The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has a packed month coming up.
Witches, troubadours, luminous skulls and dancing chickens are brought to life in Modest Mussorgsky’s musical gallery Pictures at an Exhibition, while saxophonist Jess Gillam, who shot to fame after appearances on BBC Young Musician and Last Night of the Proms, joins the orchestra for Alexander Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto (3rd and 4th March, Edinburgh and Glasgow).
Conductor John Wilson leads the orchestra into a world of moody, memorable and at times heart-breaking melodies in Rachmaninov’s final piece, his Symphonic Dances, preceded by RSNO Principal Clarinet Timothy Orpen’s performing Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto (9th – 11th March, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow).
The RSNO’as Principal Guest Conductor Elim Chan conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, the orchestra plays Anna Clyne’s free-spirited This Midnight Hour and Scottish pianist Steven Osborne takes to the stage for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 (16th – 18th March, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow).
John Williams at the Oscars is a full-blown tribute to the master soundtrack composer, whose 50-plus Oscar nominations and five wins are unrivalled for scores such as Star Wars, Superman, E T the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan (23rd – 25th March, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow).
Rounding-out the month is A Festival of Brahms, featuring grand, melodic and poetic symphonies by one of the Romantic period’s greatest composers (30th, 31st March and 1st April, Perth, Edinburgh & Glasgow).