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Scottish Chamber Orchestra and VOCAL are working in partnership to offer unpaid carers and one companion the opportunity to hear live orchestral music from a unique collection of talented musicians who inspire and connect with people of all ages.

FOLK INSPIRATIONS WITH PEKKA AND SAM: Thursday 9 March, 7.30pm at The Queen’s Hall 

Inspirational Finnish multi-musician Pekka Kuusisto makes a spectacular return to the SCO with an exciting residency in the 2022/23 Season.

He’s joined by friend and colleague Sam Amidon, US neo-folk singer/songwriter, in pitch-black murder ballads and music of obsessive love from the USA and Europe. Janáček’s Kreutzer Sonata – arranged by Kuusisto from a string quartet to a full string orchestra – was inspired by a scandalous Tolstoy novella of desire, jealousy and murderous rage, reflecting the composer’s own obsessive love for a woman 38 years his junior. Interwoven between its movements, Amidon sings folk songs from rural Appalachia of crime, redemption and transcendental vision.

Kuusisto brings the wide-ranging concert to a glowing conclusion with one of Sibelius’s most buoyant, optimistic symphonies, weaving together threads of Finnish folk and classical refinement.

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Thu 9 Mar
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Queen’s Hall
85-89 Clerk St, Newington
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG
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