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19 Feb

United Kingdom
 Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Docklands Sinfonia - A celbration of British Music
Civic Theatre
Fairfiled Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM11LD
United Kingdom
01245 606505

Tickets: Tickets: £23.00, £19.00, £15.00
Docklands Sinfonia

Programme ..
Coates: London Suite
Wilson: Timpani Concerto (Soloist Scott Wilson)
Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Jeffery Wilson : Timpani Concerto

19 Feb

United States
 Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM -- 5:00 PM 
Midwinter Sounds
Christ & St Stephen's Church
120 West 69th St
United States

Tickets: Free Admission
Anne Marie Ketchum, soprano
Max Lifchitz, conductor
The North/South Chamber Orchestra

The North/South Chamber Orchestra premieres five new works by composers from Cuba, Italy and the US.

Ada Gentile : Torre del Guado
Yalil Guerra : El Cucalambe
Victor Kioulaphides : New York Moments
Harold Schiffman : Serenata Concertante
Aurelio de la Vega : Recordatio

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24 Feb

United Kingdom
 Friday, February 24, 2012 at 19.30 
From the Soundhouse
Royal College of Music, London
Prince Consort Rd, London SW7
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free but tickets required.

Kaya Kuwabara, violin
Katherine Tinker, piano
Carla Rees, flute
Mirela Vendrel, piano

The latest concert in the RCM's cutting-edge 'From the Soundhouse' series including pieces by Stockhousen, Saariaho and RCM composers.

Karlheinz Stockhausen : Telemusik
Kaija Saariaho : . . . De La Terre
Erick Flores : L' interiéur bleu
Bret Battey : Pater Noster's Tricyclic Companion
Raquel Garcia-Tomas : Tangible

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1 Mar

United States
 Thursday, March 01, 2012 at 7:00 PM 
Good Sports
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street (DUMBO), Brooklyn, NY
United States

Tickets: $15 online, $25 at the door
American Modern Ensemble

Pitchers and catchers report. These words inspire excitement; for millions, the beginnings of baseball spring training are the first sign of the waning of winter, the beginnings of spring. Artists are no different. Sports fascinate musicians and composers just as everybody else, and offer a wealth of intriguing compositional opportunities. AME gathers some of the best sports-inspired new music by some of America’s best composers. Concert includes work for piano and baseball mitt, one hundred ping-pong balls and a song cycle about Mike Piazza. Channel your inner sports fan and root for your favorite composers!

Elliot Carter : Gra
Annie Gosfield : October 5, 1941
Stephen Gorbos : Football Season Is Over
Robert Paterson : Stepping Into The Batter's Box
Roger Zare : Dark And Stormy Night
Meyer Kupferman : Triple Play
Rob Smith : Sprint

1 Mar

United Kingdom
 Thursday, March 01, 2012 at 7.30pm 
The Death of Klinghoffer
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom


Following highly successful productions of John Adams’s Nixon in China and Doctor Atomic, ENO presents the London stage premiere of the American composer’s controversial ‘docu-opera’ about the killing of a Jewish-American tourist during the hijacking of a Mediterranean cruise liner by Palestinian militants.

Alice Goodman’s eloquently poetic and dispassionately even-handed libretto mixes Biblical and Koranic references with real and imagined accounts of what happened on board. Adams’s intensely expressive score captures the private thoughts and emotions of individuals caught up in the complexities of a political and religious conflict that still defies solution. More of a meditation in the style of a Bach Passion than a conventional operatic drama, the result is an utterly compelling and unique piece of theatre.

Tom Morris, co-director of the National Theatre’s War Horse, makes his opera directing debut, while Baldur Brönnimann, who conducted ENO’s Lost Highway and Le Grand Macabre, applies his contemporary expertise to what many regard as Adams’s finest opera.

NB: Additional performances on 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th March

John Adams : The Death of Klinghoffer

2 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 02, 2012 at 7.30pm 
BCMG Chamber Players
CBSO Centre
Berkley Street. B1 2LF
United Kingdom

Tickets: In advance: £14 full price / £8 concession / £5 under 16s // On the door: £16 full price / £10 conc
Flute: Marie-Christine Zupancic
Clarinet: Timothy Lines
Piano: Malcolm Wilson
Violin: Alexandra Wood
Cello: Ulrich Heinen

Despite its chamber scale – this programme contains an embarrassment of riches, a lucky dip of superbly crafted chamber pieces from the last 30 years, full of contrast, some tiny, some substantial, performed by a crack quintet of BCMG soloists.

