Now in its fifth year, Listen Here has become a highlight in Glasgow’s cultural calendar. Showcasing Scotland’s most versatile orchestra at its home at Glasgow’s City Halls, this annual ‘big weekend’ of free concerts features amateur Glaswegian musicians, the great composers, music from Hollywood and new sounds for the musically adventurous.
Listen Here kicks off on Friday 22 June with New World Symphonies under the baton of Matthias Pintscher, the BBC SSO’s Artist-in-Association. Born in Germany but now resident in the United States, this internationally acclaimed young conductor raises his baton on some of the greatest music ever inspired by America, including the irresistible and unforgettable melodies of Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony.
Playing with a professional orchestra is the dream of many an amateur musician, and the BBC SSO makes that dream a reality on the morning of Saturday 23 June, as the orchestra and Matthias Pintscher are joined by local string players from all over Glasgow to perform Vaughan Williams’ Concerto Grosso.
The BBC SSO’s commitment to bringing orchestral music of all kinds to its audiences is central to the idea of Listen Here, and on the evening of Saturday 23 June, Matthias Pintscher heads a trio of leading German composers who have all looked to literature for inspiration and have created music that is both vivid and exciting.
While leading soloists, the great classics and new music are heart of the weekend, one of the hottest tickets is always the family-centred Sunday afternoon concert, and this year conductor Stephen Bell takes the orchestra and the audience on a whirlwind musical tour Around the World in 80 Minutes. From Viennese waltzes, tangos from Spain and reels from Scotland, this concert points the way around the globe, and will be recorded for broadcast on Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped.
Tickets for all Listen Here events are FREE, and are available from the City Halls box office on 0141-353 8000. (Booking fees may apply)