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Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Kristiina Poska conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Join the City of Edinburgh in a celebration of summer festivals, inspirational music and breathtaking fireworks as the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival to a resplendent conclusion.

Set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic Castle, this spectacular event brings together stirring orchestral music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and magnificent pyrotechnics, specially choreographed by international fireworks artists Pyrovision to enhance your musical experience. Around a quarter of a million people gather across the city and beyond to share in this annual grand festival season finale each year.

This year’s Virgin Money Fireworks Concert continues the International Festival’s Shakespearean celebrations, commemorating 400 years since the great Bard’s death with two very different but equally passionate musical interpretations of the greatest love story ever told.

Prokofiev’s vibrant ballet music for Romeo and Juliet takes in the swaggering machismo of the ‘Dance of the Knights’, known to millions as the theme from The Apprentice, as well as the rousing ‘Morning Dance’ and dramatic ‘The Fight’.

The Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story feature some of the composer’s most memorable music from his landmark Romeo and Juliet-inspired musical; flamboyant, catchy and unutterably cool, accompanied by a glittering display of pyrotechnics from the Edinburgh Castle ramparts. The concert concludes with the pomp and exuberance of Shostakovich’s joyful Festive Overture.

Exceptional young Estonian conductor Kristiina Poska conducts Edinburgh’s own Scottish Chamber Orchestra in this spectacular evening of music and sparkling visuals.

At 11am on the same day, schoolchildren from across the city will come to the Ross Theatre for a very special Schools Concert, sponsored by Virgin Money, with music from SCO VIBE, a fusion orchestra open to young musicians aged 11–18.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Kristiina Poska Conductor

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Shostakovich Festive Overture

More information about some of the artists

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Kristiina Poska

29 August 2016

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2019 programme is now available to browse and book. Visit What's On to see the programme

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