Category Archives: CLASSICAL FOCUS

CLASSICAL FOCUS – Mozart’s Requiem at City Halls


Friday 11 October 2019 – 7.30pm

MOZART Symphony No 1 in E-flat, K16 (13’)
MOZART Adagio and fugue in C minor, K546 (9’)
MOZART Masonic Funeral Music, K477 (6’)
MOZART Requiem in D minor, K626 (55’)

KLAUS MÄKELÄ – Conductor 
HANNA HIPP – Mezzo Soprano 

SCO Chorus
Gregory Batsleer – Chorus Director

Here is a portrait of Mozart the genius, boy and man – from a joyous symphony written when he was just eight years old, to the profound Requiem that he left unfinished at his death. Meet him as he measures up to his idol, JS Bach in the Adagio and Fugue, and as a solemn freemason in the Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music).
This concert is also a chance to meet an extraordinary young talent from Finland: the conductor Klaus Mäkelä. Still in his early 20s, he is already in high demand and has a string of prestigious appointments to his name. Come and hear what all the excitement is about.

CLASSICAL FOCUS – BBC SSO: Afternoon Performance 1 – Schumann Cello Concerto with Johannes Moser

BBC SSO 2019/20: Afternoon Performance 1 – Schumann Cello Concerto

Thursday 10 October 2019, 2.00PM

Tickets – £13.50 in advance (£16.50 on day) 

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Passions ran deep in the Romantic era, and a simple dance rhythm could be enough to set hearts pounding. Weber’s Invitation to the Dance begins with quiet courtesy, but in Berlioz’s silken,
glittering orchestration it positively whirls you off your feet. And Brahms starts his Piano Quartet
with three movements of mellow emotion – before suddenly cutting loose in the wildest, craziest
folk-dance he ever wrote. Schoenberg loved this piece, and his uproariously entertaining orchestral version doesn’t stint on either colour or panache. Hearing is believing: and that goes double when guest conductor Alexander Vedernikov joins the distinguished German cellist Johannes Moser in Schumann’s ardent Cello Concerto.

Weber (orch. Berlioz)
Invitation to the Dance
Cello Concerto
Brahms (orch. Schoenberg)
Piano Quartet in G minor

Johannes Moser cello
Alexander Vedernikov conductor

CLASSICAL FOCUS – RSNO Season Opener: Strauss & Mahler One

RSNO Season Opener: Strauss & Mahler One

Saturday 5 October 2019, 7.30PM

Tickets – £38.00, £29.50, £24.50, £18.50 and £13.00 

R Strauss Don Juan
Berg Seven Early Songs
Mahler Symphony No1 Titan

Thomas Søndergård Conductor
Karen Cargill Mezzo-Soprano
Royal Scottish National Orchestra

A flurry of strings, a blast of trumpets: Richard Strauss’ Don Juan opens with one of the most dramatic flourishes in musical history. Gustav Mahler took a different approach and began his youthful First Symphony with the creation of the world itself. But they both knew how to make an orchestra sound sensational, and along with Berg’s seven lush songs – sung by the great Scottish mezzo Karen Cargill – Thomas Søndergård will make this an ear-tingling, heart-pounding start to our new Season.

Supported by the RSNO Conductors’ Circle

CLASSICAL FOCUS – Delve Deeper – In Focus: The Vienna Connection with Thomas Søndergård RSNO Music Director

Delve Deeper – In Focus: The Vienna Connection

Saturday 5 October 2019, 3.00PM at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Thomas Søndergård RSNO Music Director

Prof Johnny Rodger Glasgow School of Art

Bill Chandler RSNO Director of Concerts and Engagement

Join Thomas Søndergård and guests for a round-table discussion with recordings and live music as they uncover the fascinating context in which the Romantic movement of Beethoven and Goethe reached its pinnacle and gave birth to the modern. In Focus: The Vienna Connection launches our journey through the golden age of this vibrant city with a virtual gallery of works by Gustav Klimt; a tour through the architecture and designs of Otto Wagner; an exploration of the great Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his exhibitions in Vienna; and even an encounter with Sigmund Freud!

CLASSICAL FOCUS – Scottish Chamber Music Showcase at City Halls

Scottish Chamber Music Showcase – 25 August 2019, 2.00PM at City Halls rehearsal room

Tickets – £10

Enterprise Music Scotland in association with Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, present the Scottish Chamber Music Showcase: an afternoon of music from some of the most exciting new and established chamber ensembles that Scotland has to offer.

The Showcase will feature performances by Euan Stevenson (piano), Cordes en Ciel (lute and soprano duo), the Broen Ensemble (string septet), and the premiere performance of Enterprise Music Scotland’s new 2019-21 Ensemble in Residence, GAIA (violin and cello duo).

CLASSICAL FOCUS – Peter and the Wolf at Glasgow Concert Hall

Children’s Classic Concerts – Peter and The Wolf at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Saturday 31 August 2019, 1.00PM and 3.00pm  – All ages

Tickets – £13.20, £41.80 – Family ticket (includes booking fee)

Peter and the Wolf (and other stories)

Children’s Classic Concerts’ Essential Orchestra is back with a fantastical musical adventure featuring Prokofiev’s iconic fairytale Peter and the Wolf.  Brought to life on stage by our very own musical characters, they will transport you from Peter’s  forest to Romeo and Juliet’s castle stopping off for a spin around Sleeping Beauty’s ballroom. And we’ll need your help in the Wizard’s dungeon conjuring up some magic to help the Sorcerer’s Apprentice get those brooms under control!

Children’s Classic Concerts has a serious commitment to making music fun.  Reaching more than 13,000 children and their families each year, our concerts range from symphony orchestra concerts to small chamber concerts and cover classical, orchestral, folk and jazz music. We aim to create interactive, innovative and inspirational experiences that can ignite a passion for culture in both the young and the old.  Our performances will have every one up and dancing, singing and, most importantly, having fun!

***  Family ticket available (2 adults and 2 children) – £41.80  ***

***  Babes in arms, under 12 months, go free  ***