SCO closes 2008/09 with Haydn’s The Seasons
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s 2008/09 season comes to a grand close on Friday 15 May at Glasgow City Halls with a performance of Haydn’s oratorio, The Seasons under SCO Principal Guest Conductor, Olari Elts. The Orchestra and Chorus will be joined by esteemed soloists soprano Elizabeth Watts (winner of the Song Prize at Cardiff Singer of the World 2007), tenor John Mark Ainsley and baritone Roderick Williams.
A natural sequel to The Creation, Haydn brings the passing of the seasons vividly to life in this great choral masterpiece, which will be sung in German.
The Edinburgh performance of The Seasons, scheduled for Thursday 14 May at the Usher Hall, has been cancelled due to delays in the redevelopment of the venue. Unfortunately, in this instance, it proved impossible for the SCO to find an available alternative venue for the performance and the Orchestra, therefore, took the decision to cancel. Bookers were offered a complete refund for their tickets, or an exchange for a ticket and courtesy coach travel for the performance of The Seasons at Glasgow’s City Hall.
The Orchestra’s summer schedule of Scottish rural touring begins on 27 May with a tour to the South of Scotland, taking in Langholm, Duns, Castle Douglas and Selkirk. The Orchestra heads to the Highlands in June for two tours, the second of which will be conducted by SCO Principal Conductor Designate, Robin Ticciati a few months before he takes up his official post (4-6 June: Stirling, Kingussie, Ullapool; and 26-28 June: Strathpeffer, Findhorn, Pitlochry). In July, the Orchestra splits so that the Strings visit the Western Isles (23-25 July) and the Winds and Brass tour Birnam, Oban and Crear (24-26 July). The final rural tour in September takes in towns in the central belt – Hamilton, Falkirk, Helensburgh and Haddington (9-12 September).
The Orchestra returns to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and St Andrews in October to present the 2009/10 Season.
HAYDN The Seasons
Friday 15 May, 7:30pm Glasgow City Halls