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21 Nov



United Kingdom
 Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Jonathan Leathwood Guitar
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £10-20
Jonathan Leathwood

Disregarding the more traditional guitar programmes that have been in currency for many years, The Julian Bream Trust, which has been set up to support young musicians, seeks to explore a largely different repertoire.
This particular concert has the unusual inclusion of two distinguished world premières by Harrison Birtwistle and Leo Brouwer.


Antonio José : Guitar Sonata
J.S. Bach : Suite in E minor BWV996
Harrison Birtwistle : Construction with Guitar Player
Manuel de Falla : Homenaje: pièce de guitare écrite pour ‘Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy’
Albert Roussel : Ségovia Op. 29
Leo Brouwer : Sonata No. 5: Ars Combinatoria

22 Nov



United Kingdom
 Friday, November 22, 2013 at 6pm 
Benjamin Britten’s Friday Afternoons
Jerwood Hall
London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free


Join some of LSO Discovery’s younger participants as they explore Benjamin Britten’s Friday Afternoons, a set of twelve songs written for school children. Part of a national initiative by Aldeburgh Music to encourage as many young people as possible to sing the songs on what would have been Britten’s 100th birthday.

The short and witty songs were written for the composer’s schoolmaster brother and the boys of Clive House preparatory school, Prestatyn – a school in which choir practice and singing lessons regularly took place on a Friday afternoon.


Benjamin Britten : Friday Afternoons

22 Nov



United Kingdom
 Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Britten 100: Centenary Concert
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000
symphonyhall@necgroup.co.uk
http://boxoffice.necgroup.co.uk/iccsym.asp

Tickets: £20
CBSO Chorus
CBSO Youth Chorus
CBSO Children’s Chorus
Simon Halsey conductor
David Goode organ
Nicholas Daniel oboe

Translated Daughter, come down and startle / Composing mortals with immortal fire.’

Britten’s originality never blazed more brightly than when it was most firmly rooted in the English choral tradition. One hundred years to the day since Britten was born, Simon Halsey directs the CBSO’s choruses in some of Britten’s most striking inspirations, including the inimitable Rejoice in the Lamb and the Hymn to St Cecilia on St Cecilia’s Day no less: music to leave you stirred, beguiled and thoroughly entertained.

The CBSO is the resident orchestra of Symphony Hall.

6.15pm Free pre-concert talk: Britten at 100. CBSO chorus director Simon Halsey offers an expert perspective on Britten’s choral music.


Benjamin Britten : Jubilate in C
Benjamin Britten : Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
Benjamin Britten : 3 Two-Part Songs
Benjamin Britten : Friday Afternoons
Benjamin Britten : Hymn to St Cecilia
Benjamin Britten : Missa Brevis
Benjamin Britten : Prelude & Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria
Benjamin Britten : Rejoice in the Lamb

23 Nov



United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 11am 
Britten Centenary Weekend: Centenary Family Concert
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

Tickets: £14, £20
Andrew Gourlay conductor
Youth Choirs from Suffolk

For children of all ages, was there ever a better musical guide than Benjamin Britten? Whether playing, singing or listening to his pieces, he unlocks the lid of the classical music treasure chest. The BBC Symphony Orchestra presents a selection of his wonderful music for young people in a one hour concert for all the family.

Featuring his last ever piece (written for Suffolk schoolchildren), some fizzing arrangements of Rossini tunes and his famous guide to the family of orchestral instruments, the concert also includes four brand new choral songs written for the Britten centenary by professional and talented teenage composers. What better way to celebrate the music of the talented Suffolk schoolboy who turned out to be one of best and most famous of all English composers?


Benjamin Britten : Welcome Ode
Benjamin Britten : Soirées Musicales
Benjamin Britten : The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

23 Nov



United States
 Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 07:30 pm 
Melodia Women's Choir 'Visions of Peace'
Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue, NYC, New York
United States
+1 800-838-3006
http://www.melodiawomenschoir.org/
info@horsedragon-nyc.com

Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 door ($15 adv. students and seniors)
Cynthia Powell, Conductor
Taisiya Pushkar, piano
Rita Costanzi, harp
Barbara Merjan, percussion
Transfiguration Quintet



Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC led by Artistic Director Cynthia Powell opens its eleventh season with 'Visions of Peace,' a bold and irrepressible holiday program centered on a Melodia reprise performance of Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.” Composed for women's voices and harp in 1942, “A Ceremony of Carols” is one of Britten’s most beloved works, resonant for its purity of spirit and sense of hope and joy. It is a fitting tribute to mark the centenary of the English composer, born on November 22, 1913, and celebrated around the world through Britten 100 events.

