Thomas Dausgaard introduces the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s 2017/18 season, in what will be his second year as the orchestra’s Chief Conductor. Highlights for the 2017/18 season include:
- Composer Roots: a major series of concerts programmed by Thomas Dausgaard, exploring influences on the music of Beethoven, Rachmaninov and more, including a three-concert exploration of Bartók.
- Collaborations with folk musicians from across Europe as part of Composer Roots.
- New Scottish Inspirations, a second year of works commissioned by the BBC inspired by Scottish culture, from Anna Clyne, David Fennessy and William Sweeney.
- The orchestra’s Tippett Symphony Cycle concludes with the first professional performance of the composer’s withdrawn Symphony in B flat.
- A rare performance of Sibelius’s choral symphony Kullervo.
- Guest soloists including Behzod Abduraimov, Martin Fröst, the Danish String Quartet, Karen Cargill, Steven Osborne and François Leleux.
- Family concerts including Ten Pieces in Aberdeen, and in Glasgow an exploration of music and science: Music, the Universe and Everything.
- Contemporary music performances include works by Tenney, Maceda, Vivier, Jaehyuck Choi, Diana Burrell, Charlotte Bray, Cassandra Miller, Thomas Hyde and more
- Tectonics Glasgow festival returns for 2018.
Mr Dausgaard says of the upcoming season, “How can we as musicians and music-lovers get closer to the mystery of what makes the composer’s pen move? What are the sources of inspiration that audiences in the past would have picked up on? These are some of the questions that we’ll be trying to answer in the ‘Composer Roots’ concerts, helping us to perform and listen to milestones of the repertoire in new ways.”
“Composer Roots” will be a major theme for the season, in which Mr Dausgaard conducts a series of concerts exploring the musical influences on Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Bartók, Nielsen and Sibelius. Mr Dausgaard will also conduct the world premiere of Eòlas nan Ribheid (The Wisdom of the Reeds) by Scottish composer William Sweeney as part of “Scottish Inspirations” – celebrating new BBC commissions by showcasing the works of Scottish composers and the Scottish Identity. Scottish Inspirations will also see the performances of new works by composers David Fennessy and Anna Clyne.
All concerts are currently scheduled to be broadcast live or recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.