Alasdair’s a rising star

Pianist Alasdair Beatson who will perform with The Scottish Ensemble at two concerts next week.

Pianist Alasdair Beatson who will perform with The Scottish Ensemble at two concerts next week.

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THE Scottish Ensemble, Scotland’s most adventurous and versatile musical ensemble, performs the first concerts of its new season next week with a programme of Mendelssohn and Stravinsky featuring rising-star, Perthshire-born, pianist, Alasdair Beatson.

They will perform at Perth Concert Hall on Tuesday, October 25 and on Wednesday, October 26 at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee.

This will be the first opportunity for Tayside music-lovers to take advantage of the special flat-rate £10 ticket price which will be on offer at all Scottish Ensemble main season concerts during the £10:11/12 season.

For the opening tour of the season Alasdair Beatson will join the Ensemble in a stimulating programme of works by Stravinsky and Mendelssohn. He will be playing a double concerto written by the gifted 14 year-old Mendelssohn with Scottish Ensemble Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton, as violin soloist. This work gives the soloists the opportunity to flex their virtuosic muscles, something Alasdair is very much looking forward to:

The rest of the programme includes two pieces from Mendelssohn’s later opus 81, as well as music by Igor Stravinsky. The latter’s unmistakable musical style will be explored by the Ensemble in both Concerto in D and Concertino, where energetic, primeval rhythms coexist with refined neo-classical sophistication plus a dash of Hollywood glamour.

£10 tickets for the concert in Perth are available from www.horsecross.co.uk or by calling 01738 621 031. £10 tickets for the concert in Dundee are available from www.dundeebox.co.uk or by calling 01382 434 940 or in person at the box offices.