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Tynecastle to host opening concert at Edinburgh Festival

Sir Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry will perform at Edinburgh International Festival this August.

On the ball: The festival will open at Tynecastle Park.
On the ball: The festival will open at Tynecastle Park. Edinburgh International Festival

Tynecastle will host an opening-night concert at this year's Edinburgh International Festival.

Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by its renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, will perform at Hearts' stadium in front of 15,000 people.

The free show will feature a selection of Hollywood's greatest movie music from cinema's golden age, along with a selection of songs from renowned composer John Williams.

The full line-up for the 2019 event, which will take place between August 2 and 26, was revealed on Wednesday.

Returning for its 73rd year, the programme features 93 events with 293 performances from 2600 artists across 17 venues in the capital.

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Sir Ian McKellen will recall seminal moments from his career and will mark 50 years since his landmark performances at the 1969 International Festival.

Stephen Fry will also perform Mythos: A Trilogy, three performances based on his best-selling book that bring to life the classic stories of ancient Greece.

Two of Berlin's opera houses - Komische Oper Berlin and Deutsche Oper Berlin - will perform at the festival, while a new version of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring by Chinese choreographer Yang Liping and Oscar-winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) will hit the stage.

Edinburgh: The festival will take place in August.
Edinburgh: The festival will take place in August. David Wilkinson

Other highlights include the world premiere of Scottish Ballet's The Crucible, the centrepiece of the company's 50th anniversary season, and a special series of five concerts celebrating the career of Scotland's most internationally renowned composer Sir James MacMillan in his 60th birthday year, culminating in the world premiere of his Symphony No.5 Le grand inconnu.

Festival director Fergus Linehan said: "At the end of the first Edinburgh International Festival in 1947, conductor Bruno Walter wrote that the festival has succeeded because 'it was of the utmost importance and most to be desired that all the ties, which had been torn, should be re-united'.

"The 2019 International Festival launch is framed against a backdrop of division and confusion.

"With artists and audiences from all over the world gathering to celebrate each other's music, theatre, dance and art, we hope that the 2019 International Festival will offer a refreshing dose of generosity, inclusiveness and optimism."

'This year the city will boast an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts with an unbeatable programme featuring dance, opera, music and theatre'
Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop added: "One of Scotland's strengths is our concentration of magnificent cultural festivals, none more so than the Edinburgh International Festival, which brings the finest performers and ensembles from Scotland and across the world to our capital city.

"This year the city will boast an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts with an unbeatable programme featuring dance, opera, music and theatre.

"The festival's impact extends beyond its August programme.

"Its community engagement, creative learning and professional development programmes run throughout the year, reaching the widest possible audiences and contributing to the cultural and social life of Edinburgh and Scotland, in part supported by the Scottish Government's contribution to the PLACE programme."

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