glorious work encompassing melancholy and mischief, full of searching

“the bournemouth strings alert and perfectly co-ordinated, the whole structure surfing on a wave of musical energy” Andrew Clements, The Guardian Cheltenham, Town Hall, Apr 2013

melodies and harmonic development. Whereas Mozart delighted, Beethoven confounded and his epic Third Symphony, the longest of its genre yet composed, proved to be the watershed between the Classical and Romantic periods. From that point on Beethoven was no mere composer – he was a creator of monuments.

The Power of Love The ardour of its melodies, the delicacy of orchestral colour and the finesse of poetic detail make Berlioz’ setting of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of doomed lovers like no other in music, born out of his infatuation with Harriet Smithson. Berlioz himself conducted the premiere of Liszt’s First Piano Concerto, describing it as “dazzling with verve and power, as always.” The Poem of Ecstasy is an almost hallucinogenic striving for another level of spiritual perception. Scriabin dropped the words of the orginal poem preferring the music to speak for itself but retaining titles of the three sections as clues to understanding his aims: the soul in the orgy of love, realisation of a fantastic dream and the glory of one’s own art. Eva Malmbom, Kirill Karabits, Judith Preston



february 7.30 pm

berlioz Romeo & Juliet (excerpts) liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 scriabin Poem of Ecstasy Kirill Karabits conductor Stephen Hough piano



february 7.30 pm

chopin 12 Études Op.10 chopin Trois Nouvelles Études chopin 12 Études Op. 25

Celebrity Piano Recital Louis Lortie Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has been praised for the fresh perspective and individuality he brings to a broad spectrum of the keyboard canon and has attracted critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. Following a recital of Chopin’s complete Études at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Financial

Times wrote, “better Chopin playing than this is not to be heard, not anywhere.” The Times, describing his playing as “ever immaculate, ever imaginative”, has identified Louis Lortie’s “combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have.”

Louis Lortie

Heroes & Superheroes more music from the movies Heroes both historical and fictitious as well as the superheroes of the Marvel and DC comics are a fertile mine of inspiration for Hollywood and some of the best big screen adventures ever. Scores include the classics of Robin Hood and The Magnificent Seven by Eric Korngold and Elmer Bernstein as well as those by John Williams and James

“athletically exciting, committed and virtuosic playing... posed no technical problems for the excellent bournemouth players” Nick Barnard, Seen and Heard International Poole, Lighthouse, Mar 2013

Horner from films depicting real-life heroics of wartime sacrifice and space exploration in Saving Private Ryan and Apollo 13. Superheroes are represented by Superman, Batman, Spiderman and the X-Men. There are some cartoon favourites in the shape of Pixar’s The Incredibles and Disney’s Hercules and also appearances by Harry Potter and James Bond.



february 7.30 pm

Pete Harrison conductor



february 7.30 pm

dvok Legends Nos. 1–5 chausson Poème saint-sans Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso dvok Symphony No.8 José Serebrier conductor Rachel Kolly d’Alba violin

Legends & Stories Representing various elements of the human character, ranging from the simple idyllic peasant to the heroes of cultural epic sagas. Brimming with musical delights, each short piece of Dvořák’s Legends is an invitation to the listener to invent their own stories to fit the music. Freed from the confines of the sonata form, his Eighth Symphony is a seemingly spontaneous flow of thematic ideas. This is a cheerful, proud,

“serebrier has a remarkable gift for drawing polished and vigorous performances from his orchestra” Gramophone Magazine Warner Classics CD of Dvorˇák Symphonies No.3 and No. 6, June 2012

optimistic work, unusually animated and tuneful, though it incorporates a streak of melancholy that occasionally erupts into fury. Virtuosic brilliance is required for the two solo violin works of Chausson and Saint-Saëns. Each work is elegant and passionate, intensely Romantic with a hint of exotic spice – both a veritable showpiece of instrumental technical ability.

