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Conductor Kirill Karabits
Conductor Kirill Karabits

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The man named conductor of the year by the Royal Philharmonic Society will open and close the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-14 Portsmouth Guildhall season – and present the likely highlight of the whole programme.

Ukrainian Kirill Karabits, the BSO’s principal conductor honoured by the RPS this month, is to present a rare performance of the epic ninth symphony by Bruckner, with a large orchestra including Wagner tubas, on April 3 next year.

The season will be the fifth with Karabits in charge of the BSO where his musicianship, skills as an orchestral trainer and ability to generate incandescent excitement has helped buck the trend by producing a rise in Portsmouth attendances.

He will open the season on October 11 with music by Wagner and Rachmaninov and close it on May 1 with works by Mozart, Schumann and Mendelssohn.

More frequently-performed symphonies to be played by the BSO include Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique, in a programme also featuring Rodrigo’s popular Concierto de Aranjuez (January 23), Dvorak’s eighth conducted by Jose Serebrier (February 21) and Elgar’s first with David Hill (March 7).

More unusually, the Mathis Der Maler symphony derived by Paul Hindemith from his opera of the same name will be conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier (December 5).

Russian Alexander Vedernikov returns with Rachmaninov’s The Isle Of The Dead, the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition (October 24), and a Last Night of the Christmas Proms programme is scheduled for December 20.

The Guildhall has also engaged the Royal Philharmonic to play film music by John Barry (October 3) and the London Symphony Orchestra to include music by Mendelssohn (date to be confirmed).

String and wind ensembles from the BSO will return to the Third Floor Arts Centre for concerts in the 2013-14 Portsmouth Chamber Music series (November 1 and January 17).

The other four concerts in the series are provided by Music in the Round – the Sheffield-based organisation that won the Royal Philharmonic Society chamber music award.

These include a performance of Schubert’s epic song-cycle, Die Winterreise (November 29), a Valentine’s Day programme by Ensemble 360, early-music specialists Florilegium (March 28) and Peter Cropper’s piano trio (May 16).

BSO subscription booking will open in early June, booking for individual concerts on October 4. Details:

For Portsmouth Chamber Music details, call (023) 9284 3023 or email