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6 Dec



Scotland
 Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 2pm 
Afternoon Performance - Mustonen Plays Bartók & Hindemith
City Halls
Glasgow
Scotland

Tickets: £7.00-£9.00
Olli Mustonen piano
Martyn Brabbins conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra


Bartók’s fiery suite of dances was one of the composer’s first works to achieve international success and was commissioned to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the merging of Buda and Pest into one capital. In the second half of the programme, Olli Mustonen gives the UK Premiere of a concerto written in 1923 for Paul Wittgenstein (who lost his arm during the First World War). As Wittgenstein did not like the work it remained unperformed until its premiere in 2004 by Leon Fleischer with the Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle. The afternoon closes with the ‘Symphony’ that Hindemith extracted from his opera Mathis der Maler, which was also given its first performance in Berlin, but in 1934 just a few months before the Nazis banned his music.

Béla Bartók : Dance Suite
Béla Bartók : Piano Concerto No.3
Paul Hindemith : Klaviermusik mit orchester (Piano Concerto for the Left Hand), Op.29
Paul Hindemith : Symphony ‘Mathis der Maler'

7 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 07, 2012 at 4.30pm 
Families@4: Looking to the Heavens
Bramall Music Building
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
United Kingdom

Tickets: £4 adults / free for under 16s (all children must be accompanied by an adult)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group



Activities in foyer from 4pm

This fun, bite-sized and interactive concert for young people and their families will explore the heavenly music of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the end of time and extracts from one of the 20th century’s most important compositions, Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.

Get close up to the music and musicians in this informal and relaxed performance. Come early and take part in activities in the foyer.

Best suited to children aged 7+
Performances will last around one hour



7 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 07, 2012 at Activities in foyer from 4pm. Concert starts at 4.30pm 
Quartet for the End of Time
Bramall Music Building
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
United Kingdom

Tickets: £4 adults / free for under 16s (all children must be accompanied by an adult)


On a bitingly cold January night in 1941, at the Stalag VIIIA German prisoner-of-war camp, an extraordinary piece of music was performed for the first time by a group of four prisoners - a clarinettist, violinist, cellist and pianist. The composer was Olivier Messiaen, the piece Quartet for the End of Time. Drawing inspiration from birdsong and ancient Hindu rhythms, and with movements with titles such as ‘Dance of fury, for the seven trumpets’ and ‘Tangle of rainbows, for the Angel who announces the end of time’, the piece is a 20th century classic.

Come and join us for this hour-long informal concert, hear excerpts of the piece, and learn the amazing story behind the music and about the lives of the musicians who performed it.


Olivier Messiaen : Quartet for the End of Time

7 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 07, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Looking to the Heavens
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: £10 - £42
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Soprano: Claire Booth *
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire was premiered at the Berlin Choralion-Saal on 16 October 1912. The small mixed ensemble that Schoenberg invented for this masterpiece of early atonal music has over the last 100 years become a ‘standard ensemble’, spawning a large repertoire for this grouping of instruments by subsequent composers.

Pierrot Lunaire is a three-part work that sets German translations of poems by Albert Giraud. The eight instruments played by five performers are arranged differently in every number and produce an amazing variety of sound. A striking feature of the work is the vocalist’s Sprechstimme (speech-singing), an eerie declamation between song and speech, where the pitch is sounded but not held; instead, the vocalist immediately leaves the note, falling or rising to the next.

The first of three performances of Pierrot Lunaire in our 25th anniversary season follows a CBSO performance of Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony. Composed just 20 years before Schoenberg’s tour de force, Bruckner’s symphony is one of late Romantic music’s most overwhelming experiences.

Concert preceded by a free 30-minute piano recital at 6.15pm, performed by one of the rising stars of Birmingham Conservatoire.




Anton Bruckner : Symphony No. 8
Arnold Schoenberg : Pierrot Lunaire

7 Dec



United States
 Friday, December 07, 2012 at 8pm 
Composers Concordance's Festival II: Concert #5: Legends
DiMenna Center Mary Flagler Cary Hall
450 West 37th Street, NYC
United States
http://www.oslmusic.org/dimenna-center/

Tickets: $20 day of performance, $15 students and advance tickets
Composers Concordance Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), Lara St. John - violin, Valerie Coleman - flute, Thomas Carlo Bo - conductor