In atmospheric complement to Britten’s piece, “Seven Part-Songs for Female Voices and Strings,” by Gustav Holst (1874-1934) is an ethereal and deeply haunting work set to the poetry of Robert Bridges (1844-1930). In perfect counterpoint is Paul Csonka’s (1905-1995) sensuous Spanish-language piece “Concierto de Navidad,” rarely performed settings of three Spanish Christmas carols sparked by the rhythms of Cuba.

“This concert is eclectic, but will come together beautifully,” said Powell. “Holst is a natural to pair with Britten - they both had a profound appreciation for great poetry. And Paul Csonka’s ‘Concierto de Navidad’ is a gem that will lead into several popular tunes in jazz samba style, arranged for our instrumental forces.”

Performing throughout the concert will be award-winning pianist Taisiya Pushkar (www.taisiyapushkar.com), accomplished harpist Rita Costanzi (www.ritacostanzi.com), percussionist Barbara Merjan, and the Transfiguration String Quintet.


Benjamin Britten : A Ceremony of Carols
Gustav Holst : Seven Part-Songs for Female Voices and Strings
Paul Csonka : Concierto de Navidad
- - : Arrangement of popular samba songs

23 Nov



United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 7pm 
Britten's Albert Herring
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £12-£40
Steuart Bedford conductor
Christine Brewer Lady Billows
Gaynor Keeble Florence Pike
Gillian Keith Miss Wordsworth
Roderick Williams Mr Gedge
Adrian Thompson Mr Upfold
Matthew Rose Superintendent Budd
Marcus Farnsworth Sid
Andrew Staples Albert Herring
Kitty Whately Nancy
Catherine Wyn-Rogers Mrs Herring
Kenneth Richardson director

BBCSO

Albert Herring is the brightest, breeziest and wittiest of all Britten’s operas. A delightful chamber piece that follows the fortunes of down-trodden young simpleton Albert Herring, who is put forward by the grotesque village worthies to be ‘King of May’ because the local girls have all disgraced themselves. Young lovers Sid and Nancy spike his drink on May Day and enjoy the chaos that ensues, when he escapes humiliation and his mother’s clutches. Britten expert Steuart Bedford conducts a fabulous cast, including Christine Brewer as Lady Billows, Gillian Keith as Miss Wordsworth, Roderick Williams as Mr Gedge and rising star Andrew Staples as Albert himself.

Semi-staging


Benjamin Britten : Albert Herring

24 Nov



United States
 Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 4:00 Pre-concert talk, 5:00 Concert 
Thanksgiving - Present Music
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
812 N. Jackson St.
United States
414-271-0711
http://www.presentmusic.org/concerts/thanksgiving-2013.aspx
newmusic@presentmusic.org

Tickets: Best tickets - $35, Good tickets - $25, Bargain tickets - $15, Student discount 50%
Present Music's newly formed vocal ensemble will be joined by choirs and singers from Arrowhead High School, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Pius XI High School, Voces Punica from Carthage College, and visiting composer and performer, Caroline Shaw.Also join in the opening and closing songs by the Bucks Native American Singing and Drumming Group.



Caroline Shaw : Sarabande, Fly Away I & Fly Away III, Punctum, and Contico delle creature

24 Nov



United States
 Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm 
Melodia Women's Choir 'Visions of Peace'
West End Collegiate Church
West End Ave. at 77th St
United States
http://www.westendchurch.org

Tickets: $20 advance; $25 door; $15 adv. students / seniors
Cynthia Powell, conductor
Taisiya Pushkar, piano
Rita Costanzi, harp
Barbara Merjan, percussion
Transfiguration String Quintet



Brown Paper Tickets at www.melodiawomenschoir.org or at (800) 838-3006

Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC led by Artistic Director Cynthia Powell opens its eleventh season with 'Visions of Peace,' a bold and irrepressible holiday program centered on a Melodia reprise performance of Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.” Composed for women's voices and harp in 1942, “A Ceremony of Carols” is one of Britten’s most beloved works, resonant for its purity of spirit and sense of hope and joy. It is a fitting tribute to mark the centenary of the English composer, born on November 22, 1913, and celebrated around the world through Britten 100 events.

In atmospheric complement to Britten’s piece, “Seven Part-Songs for Female Voices and Strings,” by Gustav Holst (1874-1934) is an ethereal and deeply haunting work set to the poetry of Robert Bridges (1844-1930). In perfect counterpoint is Paul Csonka’s (1905-1995) sensuous Spanish-language piece “Concierto de Navidad,” rarely performed settings of three Spanish Christmas carols sparked by the rhythms of Cuba.