Resurrection “Why have you lived? Why have you suffered? Is all this merely a great, horrible jest? We must resolve these questions somehow or other, if we are to go on living – indeed, even if we are only to go on dying!” Answering these questions required Mahler to compose the largest symphony ever made in terms of forces, length, and harmonic boldness. Earsplitting chords of seven different notes are not uncommon, used to astonishing effect

Chris Cooper

throughout the angry funeral march and settings of texts from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. These include a musical adaptation of the parable of Saint Anthony of Padua preaching to the fish and one in which the alto soloist seeks release from the burdens of life, before the symphony’s apocalyptic finale that climaxes in the exultant mass sounds of singers and orchestra that proposes renewal and the promised “Resurrection.”



march 7.30 pm

mahler Symphony No. 2 David Hill conductor Lisa Milne soprano Jennifer Johnston mezzo-soprano Bournemouth Symphony Chorus



march 7.30 pm

chopin Piano Concerto No.1 rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 Jac van Steen conductor Simon Trpcˇeski piano

Trpˇceski plays Chopin Chopin’s gift for melody absolutely shines throughout his First Piano Concerto, which established him as a talent to be watched and launched his international fame. The opening is restrained yet noble, but once the piano enters it dominates the proceedings, thoroughly infusing the music with Romantic fantasy, colour, and virtuosity. The central nocturne virtually sings with tunefulness, whilst the finale pays

Simon Trpcˇeski

homage to his native Poland to which he would never return. The unqualified success of the Second Symphony vindicated Rachmaninov’s powers as a symphonist, drawing upon his talent for creating ardent, emotionally compelling melodies. Filled with mesmerizing melodies, passionate musical outbursts and lovingly quiet interludes it remains an audience favourite.

“the immaculate orchestral playing, the aloof quality of the closing passacaglia seemed nobly restrained rather than merely cool” Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph Poole, Lighthouse, Nov 2012

Silver Violin Korngold plundered his Hollywood catalogue for the most haunting, expressive and beautiful themes to create a concerto that would prove his prowess beyond a writer of swashbuckling movie scores. It displays all of the rigorous craftsmanship and masterful instrumental facility of his Viennese training but also the flair for emotional directness he perfected in Hollywood.

Nicola Benedetti

Equally full of marvellous tunes, Tchaikovsky’s concise mini symphony balances the hatred between the Montagues and Capulets and the passion of the young Romeo and Juliet in a work of emotional intensity and heartbreaking beauty. In contrast Prokofiev’s modernistic Second Symphony is a work made of iron and steel – mechanical, urban, aggressive and frighteningly loud.


26 march 7.30 pm

prokofiev Symphony No. 2 korngold Violin Concerto tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture

Kirill Karabits conductor Nicola Benedetti violin



Bruckner’s Ninth

mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 K595 bruckner Symphony No. 9

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 is a genuine miracle of music. From its radiant first movement to the buoyant finale his deceptive and economic use of simple themes – each note essential and meaningful – beguiles the listener to his sheer genius that inspired such fervent voices of Romanticism as Chopin and Tchaikovsky to love Mozart’s music above virtually all others. A hundred years after Mozart

april 7.30 pm

Kirill Karabits conductor Francesco Piemontesi piano

composed his final piano concerto, Bruckner undertook his final symphony. In this case the issue of valediction is not mere conjecture: whatever Bruckner’s intentions for his Ninth when he began working on it, it turned out to be a clearly defined gesture of farewell. He neither completed the work nor lived to hear it performed, yet the sense of closure and finality is great, as if he unconsciously knew that this was the last music he would write.

Francesco Piemontesi

“karabits and his orchestra go from strength to strength... a direct, unsentimental performance, eliciting beautiful string-playing” Rian Evans, The Guardian Bristol, Colston Hall, Nov 2012

Supported by

Terence and Annette O’Rourke

What the World Needs Now



april 7.30 pm

the music of burt bacharach

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, The Look Of Love, Magic Moments, What The World Needs Now, Do You Know The Way To San Jose?, Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa, What’s New Pussycat?, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Walk On By... Burt Bacharach wrote the kind of tunes that you know without even realising it.

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GRB Concerts

They’re the soundtrack to an era; the easiest of easy listening, with an irresistible swing. With brand new symphonic orchestrations and a quartet of star vocalists this gala concert celebrates 50 years of chart successes by one of the 20th century’s most prolific and popular musicians. Relaxation doesn’t get any classier...

