NYOS Symphony Orchestra Spring 2018

22.02.2018

This spring in Perth and Glasgow, NYOS Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the compelling and insightful Rebecca Miller, presents a programme full of natural wonder. First, the Orchestra performs Judith Weir’s enchanting piece Forest. Intended initially for a small ensemble of just four violas, it grew organically, ‘sprouting musical leaves’, ‘almost as if in a process of nature’. 

The Orchestra is then joined by the brilliant pianist James Willshire to give the world premiere of a new co-commission written by the hugely talented Scottish composer and rising star, Jay Capperauld. At its creative core, this new piano concerto focuses on key environmental issues, expressed in part, through the lamenting birdsong of an endangered species, calling out for a mate that may no longer exist.

For the final piece of the evening, we return to one of the 20th century’s greatest and most influential works, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. This story of violence and nature-worship in pagan Russia was inspired in part by Stravinsky’s boyhood memories of the thunderous break-up of the ice on the Neva River in St Petersburg each spring. The Rite of Spring was a groundbreaking ballet strengthened by a riot-worthy orchestral score.

“Bringing to the concert hall one of the most critical issues of our time, I’m thrilled that NYOS has chosen The Power of Nature as the theme for its 2018 season. Our programme features one of the most powerful nature-inspired musical works of all time – Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring – which remains as earth-shattering now as when it first shocked audience members in 1913 at its tumultuous premiere. I’m thrilled that we also have the opportunity to premiere Jay Capperauld’s brand new piano concerto Endlings, which, in the composer’s own words ‘is a powerful exploration of the existential outlook facing many endangered species of our time’.”  Conductor: Rebecca Miller

Soloist: James Willshire

Programme:

Judith Weir: Forest

Jay Capperauld: Endlings (Piano Concerto) (World Premiere)

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Prep the Rep:

Friday 13 April 2018, 19.30 | Perth Concert Hall

Tickets: Full Price £16 | Concession £8.50 | Under 25 £5

Early Bird offer: Full Price for just £10 till 13 March 2018

Box Office: 01738 621031 or visit horsecross.co.uk

Sunday 15 April 2018, 15:00 | City Halls, Glasgow

Tickets: Full Price £16 | Concession £8.50 | Under 25 £5

Early Bird offer: Full Price for just £10 till 13 March 2018

Box Office: 0141 353 8000 or visit glasgowconcerthalls.com

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