Friday, April 21, 2006

Guillaume Connesson, Oliver Knussen and Jennifer Higdon in Scotland

Royal Scottish National Orchestra Cuts Ticket Prices for 2006-07 Season

By Vivien Schweitzer
From PlaybillArts.com - 20 Apr 2006

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced its 2006-07 season, during which it will cut ticket prices and launch a new subscription scheme.
The season, the second under RSNO music director Stéphane Denève, will see ticket prices reduced at all venues where the RSNO performs. At Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, for example, tickets in the £22 bracket will be reduced to £16.50, while all tickets at Music Hall, Aberdeen, and at the Caird Hall, Dundee, will cost a flat rate of £12.50. Tickets for accompanied children under 16 will be free.
A new subscription scheme will allow customers to choose freely from among the RSNO's offerings to construct their own package.
Frenchman Denève will focus on his works of his countrymen, including Berlioz, Ravel, Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, and Dukas. In particular, Denève will highlight the music of Albert Roussel, a native of his hometown, Tourcoing in northern France. The RSNO's ongoing Roussel cycle for Naxos will continue with the 3rd Symphony.
Denève will also lead performances of Mahler, Beethoven, and Shostakovich symphonies. Contemporary works also figure prominently; the RSNO continues its relationship with French composer Guillaume Connesson with performances of his 2000 work Supernova, and performs Oliver Knussen’s The Way to Castle Yonder, Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral, and, for the first time, the work of French composer Florent Schmitt.
Visiting conductors during the upcoming season include RSNO conductor laureate Neeme Järvi and Roberto Abbado; soloists include pianist Hélène Grimaud and soprano Felicity Lott.

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