Richard Balcombe conductor Graham Bickley Mary Carewe Alison Jiear Sarah Lark



John Lill’s 70th Birthday

brahms Academic Festival Overture rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 sibelius Symphony No. 1

With more emphasis on the “festival” than the “academic,” Brahms’ musical thank you to the University of Breslau brims with an irrepressible sense of fun with its inclusion of student beer-hall tunes and humorous musical in-jokes. Rising out of mysterious depths, Rachmaninov quickly lets loose the first of many striking themes that abound in his Second Piano Concerto. At just 28, in love and about to be married, no wonder he exhibits a youthful confidence in a mature

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Stefan Solyom conductor John Lill piano

work imbued with a sincere, heartfelt passion that continues to captivate audiences. Sibelius’ First Symphony is significant in that never before had a work of such stature emerged from Northern Europe, unveiling the previously unheard character of Nordic music, sounding both ‘old’ and ‘new’ at the same time. The mood is dramatic and austere throughout, the tone being set with the extended clarinet solo at the beginning.

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Arts University Bournemouth

Dream Melodies Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 is one of just two he wrote in a minor key. As such, an overriding mood of resignation, even a little foreboding, undercuts the music’s plentiful energy and abundant melodic richness. Schumann’s Cello Concerto is also a thoughtful work that challenges the conventions of the genre, more concerned with the music rather than a vehicle for the soloist.

Judith Preston, Philippa Stevens, Vicky Berry

In three sections to be played without pause it is at times contemplative and questioning, at others stormy and tumultuous, even playful. Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by contrast, is light and carefree, depicting the fairy realm of the play with enchanting, perhaps even enchanted, music full of other-worldly yet subtle energy.



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mozart Symphony No. 40 schumann Cello Concerto mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream Suite Kirill Karabits conductor Pieter Wispelwey cello

wednesday & thursday

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Kirill’s Brahms

wednesday 7 may brahms Symphony No. 1 brahms Symphony No. 2

Brahms wrote his symphonies in later life having struggled for years to overcome the reputation of Beethoven, his predecessor and great master of the genre. He eventually finished the First Symphony in 1876 and within a decade had completed all four, embracing an extraordinary range of styles and emotional expressions. They are each highly individual, appealing on first hearing and rewarding to hear

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thursday 8 may brahms Symphony No. 3 brahms Symphony No. 4 Kirill Karabits conductor

“a musician whose charisma, imagination, scholarly intelligence and vivid communication have touched audiences wherever he performs” Royal Philharmonc Society Conductor Award 2013

again. With all four symphonies performed over two consecutive days this is a rare opportunity to uniquely and directly explore the way Brahms extended the symphonic form with his skilful expansion of thematic variation, irregular rhythms, use of counterpoint, lush scoring and incorporation of dance motifs leaving a rich legacy for others to follow.

BSO Family Concerts CPE Bach St John Passion

wednesday 16 april 2014 Cadogan Hall, London good friday 18 april 2014 Christchurch Priory

CPE Bach’s Passions were never published in his lifetime, and survive only in manuscript form. These were lost after World War II and only rediscovered in Kiev in 1999 before being returned to their home at the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin. Whilst in the Ukraine Kirill transcribed his own edition of a St John Passion and these special UK premiere performances are a rare opportunity to hear this long-lost musical gem. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra BBC Singers For more details on both concerts and booking for Christchurch Priory call 01202 669925

saturday 26 october, 11 am

Let’s Dance

Mini BSO

BSO Family Concerts bring children and adults together to experience the thrill of live music and musicians. Full of entertainment and fun they are a great introduction to classical music. Look out for details.

saturday 14 december, 3 pm

Christmas Starts Here

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Alasdair Malloy

saturday 8 february, 11 am

The Thrill of Music

Mini BSO

saturday 12 april, 11 am

Pirates Ahoy

Mini BSO

One extraordinary orchestra Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra The BSO is a unique organisation. The only British Symphony orchestra not based in a city conurbation, it has a distinctive remit to bring world class music making and engagement to an area in excess of 10,000 square miles across the South and South West. With regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and a catalogue of over 300 recordings, it continues to build its national and international reputation. By making music accessible to as many as possible we celebrate the key role music and culture have in building a better society; one with strong values and aspirations.

