Richard Strauss once joked that he could depict even a knife and fork in music. So now imagine the Roman Campagna, a moonlit Mediterranean and a carnival in Naples, all painted in glowing orchestral colours by a youthful genius: off the leash and loving it. For former RSNO Assistant Conductor Junping Qian, Strauss’ Aus Italien is a passion, and that goes double for today’s Shakespeare-inspired first half: Nicolai’s comedy overture, plus a modern movie classic from Scotland’s own Craig Armstrong.

Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh.