Usher Hall What's On Guide (Feb to Apr 2012)

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All shows and events that are happening at Usher Hall February to April 2012

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  • FEB APR 2012

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    USHER HALL INTRODUCTION

    WELCOmE TO THE NEW SPRINg SEASON

    The Usher Hall is at the centre of musical life in Edinburgh and in our Spring guide youll find a host of concerts and event experiences that will make for a great night out. On offer are a wealth of classical favourites, international bands and stars that are not to be missed.

    The Royal Scottish National Orchestras 11:12 Season continues featuring superb soloists such as the Scottish soprano Lisa Milne and a concert with their favourite Conductor Laureate, Neemi Jrvi, as they continue to explore the Auld Alliance; virtuoso Nicola Benedetti and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra explore Vivaldis Four Seasons and other Italian gems; and Donald Runnicles conducting Brahms are another winning combination for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, featuring soprano Sarah Connolly.

    Revel too in a rare all-Russian treat and enjoy the superlative sound of one of Russias oldest orchestras, the St Petersburg Philharmonic.

    In the world of rock, pop and blues, The Hollies are marking their amazing fiftieth touring year in 2012; Joe Bonamassa, praised by none other than the Godfather of blues himself BB King, brings the blues big time in March; Chris Rea will perform his chart-topping favourites and tracks from newer projects; and that international mega-star band of brothers, The Osmonds, visit Edinburgh on their last ever tour.

    With superb acoustics and a fabulous atmosphere there really is no better place to hear live music than in the Usher Hall.

    We look forward to welcoming you soon.

    Karl ChapmanGeneral ManagerUsher Hall

    Councillor Deidre BrockConvener of Culture and LeisureThe City of Edinburgh Council

    USHER HALL HIgHLIgHTS

    Follow usCover Image: Yuri Temirkanov (Musical Director, St Petersburg Philharmonic)

    THIS SEASONS HIGHLIGHTS

    COmEDy CENTRAL

    You will be rolling in the aisles as TV comedy genius Andrew Lawrence takes to the stage as part of a great line up for a raucous night of comedy (15 March).

    RUSSIA REvISITED

    Following on from a great concert with the Moscow Philharmonic last October, this seasons classical highlight is another all-Russian extravaganza. Enjoy an evening with Russias oldest orchestra, complete with a superb programme drawing from St Petersburg Philharmonics incredible repertoire (29 March).

    HIGHLIGHTS FOR NEXT SEASON

    BANg gOES APRIL BBC Ones Bang Goes the Theory visits the Usher Hall as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival. Join the team for an action-packed live show.13, 14, 15 April. Free but ticketed. Tickets available from 7 February 2012 www.sciencefestival.co.uk

    CELEBRATINg SEvENTy FIvE ROyAL yEARS The Edinburgh Diamond Jubilee Concert will be a marvellous occasion and The Academy of Ancient Music will be here to honour that (4 June).

    All details and prices featured in this guide were correct at time of going to press.

    Get closer to Usher Hall 24 Hours a dayFor exclusive news, views and clips visit us at www.usherhall.co.uk

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    Andrew Lawrence

    St Petersburg Philharmonic

    Bang Goes the Theory

    0131 228 1155 usherhall.co.uk

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    USHER HALL WHATS ON

    SCOTTISH CHAmBER ORCHESTRAEMPEROR AND EROICAThursday 9 February 7.30pm

    Cherubini Overture, DmophoonBeethoven Piano Concerto No.5 EmperorBeethoven Symphony No.3 Eroica

    Andrew Manze (Conductor)Llr Williams (Piano)

    Hear Beethoven alongside the contemporary he most admired (Cherubinis Requiem was sung at Beethovens funeral), as the great man celebrates both an emperor and a revolutionary in the same evening. Llr Williams Beethoven is absolutely not to be missed. He recently completed his first full cycle of the piano sonatas to huge acclaim and brings immense authority and a fascinatingly unworldly quality to this music.

    28/ 24/19/13.50/9.50 (limited concessions)

    ROyAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA NAKED CLASSICS: ROmEO & JULIET Friday 17 February 7.30pm

    Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

    Stphane Denve (Conductor) Paul Rissmann (Presenter)

    In Stalins Russia, tragedy was banned. So how could a composer set Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet to music? Luckily for us, Sergei Prokofiev knew a trick or two and tonight, Paul Rissmann, the full RSNO and Music Director Stphane Denve blow the gaff on one of the most passionate of all ballet scores. If you only know the piece as the theme tune to The Apprentice, trust us: you dont know the half of it!

