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Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Goldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovetsky)

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A great way to start the festive season: an evening of candlelight, top-quality performances and one of the seminal works in the classical repertoire – the magical Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach. Created as a tribute to his teacher, the composer Frank Bridge, Benjamin Britten’s variations for string orchestra each have their own individual character which together, like Bach’s, create an epic narrative touching on a wide variety of musical styles. In our atmospheric candlelit venues, the threads of the ancient and simple concept of variations will weave their spell, creating an uplifting and inspiring experience.

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‘La Follia’ – musical madness. You just can’t fight it when music gets in your head – this can be uplifting, maddening, or both! Should you succumb to ‘La Follia’ at this concert, there will be plenty of musical ‘ear-worms’, ensuring the Ensemble experience stays with you long after the concert. Polish composer Henryk Górecki is most famous for his Symphony No. 3 of Sorrowful Songs, which managed to beat Madonna in the UK charts in the early 1990s. There’s a lot more, however, to this fascinating Polish composer whose beguiling melodies and ancient rhythms speak affectingly to a 21st-century audience.

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Re-defining the string orchestra

Dundee 2012 - 13 Concerts Film Screenings Free Events Pop-Up Performances

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Save £2 on the price of each ticket by purchasing a subscription for £30 for all concerts at Caird Hall. Contact the box office for more information. If you’re a registered student you can attend any of our Caird Hall concerts or Faust for only £5! Under 16s can attend all events for free accompanied by a paying adult. Scottish Ensemble, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD 0141 332 4747 scottishensemble.co.uk Registered charity no. SC001539 @scotensemble scottishensemble

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FAUST: Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY Tel: 01382 909 900 Web: dca.org.uk

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How to book CAIRD HALL CONCERTS: Dundee City Box Office, 6 City Square, Dundee DD1 3BG Tel: 01382 434940 Web: dundeebox.co.uk

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This project is supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of Polska Music programme.

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Concerto Grosso ‘La Follia’ Harpsichord Concerto Violin Concerto in D minor ‘Concerto Accademico’ St. Paul’s Suite 3 Pieces in Old Style Concerto Grosso op.3 no. 10 RV580 in B minor

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Concert by Candlelight Mon 3 December 2012, 7.30pm Caird Hall £12

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Welcome to the 2012–13 season in Dundee!

Sun 21 October FREE EVENT

This year sees the very first of our annual residencies in Dundee, with a great range of free events and unusual performances alongside concerts in Caird Hall that I know many of you love. We’ll also be working with some of your local amateur musicians and taking the Ensemble experience to as many people as possible. We’re thrilled that the Dundee Courier is supporting our residency in Dundee – check the paper for the latest news about what we’re up to! Throughout the season we’ll be celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten and we’ve also commissioned Scottish composer Martin Suckling to write a series of musical postcards for us which will feature across the year. Come along to our concerts, film screenings and pop-up events in Dundee this year and have some fun with the Scottish Ensemble!

What’s your ideal Sunday afternoon? Pottering around your favourite art gallery or grabbing some bargains on a shopping trip? On Sunday 21 October you’ll be able to do both while enjoying music by the Ensemble. We’ll be popping up in both venues throughout the day – catch us if you can!

Open rehearsal Sun 21 October 7.45pm Bell Street Music Centre FREE EVENT After our fun in Dundee city centre during the day, we’ll be getting back to work rehearsing for our Illuminations concert. You can join us for free and – whisper it quietly - find out just how we put our concerts together. Just don’t tell anyone our secrets!

Jonathan Morton Artistic Director

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Mon 22 October 2012, 7.30pm Caird Hall £12

With score for strings and electronics by DJ Alex Smoke Thu 18 October 2012, 9.00pm Dundee Contemporary Arts £8

Tenor Video Artist

Thomas Walker Netia Jones

Commissioned by Glasgow Film Festival. Tickets available from DCA

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Dundee Schools’ Symphony Orchestra Sat 20 & Sun 21 October 2012

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Young string players from Dundee Schools’ Symphony Orchestra will receive specialist coaching from our top musicians and have the chance to perform alongside the professionals.

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Care home and community centre performances Sat 20 October 2012

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Residents of Orchar and St. Serf’s care homes will be enjoying a programme of classics and favourite songs played by musicians of the Scottish Ensemble.

Dundee University Chaplaincy Fri 19 October 2012, 1.20 – 1.50pm FREE EVENT

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See the next generation of Scottish Ensemble players team up with our musicians in an afternoon concert of violin and viola duos. A great lunchtime treat to round off your week!

2012 is the first annual Scottish Ensemble residency in Dundee, put together with the help of our friends, partners and colleagues here. If you’ve got an idea as to how we can best bring the Scottish Ensemble to your community, e-mail office@scottishensemble.co.uk or speak to a member of staff at one of our events.

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“I alone hold the key to this savage parade” intones the tenor throughout Les Illuminations, one of Benjamin Britten’s bestknown works. Scottish tenor Thomas Walker and live visuals from video artist Netia Jones will guide us through Britten’s eerie and dark but sensual sound-world of the crystal chalets, copper palm trees, stags, Venus and Bacchantes, and castles built from bones depicted in Arthur Rimbaud’s poetry.

Watch Murnau’s iconic 1926 version of the legend of Faust as it was meant to be seen: with live musicians providing the eerie soundtrack to this gothic masterpiece. A classic cautionary tale of the deadly consequences of entering into self-destructive deals with the devil, events will be played out against a sonic backdrop for strings and electronics created by DJ Alex Smoke.

We’ll be sharing our expertise and helping to get the string players of Dundee Symphony Orchestra in tip-top shape for their next concert.

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Divertimento in D K 136 String Quartet No. 3 in A Major op. 41 (arr. Morton) Fantasias 9, 5 & 11 Les Illuminations

Thu 18 October 2012

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As part of our residency, we’ll also be working with some of your local amateur musicians and getting the Scottish Ensemble experience to those who can’t come to see us in the concert hall.

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