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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: £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

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

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

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
The Bingham String Quartet

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

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 
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096

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.

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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

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

Tickets: £12.50
Mark Simpson
Richard Uttley

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

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


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

 Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Musikverein, Vienna
Bösendorferstr. 12, 1010 Wien, Österreich
+43 1 505 81 90

Tickets: 5-41 Euros

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

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
The Tedesca Quartet

Box office: 01462 459446

12 Dec

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

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

 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

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

 Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 14:15 
Ten Holt - Canto ostinato
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

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

Tickets: $15
Chico Hamilton
Euphoria Band

Sundays this Fall: 10.20 + 11.17 + 12.15

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

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Chico Hamilton : Euphoria

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20 Dec

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

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

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