Some of these works are memorials or tributes; many of them use forms or techniques from music of the past – fugues, chaconnes, canons, inventions; some come from a fascination with past composers. Knussen’s Upon One Note distorts the rhythms and pitches of Purcell’s five part fantasia; Barry’s two minute Aeneas and Dido revisits Purcell’s opera as the composer “felt that Aeneas needed to be given his due”; Machaut can be found lurking behind Birtwistle’s Double Hocket; whilst Philip Cashian’s blistering Caprichos explores the dark, nightmarish world depicted in Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos etchings.

The performance of Aldo Clementi’s Berceuse is a tribute in itself – to the last of the great Italian 20th century modernists, who died almost a year ago to the day – 3 March 2011.

The Adès studies condense and refashion music from his acclaimed opera The Tempest into a single movement for four instruments. The result is a kaleidoscopic succession of musical portraits –each depicting a shipwrecked character on Prospero’s island – Antonio, Ferdinand, Alonso and Gonzalo.

Oliver Knussen : Upon one note
Gerald Barry : Aeneas and Dido
Colin Matthews : Elegiac Chaconne
Aldo Clementi : Berceuse
Tansy Davies : Undertow
Philip Cashian : Caprichos
Harrison Birtwistle : Double Hocket
Peter Maxwell Davies : Unbroken Circle
John Woolrich : In the Mirrors of Asleep
John Woolrich : In the Mirrors of Asleep
Franco Donatoni : Het
Thomas Ades : Court Studies from the Tempest

3 Mar

United States
 Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 7:30pm 
Present Music Around 30
Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI
United States

Tickets: $15-$35; half price for students
Present Music Ensemble
Chrisal Wagner, dancer

Present Music, Milwaukee’s new music ensemble, will provide the stage for 30 of the brightest, most inventive young composers, musicians, dancers, designers, videographers, and visual artists from Milwaukee and around the country.

Sean Friar : Little Green Pop
Paola Prestini : Spell
Jacob Cooper : Untitled
Patrick Burke : All Together Now
Anna Clyne : Rapture
Missy Mazzoli : Magic with Everyday Objects

3 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 12:00 - 17:00 
Ping! Music vs. Table Tennis
Warwick Arts Centre
Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
024 7652 4524

Tickets: FREE
Coull Quartet
Damien Harron
Ensemble Lös Caballeros

Warwick Arts Centre and the Coull Quartet present Ping! Music vs Table Tennis, part of PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music 20×12 programme, celebrating the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the Music Nation weekend.

Joe Cutler : Ping!
Ivan Babinchak Renqvist : Sport Music: Pétanque
Damien Harron : Basketball Percussion

3 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 1.40pm prompt 
ENO presents John Cage’s Musicircus
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom

Celebrating John Cage’s centennial year, and his innovation and philosophy, ENO is the first opera company to create, produce and present the composer’s ‘omnium gatherum’ piece. This exciting free event will take place as part of Music Nation, an official countdown event to the London Festival 2012.

In a promenade experience of spectacular and extraordinary performances throughout the London Coliseum, ENO's Musicircus will feature artists including Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and composer Michael Finnissy alongside ENO Music Director Edward Gardner, the ENO Community Choir, ENO Opera Works singers, and an intriguing collective of professional and amateur talents.

ENO's Musicircus is curated by award winning Proms-commissioned composer Stephen Montague. Montague worked with Cage in Europe for fifteen years, touring with him and premiering several of Cage's works. Visual artist Alex Julyan is Montague's long-term collaborator whose prior projects have included work with Punchdrunk and The Wellcome Trust.

John Cage : Musicircus

3 Mar

 Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 8.30 pm 
Auditorium de Lyon
Auditorium-Orchestre national de Lyon - 149 rue Garibaldi 69003 Lyon - France
+33 (0)4 78 95 95 95

Monodrama by Michael Jarrell
Libretto by Christa Wolf
Fanny Ardant narrator
Ensemble intercontemporain
Conductor Susanna Mälkki
IRCAM Computer Music Design Pierre Charvet
IRCAM Sound Engineer Sébastien Naves

Michael Jarrell : Cassandre

3 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 7.30pm 
BBC Philharmonic
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Tickets: £10.00 - £33.50
BBC Philharmonic

Yutaka Sado conductor
Nobuyuki Tsujii piano

Life, liberty and big, big tunes! Maybe it’s the raw energy, maybe it’s those swinging rhythms, maybe it’s the sense of ordinary folk doing extraordinary things, but there’s just something about American music and whether we’re hearing the plain-speaking pioneers of Aaron Copland’s Appalachia, or the high-kicking hustlers of Leonard Bernstein’s New York, it’s unmistakable.