“This concert is eclectic, but will come together beautifully,” said Powell. “Holst is a natural to pair with Britten - they both had a profound appreciation for great poetry. And Paul Csonka’s ‘Concierto de Navidad’ is a gem that will lead into several popular tunes in jazz samba style, arranged for our instrumental forces.”

Performing throughout the concert will be award-winning pianist Taisiya Pushkar (www.taisiyapushkar.com), accomplished harpist Rita Costanzi (www.ritacostanzi.com), percussionist Barbara Merjan, and the Transfiguration String Quintet.


Benjamin Britten : A Ceremony of Carols
Gustav Holst : Seven Part-Songs for Female Voices and Strings
Paul Csonka : Concierto de Navidad
- - : Arrangement of popular samba songs

25 Nov



United Kingdom
 Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Gildas Quartet
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £10-£18
Gildas Quartet

Both the Gildas Quartet and Joseph Houston gave memorable performances in the PLG New Year Series 2013 which led to outstanding press reviews: ‘The gifted Gildas Quartet’ (The Times). ‘…liquid beauty … vividly projected.’ (Daily Telegraph on Joseph Houston).
Together, they present an exquisitely-balanced programme of 19th-century classical and 20th-century romantic music, gently set off by the world première of Thomas Simakus’ latest set of piano miniatures.


Joseph Haydn : String Quartet in F Op. 77 No. 2
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 'Appassionata'
Claude Debussy : Images, Series 1
Thomas Simaku : Deux Esquisses
Maurice Ravel : String Quartet in F

25 Nov



Scotland
 Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7.45pm 
Belcea Quartet
Queens Hall
Edinburgh
Scotland
0131 668 2019
http://www.thequeenshall.net

Tickets: £12 - £21 (£11 - £19 concessions)
Belcea Quartet

The New Town Concert Society fill a long-standing gap in their programme as the Belcea Quartet, now the leading British based quartet of their generation, make their first appearance as part of the 2013/14 season. They will come straight from the centenary Britten weekend at Aldeburgh to play Britten’s last string quartet, flanked by two of his favourite composers, Haydn and Mozart.

Joseph Haydn : Quartet in E flat Op 64 No 6
Benjamin Britten : Quartet No 3
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Quartet No 20 in D major K499

26 Nov



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 8pm 
UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica - Norwegian Requiem
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.lso.co.uk/lsostlukes/
admin@lso.co.uk

Tickets: £10-£22
Arve Henriksen trumpet
Ståle Storløkken organ
LSO St Luke’s Community Choir
Choralia: Wells Cathedral Girls’ Choir
Christopher Finch conductor

Commissioned by the Norway’s Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir for their 20th anniversary, this moving Requiem features jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen with organ, girls’ choir and community choir. Loosely based on the requiem mass, Andrew Smith’s piece is a reflection on the tragic massacre of 22 July 2011 on Utøya in Norway. The first half will feature a duo from Arve Henriksen and keyboard player Ståle Storløkken.

Andrew Smith : Requiem

27 Nov 
 
28 Nov



United Kingdom
 Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 7.30pm 
he Rest is Noise: Takemitsu & Ligeti
Royal Festival Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
020 7840 4242
http://www.rfh.org.uk

Tickets: £9-£65
Ilya Gringolts violin
Ilan Volkov conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

programme showcasing the vibrant music of Ligeti and Takemitsu, two composers that reflected the changes that occurred in society during the second half of the 20th century.

The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.


Toru Takemitsu : Green [November steps II]
Toru Takemitsu : Marginalia
Toru Takemitsu : I hear the Water Dreaming
Gyorgy Ligeti : San Francisco Polyphony
Gyorgy Ligeti : Violin Concerto

29 Nov



United Kingdom
 Friday, November 29, 2013 at  
NOTATIONS – A film by Vicki Bennett with a live score from Jaap Blonk and Philip Jeck
Cafe Oto, London
22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
United Kingdom

Tickets: £8/£10


Sound And Music and Tusk Music are delighted to announce this tour of Vicki Bennett’s film-collage-as-visual-score Notations, to be soundtracked by a unique combination of leading improvising artists at each event.

Notations has been created by Vicki from hundreds of different film clips, where the content conceptually or literally portrays different kinds of ‘gestures’ or ‘instructions’ to be read by the improvising artists on stage as a visual score.

To soundtrack Notations, an impressive international cast of improvisers has been recruited and, as each show features a different combination of artists, every performance will be completely unique. The artists involved are Bill Orcutt, Rhodri Davies, M.C. Schmidt (Matmos), Philip Jeck, Jaap Blonk, Steve Noble, Wobbly, Mark Sanders, Tomomi Adachi, Yoni Silver and Jennifer Walshe.


