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City Noir Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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Tuesday 27 August
  • Running time: 
    2 hours approximately

Inspired by film noir, big-band jazz and the movies of David Lynch, City Noir is a spectacular symphonic showpiece by US composer John Adams that paints a gripping yet sensual portrait of California's urban landscape and culture.

It forms the culmination of the all-American second half of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's concert under music director Peter Oundjian, which also features the world premiere of Festival City, a Festival commission from composer and music technologist Tod Machover who invites us all to contribute to the piece's creation.

Before the interval, world-renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman joins the RSNO for one of the best-loved pieces in the classical repertoire: Bruch's First Violin Concerto. Brimming with lyrical melody and dazzling virtuosity, it is a work that combines a touching open-heartedness with high romance – a bold contrast with the concert's imposing opener Verdi's powerful Force of Destiny Overture.

City Noir: 'this score is in fact a wonderously strange and complex symphony.'
The New York Times

4 Stars - The Scotsman

Usher Hall

Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH1 2EA

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Peter Oundjian Conductor

Pinchas Zukerman Violin

Verdi Overture, The Force of Destiny
Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor
Christopher Rouse The Infernal Machine
Tod Machover Festival City (World Premiere, EIF commission)
John Adams City Noir

Photo: Tom Finnie


This event was part of a previous Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The Festival 2014 programme is now live. Visit the events block to find out more. Public bookings will open on Saturday 29 March.

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