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Bruckner's Eighth Symphony

Saturday, April 12—Sunday, April 13, 2025

Saturday, April 12—Sunday, April 13, 2025
Orchestra Hall
1 hour and 30 minutes
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Scottish conductor Sir Donald Runnicles leads a bucket-list experience—Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony at Orchestra Hall. This is music-making on the largest possible scale; a breathtaking masterpiece of strings and shattering brass inspired by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; a cathedral of sound designed to make you settle back in awe.


Symphony No. 8


Sir Donald Runnicles


Sir Donald Runnicles has served as the General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin (DOB) since 2009, Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival since 2005, and is in his final season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony, a position he has held since 2001. Runnicles is also the Principal Guest Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2019. He holds the title of Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, having served as Chief Conductor from 2009–2016.

In the 2022–2023 season, Runnicles will lead new productions of Fidelio and Arabella at the DOB, along with revival performances of Elektra, Tosca , andTristan und Isolde, as well as Hänsel und Gretel on tour to Oman. For the San Francisco Opera, he leads a new production of Die Frau ohne Schatten in its centennial season. He will also conduct concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic (debut), and the BBC Scottish Symphony.

Runnicles enjoys close and enduring relationships with many of the most significant opera companies and symphony orchestras. His previous posts include Music Director of the San Francisco Opera (1992–2008), during which he led world premieres of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, Conrad Susa’sLes Liaisons dangereuses, and the US premiere of Messiaen’sSaint François d’Assise; Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (2001–2007); and General Music Director of the Theater Freiburg and Orchestra (1989–1993).

Runnicles’s extensive discography includes recordings of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde , Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’sCarmina Burana, Britten’s Billy Budd, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and Aribert Reimann’sL’invisible. His recording of Wagner arias with Jonas Kaufmann and the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin won the 2013 Gramophone prize for Best Vocal Recording, and his recording of Janáček’s Jenůfa with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.

Runnicles was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was appointed OBE in 2004 and was made a Knight Bachelor in 2020. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.



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