Contemporary Composers : Notations

30 Nov



United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 7pm 
CBSO Bach to the Future
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000
symphonyhall@necgroup.co.uk
http://boxoffice.necgroup.co.uk/iccsym.asp

Tickets: £18.50 - £42 plus transaction fee
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Pekka Kuusisto director / violin

Vibrant, colourful, and buzzing with energy: the American minimalist music of John Adams and Steve Reich has swept through contemporary culture like a blast of pure oxygen.

But there’s nothing minimalist about its emotional power, and in this life-affirming programme directed by the inspirational Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, it’s the perfect complement to two of Bach’s most tuneful masterpieces. Three masters speak to each other across three centuries: this is music to refresh heart and soul in equal measure.

5.45pm Free pre-concert talk. Violinist and conductor Pekka Kuusisto introduces tonight’s novel programme – in conversation with the CBSO’s Simon Webb.


Steve Reich : Triple Quartet
J.S Bach : Violin Concerto in E major
Steve Reich : Violin Phase
J.S. Bach : Brandenburg Concerto No 3
John Adams : Shaker Loops

30 Nov



United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11am 
Captain Blood’s Revenge
Glyndebourne
Glyndebourne, Lewes, BN8 5UU
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1273 815000
http://glyndebourne.com
info@glyndebourne.com

Salty Sue Emma Carrington

Raggy Sam Hal Cazalet

Captain Blood Richard Wiegold

Billy Bone Peter Brathwaite

Piano Berrak Dyer

Violin Helena Nicholls

Double bass Roger McCann

Accordion Karen Street

Bold, boisterous and bags of fun, Captain Blood’s Revenge combines adventure, mystery and a bit of spookiness in a tale of buccaneering high jinks that we can all join in.

As if Salty Sue doesn’t have enough to cope with as landlady of The Blasted Bilge Rat, a rowdy harbourside inn, her daughter Pegatty is a real piratical handful and Pegatty’s father, the fearsome former pirate Billy Bone, has vanished on a dangerous quest. No wonder Sue would rather swap the high seas for the high Cs in her secret ambition to be a singer. The rollicking regulars at Sue’s inn include a band of mariner musicians, an evil-looking sailor with a knife in his back – and us, the audience.

Music by Lynne Plowman

Libretto by Martin Riley

Performances for Schools
As part of our Performances for Schools programme this autumn, Captain Blood's Revenge will be touring across the country to give a special dedicated performance to pupils in years 3 & 4. Beginning at Glyndebourne on 28 & 29th November, the production will move on to the Norwich Playhouse, the Marlowe Studio in Canterbury, The Stables in Milton Keynes and The New Cygnet Theatre in Exeter.



Lynne Plowman : Captain Blood’s Revenge

1 Dec



United States
 Sunday, December 01, 2013 at 8pm 
Timbre Tantrum' - Composers Concordance's 3rd Annual Festival
DiMenna Center Mary Flagler Cary Hall
450 West 37th Street, NYC
United States
http://www.oslmusic.org/dimenna-center/

Tickets: Various
Glen Velez, Lukas Ligeti and Peter Jarvis

ArtBeat
 
Composers Concordance's ‘Timbre Tantrum’ Festival opens with a ‘bang’:
All-Percussion concert featuring Glen Velez, Lukas Ligeti and Peter Jarvis and original sculpture-percussion by Gorazd Poposki


Sunday, December 1st 2013 at 3:00 PM, followed by a wine reception
The Dimenna Center, Benzaquen Hall
(between 9th & 10th Avenue), NYC

Monday, December 2nd 2013  7pm – ArtBeat (repeat of program)
lecture-demonstration at 6pm
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ, FREE

Third annual festival produced by Composers Concordance (“enterprising new music organization” - NYTimes) has an innovative approach: each concert focuses on a specific timbre.
The festival opener, entitled 'ArtBeat' features percussion instruments in a program with 4-time Grammy winner Glen Velez, as well as the acclaimed Lukas Ligeti and Peter Jarvis. It will held at DiMenna Center on December 1st at 3pm, followed by a reception. The repeat of the program at William Paterson University on December 2nd will include a pre-concert lecture demonstration on frame-drumming and overtone singing by Glen Velez.
In addition to the mono-timbral nature of each concert on the festival, a few of them, including ArtBeat have a collaborative-interdisciplinary nature.
ArtBeat includes original sculpture-percussion by Gorazd Poposki made specifically for this event. 
Each percussionist will present a 20 - 25 minute solo set of their own repertoire. The percussionists will then join together to perform a suite written for them by Dan Cooper, Partick Grant, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker and Zach Seely, featuring the sculpture-percussion instruments.
The instruments will be on the display at Gallery MC (www.GalleryMC.org), at 549 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in NYC), November 16th - 31st.
 
