Peter Oundjian and Nicola Benedetti (Photo credit: Simon Fowler)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra Florida Tour, March 13-22, 2017
With Music Director Peter Oundjian at the helm and Scottish superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti, the RSNO will fly the flag for Scotland in the United States with eight concerts in seven cities throughout Florida
This tour, marking the RSNO’s first trip to the States in thirty-five years will include engagements in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Sarasota, Vero Beach, Gainesville, Fort Myers and Daytona Beach
NEW YORK, NY – February 22, 2017 – This March, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will embark upon its first trip to the United States in more than 35 years. The RSNO, together with Music Director Peter Oundjian and violinist Nicola Benedetti will perform throughout the state of Florida with stops in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Vero Beach, Gainesville, Fort Myers, Sarasota and Daytona Beach.
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Music Director Peter Oundjian is leading the ensemble in a two-year 125th anniversary celebration which started in October 2015. Appointed Music Director of the RSNO in 2012, the British-Canadian conductor has become recognized for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit, and engaging personality. During the first five seasons with Oundjian at the helm, the Orchestra undertook an artistically and critically successful first tour of China, performed at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival and released two recordings under his leadership.
“Under Mr. Oundjian,” writes The New York Times, “the orchestra has maintained its shine, but it now packs a firm punch as well.” While the RSNO is well-known to classical music listeners for its 200-plus recordings – eight of them GRAMMY® nominated – the upcoming tour will give American audiences the first opportunity in decades to hear the orchestra live.
While in Florida, the RSNO will perform two programs. Program I includes Borodin: Overture to Prince Igor; Brahms: Violin Concerto Op. 77, D major, and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4. Op. 36, F minor, while Program II includes Debussy: Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune, Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven: Symphony No. 5.
“It’s been over 30 years since Scotland’s national orchestra visited the United States,” writes Peter Oundjian. “So it is my honor and privilege to lead my fellow musicians on this tour. I’m thrilled that we are joined by one of the RSNO’s favorite soloists, Nicola Benedetti. Our shared passion for the concertos of Brahms and Bruch is sure to bring performances of deep commitment. Two of the most beloved pieces in the entire orchestral repertoire, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 are wonderful showcases for the brilliant musicians of the RSNO. I have visited Florida many times during my career but this promises to be a very special occasion on this esteemed orchestra’s 125th anniversary year.”
Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe, but performing with the RSNO is always a homecoming for her. “I am thrilled to be touring the U.S. with the RSNO and Peter Oundjian in celebration of their 125th birthday,” says Benedetti. “This collaboration is so close and familial, and a nurturing environment within which to really explore music like the celebrated and beloved Bruch and Brahms violin concertos we’ll perform together. The fact that this is their first tour in 30 years to the States makes it all the more special.”
“It gives me great pleasure to announce the return of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to North America after a near 30 year absence,” says RSNO Chief Executive Dr. Krishna Thiagarajan. “Having taken the reins of this storied organisation two years ago we are now well on our way to an international focus that will take us to Spain, Germany, Austria, China and the USA over three seasons. I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate the 125 year anniversary of this orchestra that together with Peter Oundjian included Neeme Järvi, George Szell and Sir Alexander Gibson among its Music Directors with strong North American ties. And, of course, we are thrilled to be working with Scotland’s own Nicola Benedetti, who has been a part of the Royal Scottish National family since the early beginnings of her career. Peter and Nicola have been a great team with their artistic partnership recently culminating in our recording of the Szymanowski Violin concerto No. 2, soon to be released on the Decca label. As Scotland’s National Orchestra we are looking forward to serving American audiences on this tour and bringing the inspiration back to Scotland and Great Britain. I hope you will join us!”
Royal Scottish National Orchestra with violinist Nicola Benedetti
Florida Tour March 13-22, 2017
Borodin: Overture to Prince Igor
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Debussy: Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
March 15, 2017 at 2pm, West Palm Beach, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (Program II)
March 16, 2017 at 7:30pm, Sarasota, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (Program I)
March 17, 2017 at 7:30pm, Vero Beach, Indian River Symphonic Organization (Program II)
March 19, 2017 at 7:30pm, Gainesville, University of Florida Phillips Center (Program II with Brahms Concerto)
March 20, 2017 at 7:30pm, Fort Myers, Mann Performing Arts Hall (Program II with Brahms Concerto)
March 22, 2017 at 7pm, Daytona Beach, Peabody Auditorium (Program I with Debussy)