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 Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 8pm 
Hear and Now - Rebecca Saunders: Trumpet Concerto
City Halls

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Marco Blaauw trumpet
Ilan Volkov conductor

Berlin-based composer Rebecca Saunders is one of the leading and most original compositional voices of her generation. This Hear and Now features the UK Premiere of her the recent trumpet concerto, Alba, partly inspired by Samuel Beckett, co-commissioned by the BBC and dedicated to its performer Marco Blaauw.

Ilan Volkov, the BBC SSO’s Principal Guest Conductor, also directs the orchestra in Saunders’ Traces and three UK Premieres: phôsphors (... of ether) by the Irish composer Ann Cleare; Itself by French-born Franck Bedrossian, which focuses on sound deployment and transformation; and Johannes Schöllhorn’s Dämmerung Schmetterlinge (Twilight Butterflies), five enigmatic miniatures that recast at elements of the musical past in a fresh light.

Tickets: FREE* (unreserved seating) limited to 2 tickets per application (not recommended for young children)
*£1.00 online and £1.50 telephone venue booking fees apply.

Johannes Schöllhorn : Dämmerung Schmetterlinge (5 Stücke für Orchester)
Franck Bedrossian : Itself
Rebecca Saunders : Traces for chamber orchestra
Ann Cleare : phôsphors (...of ether)
Rebecca Saunders : Alba for solo trumpet and symphony orchestra

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 Thursday, December 03, 2015 at 7.30pm 
BBC SSO 80th Birthday Concert
City Halls

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Francois Leleux oboe
Sarah Connolly contralto
Andrew Staples tenor
Matthias Pintscher conductor

Gustav Mahler’s last word was “Mozart”, but he’d already said his farewells in music, and nowhere more movingly than in Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth): six heart-rending songs that wring out every last drop of life’s sorrow and sweetness. 80 years almost to the day since the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra was formed, it’s a wonderfully reflective way to mark the occasion, perfectly paired with the life-affirming sunshine of Mozart’s Oboe Concerto – performed tonight by a true poet of the oboe. BBC SSO Artist-in-Association Matthias Pintscher brings a composer’s empathy, and conducts his own beautiful Idyll: a musical journey towards the light, written in memory of a friend.

Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Oboist François Leleux in conversation.

Post-concert Coda
(approximately 10 minutes after the main concert)
François Leleux gives a short solo recital.

Matthias Pintscher : Idyll
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Oboe Concerto in C major, K314
Gustav Mahler : Das Lied von der Erde

3 Dec

 Thursday, December 03, 2015 at 7.30pm 
NOISE Opera: Hirda
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

Hirda: Shetlandic. n. chaos, confusion, extreme untidiness

This new opera tells the story of Alastair, a once successful actor who returns to his island home for the wedding of his brother Iain to Muireall, a young archivist working in the local museum. Everyone's world is turned upside down when Alastair and his sister-in-law find that they have a strong attraction to each other. This contemporary story is woven together with another story about a 19th century woman and her sailor fiancée which is told through the letters they write to each other.

Hirda was commissioned by NOISE, (New Opera In Scotland Events) and is a collaboration between Chris Stout, Shetland fiddler and composer, with Gareth Williams, a contemporary classical composer based in Scotland. The librettist is Siân Evans, a Welsh playwright and linguist. It will be directed by James Robert Carson.

Gareth Williams : Hirda

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 Monday, December 14, 2015 at 14:00 
Discovering Music 1: Elisabeth Lutyens
City Halls

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Johnson presenter
Jac van Steen conductor

With the help of the BBC SSO, guest conductor Jac van Steen, and recordings from the BBC’s sound archive, Stephen Johnson explores the life and some of the music of eccentric English composer Elisabeth Lutyens. As well as embracing atonality and modernism, Lutyens wrote for feature films, for a number of Hammer horror films and she composed incidental music for radio and television. For several decades she was at the forefront of the British contemporary music scene, but then quite quickly fell out of fashion, leaving behind much startlingly original music, full of hidden depths. There will be one interval of approximately 15 minutes. Works played by the BBC SSO will include complete performances of Music for Orchestra II, Op.48; Rondel, Op.108; and Music for Orchestra IV, Op.152.

Free tickets available from Monday 2 November 2015.

Elisabeth Lutyens : Various

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