Kirill is coming back to do six of the best

Kirill Karabits
Kirill Karabits
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Principal conductor Kirill Karabits will round off the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Portsmouth Guildhall season with music by Tchaikovsky and Janacek next Thursday – but will be back to take charge of a further six concerts in 2011-12.

The Ukrainian is responsible for a thread of lesser-known works by Stravinsky running through the new season, beginning in the opening concert on October 13 with the Pulcinella suite.

That programme also includes a rarity for Portsmouth – a song-cycle. Britten’s Les Illuminations will be sung by Mark Padmore in a programme ending with Beethoven’s fourth symphony.

Beethoven’s fifth and sixth will also be played during the season - the fifth linked with Stravinsky works (March 8), and the sixth (the Pastoral) with Harold In Italy by Berlioz (March 29).

Both these concerts will be led by Karabits, and he has another pairing of major works in Dvorak’s cello concerto with the fifth symphony by Sibelius (January 27).

His remaining programmes feature seldom-performed works by Prokofiev - his Sinfonia Concertante for cello and orchestra (April 27) and second piano concerto (May 10).

The latter is part of a potentially thrilling programme, opening with music from Khachaturian’s Gayaneh (of Sabre Dance fame) and ending with Walton’s first symphony.

This autumn, BSO conductor laureate Andrew Litton will return with a striking pairing of the sixth symphony by Sibelius and third piano concerto by Rachmaninov (October 28).

And Kees Bakels pairs Beethoven’s Emperor concerto and Mahler’s first symphony (November 24).

After a folk/classical Christmas concert entitled Wassail (December 20), Thomas Dausgaard will conduct a programme featuring the second piano concerto and second symphony by Brahms, with pianist John Lill (January 12).

And Alexander Vedernikov, formerly the Bolshoi’s music director, will team up with Nazareth-born young musician Saleem Abboud Ashkar, who has played with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony, in Mendelssohn’s second piano concerto (February 24).

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