Shortly I'll be heading down to the Usher Hall to catch my first concert of the 2009 Edinburgh Internation Festival. It will be the Philharmonia Orchestra under Salonen playing a programme that will include Bartok's Miraculous Mandarin suite, Janacek's Sinfoniette and Salonen's own piano concerto. I haven't managed to get to too much so far (that's what happens when you have a full time job and run a Fringe venue in your free time).
But, for those interested, here's what else I'm going to. There's nothing much for the next week or so until Mackerras and the SCO for Haydn's Last Seven Words. Interestingly, he isn't doing the whole concert, Gary Walker is on hand for the rest.
From then it's thick and fast: Zinman and the Zurich Tonhalle with Maher four on 27th, Deneve and the RSNO on 28th with Berlioz's Romeo and Juliette and on Sunday the FestspielOrchester Gottingen for Acis and Galatea.
Then on Monday, a highlight as Runnicles conducts the BBCSSO in Brahms and Strauss. 1st September brings a concert performance of Der Fliegende Hollander, then on 2nd Metzmacher conducts Brahms four with Berlin's other orchestra (oh and that'll be preceded by Carolyn Sampson singing some Bach at Greyfriars). More Bach the next day from Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and then again on the 4th with a staged opera all the way from Stuttgart.
On the final Saturday I'll see Scottish Ballet and the SCO then off to the closing concer - a very promising looking Gerontius from Elder and the Halle.
To cap it all: firework music and Zadock the Priest from the SCO with the appropriate visual accompaniment. My only regret is that I'm back at work when Zacharias is playing.
All this was typed on my iPhone (so forgive typos and the lack of links and italics). You'd think that might lend brevity to a simple list (but you'd be wrong, and if you did think so, you don't know me very well!).