Strings, video games and turntables collide in RSNO’s new productions

  • 25 March 2008

Elvis Costello among big name line-up

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced a series of innovative crossover projects, with the orchestra collaborating with hip hop DJ Beni G, computer games makers and Elvis Costello for their new season.

The first in the Orchestra+ season is a collaboration between the RSNO and hip hop DJ Beni G of the Mixologists in Concert for Turntables.

The performance, on 19 June, is a five-movement work with Beni G scratching and cutting from orchestral samples and the orchestra accompanying him.

The second of the season takes place on 21 June and will involve the orchestra hooking up with old friend Elvis Costello who, along with his long-time collaborator, the pianist Steve Nieve, will play highlights from Costello’s extensive back catalogue as well as excerpts from his full-scale orchestral work Il Sogno.

The final collaboration will be between the RSNO, the RSNO Chorus and a pair of leading game soundtrack composers, Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall for Video Games Live. The pair between them have scored the likes of Prince of Persia, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Spider-Man, Advent Rising and Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow.

This performance will be an audio-visual feast, the orchestra playing to video footage laser lighting and special effects.

The Video Games Live project was premiered at the Hollywood Bowl Pasedena, California in 2005 in front of 11,00 people.

RSNO chief executive Simon Woods said of the concert series: ‘At the RSNO we are totally committed to the idea that as Scotland's national orchestra we should provide something for all musical tastes.

'Orchestra+ is our latest stop on this exciting journey, and our hope is that the series will become a highlight in Glasgow's summer cultural landscape for years to come.’

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