The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is once again embarking on its annual summer tour, from 8 June to 15 September, bringing together an array of conductors and soloists to perform world-class live classical music to more than 20 towns and cities across the world. his mom.
From Aberdeen to Findhorn and Stirling to Largs, the SCO Summer Tour aims to build relationships with local communities and showcase classical music to audiences who might not otherwise experience it.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra chief executive Gavin Reid said: “As we approach our 50th anniversary, we are delighted to be bringing the best of what the SCO has to offer to audiences across Scotland and on display on our 2023 summer tour.
“With Maxim Emelyanchev and many of our musical friends joining us over the summer months, we are very excited to once again be able to bring audiences together to share the fun and power of the live music industry, wherever they are in Scotland.”
As the tour begins, SCO Strings takes audiences in Kinlochleven (June 8), Findhorn (June 9) and Montrose (June 10) on a European musical adventure. Director and cellist Philip Higham leads the orchestra in this tale of Europe at night, from Boccherini’s evocation of the streets of Madrid, to Mozart’s powerful fantasy and Klein’s much-loved eye of Nachtmusik.
Meanwhile, SCO winds visit Bremar (June 7), Fort Augustus (June 8), Oban (June 9), and Birnam (June 10) with a program of traditional bohemian folk melodies and dances in a concert that explores lively and evocative life. Music by Dvořák and Janáček.
There’s a welcome return for director and violinist Isabelle van Keulen joining the SCO on tour through southern Scotland, with a program in which she leads orchestra and takes on a solo role in Vaughan Williams’ acclaimed The Lark Ascending.
The concerts in Largs (June 28), Lanark (June 29) and Duns (June 30) will also feature Beethoven’s First Symphony and Arvo Pärt’s poignant Elegy, Cantos in Benjamin Britten’s Memoriam. van Keulen also leads SCO in their annual performance at the East Neuk Festival (2 July), which returns for the first time in a decade to Holy Trinity Church in St Andrews for its closing concert.
Home to what has been called ‘Scotland’s finest church organ’, Tom Wilkinson unleashes his full brilliant force in a concert that opens in near silence with Arvo Pärt and closes in supreme delight with Philip Glass’s response to Four Seasons, an American Seasons.
SCO conductor Maxim Emelyanchev leads the orchestra on a tour of the highlands, with a concert full of Italian flair and Mediterranean summer sunshine.
Visiting Stirling (July 19), Elgin (July 20) and Forfar (July 21), the SCO Summer Program in Italy presents Rossini’s musical dramas juxtaposed with Bottesini’s energetic works showcasing the remarkable virtuosity of SCO clarinetist Maximiliano Martin and double bassist Nikita Naumov.
Residency in Aberdeenshire includes a full orchestral program conducted by Andre Fehr and soloist Andre Cibrian at the Deeside Community Theater in Aboyne – Thursday 3rd August at 7:30pm; Turiff, St Ninians & Forglen Church – Friday 4th August at 7.30pm and Inverurie Town Hall – Saturday 5th August at 7.30pm which includes the UK premiere of Son Marquez’s Flute Concerto – inspired by the folk music of Mexico, Spanish, African and Arabic. The original influences extend back to the eighteenth century.
Program: Haydn Symphony No. 83 “The Hen”; Marquis Flute Concerto “Son” (UK premiere); Poulenc Sinfonietta
The young Romanian conductor André Fehr conducts Haydn’s Symphony No. 83, the second of the composer’s “Paris” symphonies, opening the concert in dramatic fashion. The symphony’s title – “The Hen” – comes from the clattering rhythms of the first movement.
Then we take a trip to Mexico for the UK premiere of Arturo Marquez’s new Flute Concerto Son featuring the charismatic lead flute of the SCO, André Cibrian.
Poulenc’s Sinfonietta is filled with dance rhythms and jazzy themes.
Filled with the composer’s charm and wit, this twentieth-century classic carries our program to a dazzling finale.
Also part of the residency is the great family concert, The Chimpanzees of Happytown, which visits Stonehaven Town Hall, Friday August 4th at 11:30am and Daviot Village Hall, Saturday August 5th at 11:30am.
Presenter Ailing O’Dea brings Chutney the Chimp’s story to life in an all-encompassing performance designed with a relaxed and supportive approach to indoor noise and motion.
Perfect for children between the ages of 4 and 8.
After completing the orchestra’s summer tour, conductor Jonathan Hayward presents a concert of folk tales and legends at Troon (September 14) and Cumbernauld (September 15).
Featuring music by Mendelssohn and Beethoven and with soloists Maximiliano Martin and Ceres Ambrose Evans in Strauss’s Duet Concertino, clarinet and bassoon are cast in Beauty and the Beast-like roles.
Tickets are now on sale via www.sco.org.uk – Under 18 Free and Under 26 / Student / £6 Comprehensive Credit Concession
Disabled people half price, basic companion goes free.
Commander Andre Feher
Andrei Cyprian Flute
Haydn Symphony No. 83 “The Hen”
Marquis Flute Concerto “Son” (UK Premiere)
Romanian young conductor André Fehr takes the SCO on a summer trip in north-east Scotland for the Summer Rhythms programme.
Haydn’s Symphony No. 83, the second of the composer’s “Paris” symphonies, opens the concert in dramatic fashion. The symphony’s title – “The Hen” – comes from the clattering rhythms of the first movement.
Then we go on a trip to Mexico for the UK premiere of Arturo Marquez’s new Flute Concerto “Son” featuring the charismatic principal flute of the SCO, André Cibrian. This super fun and infectious music is perfect for summer, with its mix of indigenous Spanish, African and Mexican dance rhythms.
Poulenc’s Sinfonietta is filled with dance rhythms and jazzy themes. Filled with the composer’s charm and wit, this twentieth-century classic carries our program to a dazzling finale.
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