Guest conductor for the evening is Wolfram Christ, long-time first Principal Viola with the Berlin Philharmonic, Principal Viola of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Professor at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. Wolfram has become highly regarded as a conductor epitomising sincerity and musical integrity. Praised for his exhilarating and sensitive interpretations, he has already worked with orchestras on five continents.
The concert will also feature the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s outstanding Principal Horn Alec Frank-Gemmill. Described by the Financial Times as a ‘phenomenon with a tone of golden purity, wraparound warmth and ecstatic afterglow’, Alec ranks among the finest of a new generation of horn players, and is the soloist in a witty work by German comic opera composer Albert Lortzing. There’s more party music with Mozart’s wickedly good-humoured ‘Night-time Serenade’, written for Milan’s Carnival Celebrations of 1776.
Opening is Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, celebrating the Bard’s influence on the world of music, in the year which marks the 400th anniversary of his death. We also hear Mendelssohn’s thrilling musical postcard from Italy, radiating the warm glow of the Mediterranean sunshine in his 4th Symphony. Expect a spell-binding musical adventure!