PRESS: 
for more information, please contact:
Composers Concordance, phone: 212-203-6163
e-mail: info@composersconcordance.com
For more information about the ‘Timbre Tantrum’ Festival visit: 
http://composersconcordance.wix.com/2013-14season#!tt-festival/cj5l


Gene Pritsker : Context
Dan Cooper : Tba

1 Dec



United Kingdom
 Sunday, December 01, 2013 at 7.30pm 
LSO on Film: Celebrating the music of Patrick Doyle
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10-£37
Frank Strobel conductor
Janis Kelly soprano
Appearances by Derek Jacobi and Emma Thompson
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

A 60th birthday celebration of film composer Patrick Doyle, featuring a selection of his film scores, including Hamlet, Henry V, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Eragon, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the world premiere of his score for Jack Ryan.

Iconic movie soundtracks performed in celebration of Patrick Doyle’s 60th year as one of the UK’s most successful film composers – live, up close and more exhilarating than ever before.


Patrick Doyle : Various

1 Dec



United Kingdom
 Sunday, December 01, 2013 at 11.15pm 
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
BBC Radio 3

United Kingdom

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christoph Koenig

This broadcast can be heard for the seven days following on the BBC website.

Edward McGuire : The Spirit of Wallace (Symphonic Poem)

2 Dec



Austria
 Monday, December 02, 2013 at 7.30pm 
ENSEMBLE KONTRAPUNKTE
Musikverein, Vienna
Bösendorferstr. 12, 1010 Wien, Österreich
Austria
+43 1 505 81 90
http://www.musikverein.at/startseite.asp
tickets@musikverein.at



Ensemble Kontrapunkte
Peter Keuschnig, Dirigent


Judith Unterpertinger : MIND THE GAP
Norbert Sterk : Mandragora (Uraufführung)
Gerhard Schedl : Short cuts. Concertino für Klarinette und Kammerensemble
Manuela Kerer : Aneddoto für acht Instrumente
Shih . : Die Überquerung des Flusses nach Marguerite Duras
Gernot Wolfgang : Mr. Z. In Erinnerung an Joe Zawinul

2 Dec



Wales
 Monday, December 02, 2013 at 2pm 
Americana with Carlos Kalmar
BBC Hoddinott Hall
Cardiff
Wales

Tickets: £9 - 12
Conductor Carlos Kalmar
Flute Adam Walker

BBCNOW

The infectious Mexican rhythms of Copland’s El Salon Mexico entranced a generation of Americans, including Leonard Bernstein, whose Halil, for flute and orchestra, was composed in memory of an Israeli flautist killed in war. On a lighter note experience Walter Piston’s classic ballet, The Incredible Flutist, and Randall Thompson’s intrinsically rhythmic Second Symphony.

Aaron Copland : El Salon Mexico
Randall Thompon : Symphony No 2
Leonard Bernstein : Halil
Walter Piston : The Incredible Flutist
Howard Hanson : Elegy

3 Dec



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 03, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Heath Quartet plays Tippett
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £15-£30
Mark Padmore
tenor
James Baillieu
piano

A visionary artist who probed deep into the human psyche, Michael Tippett sought to unite apparently conflicting styles and celebrate the vast energy of cultural diversity in his music.
Wigmore Hall’s Tippett Series marks the fifteenth anniversary of the composer’s death with a retrospective survey of works central to his creative development, opening with the Beethoven-inspired first string quartet and exploring the cantata Boyhood’s End, first performed at Morley College in 1943 by Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten.


Michael Tippett : String Quartet No. 1
Michael Tippett : The Heart’s Assurance
Michael Tippett : Boyhood’s End
Michael Tippett : String Quartet No. 3

3 Dec



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 03, 2013 at 8pm 
Benslow Music WinterFest Series
Benslow Music, Peter Morrison Hall
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
United Kingdom
01462 459446
http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=13
info@benslowmusic.org

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
The London Klezmer Quartet - www.londonklezmerquartet.com

Box Office: 01462 459446


4 Dec



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, December 04, 2013 at 2pm 
Afternoon on 3: The Great American Songbook
The Mermaid
Puddle Dock Blackfriars, London EC4V 3DB
United Kingdom

Kitty Whately soprano
BBC Concert Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth conductor

Join the BBC Concert Orchestra, their Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth and BBC Radio 3 New Generation artist Kitty Whately as they celebrate the Great American Songbook.

