Philharmonia gives city a Beethoven extravaganza

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Aberdeen joins a roster of global cities, along with Milan, Los Angeles and Turin, to play host to the internationally-acclaimed Philharmonia Orchestra’s Beethoven series next week, marking 185 years since the composer’s death.

The orchestra returns to the city’s Music Hall on Saturday, September 29, after a three-year gap, bringing with them one of the world’s most acclaimed conductors - Esa-Pekka Salonen – making his Aberdeen debut.

Since the start of Salonen’s tenure as principal conductor in 2008, the Philharmonia has been acknowledged by press and public alike to have reached new, unprecedented artistic peaks. Next week’s all-Beethoven concert will showcase the very best of an extraordinary creative partnership.

Opening the concert will be the rarely-performed Namensfeier Overture, written to commemorate the Name-day of the Emperor of Austria and the programme will also include the composer’s much-loved Symphony No6, Pastoral, and his First Piano Concerto, performed by Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen.

He stunned critics last summer at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and has since become highly in demand by the world’s major orchestras and venues.

Principal conductor and artistic advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen said: “Almost everything about Beethoven’s music is revolutionary; there is no way of denying its power – it’s timeless”.

Philharmonia managing director David Whelton said: “Aberdeen is officially our furthest north ‘base’, at a distance of over 500 miles from our London home.

“Since our sell-out concerts here with Vladimir Ashkenazy in 2006 and 2009 we have been determined to bring Esa-Pekka Salonen to Aberdeen audiences and we are thrilled to be making the city part of one of the most exciting international projects that we have presented in years.”

Head of Pinsent Masons Aberdeen office, Roger Connon, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Scotland Tour and their Aberdeen concert. “We are committed to investing in the arts and to promoting Aberdeen as a hub for cultural activities. We very much look forward to welcoming the Philharmonia Orchestra to Aberdeen and to being involved in this series.”

Tickets for the Saturday, September 29 concert are available at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, or by phone at 01224 641122