Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Classic Bites, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 21 Sep; Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Sat 22 Sep; Opening Concert, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 28 Sep; Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Sat 29 Sep

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra

NEW SEASON

The leaves on the trees are starting to fall, so it must be new season time not just outside, but inside the country’s concert halls too. One difference this year for the RSNO is that their normal Edinburgh concert hall is keeping its doors firmly shut.

As Phase II of the Usher Hall’s renovations go ahead, the orchestra relocates for one year to Edinburgh Festival Theatre. Not that the change of venue is affecting what they will perform. With music director Stéphane Denève thrilled to extend his contract to 2011, the orchestra’s celebration of the symphonies of Mahler continues with Nos. 3 and 4, ballet music is a new theme, French music is to the fore and quite simply, as Denève says: ‘We have a fantastic year to look forward to.’

Although the season makes its formal start with a full-blown, wow-the-audience programme of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, a new commission from French composer Guillaume Connesson and Emanual Ax as pianist in Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, there are a couple of Classic Bites taster concerts as tempting prelude. Stéphane’s Playlist features excerpts from the forthcoming season, as well as introducing the orchestra’s new assistant conductor, David Danzmarr. Concert-goers to this first Classic Bites concert can enjoy it all again by downloading the complete performance on a track-by-track basis free of charge. If you don’t approve of Denève’s programming, you can vote for your own favourites instead.

In an unprecedented move, public voting is open now and the pieces that are most popular will be heard in February. Chief Executive Simon Woods says: ‘Classic Bites is an affordable and accessible way to hear great orchestral music, and I am especially pleased that we have introduced an element of unpredictability by asking the audience.’ Who knows, it might just catch on.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Violinist Chloë Hanslip plays Mozart.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra: Belshazzar's Feast

The orchestra, RSNO Chorus and baritone Roderick Williams perform Walton's 'Belshazzars Feast', a symphony of Biblical prophecy, under the baton of Richard Hickox. Also on the bill is Britten's 'Sinfonia da Requiem' and Mahler's 'Rückert Lieder'. There is a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Chris Underwood.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Join the RSNO for their annual Christmas celebration of Christmas classics, singalong carols and 'The Snowman' on the big screen. Hosted by Christopher Bell. The Junior Chorus will be making an appearance at the 3pm performance in Glasgow.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

A dramatic opening to the season, featuring American pianist Emanuel Ax playing Beethoven's final concerto, 'Emperor', Stravinsky's 'Firebird Suite' (1919 version) and Connesson's 'Aleph: Symphonic Dances', all conducted by Stéphane Denève. Get there early for a pre-show talk from Bill Chandler, RSNO Associate Leader, at…

Royal Scottish National Orchestra Favourites: Sibelius 2

. Arlid Remmereit conducts a programme of RSNO favourites, including Arvo Pärt's 'Festina Lente' for strings and harp, Shostakovich's 'Cello Concerto No 1', with Natalie Clein on the cello, and 'Symphony No 2' by Sibelius. There's a pre-concert at 6.45pm in the Exhibition Hall with Jeremy Fletcher (cello).

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Conductor Walter Weller joins the celebrated pianist John Lill for an evening's programme featuring Weber's 'Oberon Overture', Beethoven's 'Piano Concerto No 1' and Schumann's 'Symphony No 3 'Rhenish''.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Violinist Chloë Hanslip seems to be taking classical world domination in her stride, and tonight performs Mozart's 'Violin Concerto No 3' in a programme also featuring Smetana's 'Overture to The Bartered Bride', and Dvorák's 'The Noon-day Witch' and 'Slavonic Dances', conducted by Jakub Hrusa. With pre-show talk from…

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

An evening of RSNO favourites as Kristjan Järvi, the latest in a family of dynamic conductors, leads a performance of Shostakovich's 'Symphony No 6'. Flautist Katherine Bryan will also be on hand for the programme that includes Greig's 'Lyric Suite' and Nielsen's 'Flute Concerto'. There will be a pre-concert talk at…

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Scottish soprano Lisa Milne joins the RSNO and conductor Stéphane Denève for an evening featuring Debussy's 'Iberia' and, as a delicious contrast, Mahler's 'Symphony No 4'.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Indulge your slushy side as the RSNO put together an evening of 'Romantic Valentine's Classics'.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Neeme Järvi conducts a highly anticipated performance of Wagner's 'The Ring, An Orchestral Adventure', a compilation that compresses four operas into a single music extravaganza. The bill also includes Haydn's 'Symphony No 101 'Clock''.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

The RSNO Favourites series presents celebrated pianist Jonathan Biss in Mozart's 'Piano Concerto No 22' followed by the stirring sounds of Tchaikovsky's 'Symphony No 4'. Conducted by Rossen Milanov.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Stéphane Denève conducts orchestra and wordless chorus in Ravel's passionate ballet 'Daphnis et Chloé' (with surtitled text) in a programme of sensuous French music, including Roussel's 'Symphony No 4' and Saint-Saëns' 'Cello Concerto No 1', featuring Steven Isserlis on the cello.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

The RSNO Favourites series continues with 'Great Russians', a celebration of the relationship between Scotland and Russia. Alexander Lazarev conducts Rachmaninov's powerful 'Symphony No 3', Stravinsky's 'Divertimento from 'The Fairy's Kiss'' and Tchaikovsky's 'Tatiana's Letter Scene from 'Eugene Onegin'', with soprano…

