Nicola Benedetti Plays Szymanowski
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Friday 16 November 2012, 7.30pm
The Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QS
Mussorgsky A Night on the Bare Mountain (c.13')
Marc Garcia Vitoria Tanzmusik mit B (c.9') (World Premiere)
(University of Aberdeen Music Prize Winner 2011)
Szymanowski Violin Concerto No.1 (c.24')
Prokofiev Symphony No.5 (c.45')
Nicola Benedetti violin
Andrew Litton conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Three stories from Eastern Europe: three extraordinary musical visions. Modest Mussorgsky drew his inspiration from the ancient folklore of Pagan Russia - but the results sounded thrillingly raw and new. Szymanowski went further in his Violin Concerto No.1: lyrical, rapturous and aglow with colour, this is the work with which Nicola Benedetti won BBC Young Musician of the Year. Andrew Litton makes a welcome return to Aberdeen with the BBC SSO, and reminds us of another turning point in Eastern European history: Prokofiev's "symphony of the greatness of the human spirit", premiered in wartime Moscow to the sound of gunfire. Unmissable.
The concert also features the first performance of Tanzmusik mit B from Spanish-born composer Marc Garcia Vitoria, winner of 2011's University of Aberdeen Music Prize: "Beethoven completed his Seventh Symphony in 1812; some years later, Wagner considered it to be "the apotheosis of the dance". Now, 200 years after its composition, I 'ask' some questions about dance, rhythm and concert music to that symphony, and I do it using the same tool that Beethoven used: music."
The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Please Note that the concert has now sold out, "returns" only.
How to get there
- The Music Hall is only a 5 minute walk from the bus and rail station. Exit stations onto Guild Street. Cross at the crossing and turn left. Follow the road round and turn right along Bridge Street until you come to the Travel Lodge on the corner of Union Street. Look up to your left - on the opposite side of the street you will see the large, round granite pillars of the Music Hall. Cross diagonally (towards The Monkey House pub). Walk up Union Street and the Music Hall is on the second block up.
- From the South: Head northeast on A9013/Holburn St toward Justice Mill Lane. Continue to follow A9013 onto Union Street. Turn left at Huntly Street (for Chapel Street car park) or South Silver Street (for Golden Square). The Music Hall is located on Union Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1QS. From the North: Head north on A90/Ellon Road. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit and stay on A90/Ellon Road. Go through 1 roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A956/Ellon Road. Continue to follow A956. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A956/King Street. Continue to follow King Street. Continue on A9013/Union Street. Turn right at South Silver Street (for Golden Square) or Huntly Street (for Chapel Street car park). The Music Hall is located on Union Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1QS. From the West: At Queen's Roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Albyn Place. Slight left at A978/Alford Place. Slight left at A9013/Union Street. Turn left at Huntly Street (for Chapel Street car park) or South Silver Street (for Golden Square).
- Wheelchair users can be accommodated for all events in the stalls. Please advise the box office at the time of booking. Two wheelchair accessible toilets are available, a lowered payphone is situated next to reception and a lowered counter is available in the box office.