Dates and times
MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Incidental Music (40’)
MENDELSSOHN Die erste Walpurgisnacht (36’)
LAURENCE EQUILBEY Conductor
HILARY SUMMERS Contralto
MARTIN MITTERRUTZNER Tenor
HUW MONTAGUE RENDALL Baritone
Gregory Batsleer Chorus Director
Mendelssohn's enchanting music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream has to be the most famous and beloved Shakespearean score of all time, but, what is a ‘Walpurgisnacht’? Think Halloween crossed with Beltane. In April, people across Northern and Eastern Europe dress up as witches and wizards, light bonfires, feast and are jolly. Mendelssohn celebrates by setting Goethe’s tale of ancient Druids outwitting the intolerant local Christians who want to ban their pagan rituals, and quite simply has a lot of choral fun with it. From the cracking overture to the big triumphant close, the pace never lets up.
CONNECT INSIGHTS: 6.30pm
Mischief and Magic. Storyteller Anna Lehr and SCO Flute Brontë Hudnott invite concertgoers of all ages into Mendelssohn’s imagined worlds with timeless tales and musical magic. Presented in collaboration with the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Are you purchasing four or more concerts in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s 2018/19 Concert Season? Save up to a third (38% Seniors) when subscribing via the SCO website or over the phone on 0131 557 6800.
If you are purchasing less than four concerts, please select “Buy Tickets” above or phone the Box Office on 0141 353 8000.