Maxim Vengerov

Season Opening Gala


Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade*

Benjamin Northey conductor
Maxim Vengerov violin/conductor

Opening the 2017 Season in style, the world-renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov joins the MSO to perform the fiendishly difficult Violin Concerto by Tchaikovsky. Full of soaring melodies, melancholy and virtuosity, this work has rightfully claimed its place amongst the great violin concertos of all time.

Scheherazade tells the story of a slave girl having to amuse the gruesome sultan by telling him an new story every night. Several of these come together in Rimsky-Korsakov’s colourful oriental fantasy; a highlight in the Russian orchestral repertoire and the ideal work for an ensemble of virtuosos like the MSO. Allow the MSO to transport you into the world of a thousand-and-one nights.

*Maxim Vengerov will conduct this beautiful work.

Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

A pre-concert talk will be held in the Stalls Foyer, Hamer Hall at 7pm, hosted by Mairi Nicolson.

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