Tis The Gift To Be Simple, Somewhere, Mambo!…you already know how they go. So join the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Yutaka Sado, and come share the American dream. As for Chopin’s dreamy First Piano Concerto, if you heard Nobuyuki Tsujii’s remarkable performances with us last season, you’ll already have experienced the almost magical way he communicates with an audience. Expect eloquence, expect fireworks, and expect some truly extraordinary chemistry as he tackles the most romantic concerto by the supreme keyboard poet.

A Journey Through Music event.

Aaron Copland : Appalachian Spring - Suite
Frederyk Chopin : Piano Concerto No. 1
Leonard Bernstein : Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Leonard Bernstein : West Side Story - Symphonic Dances

4 Mar

United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Wiltshire Music Centre, in association with Orchestras Live
Wiltshire Music Centre
Bradford upon Avon
United Kingdom

Tickets: £18 full price / £17 conc / £16 savers / £9 under 18s
BCMG in Wiltshire

Flute: Marie-Christine Zupancic
Clarinet: Timothy Lines
Piano: Malcolm Wilson
Violin/viola: Alexandra Wood
Violin: Peter Campbell-Kelly
Cello: Ulrich Heinen

Oliver Knussen : Upon one note
Gerald Barry : Aeneas and Dido
Aldo Clementi : Berceuse
Luciano Berio : Duetti
Tansy Davies : Undertow
Philip Cashian : Caprichos
Peter Maxwell Davies : Unbroken Circle
Karlheinz Stockhausen : Tierkreis
John Woolrich : In the Mirrors of Asleep
Thomas Ades : Court Studies from the Tempest

4 Mar

United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 3.00pm - 4.00 pm 
Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble at Blackheath Halls
Blackheath Halls
23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ
United Kingdom
020 8463 0100

Tickets: £6, £4 concessions
Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble (Panayotis Archontides & Natalie Tsaldarakis, pianists)

Pianists Natalie Tsaldarakis and Panayotis Archontides, who form the husband-and-wife piano team Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble, will present a recital for piano four-hands at Blackheath Halls, London on Sunday 4 March, 2012.

The pianists boast many distinctions, including Panayotis’ Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians 2007, and Natalie’s election to membership of the American National Music Honour Society in 1994. The ensemble has performed hundreds of acclaimed concerts in the UK and abroad in such venues as Sibelius Academy, Athenaeum Concert Hall, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, St James Piccadilly, St John’s Smith Square, Reform Club, Jacqueline du Pre Music Building (Oxford) etc. The duo has also been featured on Greek radio and TV, as well as on London’s Resonance FM (Sound Out with Carole Finer).

Franz Schubert : Characteristic March op.121 no.1
Franz Schubert : Fantasy in F minor
Claude Debussy : Petite Suite
Alex North : Spartacus
John Williams : Monsignor
Miklos Rozsa : Lydia Suite

5 Mar

United Kingdom
 Monday, March 05, 2012 at 7:45pm 
New Town Concerts Society
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096

The Nash Ensemble

The Nash Ensemble, amongst our most frequent and welcome visitors over the years, return with a varied programme that highlights the versatility and range of this extraordinary ensemble’s repertoire – from the Horn Quintet, written for the Ensemble by our foremost composer James MacMillan, by way of Brahms at his most romantic to a pinnacle of Dvoøák’s chamber music, his glorious Piano Quintet.

James MacMillan : Horn Quintet
Johannes Brahms : Horn Trio in E flat, Op.40
Antonin Dvorak : Piano Quintet in A, Op.81

5 Mar

United States
 Monday, March 05, 2012 at 7:30pm 
Merkin Concert Hall, The Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street, NY, NY
United States

Tickets: $35
Performing artists will be Alfred Heller (Piano), Richard Miller (Guitar), Naya María Rodríguez-Castiñado (Soprano), Peter Prosser (Cello) and Mollie Nichols (Chorus Conductor).

The Villa-Lobos Music Society, in cooperation with The Brazilian Endowment for the Arts, presents The Heitor Villa-Lobos 125th Birthday Anniversary Concer. The Concert features a program of music from a cross-section of the composer’s works for piano, guitar, cello, solo voice and chorus, selected by Dr. Alfred Heller, a friend and protégé of Villa-Lobos.

Heitor Villa-Lobos : Rudepoêma
Heitor Villa-Lobos : Choro Number 1
Heitor Villa-Lobos : Bachianas Brasileiras Number 5
Heitor Villa-Lobos : Bachianas Brasileiras Number 2
Heitor Villa-Lobos : Choros Number 3
Heitor Villa-Lobos : Songs of the Tropical Forest

5 Mar

United Kingdom
 Monday, March 05, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Steve Reich: Radio Rewrite
Royal Festival Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
020 7840 4242

The London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta gives the world premiere of Radio Rewrite, a new work from master of minimalism Steve Reich.

