Three Inspiring Orchestral Concerts for the 2011 Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts

Three exciting orchestra concerts perform at the Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts this year.
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Aug. 22, 2011 - PRLog -- Three exciting orchestra concerts perform at the Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts this year.

First to perform on 8 October is the celebrated Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Danish-born Thomas Dausgaard.  Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra since 2004, Thomas Dausgaard caused a sensation amongst audiences and critics when performing at the 2010 Proms.  

He was praised for the “luminous beauty” of the performance (The Times) and for his “total command” of the players (BBC Music Magazine).  Performing with the orchestra is acclaimed violinist Tasmin Little.  

Tasmin has played with many of the world’s greatest orchestras in a career that has taken her to every continent of the world.  

She has given over fifteen performances at the BBC Proms and is one of the few violinist to have mastered Ligeti’s challenging violin concerto.

The concert will feature Beethoven’s Overture: Egmont, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 in G and Brahms Symphony No.4 in E minor.  

The second orchestral concert is performed on 13 October by Wales’s own BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by their Principal Conductor Thierry Fischer, in a programme which consists of Debussy’s The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and Stravinsky’s fairy-tale ballet music The Firebird (1919 version).  

Joining the orchestra is Scottish-born pianist Stephen Osborne, whose musical talent has won him many awards.  In the past year Stephen has performed with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphonic.

For the final orchestral concert on 15 October, the Festival welcomes back dynamic conductor Yuri Simonov, with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Yuri Simonov was born in Saratov, Russia into a family of opera singers, first taking up the baton at the age of 12.  After making his Bolshoi Opera debut in 1969 with Aida, the company appointed him Chief Conductor - the youngest in the Bolshoi's history. He then became their longest serving Chief Conductor, holding the post until 1985.  

Since 1998 he has been the Chief Conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he tours extensively all over the world.  Born in 1985 in Volgodonsk, Russia, violinist Nikita frequent recitals in Russia and throughout Europe, Asia and the Commonwealth Independent States, with his name featuring in such major music festivals as the Saltzburg Festival.  

Since 2007 this prominent young violinist has been an exclusive artist of Moscow Philharmonic Society.  The stirring programme for the 15 October concert features Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capricco Espagnol, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D and Dvorak’s Symphony No 9 in E minor (from the New World).

These three concerts combine a wealth of international talent and both enchanting and stirring music to take your breath away.

Full details are available from the Festival website

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