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BSO - 2019 - 2020 Season

BSO - 2019 - 2020 Season

Northern Journeys

Saturday 05 October 2019

Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Journey through the past with the BSO as Sibelius’ Finlandia takes you on a tour of Finland’s epic history, Saint-Saens’s Cello Concerto jolts with the explosive energy of the French Third Republic and Grieg conjures up traditional Nordic folk melodies with his Norwegian Dance No.1. The evening will then be capped off with a performance Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5, bringing the romantic era and 19th century Russia to life through its flowing, vivid strings. 

Four of the most powerful composers in the history of classical music are presented here by Classic FM’s Orchestra in the South of England in full effect, bringing astounding classical music to you under the baton of the BSO’s Young Conductor In Association Marta Gardolinska. Hear four distinct selections from the classical repertoire spanning across Europe as well as epitomising the sound of classical music at the turn of the 20th century.

Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto will be performed by Jesper Svedberg, a phenomenal cellist who has performed worldwide with the Swedish Radio Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony, as well as performing at Carnegie Hall and the famed Concertgebouw.


Caledonian Grandeur

Sunday 03 November 2019

Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro Overture is the glorious opening salvo of one of the most iconic operas in history. Ranked by Classic FM as amongst the most famous pieces of classical music in history, the explosive outbursts of the melody perfectly reflect the chaos of Count and Countess Almaviva’s wedding which forms the centrepiece of this opera.

Valse Triste, by contrast, was written for a drama titled simply ‘Death’. Translated as ‘Sad Waltz’, this haunting and beautifully evocative piece stretches across the emotional canon, taking its listener on a journey through grim formality and joyous exuberance before reaching its overwhelming climax.

Following this will be a performance of Tchaikovsky’s outstanding Violin Concerto, a piece which has permeated deep into the cultural subconscious through its use in everything from Monty Python to The Goonies. Written during his turbulent marriage to a former student and six months after wading into the freezing Moscow River, this piece acts as Tchaikovsky’s escape as he distills his overwhelming emotion into a singularly epic masterpiece. The evening then concludes with Mendelssohn’s Scottish symphony, featuring the impressions of the “comfortless, inhospitable solitude” of a Scottish walking holiday – a work of deep sensibility and masculine melancholy that grew from the emotions that the stern Scottish landscape and history engendered in the composer.


Eastern Promise

Saturday 18 January 2020

Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

The exotic and unknown are brought to life with this selection of mysterious masterpieces, featuring a selection of Khachaturian classics along with Schubert’s famous unfinished symphony.


Power And Passion

Sunday 01 March 2020

Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Grieg is beloved for his lyricism which derives from folk tunes and the Romantic tradition to which he belongs, and the striking, opening gesture of the Piano Concerto is perhaps one of the most recognisable in all of classical music. Based upon descending seconds and thirds, it is but one sign of how Norwegian music was making its impact upon his emerging style. It continues with many attractive themes, a thrilling cadenza and much dazzling originality.

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.

Tchaikovsky’s melodic prowess is shown to the full in two of his most popular works. His polonaise is probably the greatest concert example of this dance ever written. Generally stately, this one has flair, with large orchestral gestures and the kind of catchy tune that sticks in the mind for ages. His concise mini-symphony of an overture balances the hatred between the Montagues and Capulets and the passion of the young Romeo and Juliet in a work of emotional intensity and heart-breaking beauty.


Hollywood Head-to-head

Saturday 28 March 2020

Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Last year’s sold-out sensation is back with more classic soundtracks from the two greatest film composers alive today – Hans Zimmer and John Williams. As well as returning favourites, the evening features music from Inception, Angels & Demons, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Batman Begins and many others.


Bruch's Violin Triumph

Sunday 26 April 2020

Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Bruch’s Violin Concerto has often been considered the richest and most seductive of the famous German violin concertos written along with those of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms. Capturing a heartfelt romantic allure with its lush and memorable themes, excellent solo writing and impeccable pacing, it remains a favourite with soloists and audiences alike. Bruch’s greatest gift was for writing haunting, deeply expressive melodies, and here he makes the gorgeous adagio the centerpiece of the work.

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. Its premiere in New York was a huge success and proclaimed in the US as “the greatest symphonic work ever composed in this country.”

In Brahms’ symphonic study, the St. Anthony Chorale theme is boldly introduced by the oboe and wind and is similar to Haydn’s own orchestration. The eight variations stay surprisingly close to the original theme, but cover a wide range of moods and expression, creating an imaginative work rich in contrasts.

BSO - 2019 - 2020 Season

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