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Another addition to the season of ballets conducted by Denève, with this evening's performance including Stravinsky's bold 'Rite of Spring' along with Ravel's 'Valses Nobles et Sentimentales' and Mozart's 'Piano Concerto No 23 K488', featuring pianist Louis Lortie.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

An RSNO debut for violinist Karen Gomyo, in a programme of recognisable classics such as R Strauss' 'Also Sprach Zarathustra', also known as the music from '2001: A Space Odyssey', Janácek's 'Prelude to 'From the House of the Dead'' and Dvorák's 'Violin Concerto'. Claus Peter Flor is the conductor for this RSNO Favourites…

Royal Scottish National Orchestra: Finale! Brilliant Benedetti

Classical superstar Nicola Benedetti returns to Scotland for the finale of the RSNO season, with a programme of Mendelssohn's 'Hebrides Overture', Szymanowski's 'Violin Concerto No 1' and Beethoven's 'Symphony No 7'. 2 May: pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Michael Tumelty. 4 May: pre-concert talk at 5.15pm by Michael Tumelty.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

A family friendly evening of 'Frightfully Spooky Hallowe'en Classics' conducted by Christopher Bell: Mussorgsky's 'Night on a Bare Mountain', Holst's 'Mars' from 'The Planets' and Saint-Saëns' 'Fossils' from 'Carnival of the Animals' and 'Dance Macabre'. Come along in fancy dress and enjoy some of the creepiest classics…

Royal Scottish National Orchestra: Classic Bites

Stéphane Denève directs and David Danzmayer conducts a taster session of the RSNO's forthcoming season.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

RSNO conductor Stéphane Denève leads a performance of Mahler's mighty 'Symphony No 3', featuring the ladies of the RSNO Chorus and mezzo-soprano Irina Tchistyakova. There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Michael Tumelty.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Pianist Boris Berezovsky, conducted by Garry Walker, defends his remarkable reputation in Tchaikovsky's 'Piano Concerto No 1'. Vaughan Williams' 'Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis' and Elgar's 'Enigma Variations' are either side of it.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

The partnership of accordionist Phil Cunningham and fiddler Aly Bain is close to legendary, and tonight they put their reputation to good use with Phil and Aly's RSNO Ceilidh. There's the promise of traditional Scottish songs, special guests and a really good party.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

In an evening of music titled 'The Great Piano Concertos' Lars Vogt performs Grieg's celebrated 'Piano Concerto', Dvorák's 'Symphony No 8' and 'Pelléas and Mélisande Suite' by Fauré, conducted by Stéphane Denève. Violinist Sophie Lang gives a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Schubert's elegant 'Symphony No5' is followed by Mozart's majestic 'Mass in C Minor' with the RSNO chorus for a perfect evening.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Star of British brass playing, Alison Balsom, is tonight's RSNO guest soloist in Haydn's 'Trumpet Concerto' which sits between Mendelssohn's 'Symphony No 3: Scottish' and MacMillan's powerful orchestral hit 'The Confession of Isobel Gowdie'. Conducted by Carlos Kalmar. Pre-show discussion between Marcus Pope and Alison…

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

It's time for the RSNO Big Band Christmas Party. Join jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth and the swinging RSNO Big Band for a festive celebration with a difference.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

David Danzmayr conducts pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout in Weber's 'Overture to Der Freischütz', Beethoven's 'Piano Concerto No 3 in C Minor, Op 37' and Brahms' 'Symphony No 4 in E Minor, Op 98'.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

A glamorous start to 2008 with a celebration of all things classically Viennese: waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and, of course, Strauss. Conducted by Christopher Warren-Green.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra: Naked Classics

Naked Classics are a series of performances, introduced by Paul Rissman, featuring visual effects, on-stage interviews and musical extracts: a perfect way of discovering more about classical music. Tonight's piece is Elgar's 'Enigma Variations'.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Naked Classics are a series of performances, introduced by Paul Rissmann, featuring visual effects, on-stage interviews and musical extracts: a perfect way of discovering more about classical music. Tonight's piece is Tchaikovsky's 'Fourth Symphony'.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

'Naked Classics' is a series of performances, introduced by Paul Rissmann, featuring visual effects, on-stage interviews and musical extracts: a perfect way of discovering more about classical music. Tonight's piece is Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring'.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Dame Evelyn Glennie, the percussion virtuoso, performs a new work by Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano, 'Percussion Concerto'. Also on the bill are selections from Prokofiev's popular ballet 'Romeo and Juliet'. Conducted by Stéphane Denève.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Originally entitled 'Fantastic Dances', Rachmaninov's energetic and lyrical 'Symphonic Dances' heads a programme including Ravel's 'Mother Goose Suite' and Prokofiev's 'Violin Concerto No 1' conducted by Stéphane Denève and featuring violinist Renaud Capuçon. On 11 Oct there is a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by RSNO…

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

'Hilary Hahn plays Tchaikovsky' sees the only Scottish appearance of the young violin soloist as she joins the orchestra and conductor Stéphane Denève for recitals of Strauss' 'Don Juan', Tchaikovsky's 'Violin Concerto' and Debussy's 'Prélude à l'aprés midi d'un faune' and 'La mer'. With a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by…

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