To celebrate the bicentenary of Fryderyk Chopin’s birth, the National Library of Scotland is offering the chance to view an exclusive Chopin display which documents the composer’s visit to Scotland in 1848.
Live Music in Edinburgh
After the setbacks and the multi-million pound cost over-runs, the new wing at the Usher Hall is ready to be unveiled to the world. From tomorrow people will be able to explore the much-awaited new addition to the grade A-listed building, which completes the £25 million, second phase of refurbishment of the Lothian Road concert hall.
The Edinburgh International Harp Festival (EIHF) proudly unveils the harping gems for its 2010 festival at the Merchiston Castle Campus in Edinburgh.
English folk musician Kate Rusby, who won a Mercury prize nomination with her 1999 album Sleepless, headlines the eighth Ceilidh Culture, Edinburgh's festival of traditional music and culture, which runs 26 March to 18 April. Rusby, reckoned to be one of the most talented contemporary folkies around, plays at the recently re-opened Usher Hall (18 April).
Berlioz has a reputation for grandiose pieces, involving a multitude of musicians, but L’Enfance du Christ is different. Written in 1853/54 for a chamber orchestra and small chorus it is an expose of exquisite musical minimalism.
The U.K. premiere of Michael Daugherty’s Deus ex Machina was cannily placed between two firm favourites, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5. Previously unheard music is not a crowd-puller. But Daugherty is a well respected American composer, describing himself as originally a lounge bar pianist, who was born in 1954.
We welcomed to the podium Sir Andrew Davis who, for the past nine years, has been the Music Director and Principal Conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago, but much of his career has been with symphony orchestras around the world. Indeed, it began as an assistant conductor in Glasgow.
Familiarity breeds contentment! When nearly everybody in your audience not only remembers the ending, but nearly every scene, then the director and cast have to be at their best to meet expectations. This production of The Sound of Music rises to that challenge, and exceeds it.
This was an evening of French music and the full house included our bejewelled Lord Provost and his entourage.