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Monday, 4 August 2014

Ayr Concert series celebrates its 28th year

This autumn sees the 28th annual Ayr Concert Series, arranged by volunteers from Ayr Arts Guild for South Ayrshire Council, and it promises to be one of the best yet!

[Pictured: Councillor Bill Grant, on trombone, helping to 
launch the season ticket sale for the 28th Ayr Concert series.]

From Friday 31 October 2014 to Wednesday 18 February 2015, six orchestral concerts will be performed in Ayr Town Hall, and the line-up again promises to deliver the very best music, led by the cream of international conductors.

The series features three visits by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, two by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and one by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

The opening concert on Friday 31 October 2014 features Latvian-born Ainars Rubikis with one of Grieg's earliest orchestral works, In Autumn, performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Other works on the evening include Rota’s Cello Concerto No. 2; Busoni’s Berceuse élégiaque and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5. Leonard Elschenbroich features on cello, and the concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

That’s followed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on Thursday 4 December, conducted by Robin Ticciati and featuring the exciting young Swiss-Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi – noted for his fresh, poetic performances. 

Works include: Webern’s Symphony, Opus 21 and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphony No. 4 – considered one of his most perfect and evocative creations.

A fortnight later, on Thursday 18 December, the ever-popular Christmas Classics concert returns to Ayr Town Hall. A firm favourite, it’s a mixture of traditional carols and festive orchestral classics led by conductor Stephen Bell and presented by tenor (and BBC Radio Scotland’s) Jamie MacDougall. Get your family and friends together for an evening of music that’s guaranteed to warm the parts other Christmas concerts can’t reach!

New Year 2015 gets off to a flyer on Saturday 3 January, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Gergely Madaras, who perform lively rhapsodies, dances and waltzes from Budapest and Vienna! The programme includes colourful, gypsy-inspired dances by Kodály and Brahms, with all your favourite Viennese marches, waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss. 

Fans of cartoons will love the frequently used Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Liszt as heard in Mickey Mouse, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny and many more. Dazzling soprano Lucy Crowe joins in with a feast of favourite operetta by Lehár and a special aria from Die Fledermaus. 

Friday 30 January 2015 sees the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Otto Tausk performing Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 1, Ferdinand David’s Trombone Concertino (featuring Simon Johnson on trombone) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The Ayr Concert series comes to a finale on Wednesday 18 February 2015 with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, conducted by Rory Macdonald, presenting Stravinsky’s Jeu de Cartes (The Card Game): Ballet in three deals, Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto, Opus 3 (featuring Peter Fry on double bass) and Dvorák’s New World Symphony No. 9.

Season tickets for the 28th Ayr Concert Series are now available from Ayr Gaiety Theatre, Carrick Street, Ayr, on 01292 288235 and individual concert tickets will be on sale from Monday 1 September 2014.

Councillor Bill Grant, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: “Music lovers will again be thrilled with the wide range of concerts to choose from and, better still, the superb value season ticket options now available, so make sure you don't miss out on any of these classical concerts. 

“It’s almost impossible to choose which concert to go to, as there really is something for everyone, so buy a season ticket now and make sure you see and hear them all! 

“Prices for all seats have been held steady for the last three years, making the Ayr Concert Series outstanding value for money.”

“Residents and visitors to South Ayrshire will be able to hear world class orchestras, internationally acclaimed musicians and globally successful performers, right here on their own doorstep.”

Brochures containing details of all concerts in the Ayr Concert Series 2014/15 are available in all Ayrshire libraries, including the Council’s Customer Service Centres and Ayr Town Hall.

Jim Coutts, Chairman of the Ayr Arts Guild added: “We're proud to have been involved in this unique and productive partnership with the Council and Scottish orchestras, which is now approaching 30 years. 

“In that time, we’ve hosted some of the most famous names in the business, and the 28th series promises yet another impressive line-up of international musicians, all enhanced by the presence of some globally acclaimed conductors.”

Councillor Grant concluded: “It’s a magical medley of marvellous music, so please get your season or seat tickets soon, because it’s looking like another superb sell-out series for Ayr!”

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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