Tickets for the BSO’s new 2018/19 Concert Season at Exeter University’s Great hall are on sale. The season promises to be an extra special one as the Orchestra is in its 125th year.
Over the years the Orchestra has enjoyed performances with many illustrious soloists and conductors including Fritz Kreisler, Dame Myra Hess, Sir Charles Groves, Jose Carreras, Sir Bryn Terfel and Tamsin Little, and this new Season is no different with another spectacular line-up of world-renowned artists joining the BSO in Exeter.
The opening night of the BSO’s 2018/19 Season at Exeter will be an evening of ‘Divine and Sublime’ music on Thursday 11 October, conducted by the BSO’s Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits.
This season marks Kirill’s 10th as the Orchestra’s Chief Conductor, his relationship with the Orchestra was described by the Daily Telegraph as “one of the country’s finest orchestral partnerships”. In this concert, Kirill will conduct the BSO in Mozart’s Serenade No.10 ‘Gran Partita’ and Beethoven’s Symphony No.7.
Kirill will return to Exeter on Friday 18 January for ‘Unmistakable Voices’. Grammy-Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich, who was BSO’s Artist-in-Residence in the 15/16 Season, returns to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, alongside Shostakovich’s Symphony No.1.
On Thursday 25 October, Karl-Heinz Steffens conducts the BSO in its concert ‘Song from the Heart’, which features Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Brahms’ Symphony No.4. Joining the Orchestra, and making her BSO debut, is soprano Allison Oakes. Also making their BSO debut this season are pianist Baiba Skride and conductor Clemens Schuldt. They join the Orchestra on Thursday 31 January for a programme of Schumann’s Manfred Overture, Dvořák’s Violin Concerto and Brahms Symphony No.2.
On Thursday 1 November the BSO performs Smetana’s Vyšehrad, Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Nielsen’s Symphony No.4 ‘Inextinguishable’, conducted by James Feddeck and joined by pianist Saleem Ashkar.
This season, Exeter audiences will be treated to a variety of exquisite piano concertos. On Thursday 6 December when Alexei Volodin joins the BSO to perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2. The Orchestra will also perform Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina Prelude and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.1 ‘Winter Daydreams’.
On Thursday 21 February, Kees Bakels, a long-time friend of the Orchestra, returns to conduct the BSO and critically acclaimed pianist Ronald Brautigam in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21, alongside Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 and Mozart’s Symphony No.26. Jamie Phillips will conduct the final concert of the 2018/19 Season in Exeter on Thursday 11 April, where the BSO will perform Smetana’s Vltava, Sibelius’ Symphony No.1 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, performed by Denis Kozhukhin.
The 2018/19 Season will also see the return of the BSO’s popular concert series, beginning with ‘Smooth Classics II’ on Wednesday 21 November with the BSO’s new Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association Marta Gardolińska conducting some of the most beautiful and relaxing music ever written.
On Wednesday 19 December, Pete Harrison returns to Great Hall, Exeter with ‘Last Night of the Christmas’ Proms to kick off the festive season in style, and the BSO celebrate the New Year with its ‘New Year Johann Strauss Gala’ conducted by Thomas Rösner.
The BSO’s ever-popular film music concert returns on Thursday 14 March, this year two titans of the film music world compete head-to-head in ‘Williams v Zimmer’. With a programme featuring some of the best scores of John Williams and Hans Zimmer, the cream of recent movie music is brought together in one place.
Ticket Prices: £40 / £34 / £26 / £22 / £16 (prices include booking fees but additional postage charges are payable for tickets sent out; concessions available; generous discounts available when booking 4 concerts or more)
To Book Tickets: Please visit BSOlive.com or call or visit the Exeter Northcott Theatre Box Office on 01392 726363
Philip R Buttall