    10 (limited concessions)

    ROyAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA TASMIN LITTLES ELGARFriday 3 February 7.30pm

    Wallace Pellas et Mlisande SuiteR Strauss Don Juan Elgar Violin Concerto

    Sir Andrew Davis (Conductor) Tasmin Little (Violin)

    With a name like William Wallace you would expect his music to be stirring but nothing prepares you for the sheer gorgeousness of this Scottish composers music. And thats just the start of an evening filled with forbidden passions, as Sir Andrew Davis whirls the orchestra through Strauss portrait of a great seducer and joins national treasure Tasmin Little in Elgars rapturous love song, following their recent award-winning recording of the concerto.

    Pre-concert talk (6.45pm) - Sir Andrew Davis in conversation with Katherine Wren (RSN0 Viola)

    34/25/18.50/14/11 (limited concessions)

    ROyAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA ROMANTIC VALENTINES Friday 10 February 7.30pm

    Ravel La valse Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 Elvira MadiganMozart Overture to The Marriage of FigaroPuccini La bohme FantasyMascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria RusticanaR Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier Christian Kluxen (Conductor) Simone Dinnerstein (Piano)

    This Valentine, give your special someone an unforgettable gift a bouquet of romantic classics, wrapped in the luxurious sound of a full symphony orchestra and delivered with love by the charismatic Christian Kluxen. Theres operatic passion from Puccini and Strauss, Gallic glamour from Maurice Ravel, and at the heart of it all Mozarts exquisite Twenty First Piano Concerto, probably the most romantic music he ever wrote, performed by American star Simone Dinnerstein.

    Pre-concert talk (6.45pm) Duncan Swindells (RSNO Principal Bass Clarinet)

    34/25/18.50/14/11 (limited concessions)

    0131 228 1155 usherhall.co.uk

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    ROyAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA LISA MILNE SINGS SONGS OF THE AUVERGNE Friday 24 February 7.30pm

    Berlioz Rob Roy OvertureCanteloube Songs of the AuvergneFranck Symphony in D minor

    Fabien Gabel (Conductor)Lisa Milne (Soprano)

    Csar Franck was a quiet man, but his grand, gothic spectacular of a symphony is crammed with the kind of tunes that you just cant get out of your head. That goes double for Canteloubes popular Songs of the Auvergne, especially when sung by the world-famous Scottish soprano Lisa Milne. And conductor Fabien Gabel continues our celebration of the Auld Alliance with Berlioz highland fling of an overture.

    Pre-concert talk (6.45pm) - Michael Tumelty

    34/25/18.50/14/11 (limited concessions)

    KILAmANJARO PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH DAVID HASSELHOFFSunday 26 February 8.00pm (doors open 7.00pm)

    Join David Hasselhoff, star of TVs Knight Rider, Baywatch and Britains Got Talent for an evening of music, laughter and classic TV moments from his illustrious career. Recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as The Most Watched TV Star in the World this is a gig not to be missed for all fans of the TV gold that he has been pivotal in producing and creating the legend that is The Hoff!

    50/30/25 + 10% booking fee

    RAymOND gUBBAy PRESENTS ANTON & ERIN LETS DO ITSaturday 18 February 7.30pm

    Following a sold out UK tour in 2011, Anton du Beke and Erin Boag return with a sensational new show. Britains favourite dance couple will be joined by singer Lance Ellington, superb guest dancers and a live orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe. Music from George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Kander & Ebb and Cole Porter featuring classic hits such as An American in Paris, Dont Rain on My Parade and many more.

    39.50/36/30/26.50/15.50 (limited concessions)

    BARNARDOS YOUNG SUPPORTERS CONCERT Thursday 23 February 6.30pm

    Barnardos are delighted to introduce their inaugural Young Supporters Concert in Scotland. Barnardos support 10,000 vulnerable children and young people in communities throughout Scotland. We believe in the true potential of each and every child, no matter who they are, what theyve faced in life or where theyve come from. This concert is a celebration of local talent, with hundreds of Young Supporters from schools across Scotland performing to raise crucial funds for Barnardos work. A fantastic feel-good evening for all the family.

    10/5 concessions

    0131 228 1155 usherhall.co.uk USHER HALL WHATS ON

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    USHER HALL WHATS ON

    AmATEUR BOXINg SCOTLAND PRESENTS EDINBURGH AMATEUR SELECT V EDINBURGH UNIVERSITIES SELECTFriday 9 march 8.00pm

    The cream of Edinburgh Amateur Select Boxers will take on the best Edinburgh Universities Select have to offer in an explosive evening of boxing entertainment. After September 2011s sell out open air boxing event in Princes Street Gardens, the next Scottish Amateur Boxing showpiece comes to the Usher Hall in an all-capital affair. This is set to be a fantastic night of sport and essential viewing for all boxing fans.