In 1893, legendary Czech composer Antonín Dvořák spoke in NYC of the influence of Native American and African American music on his Symfonie. He urged American composers to focus attention on what "must" be the foundation for "the future music of this country." The concert program is entitled 'Legends', recalling the timeless melodies of Dvořák himself, and examining the influence of Native American and African American music on contemporary orchestral composition. Conducted by Thomas Carlo Bo, this debut performance of CCCO features violinist Lara St. John and flutist Valerie Coleman (of Imani Winds) as soloists. Moreover, each member of this orchestra is a true champion of contemporary music, including bass trombonist Dave Taylor, pianist Taka Kigawa, percussionist Peter Jarvis, violinist Lynn Bechtold, and oboist Keve Wilson, among others. Don't miss this event, to include the distinctive compositions of Valerie Coleman, Dan Cooper, Patrick Hardish (Founding Director), Otto Luening ('Potawatomi Legends'), Milica Paranosic, Joseph Pehrson (Founding Director), Gene Pritsker, and Dave Soldier. http://www.oslmusic.org/dimenna-center-welcome


7 Dec



Wales
 Friday, December 07, 2012 at 2pm 
Afternoon Concert: Barber, Finzi and Leroy Anderson
BBC Hoddinott Hall
Cardiff
Wales

Tickets: £8.50-£11.50
Conductor Garry Walker
Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas
Harp Catrin Finch

An afternoon concert of seasonal favourites, novelties and some suprises featuring two of Wales's best-loved soloists: Catrin Finch and Elin Manahan Thomas. Samuel Barber's sumptuous arrangements of popular Christmas carols are heard alongside the serene contentment of Finzi's Dies Natalis: a reflection of an innocent newborn child's joy and wonder.

Samuel Barber : Die Natali
Gabriel Pierné : Concertstück for Harp & Orchestra
Daniel Jones : Five Pieces for Orchestra
Gerald Finzi : Dies Natalis
Leroy Anderson : Christmas Festival

8 Dec 
 
9 Dec



United States
 Sunday, December 09, 2012 at 7:15PM 
Jazz Legend Chico Hamilton Continues DROM Concert Series 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


LEGENDARY DRUMMER CHICO HAMILTON CONTINUES MONTHLY CONCERT SERIES AT NEW YORK CITY’S DROM

Sundays this Fall: 10.14 + 11.11 + 12.09






WHAT: NEA JAZZ MASTER CHICO HAMILTON @ DROM
As evidenced on his latest recording Revelation (Joyous Shout!), 90 year-old drummer/leader Forestorn “Chico” Hamilton is still creating vivid, positive, uplifting, and relevant music. 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.

DROM presents EUPHORIC – Celebrating the Life & Music of Chico Hamilton for three Sunday night performances this Fall (OCT - DEC) featuring Chico and his long-time touring band 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 mostly Chico originals off of Revelation ranging from the samba-ish gem “Footprints in the Sand” to the ballad “Every Time I Smile.”

WHEN: Sunday, October 14 @ 7:15PM
Sunday, November 11 @ 7:15PM
Sunday, December 9 @ 7:15PM

WHERE: DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York City; Train F to 2nd Avenue

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

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United Kingdom
 Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7.30pm 
The Great O Anthems
Grosvenor Chapel, London
South Audley Street, London W1K 2PA
United Kingdom
http://www.grosvenorchapel.org.uk

Tickets: Tickets price £12 (under 25's £5,other concessions £10) includes a glass of wine
London Concord Singers
Malcolm Cottle (conductor)

The Magnificat Antiphons for the last seven days of Advent, the Great O Anthems, have inspired composers over the centuries and London Concord Singers present a survey of the settings, each anthem set by a different composer. One anthem is sung to the original plainchant whilst another is in a setting by the 17th century English composer Robert Ramsey, the remaining settings are by contemporary composers from Estonia, Poland and the UK. Those of Arvo Pärt, Pavel Lukaszewski, Bob Chilcott and Keith Roberts are from taken from complete settings of all seven antiphons. Whilst that of Cecilia MacDowell, which was premiered earlier this year, is from a set commissioned from seven different composers by Merton College Choir. The Magnificat Antiphons will be complemented by a magnificent Magnificat by Andrea Gabrieli for three choirs.

The concert will be completed with a selection of music for Advent including the premiere of Robert Hugill’s advent motet Propre es tu.


Arvo Pärt : O Immanuel, from Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen
Pawel Lukaszewski : O Radix Jesse, from Antiphonae (O Antiphons)
Bob Chilcott : O Adonai, from Advent Antiphons
Keith Roberts : O Clavis David, from Veni
Cecilia McDowall : O Oriens
Robert Hugill : Propre es tu

14 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 14, 2012 at 20:00 
Philip Glass at 75: Koyaanisqatsi
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 –35
Godfrey Reggio director

Britten Sinfonia
Philip Glass Ensemble
Trinity Laban Chamber Choir
Stephen Jackson choir director
Michael Reisman conductor

A live screening of Koyaanisqatsi the unforgettable 1982 film set to a new arrangement of Glass’ film score for his ensemble and orchestra.

Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 time-lapse cinematic vision of American cities and landscapes Koyaanisqatsi has been described as a ‘visual tone poem.’ In this wordless vision of nature and civilization is Reggio’s view of an ‘unbalanced world’, the collision of man with technology and the inadequate, humiliated state of language. As iconic as Reggio’s film is Glass’s score – momentous in its gradations of tempi, its seismically shifting harmonies and its seminal pitting of synthesized sounds against the weight of the orchestra. Here the Britten Sinfonia and the Philip Glass ensemble play the composer’s revised orchestration as a live accompaniment to the film.


Philip Glass : Koyaanisqatsi

15 Dec



Slovakia
 Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 6:00pm 
Concert of the Slovak Chamber Orchestra
Ludovit Fulla Gallery
Makovickeho 1, 03401 Ružomberok
Slovakia
http://www.facebook.com/pages/HUDBA-U-FULLU/254062434638033?ref=ts&fref=ts
bluedeepmusic (at) online.de

Tickets: 3.00 Euro
The Slovak Chamber Orchestra with Ewald Danel conducting

Works by Peter Machajdík, Paul Hindemith, Boas Avni and Georg Firedrich Händel

PETER MACHAJDIK : AS THE WIND IN THE DUNES
G F Handel : MESSIAH

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18 Dec



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 3.00pm 
Christmas Cracker - Matinee Performance
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom
02075898212

Tickets: £45, £35, £25, £15
Conductor - Nick Davies
Vocalist - Mary Carewe
Vocalist - Michael Dore
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Known for its blend of yuletide magic, Christmas Cracker is a firm favourite with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra audiences. Back for two concerts this year, the Orchestra will be joined by Mary Carewe and Michael Dore who will delight you with such merriments as Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, Mary’s Boy Child, Sleigh Ride, The Little Road to Bethlehem and not forgetting the sing-along carols. With Sloane Square looking so festive, these concerts are a must to start your own Christmas celebrations!

Box Office: 020 7730 4500




18 Dec



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Christmas Cracker - Evening Performance
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom
02075898212

Tickets: £45, £35, £25, £15
Conductor - Nick Davies
Vocalist - Mary Carewe
Vocalist - Michael Dore
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Known for its blend of yuletide magic, Christmas Cracker is a firm favourite with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra audiences. Back for two concerts this year, the Orchestra will be joined by Mary Carewe and Michael Dore who will delight you with such merriments as Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, Mary’s Boy Child, Sleigh Ride, The Little Road to Bethlehem and not forgetting the sing-along carols. With Sloane Square looking so festive, these concerts are a must to start your own Christmas celebrations!

Box Office: 020 7730 4500




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20 Dec



United Kingdom
 Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 8pm 
Nonclassical & Freedom From Torture at Cafe Oto
Cafe Oto, London
22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
United Kingdom

Tickets: £8


This December we’re delighted to be forming part of ‘Freedom From Torture Presents’, a series of nights curated by independent labels and artists to raise awareness about victims of torture, their situations, and the work FFT is doing to help them recover from trauma.

The night features Gyorgy Kurtag‘s masterpiece, ‘Kafka Fragments‘ for soprano and violin, based on extracts from the author’s diaries, as well as six new works:

KATE WHITLEY: ‘Scars’ (text by Stephanie Ndoungo) a short opera for soprano and chamber ensemble
THOM ANDREWES: ‘MLR’ (text by Tim Malmo) soprano, speaker and trio
GREGOR RIDDELL: ‘Minding the gap’ (text by Amina Abdalla) for electronics two sopranos and cello
LAURENCE OSBORN: ‘A mind like the Northern Line’ (text by Amina Abdalla), for two sopranos, two double basses and percussion
JUDE CARLTON: ‘ Waiting’ (text by Noah), for tenor, piano and percussion
WILLIAM MARSEY: ‘I Do Not Belong Here’ (text by Ozgur), for baritone and two guitars

The new pieces have been commissioned specially for the event, setting and responding to texts written by torture survivors from Freedom from Torture’s creative writing group Write to Life. Write to Life provides clients with a creative outlet for their experiences and a way to explore the torture from their past and the difficulties of living in exile. It has evolved to be the longest-running writing group for torture survivors in the world.



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United Kingdom
 Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 3.00pm 
Christmas Cracker
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom
02075898212

Tickets: £45, £35, £25, £15
Conductor - Nick Davies
Vocalist - Mary Carewe
Vocalist - Michael Dore
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Known for its blend of yuletide magic, Christmas Cracker is a firm favourite with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra audiences. Back for two concerts this year, the Orchestra will be joined by Mary Carewe and Michael Dore who will delight you with such merriments as Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, Mary’s Boy Child, Sleigh Ride, The Little Road to Bethlehem and not forgetting the sing-along carols. With Sloane Square looking so festive, these concerts are a must to start your own Christmas celebrations!

Box Office: 020 7730 4500




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