Kirill Karabits to present a day of Ukrainian music at London’s Southbank Centre

Theo Elwell
Monday, May 13, 2024

The Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will showcase Voices from the East to celebrate the end of his 15-year tenure

Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits conducting BSO
Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits conducting BSO

Image courtesy of BSO

The BSO, with Karabits at the helm, has been a champion of orchestral pieces from Ukraine and its surrounding regions for the past 15 years, including works from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Macedonia, Poland and Turkmenistan.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits will be hosting a full day’s programme at the Southbank Centre on 19 May. Made up of three concerts, the orchestra will perform music from Karabits’ native country of Ukraine as well as its surrounding areas. The first concert of the day will include music from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, with works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Chary Nurymov and Kara Karayev. The second takes the audience to Georgia and Armenia, with Giya Kancheli’s Styx and Avet Terterian’s Symphony No. 3, and the final concert of the day celebrates music from Ukraine, with works by Thomas de Hartmann and Boris Lyatoshynsky alongside BSO Composer-in-Residence Anna Korsun’s Terricone, which received its world premiere by Karabits and the BSO in January 2023.

More information on Voices from the East can be found here.

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