    20/10

    PUNCHLINE, IN ASSOCIATION WITH USHER HALL, PRESENT ANDREW LAWRENCE, SEANN WALSH & IDIOTS OF ANTS Thursday 15 march 8.00pm (doors open 7.00pm)

    A special Punchline night of comedy with a sparkling line-up headlined by Andrew Lawrence! Fresh from his appearance on Live at the Apollo and his own BBC Radio 4 series, he has been nominated for two Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Joining him is Seann Walsh, a favourite on Michael McIntyres Comedy Roadshow and a frequent guest on the legendary satire show, Mock the Week. Sharing the bill are Idiots of Ants, who have had rapturous reviews for five consecutive sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and have a massive YouTube following. Master warm-up man Mark Olver is your compere without compare for this raucous night of laughs.

    20/18 concessions not recommended for under 16s

    THE BIG BREAKTHROUGH! THE LORD PROVOSTS PEOPLES CONCERTWednesday 21 march 1.15pm

    Excellence, friendship, respect, courage, determination, inspiration and equality are at the core of Olympic and Paralympic values. Be inspired by this unique celebratory event featuring children and young people from The BIG Project in Broomhouse, several choirs and ten leading professional musicians, including Karine Polwart, in an interactive sing-a-long show, performing uplifting songs and displaying film footage of local children and young people exploring the relevance of these values in their own lives.

    The centrepiece of the programme is a newly-commissioned work by singer-songwriter and pianist Kim Edgar called Breakthrough featuring all of the performers en masse, with a series of themes representing the Olympic rings, which begin to connect, overlap and interweave.

    5/3 concessions

    ROyAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA BRAHMS: A GERMAN REQUIEMFriday 23 march 7.30pm

    Lieberson Songs of Love and SorrowBrahms A German Requiem

    Lawrence Renes (Conductor) Klara Ek (Soprano) Gerald Finley (Bass-Baritone) RSNO Chorus

    Johannes Brahms didnt believe in God, but he believed in love. When he wrote his German Requiem, he aimed to console the living with some of the most moving, most heartfelt and yes most spiritual music ever written. Lawrence Renes conducts one of the worlds great operatic singers, Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley, in the latest masterpiece from Peter Lieberson, whose heart-rending Neruda Songs stormed the classical charts in the USA.

    Pre-concert talk (6.45pm) - Frikki Walker

    34/25/18.50/14/11 (limited concessions)

    0131 228 1155 usherhall.co.uk

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    USHER HALL WHATS ON

    BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA RHAPSODIC BRAHMSSunday 25 march 7.30pm

    Schumann Symphony No.4 (original version)Brahms Alto Rhapsody Brahms Symphony No.1

    Donald Runnicles (Conductor)Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano)Men of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

    Johannes Brahms always preferred the original, unrevised version of his friend Schumanns Fourth Symphony, and heres a chance to experience those first thoughts in all their freshness alongside Brahmss own towering First Symphony. Donald Runnicles is joined by leading British mezzo Sarah Connolly and the men of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus in one of Brahmss most moving vocal works, the marvellous Alto Rhapsody.

    Runnicless mastery of the big arch of the piece was unshakeable Herald on Brahmss German Requiem, Usher Hall 2011

    26/21/16/10 (limited concessions)

    JOE BONAMASSATuesday 27 march 7.30pm (doors open 6:30pm)

    Fresh off his successful European tour with Black Country Communion, and rave reviews for their 2 album, Joe Bonamassas forthcoming UK solo tour will see him perform material from his current studio album Dust Bowl plus songs from his vast catalogue of albums including A New Day Yesterday, The Ballad of John Henry, Sloe Gin, and Black Rock. He will also preview some new songs from his forthcoming studio album due for release in late May.

    Joe Bonamassas blues pedigree reached new heights when none other than BB King himself praised his style and his music, an accolade that his many fans can testify to full heartedly.

    50/40/35/30 + 10% booking fee

    REgULAR mUSIC PRESENTS CHRIS REA + SPECIAL GUESTSWednesday 28 march 7.30pm (doors open 6:30pm)

    One of the UKs foremost singer/songwriters will be in Edinburgh on his latest tour, following the release of his first new material in over a decade with The Santo Spirito Project. Chriss career spans over 30 years and both The Road to Hell (1989) and Auberge (1991) debuted at No1 in the UK, cementing his position as arguably one of the countrys finest musicians. His rich and popular catalogue includes such classic songs as Fool (If You Think Its Over), On The Beach and many more.

    33.50/30 + 3 booking fee per ticket

    ST PETERSBURG PHILHARMONIC Thursday 29 march 7.30pm

    Prokofiev Classical SymphonyTchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1Shostakovich Symphony No.5

    Yuri Temirkanov (Conductor)Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)

    A special night and a performance by one of Russias favourite orchestras conducted by one of the worlds grea...