Here are just some of the BSO’s achievements over the past 12 months. G 164 public performances across the UK G Over 125,000 tickets sold

G 3,500 under 18s attended a concert for just £1 G Kirill Karabits wins RPS conductor award

G 8 UK debut artist appearances

G 43 works performed by living composers

G 15 national reviews receiving four or more stars

G Workshops in 93 schools reaching more than 20,000 children G Nicola Benedetti and BSO’s The Silver Violin CD best-selling classical CD of 2012 G Chalk Legends community project – a major contribution the Cultural Olympiad G Week-long residency in Cornwall

None of this would have been possible without you, our generous supporters. Thank you! Your continued support will help us secure another 120 years of extraordinary musical achievements.

Vicky Berry

Support the BSO Every gift helps us to bridge the increasing gap between the costs of running a world-class symphony orchestra and the income we can raise through concert tickets and public funding. The BSO is an extremely resourceful organisation but we need your help more than ever to support our performances and education work in communities across the length and breadth of the South and South West.

If you love music then become a member of the BSO There are many ways you can support the BSO; make a regular donation, join our membership scheme or pledge to leave the Orchestra a legacy. For the company directors and decision-makers amongst you, the BSO has an exciting range of corporate sponsorship opportunities that can be tailor-made to deliver a wealth of benefits for your business, clients and staff.

If you would like to know more on how you or your company can support the BSO please contact our Development Department on 01202 644718 or email

Being a BSO Member means so much more than just a membership card, priority booking privileges and subscription to Quarternote magazine. It is first and foremost about a love of music and being part of a collective that supports the future of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

If you are interested in becoming a BSO Member, please contact our Membership team on 01202 644734 or email

With an exciting schedule of national and international trips, members-only talks, interviews and exclusive access to rehearsals, you will have a unique opportunity to meet BSO musicians, conductors and guest artists, as well as a ‘behind-the-scenes’ perspective on the workings of the Orchestra and its players.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra would like to thank the following supporters

principal funders

public funders


academic partner

trusts & foundations With special thanks to JPMorgan Chase Foundation for its support of BSO Blast

in-kind partners

Mercedes-Benz of Poole

The Britten-Pears Foundation The Fenton Arts Trust Flaghead Charitable Trust The Holst Foundation The Michael and Ilse Katz Foundation The Leverhulme Trust Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust The Valentine Charitable Trust The VEC Acorn Trust and finally, thank you to everyone who supports the BSO through membership, donations, patronage, or by donating their time.

bso portraits: Eric Richmond Design: Joe Swift

How to get to Lighthouse lift flap »

Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts Kingland Road Poole BH15 1UG

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 2 Seldown Lane, Poole, BH15 1UF Tel: 01202 670611 BSO is a Charity Registered No.208520 and a company limited by guarantee Registered No.538351 England. All information is correct at the time of going to press – however artists are subject to availability and the BSO reserves the right to make any necessary changes from the advertised programmes.

by road


public transport

Lighthouse is a 10-minute drive away from Bournemouth and 40 minutes from Southampton. Travelling west on the M27 the road becomes the A31 to bypass Ringwood, Ferndown and Wimborne Minster. Remain on the bypass until reaching the roundabout junction signposted A349 Poole town centre. Turn left here onto the A350 (Holes Bay Road). At the next roundabout turn left onto the flyover, and move to the right hand lane; turn right at the roundabout and you will see Lighthouse on your left.

There are a number of car parks close by. 24-hour parking is available at The Dolphin Shopping Centre multi-storey car park a short walk across the road. It is possible to pay for parking at either the machines in the car park or one located in Lighthouse. There is also a car park located at Dolphin Swimming Centre on Kingland Road only a five minute walk away. Disabled parking is available directly outside Lighthouse.

Lighthouse is opposite Poole bus station with an underpass or a level access crossing providing easy access across the road.

satnav use postcode BH15 1UG

Poole rail station is a five minute walk from Lighthouse. Follow signs to ‘Arts Centre’, which take you through the shopping centre to the bus station opposite the Lighthouse.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Poole Concert Season 2013/14  

Our season brochure of concerts at Lighthouse, Poole

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