Ulster Orchestra to pull out all the stops for 50th anniversary
The Ulster Orchestra is tuning up for its 50th Golden Anniversary Season, with tickets going on sale to the public from today.
Starting in September, there will be 14 subscription concerts, as well as 10 in the popular lunchtime series on Tuesdays.
There will also be a 'popular favourites' series of eight concerts including film scores, as well as two special 50th anniversary celebration events.
A spokesperson told the Belfast Telegraph: "We are pulling out all the stops for our special golden anniversary with an outstanding programme of soloists and conductors - including our principal conductor Rafael Payare and Ulster's greatest professional and award-winning pianist, Barry Douglas.
"The subscription sales have gone very well and we are now opening sales to the general public. We anticipate a very good season."
The opening concert will take place on September 23 in the Ulster Hall. A week later, Douglas will perform the first of his three Tchaikovsky piano concertos to mark the 30th anniversary of his remarkable success in winning the Moscow Piano Competition in 1986. He was the first non-Russian to do so since it was won in 1958 by the American pianist Van Cliburn.
The internationally renowned guests for the coming season include the cellist Alisa Weilerstein, wife of the principal conductor Rafael Payare, and Yan Pascal Tortelier who was the highly-acclaimed principal conductor of and artistic advisor to the Ulster Orchestra from 1989-1992.