The Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra makes its long-awaited debut in Dundee with a concert in the Gardyne Theatre on June 29.

The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s thrilling Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’, as part of the Orchestra’s 35th year of summer touring across Scotland.

Hungarian conductor Gergely Madaras opens the concert with a work by his fellow countryman, Leo Weiner. His energetic Divertimento No 1 brings together a selection of five Hungarian folk melodies, each given its own short movement presenting a different type of dance and is one of the finest examples of Weiner’s authentic Hungarian style.

To follow SCO Principal Flute Alison Mitchell presents Jacques Ibert’s rarely-performed Flute Concerto which was written in 1934 for the virtuoso flautist Marcel Moyse. The piece requires great skill of the soloist, particularly the solo cadenza of the last movement which was considered so technically challenging that it became one the test pieces at the Paris Conservatoire.

To bring the concert to a close, the SCO presents a well-loved classic: Beethoven’s magnificent Symphony No 3. The aptly-named ‘Eroica’ Symphony captures the Revolutionary spirit of Napoleonic Europe and demonstrates the respect the composer originally held for Bonaparte. This esteem was dashed when the Corsican proclaimed himself emperor, a move which led Beethoven to remove his original dedication of the piece.

SCO Chief Executive Roy McEwan said: “Dundee is a city with a thriving Arts culture and it’s wonderful for the SCO to contribute to that.”

Ticket details from the box office on 01382 434940.