Two world-class authors and four celebrated musicians have been secured for the latest lunchtime events in Aberdeen Performing Arts’ (APA) Culture Café series.
The four new hour-long events at Aberdeen’s Music Hall were announced by APA this week and feature award-winning novelist, poet and short-story writer Jackie Kay, novelist, poet, essayist and playwright Ben Okri, violinist Kyrsia Osostowicz with pianist Daniel Tong and horn player Alec Frank Gemmill with pianist Alasdair Beatson.
“We’ve struck the jackpot with the latest Culture Café lineup with these six extraordinary talents,” said APA head of programme and creative projects Ben Torrie.
“It is a privilege to welcome these internationally-regarded, award-winning artists to the final Music Hall lunchtime series before the venue closes for redevelopment.”
Chaired by former Aberdeen University Professor of Creative Writing and WORD festival director Alan Spence, on Wednesday, September 2, Jackie Kay will talk about her work which includes the novel Trumpet and memoir Red Rust Road, as well as the poetry collections Fiere, Reality Reality, and The Maw Broon Monologues.
Of Nigerian descent and a Professor of Creative Writing herself, at Newcastle University, her many awards include the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award.
Her lunchtime session will be followed, a month later on Wednesday, October 7, by one with Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, on a rare visit to Scotland and his first to Aberdeen.
Born in Nigeria, he won the Booker Prize for his work The Famished Road and his other novels include Songs of Enchantment, Astonishing the Gods and most recently, The Age of Magic.
His poetry collections include An African Elegy and Wild, and he has been described as a mesmerizing and powerful performer.
In association with the sound festival, the first of the two classical music Culture Café sessions is a Beethoven cycle with a new dimension on Wednesday, November 4, featuring Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong.
The two musicians invited 10 composers to each write a short companion piece, inspired by one of Beethoven’s 10 violin sonatas, and two of new pieces will be performed together with the original sonatas in Beethoven Plus 1, to create a conversation between the living composers and arguably the world’s most famous and influential one of all.
And Beethoven’s Horn Sonata is on the programme when Alec Frank Gemmill and Alasdair Beatson, two of Scotland’s most exciting talents, take the Culture Café stage on Wednesday, January 27 next year.
Their inventive programme for horn and piano also includes a new work by John Casken, Solo X by Kalevi Aho and Schuman’s Adagio and Allegro.
Tickets for all four Culture Café events go on sale to APA Friends on Thursday, August 6 and to the general public on Tuesday, August 11 online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre.