Perth Concert Hall announces Classic Season shows

From intimate chamber performances to large-scale orchestral works and lavishly presented operas, every note rings true and pure for the enjoyment and appreciation of all those on stage and in the auditorium.

The upcoming classical season showcases the hall in all its vibrancy with an unmissable selection of music ranging from pianissimo to fortissimo and every nuance in between.

Superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti joins conductor Maxim Emelyanychev and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to launch Perth’s exclusive concert series with Scotland’s top orchestras on Wednesday 28 September with the world premiere of Violin Concerto No. Sir James MacMillan alongside works by John Adams and Tchaikovsky. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra welcomes pianist Zlata Chochieva on Friday 28 October to convey the romantic charm of Chopin’s First Piano Concerto, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Anna Clyne’s This Midnight Hour conducted by Joana Carneiro. Cellist-turned-conductor Han-Na Chang conducts renowned French cellist Bruno Delepelaire in Elgar’s iconic Cello Concerto on Thursday, December 8, preceded by the energy and enthusiasm of the young musicians of Big Noise Raploch. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra kicks off the new year with a Viennese gala on Friday 6 January, then the series continues with an evening of Bach and Stravinsky from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with BBC singers and new conductor Ryan Wigglesworth Friday, January 27. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is joined by the SCO’s Women’s Chorus for an evocative evening of musical tales from Mendelssohn conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev on Wednesday 1 March and Thomas Søndergård conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in A Festival of Brahms on Thursday 30 March.

In an international addition to the Perth concert series, virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov joins conductor Sergey Smbatyan and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. ‘Alexey Shor and Rachmaninoff’s Second Romantic Symphony on Monday, November 28. The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra is joined by violinist Jennifer Pike to perform works by Khachaturian and Tchaikovsky on Saturday, February 18.

Recorder Tabea Debus and lutenist Alex McCartney will open the fall series of Lunchtime Concerts on Monday, September 26 with an intimate performance of baroque music. The BBC’s remarkable young virtuoso accordionist and next-generation artist Ryan Corbett will take to the roof with his alluring mix of Baroque, Romantic and contemporary music On Monday 31 October, young chamber quartet the Resol String Quartet will feature Haydn, Mendelssohn and Florence Price on Monday November 21 and Jordanian-Palestinian pianist Iyad Sughayer presents an exciting mix of Mozart, Sibelius, Khachaturian and Chopin on Monday December 5.

A who’s who of top international pianists line up to perform in the venue’s popular Perth Piano Series. BBC New Generation artist Elisabeth Brauss offers a fantastic musical menu ranging from Bach’s High Baroque to Liszt’s Romantic Expressionism on Sunday 9 October. Scottish master pianist Steven Osborne returns with a blockbuster program ranging from his own jazz improvisations to the virtuoso and passionate writing of Rachmaninoff on Sunday 6 November. The music of Robert Schumann and his wife Clara is at the heart of Isata Kanneh-Mason’s eclectic program on Sunday 11 December. Imogen Cooper will bring her signature warmth and insight to works by Chopin, Liszt and Beethoven on Sunday April 2, 2023 and Piotr Anderszewski will take on the ultimate pianistic challenge with Bach’s Goldberg Variations on Sunday May 14, 2023.

Elsewhere, Scottish Opera performs Massenet’s sumptuous and romantic opera Thérèse on Saturday 10 September, the Dunedin Consort bring their unique sound to Mozart’s ‘Great’ Mass in C Minor on Monday 19 September and Harry Potter fans can enjoy film and theater music with actors, soloists and a symphony orchestra on Friday 25 November.

James Waters, Creative Director of Classical Music for Horsecross Arts, the creative and charitable organization behind the Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, said:

“Perth Concert Hall presents a classical season unrivaled in Scotland for the variety and quality of performers and we are very pleased to launch a full season of great classical music for Autumn/Winter 2022-2023. The perfect hall acoustics is a short traveling distance from the central belt and much of our program is exclusive to Scotland.The program ranges from large scale symphonic and choral music to solo recorder and lute and includes soloists from the highest international level.

Horsecross Arts is supported by Creative Scotland, Perth & Kinross Council and The Gannochy Trust.

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