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Melissa Bradshaw

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra announces 2019/20 season

9:59, 15th May 2019

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra today announces its 2019/20 season with over 140 performances across the South West and beyond.

Kirill Karabits (pictured) launches the season – his 11th as chief conductor of the BSO – with a programme paying homage to the city of Weimar (2 October, Poole & 4 October, Cadogan Hall, London) which  includes the UK premiere of Liszt’s Vor hundert Jahren.

Karabits commented: ‘I’ve been looking forward to bringing this unpublished work by Liszt to the BSO after finding the score in Weimar last year, and I can’t think of a better way to open the season. Written for actors, orchestra and effects, no one knew that Liszt wrote music like this – it’s going to be really exciting.’

More season highlights include:

  • A concert staging of Richard Strauss’s opera Elektra at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Lighthouse, Poole under the baton of Karabits with a star-studded cast including Catherine Foster, Allison Oakes and Susan Bullock
  • Venezuelan pianist and composer Gabriela Montero welcomed as the BSO’s Artist-in-Residence for the season
  • The Orchestra marks Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with performances including pianist Sunwook Kim making his professional conducting debut
  • A rare performance of Chary Nurymov’s Symphony No. 2 in the orchestra’s Voices from the East series, and the release of its celebrated Terterian performance on Chandos
  • The Orchestra celebrates the second year of Martina Gardolińska’s tenure as BSO Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association
  • Welcome returns for Leonard Elschenbroich, Ning Feng, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Steven Isserlis, Simone Lamsma, John Lill, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Robert Trevino and more
  • Main season debuts for Jake Arditti, Stephen Barlow, Andreas Bauer Kanabas, Jeremy Denk, Tobias Feldmann, Andrei Korobeinikov and Valentina Peleggi

The BSO will continue to deliver its programme of outreach work, BSO Participate, to communities across the South West ranging from workshops in schools and coaching amateur musicians, to performances in care homes and events specifically designed for people living with dementia. The Orchestra reached over 70,000 people outside of the concert hall during the last concert season.


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