Edinburgh Festival 2015 programme announced

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The programme for this year's Edinburgh Festival has been announced. The festival, which runs from August 7th to August 31st will see performances by more than 2,300 artists across a number of different styles.

This year will see thousands of performances from dancers, opera, theatre and classical music; offering something for everyone. Some of the highlights include a performance by Anne-Sophie Mutter of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and a performance by the Budapest Festival Orchestra of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

Other group performances include Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, which will be conducted by Valery Gergiev, as well as performances by the Scottish Opera, the Scottish Chamber of Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.Valery Gergiev, as well as performances by the Scottish Opera, the Scottish Chamber of Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

A number of well-known soloists will also be featuring at the festival, with people like pianists Lang Lang and Yuja Wang due to appear, as well as percussionist Colin Currie and pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.

This is the first programme for the festival under the new director of the event, Fergus Linehan. It will begin with a free open-air event outside Usher Hall, which will feature digitally animated artwork being projected onto the front of Usher Hall while music plays.

Other performances will also be making use of digital animations, with the performance of The Magic Flute utilising the projectors alongside a live action performance.

Mr Linehan said: I believe that being in Edinburgh in August opens your mind and makes you more ambitious, more thoughtful, more generous and more connected. Edinburgh in festival season has the power to leave you changed and changed for the better."

With such an array of events and performances taking place at the festival, it really shouldn't be missed by classical music lovers. To find out more about what is happening at this year's festival, head over to the Edinburgh International Festival website for the complete programme of events.

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