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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Dausgaard conducts Schubert, Schumann and Strauss
Tuesday 8 August 2017
Usher Hall

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard Conductor

Sergei Babayan Piano

Schubert Symphony No 8 ‘Unfinished’
Schumann Piano Concerto
Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra

Turbulent drama, joyful melody and a meditation on man’s place in the cosmos: the BBC SSO, under
vibrant Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard, launches its three 2017 International Festival concerts with a rich programme high on contrasts.

They open with the surging emotions and poignant melodies of Schubert’s much-loved ‘Unfinished’ Symphony. Armenian-American pianist Sergei Babayan, celebrated for the sensitive insights of his playing, is the soloist in the wondrous inventions of Schumann’s exuberant Piano Concerto, brimming with unforgettable tunes.

The concert concludes with Richard Strauss’s mighty, Nietzsche-inspired tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra, music of enormous passion and scope – whose unforgettable opening Stanley Kubrick famously used to launch his 2001: A Space Odyssey.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 12 September

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  • Running time: 
    2hrs approx (one interval)


Usher Hall

Lothian Road

In memory of

Evelyn Small



BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard Conductor

Sergei Babayan Piano

Schubert Symphony No 8 ‘Unfinished’
Schumann Piano Concerto
Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra

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Thomas Dausgaard

Sergei Babayan

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

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


Grand circle: £47 £38.50 £29
Stalls: £47 £38.50 £29
Upper circle: £26 £19 £13

Current discounts

Students: 30% OFF
Senior citizens: 30% OFF
Unemployed: 30% OFF
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% OFF
Under 18s: 50% OFF
Young Scot cardholders: 50% OFF