The new, ambitious season includes many notable moments including a triptych of new works written by women, including Carmen Ho, Elizabeth Ogonek and Franghiz Al-Zadeh as well as horn player Felix Klieser beginning his tenure as the Orchestra’s Artist-in Residence, in what will be his UK concerto debut. Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits, opens the season, returning with four programmes this autumn.
Carmen Ho’s new work has been commissioned by the BSO and receives its world premiere under the baton of Kirill Karabits (24 Nov). Ho was the winner of the RPS Composition Prize in 2018 and was a recent finalist of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award. Two new works by Elizabeth Ogonek and Franghiz Al-Zadeh will also be performed later in the year.
New Artist-in-Residence Felix Klieser is a recipient of both the ECHO Klassik Young Artist of the Year Award and the prestigious Leonard Bernstein Award of the Schelswig-Holstein Musik Festival. He’s also recorded several discs for Berlin Classics.
Chief conductor Kirill Karabits opens the season with a Russian and French programme featuring Mikhail Pletnev’s version of Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite and an early symphonic work by Prokofiev, the Autumnal Sketch. Other highlights include an all American programme featuring the music of Copland, Barber and Gershwin.
Additionally, the ‘BSO On Your Doorstep’ initiative continues, supported by the Weston Culture Fund, and brings chamber-scale performances and workshops to communities across the South West, helping communities reconnect with live music.
The Orchestra’s pioneering livestreamed broadcasts have reached greater than concert hall capacity for its symphonic concerts during 2020/21 and the Orchestra will continue offering livestream performances throughout its coming season, with performances from Lighthouse, Poole.
The Orchestra’s Chief Executive, Dougie Scarfe, said, “We’re thrilled to be making a return to symphonic touring this autumn. From full symphonic concerts to chamber-scale performances and workshops we’ll return to our regional venues and expand our reach into the local communities who, whilst connected digitally during the last 18 months, have missed experiencing the BSO in person.
“Building on the global success of our live broadcasts, we’ll also continue to share many of our Poole-based music-making experiences by livestream, enabling us to reach as many people as possible with concerts and workshops.”