Music lovers are spoiled for choice at the Caird Hall, Dundee over the next few weeks with everything from classical concerts to Irish music and opera.
The music begins on Saturday, February 22 with the Scottish Ensemble’s ‘Love and War in Bohemia’ concert.
Love, fury, drinking and battle - it’s all there in this concert focusing on treasures from Bohemia and featuring the thrilling young mezzo soprano Sophie Harmsen.
If you’re a fan of Dvorak’s ‘Serenade for Strings’, go along and hear the beautiful Serenade by his pupil, Joseph Suk.
The programme for the evening includes Pavel Haas’s ‘Study for String Orchestra’, Dvorak’s ‘Love Songs’, selected arias by Handel, Biber’s ‘Battalia’ and Suk’s ‘Serenade for Strings in E Flat Major’. The concert begins at 7.30 p.m.
On Wednesday, March 5 Thomas Søndergård, conductor with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducts Beethoven’s Fifth.
Everyone knows the beginning of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony - probably the most famous four notes in the history of music.
But what comes next is even more gripping: a passionate musical drama of fate, hope and ultimate triumph.
Thomas Søndergård lets fly, but not before being joined by the RSNO’s own Katherine Bryan for Nielsen’s life-affirming Flute Concerto, and sharing a true Scottish classic, Hamish MacCunn’s ever-popular ‘The Land of the Mountain and the Flood’.
Katherine Bryan made her concerto debut at the age of just 15 with Daniel Harding and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and later made her US concerto debut at the Lincoln Centre with the Julliard Orchestra.
She has since performed as soloist with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Halle, Nurnberger Symphoniker, New York Philharmonic and English Baroque orchestras.
The adjacent Marryat Hall will host a concert by the Busch Ensemble on Wednesday, March 14 at 7.30 p.m.
The programme for this concert features Beethoven’s ‘Piano Trio in E flat’, Bridge’s ‘Phantasia Trio in C minor’ and Brahms’s ‘Trio in B’.
The Busch Ensemble, a London-based piano trio, one of whose members plays the 1783 Guadagnini violin that once belonged to Adolf Busch, is currently holder of one of the Tunnell Trust awards given to the best young chamber-music groups in Britain.
In 2013 they also won the Kirckman Concert Society Award and second prize at the International Schumann Chamber Music competition in Frankfurt presented by Dundee Chamber Music.
Irish music at its best follows on Friday, March 14 with The Fureys & Davey Arthur who are in concert at 7.30 p.m.
Legends of Irish music and song, The Fureys and Davey Arthur are renowned for a string of hit songs. They have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 36 years. They are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination.
Their folk/middle of the road-based songs and music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls in the world. Their emotive songs stir many emotions- tears and laughter, sadness and joy.
Verdi’s ‘Aida’, recognised as “the grandest of all operas”, will be performed by the celebrated Chisinau National Opera and National Philharmonic with international guest soloists on Tuesday, March 18.
This stunning brand new production tells the story of war, jealousy and revenge. The lavish production has spectacular ballet sequences, stunning sets and costumes.