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RSNO launches 2024:25 Dundee Concert Season Posted Wed 24 April 2024

RSNO launches 2024:25 Dundee Concert Season
  • Royal Scottish National Orchestra announces return to Caird Hall with six-concert Season
  • Music Director Thomas Søndergård bookends the Season with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Lera Auerbach’s Symphony No1 Chimera
  • Violinist Randall Goosby returns in 2024:25 as Artist in Residence
  • New music celebrated with Scottish premiere of Glasslands by Anna Clyne starring Jess Gillam
  • Star of the new generation – Sunyoung Seo – makes her debut performance
  • Still Game’s Sanjeev Kohli to present RSNO’s annual Christmas Concert tour featuring The Snowman
  • Renowned for his performance of the composer’s work, Richard Kaufman returns for family-favourite concert featuring the music of John Williams
  • Digital concerts made free to view on demand on RSNO YouTube in Watch again Wednesdays series

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) launches its 2024:25 Dundee Concert Season under the baton of Music Director Thomas Søndergård, returning to the Caird Hall with four Classical concerts and two family-friendly favourites.

The 2024:25 Concert Season brings a host of new artists to the RSNO stage as it celebrates new works alongside giants of the orchestral canon and both up-and-coming and established soloists. The programme is furnished by a suite of illustrations from Scottish illustrator Katie Smith, raising the familiar faces of the RSNO to its forefront.

Music Director Thomas Søndergård follows on from two successful European Tours during the 2023:24 Concert Season with two performances for Dundee audiences. In October, he conducts Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, performed by celebrated pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja, alongside Haydn’s symphony The Bear.

Goosby will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in a programme also featuring Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Lera Auerbach’s Symphony No1 Chimera. The performance of Auerbach’s piece follows the appearance of the work’s first movement, Icarus, in the 2023:24 Season Opener.

In a Valentine’s concert of Wagner arias and Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony, soprano Sunyoung Seo performs with conductor David Niemann following the singer’s successful debut with Scottish Opera last season.

In April, conductor Jonathon Heyward returns for the Scottish Premiere of Anna Clyne’s Glasslands with saxophonist Jess Gillam before a performance of Shostakovich’s Eight Symphony, marking the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death.

The RSNO presents its magical Christmas concert featuring The Snowman, this year narrated by Still Game’s Sanjeev Kohli. In another family-friendly concert for the whole family, movie maestro Richard Kaufman returns for an evening celebrating the music of John Williams in May.

The RSNO’s digital series will be made available to watch for free on the RSNO YouTube channel in its new series, Watch Again Wednesdays. Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony and Spectacular Shostakovich will bring Scotland’s National Orchestra from Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall into the homes of audience members across the world. The concerts will be broadcast on the Wednesday following the live concert and available to watch on demand.

Alistair Mackie, RSNO Chief Executive said:

“The RSNO continues to go from strength-to-strength with our 2024:25 Concert Season and I’m proud to share this new programme of performances with audiences at last. With these concerts, we want to raise up new talents and the works of living composers and celebrate them alongside the pieces that many know and love. As ever, it’s a joy to be able to welcome a new suite of artists to join us, both from Scotland and further afar.

I look forward to welcoming our audiences back to events, workshops and concerts across the country over the coming year.”

Thomas Søndergård, RSNO Music Director said:

“I’m thrilled to return to the stage with the RSNO for my seventh Concert Season as Music Director. The new programme showcases the breadth of ambition of this Orchestra and I’m excited to perform some of my most favourite repertoire as well as introducing music by contemporary composers to audiences. It’s incredibly valuable to be able to welcome a composer like Lera Auerbach to a rehearsal or a performance for their creative input.”

The priority booking period for 2024:25 Dundee multibuy customers opens at 10am on Wednesday 24 April, with tickets on general sale from Monday 13 May. Customers who book all four Classical Concerts save 20% on their multibuy booking.

The RSNO’s work in Dundee and Tayside is kindly supported by the Northwood Charitable Trust, R J Larg Family Trust, Leng Charitable Trust, Tay Charitable Trust and Leisure & Culture Dundee Major Music Award.

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