Classical Music News for July/August 2012:

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND -- Twenty noteworthy celebrations of classical music will be held in August & September at the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival.

Among the highlights are four successive concerts in Usher Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra, (Aug. 16-19), with Valery Gergiev conducting. Gergiev, the Festival's honorary president, will concentrate on works by Brahms and Szymanowski, including the latter's sumptuous Symphony No. 3, "Song of the Night." Tenor Toby Spence, backed up by the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, is the featured singer. (August 3rd at 7.30pm).

Gergiev concludes his LSO festival residency on Sunday, Aug. 19 with the final symphonic creations by both Brahms and Szymanowski. The latter's 4th Symphony (with Denis Matsuev on piano, Leonidas Kavakos, violin) is known for its percussive brilliance tempered by magical moments of lyrical reflection.

Brahms's Symphony No. 4 is considered by many to be the summation of his orchestral music.

The Festival's concluding concert, Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, will take place at Princes Street Gardens, Sunday Sept. 2 at 9pm. Garry Walker will conduct the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in works by Walton, Williams and Prokofiev. The concert, a feast of pageantry and patriotism, will not only celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee but echo the Festival's several Shakespearean offerings. or 44 (0) 131 473 2000.

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