BSO anniversary gala

ON Saturday 19th May, Bourne­mouth Symphony Orchestra continues its 125th anniversary celebrations with a gala concert at the Pavilion in Westover Road.

The first recorded performance of the fledgling BSO was on 22nd May 1893,  and ever since Bourne­mouth Symphony Orchestra has been bringing the highest quality live music to audiences around the world.

Long-time friend of the BSO the renowned British pianist John Lill joins the orchestra and chief conductor Kirill Karabits at the gala, which will be presented by Classic FM’s Anne Marie-Minhall.

The programme has been chosen from works composed in the first two decades of the BSO’s existence. Richard Strauss’ tone poem, Don Juan was first performed in Weimar on 11th November 1889. One of the earliest of his tone poems, it focusses on the legendary Spanish libertine Don Juan, Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Con­certo has long been a favourite with concert audiences. After the critical panning of his First Symphony in 1897, Rachmaninov didn’t compose anything for three years. In 1900 he was persuaded to visit Nicolai Dahl, a doctor specializing in treatment by hypnosis. The first performance of Rach 2 was in Moscow on 9th November 1901. with the composer as soloist.

The origin of Elgar’s Enigma Variations could not have been more simplistic. In 1898 he was still teaching the violin, and on the evening of the 21st October he returned home after a hard day to dinner, a cigar and improvisation at the piano.

After a while he stumbled on the “Enigma” theme and his wife, Alice, immediately expressed approval. It was first performed in St James’s Hall, London on 19th June 1899.

The BSO Gala starts at 7pm.

For more details, contact the Pavilion or visit the website,