Hear avant-garde composer, pianist, author and inventor George Antheil's ‘American' Symphony alongside Aaron Copland's popular suite from his music to Appalachian Spring and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's orchestral version of the Lilliburlero Variations.

Kitty Whately joins the orchestra to perform favourites from the Great American Songbook including songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern from Carousel, The King and I, Kiss Me Kate and Show Boat.


Georges Antheil : Symphony No.3 'American'
Aaron Copland : Appalachian Spring: Suite
Richard Rodney Bennett : Lilliburlero Variations

5 Dec



United Kingdom
 Thursday, December 05, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Rolf Hind, piano
Barbican, Milton Concert Hall
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK
United Kingdom
tickets@barbican.org.uk

Tickets: £15
Rolf Hind, piano

The Guildhall School's series of exclusive performances by senior professors and their colleagues gives public, staff and students the opportunity to see some of the country's finest musicians perform in the stunning new Milton Court Concert Hall.

Per Nørgård : Turn
Rolf Hind : A single hair, a jasmine petal, seven mattresses, a pea
John Adams : Phrygian Gates
Mark Simpson : Barkham Fantasy
Helmut Lachenmann : Serynade

6 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 06, 2013 at 8pm 
Haas: in vain
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096
http://www.rfh.org.uk

Tickets: £10/£20
Emilio Pomàrico conductor
London Sinfonietta

“How to describe it? An astonishing work of art that has become a cult wherever it is played. One of the first great masterpieces of the C21st.”
Sir Simon Rattle

Premiered in 2000 and now receiving its much-awaited premiere in London, Haas’ in vain is an extraordinary work of contradictions and juxtapositions, exploring a heightened sensory world where darkness and light collide. Written in protest to the rise of the far-right Freedom Party in the 1999 Austrian elections, in vain hints at a frightening world where dark, unnatural forces are at work. As familiar harmonies meet microtonal systems, Haas evokes an otherworldly realm that oscillates between the past and the present, between clarity and dystopia. Performed partly in complete darkness, in vain transforms the concert hall into a mysterious new landscape, where you must trust your ears and relinquish your sight.


Georg Friedrich Haas : in vain

6 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 06, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Juanjo Mena and Colin Currie
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Manchester M1 5HA
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000
http://bridgewater-hall.co.uk
box@bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Tickets: £35 - £10
Juanjo Mena Conductor
Colin Currie Percussion

It's all about rhythm. Musical revolutions in Manchester have always started on the dancefloor, and whether it's the punchy latin rhythms of Turina's flamboyant ballet, or the young Thomas Adès These Premises Are Alarmed commissioned for the opening of The Bridgewater Hall, Juanjo Mena knows exactly how to get a party started.

John Adams blasts musical theory right out of the classroom in the outrageous Slonimsky's Earbox, percussion virtuoso Colin Currie performs a concerto by our very own HK "Nali" Gruber, and the BBC Philharmonic adventure through the bareback thrills of Ginastera's exuberant cowboy ballet. Hold tight: the future has never sounded so much fun.


Joaquín Turina : Ritmos
HK Gruber : Rough Music
Thomas Ades : These premises are alarmed
John Adams : Slonimsky's Earbox
Alberto Ginastera : Estancia

6 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 06, 2013 at 8pm 
Benslow Music WinterFest Series
Benslow Music, Peter Morrison Hall
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
United Kingdom
01462 459446
http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=13
info@benslowmusic.org

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
The Bingham String Quartet
www.stevebingham.co.uk/bsq.htm

Box Office: 01462 459446


6 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 06, 2013 at 2pm 
Studio Concert: Gershwin & Bernstein
BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
Maida Vale One, Delaware Road, London
United Kingdom
02085761227

Tickets: Free
Joshua Weilerstein conductor
Martin Roscoe piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Joshua Weilerstein conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a feast of all-American works from the twentieth century. The overture for Barber’s first work for orchestra, The School for a Scandal, reflecting Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s comic play, opens the concert with a flourish. Premiered in 1933, the work won Barber a Bearns Prize from Columbia University as well as instant national recognition.

Two giants of the American stage also feature here. Pianist Martin Roscoe joins the orchestra for Gershwin’s playful and melodious Piano Concerto, which was published just a year after Rhapsody in Blue, in 1925. The inimitable dances from Bernstein’s 1957 Broadway hit West Side Story complete the programme in style, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.


