Wednesday 17 November 2021

BSO's Voices from the East returns with a focus on Turkmen Russian composer Chary Nurïmov, and Azerbaijani composers Franghiz Ali-Zadeh and Kara Karayev

Kirill Karabits and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, 2019 (Photo Chris Christoulou)
Kirill Karabits and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, 2019
(Photo Chris Christoulou)

Like many orchestras, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has recently announced the remainder of its 2021/22 season with concerts from January to May 2022 at in Poole, Truro, Basingstoke, Portsmouth and Exeter. Chief conductor Kirill Karabits will be conducting eight performances, and there is the return of the orchestra's recently appointed principal guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth with a programme of Mozart, Schubert and Jonathan Dove, whilst the young British conductor Kerem Hasan makes his debut with the orchestra conducting Kodaly, Bruch and Tchaikovsky. Associate guest conductor David Hill will be conducting the BSO and Bournemouth Symphony Chorus for their first full concert together since the pandemic, in a programme of Schumann, Beethoven and Brahms. Other conductors making their BSO debuts are Teresa Riveiro Böhm, Case Scaglione, and Chloé van Soeterstède.

Karabits is continuing his Voices from the East series and gives a rare performance of the Symphony No. 2 by the Turkmen Russian composer Chary Nurïmov [Nurymov] (1940-1953). Karabits will also be conducting Rimsky Korsakov's Antar, a work that he originally called his Symphony No. 2 but later referred to as a symphonic suite.  

Karabits brings Voices from the East into the contemporary era with the premiere of Cosmology, a new work by Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh. Ali-Zadeh's teachers include Azerbajijani composer Kara Karayev (1918-1982), a composer who has previously featured in the Voices from the East series, and Karayev in turn studied with Shostakovich, and Karabits' programme includes works by all three composers, including Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12.

Later this month Karabits premieres Unforged by Carmen Ho, winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Composition Prize in 2018 and BSO's assistant librarian, and Karabits will be conducting further performances of the work in 2022. He will also be performing All These Lighted Things by American composer Elizabeth Ogonek; Ogonek wrote All These Lighted Things for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2017.

In May, the BSO relaunches its Schools’ Concerts series, following the success of last year’s digital programme. Explore the Orchestra 2, sees composer James Redwood sharing works to spark curiosity and inspiration for children in a series of interactive concerts (both live and streamed). Its popular GCSE Set Works concert will return in-person [from 7 Feb], with online resources to support learning and, following a successful pilot in 2019, the Orchestra is offering an A-Level Set Works concert [13 Jan] where A-Level music students can experience an insightful concert featuring works from the syllabus, in-person and online.

Other projects include the continuation of the dementia-friendly Cake Concerts, with BSO musicians performing short chamber music works for those living with dementia and their carers, a Feel Good Friday Band designed to support mental wellbeing of under-30s through music-making, and Time Together, a group to support the mental wellbeing of new parents.  

Further information from the BSO website.

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