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Big names back RSNO on return to Usher Hall

posted 31 Mar 2009, 19:39 by David Rintoul

TOP soloists and conductors are set to lead the Royal Scottish National Orchestra back into the Usher Hall after the building finally reopens in August.

Scotland's national orchestra unveiled an exceptionally strong line-up yesterday for its 09:10 season, which launches in early October.

Performers include Scottish star Nicola Benedetti and fellow violinist Leonidas Kavakos, rated among the world's best. Famed conductor Sir Roger Norrington and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, named "best of the best" by Vanity Fair magazine, are also appearing.

After two years playing Sunday nights and other days in the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, the chief executive, Simon Woods, said the RSNO had no doubts it would be back in the Usher Hall in October, with tickets already on sale. The orchestra was forced to cancel concerts at the last minute this season as building works dragged on.

However, it will resume Friday night concerts in the hall and will bring its popular "Naked Classics" to Edinburgh for the first time. Works like Holst's The Planets are explained with projections, excerpts and interviews with performers before they are played.

Performances in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen include all four Schumann symphonies, Britten's War Requiem and Grieg's Peer Gynt.

Source: Tim Cornwell, Arts Correspondent, The Scotsman

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