Samuel Barber : The School for Scandal – Overture
George Gershwin : Piano Concerto
Leonard Bernstein : West Side Story - Symphonic Dances

7 Dec 
 
8 Dec



United Kingdom
 Sunday, December 08, 2013 at Starts at midday 
FESTIVAL-IN-A-DAY
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096
http://www.rfh.org.uk

Tickets: £20 day ticket
London Sinfonietta

Falling on the last weekend of Southbank Centre's year-long The Rest Is Noise festival, we bring their story bang up to date with four sets of brand new music from today's most cutting edge composers. Twelve world premieres include major London Sinfonietta commissions from Edmund Finnis and Francisco Coll, alongside UK premieres of works by Rebecca Saunders and Simon Steen-Andersen.

For more information: http://www.londonsinfonietta.org.uk/event/new-music-show


Contemporary Composers : Various

8 Dec



United States
 Sunday, December 08, 2013 at 7:30pm 
Pianist Aleck Karis Performs Late Works of Morton Feldman 12/8
Merkin Concert Hall, The Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street, NY, NY
United States
212.501.3330
http://kaufman-center.org/mch

Tickets: $20
Pianist Aleck Karis
featuring special guest artists Curt Macomber (violin), Danielle Farina (viola) and Chris Finckel (cello).

Pianist Aleck Karis presents a one-night only concert dedicated to late works of the iconoclastic composer Morton Feldman. As an extension of Karis’s latest album Wolpe, Feldman & Webern (Bridge Records), this performance casts the composer in a fresh light by showcasing music written by Feldman’s teacher, Stefan Wolpe, as well as Wolpe’s teacher, Anton Webern. Program opens with solo piano works including Feldman’s Piano and Palais de Mari juxtaposed with Wolpe’s Form, Form IV and Webern’s Piano Variations, culminating with Feldman’s Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello featuring special guest artists Curt Macomber (violin), Danielle Farina (viola) and Chris Finckel (cello).

Morton Feldman : Palais de mari
Morton Feldman : Piano
Stefan Wolpe : Form
Stefan Wolpe : Form IV
Anton Webern : Piano Variations
Morton Feldman : Piano, Violin, Viola Cello

9 Dec



United Kingdom
 Monday, December 09, 2013 at 1pm 
Mark Simpson clarinet; Richard Uttley piano
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £12.50
Mark Simpson
clarinet
Richard Uttley
piano

Mark Simpson, born in Liverpool in 1988, was only seventeen when he became the first person to win both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the BBC Proms /Guardian Young Composer of the Year competitions.
He was subsequently commissioned to write the opening work for the 2012 Last Night of the Proms and joined BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme as a clarinettist.


Herbert Howells : Clarinet Sonata
Gavin Higgins : Three Broken Love Songs
Johannes Brahms : Clarinet Sonata in F minor Op. 120 No. 1

9 Dec



France
 Monday, December 09, 2013 at 8pm 
Trio
IRCAM/Centre Pompidou-Grande salle-Paris

France

Tickets: 14€ | 10€ | 5€
In 1944, a year before his death, Bartók composed an immense sonata for violin has no equal since the sonatas by Bach. Song, polyphonic density, large forms. The final Liszt is the opposite of a miniature, of harmonic ambiguity, and of the premonition in 1883 of a tonal world in decomposition.
Three exceptional musicians brought together by the composer Marc Monnet summon these pivotal works around the creation of an unfaithful disciple of Kagel. In his critical passion of electronics, Monnet prefers the rapidity of instrumental gesture to a display of a pirouetting fiction of technology.

Tedi Papavrami violin
François-Frédéric Guy piano
Xavier Phillips cello
IRCAM Computer Music Design Carlo Laurenzi


Franz Liszt : Pensées des morts (extract from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses)
Marc Monnet : Trio n°3
Marc Monnet : Imaginary Travel
Béla Bartók : Sonata for Solo Violin

10 Dec



Austria
 Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7.30pm 
ALTENBERG TRIO
Musikverein, Vienna
Bösendorferstr. 12, 1010 Wien, Österreich
Austria
+43 1 505 81 90
http://www.musikverein.at/startseite.asp
tickets@musikverein.at

Tickets: 5-41 Euros
ALTENBERG TRIO



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Trio für Klavier, Violine und Violoncello E-Dur, KV 542
Henryk Gorecki : Sechs Bagatellen
Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Trio für Klavier, Violine und Violoncello a-Moll, op. 50

11 Dec



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8pm 
Benslow Music WinterFest Series
Benslow Music, Peter Morrison Hall
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
United Kingdom
01462 459446
http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=13
info@benslowmusic.org

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
The Tedesca Quartet
www.tedesca.co.uk

Box office: 01462 459446


12 Dec



Scotland
 Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7.30pm 
John Adams: City Noir
City Halls
Glasgow
Scotland

Tickets: £11-£24
James Ehnes violin
Donald Runnicles conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

It's one of the most talked-about new scores of recent years. And there's absolutely nothing minimal about John Adams's City Noir, a sassy, bluesy symphony of Los Angeles, inspired by classic movies and scored for a Mahler-size orchestra. This is music that demands to be heard, and Donald Runnicles has set it alongside the dazzling rightness of Beethoven's headlong Fourth Symphony and the ominous twilight of Shostakovich's tormented First Violin Concerto, performed here by James Ehnes - whose "indelible, intellectually gripping" Shostakovich performances have left critics reeling. Three masterworks from three centuries, each speaking to the other - and, more importantly, to us: right here and right now.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No.4
Dmitri Shostakovich : Violin Concerto No.1
John Adams : City Noir

13 Dec 
 
14 Dec



Netherlands
 Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 13:30 
Dutch premiere of Detlev Glanert's opera Caligula
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam
Netherlands
http://www.concertgebouw.nl

Tickets: €48-€55
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Groot Omroepkoor
Markus Stenz (dirigent)
Peter Coleman-Wright (bariton (Caligula))
Ursula Hesse von den Steinen (mezzosopraan (Caesonia))
Martin Wölfel (countertenor (Helicon))
Johannes Schmidt (bariton (Cherea))
Marcel Beekman (tenor (Mucius))
Cécile van de Sant (mezzosopraan (Scipio))
Quentin Hayes (bariton (Mereia/Lepidus))
Ruth Fiedler (sopraan (Livia))



Detlev Glanert : Caligula

14 Dec



Netherlands
 Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 14:15 
Ten Holt - Canto ostinato
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam
Netherlands
http://www.concertgebouw.nl

Tickets: 22.50/28.50 Euros
Polo de Haas (piano)
Kees Wieringa (piano)



Simeon ten Holt : Canto ostinato

15 Dec



United States
 Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 7:15pm 
Jazz Legend Chico Hamilton performs Oct - Dec
DROM, New York
, 85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th St) in East Village
United States
(212) 777-1157
http://www.dromnyc.com/events/772/composers-concordance-records-release-party

Tickets: $15
Chico Hamilton
Euphoria Band

LEGENDARY DRUMMER CHICO HAMILTON CONTINUES MONTHLY CONCERT SERIES AT NEW YORK CITY’S DROM
Sundays this Fall: 10.20 + 11.17 + 12.15



WHAT: NEA JAZZ MASTER CHICO HAMILTON @ DROM
In yet another strong showing by this venerable drummer, 92 year-old percussionist and band leader Foreststorn “Chico” Hamilton celebrates his working life in a trio of concerts – EUPHORIC: Celebrating the Life & Music of Chico Hamilton. Known for fashioning finely textured sounds with small ensembles, Chico leads his long-time working group Euphoria featuring Nick Demopoulos (guitar), Paul Ramsey (bass), Evan Schwam (flute + reeds), Mayu Saeki (flute), and Jeremy Carlstedt (drums + percussion) as well as special featured guests TBA. Program includes some new original material as well as works off of Chico’s latest vivacious albums: Revelation and Euphoric (Joyous Shout!). Saluted by the Kennedy Center as a "Living Jazz Legend", and appointed to the President’s Council on the Arts, this NEA Jazz Master is considered one of the most important living jazz artists and composers. According to Jazz Improv NY, “he sounds more creative and artistic than ever.”

WHEN: Sunday, October 20 @ 7:15PM
Sunday, November 17 @ 7:15PM
Sunday, December 15 @ 7:15PM

WHERE: DROM, 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th St), New York City; Train F to 2nd Avenue, 10009

HOW: $15/Advance $12. To reserve, call DROM at 212.777.1157 or visit www.dromNYC.com.

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Chico Hamilton : Euphoria

16 Dec 
 
17 Dec 
 
18 Dec 
 
19 Dec 
 
20 Dec



Wales
 Friday, December 20, 2013 at 2pm 
Afternoon with Jun Märkl with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
BBC Hoddinott Hall
Cardiff
Wales

Tickets: £9-£12
Conductor Jun Märkl
Piano Llyr Williams

Following on from his hugely successful partnership with the Orchestra for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013, German conductor Jun Märkl returns to Cardiff for an intimate concert in BBC Hoddinott Hall. Märkl will share one of his great loves with us, the music of Claude Debussy, with a performance of La Mer, imbued with rich and atmospheric scoring. This beautiful afternoon of music will also feature much loved Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams.

Toshio Hosokawa : Woven Dreams
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Piano Concerto No 26 (Coronation)
Jacques Ibert : Escales
Claude Debussy : La Mer

21 Dec 
 

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