Steve Reich : Clapping Music
Steve Reich : Electric Counterpoint
Steve Reich : 2x5
Steve Reich : Radio Rewrite
Steve Reich : Double Sextet

6 Mar

 Tuesday, March 06, 2012 at 8.00 pm 

Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris

Tickets: 10€ - 85€

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Marek Janowski : conducting
Nina Stemme : soprano

Anton Webern : Six Pièces op. 6
Richard Wagner : Wesendonck Lieder
Richard Strauss : Mort et Transfiguration
Richard Wagner : Tristan et Isolde (Prélude et Mort d'Isolde)

6 Mar

United States
 Tuesday, March 06, 2012 at 7.30-9.00 
Crane Alumni Composer Event
Crane School of Music
Potsdam, New York
United States
(315) 267-2775

Kathleen Miller, soprano; Kirk Severtson, piano

Rob Smith : Spike
Brian Vlasak : Broad Street Triptych (2008)

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9 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 09, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Premiere of 'Music in the Marble'
Royal College of Music, London
Prince Consort Rd, London SW7
United Kingdom

Tickets: £15 / Students £5
Symphonic work in 7 short movements: reactions to 7 sculptures.
City of London Sinfonia
Conducted by Oliver Gilmour / 020 7591 4314
(NB £1.95 booking fee per transaction for online and telephone bookings)

9 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 09, 2012 at 19.30-21.15 
Premiere of Music in the Marble
Royal College of Music, London
Prince Consort Rd, London SW7
United Kingdom

Tickets: £15 full, £5 students
City of London Sinfonia
Oliver Gilmour (conductor)

Seven short movements inspired by seven sculptures

Tom Smail : Music in the Marble
Felix Mendelssohn : Hebrides Overture
Joseph Haydn : Military Symphony

10 Mar

 Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Hungarians Abroad
Brangwyn Hall
Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE
01792 475715

Tickets: £15.50/£12.50
Conductor Roberto Minczuk
Piano Llŷr Williams

Music evoking the Eastern European plains and vibrancy of its folk culture from two Hungarians, in exile in America: the fresh lyricism of Bartók's Third Piano Concerto (his last complete work) and colourful evocation of Magyar life from one of the last century's great film composers, Miklós Rózsa. And there's music by Arriaga, the "Spanish Mozart" alongside the real thing: Mozart's majestic, final symphony, Jupiter.

Miklos Rozsa : Three Hungarian Sketches
Béla Bartók : Piano Concerto No 3
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga : Los esclavos felices, Overture
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Symphony No 41, Jupiter

11 Mar

 Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 7.00 pm 
BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Vale of Glamorgan Festival 2012
BBC Hoddinott Hall

Tickets: £12
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

The mythical figure of Iris, goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the Olympian gods, provides inspiration to both Per N ø g å rd and Qigang Chen. For N ø g å rd it is her personification in nature that inspired his stunning orchestral work, rich in sounds that represent a spectrum of glittering colour; for Chen it is Iris, the woman who grabs his imagination as he portrays "the eternal feminine and its multiple facets" through nine movements that subtly integrate traditional Chinese instruments and a Beijing operatic soprano with a large classical orchestra and two Western sopranos.

11 Mar

United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm 
Ivernia Orchestra & Michael McGoldrick Beyond the Shamrock: Music from Ireland
Manchester Cathedral
M3 1SX
United Kingdom
0161 833 2220

Tickets: £10/£7 (concs)
Ivernia Orchestra
Flute: Michael McGoldrick
Conductor: Sinead Hayes

The Ivernia Orchestra is an electrifying group of young Irish and UK musicians based in Manchester and from further afield, who have come together to perform works by Irish composers as part of Manchester’s Irish Festival 2012. All works have been composed within the past 30 years.

Elaine Agnew : Strings A-stray
John Kinsella : Symphony No. 9
Ailis Ni Riain : Streetsong
Micheal O Suilleabhain : Oilean/Island

11 Mar

United States
 Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 3:00 - 5:00 PM 
East Coast/West coast
Christ and St. Stephen's Church
120 West 69th Street, NYC
United States

Tickets: Free Admission
The North/South Consonance Ensemble

The North/South Consonance Ensemble performs recent chamber music by American composers from California and New York.

Elizabeth Bell : Piano Sonata No. 2
I'lana Cotton : The Return
Lincoln Hanks : Three Movements
Max Lifchitz : Yellow Ribbons No. 2
Robert Martin : Piano Trio

12 Mar

 Monday, March 12, 2012 at 18.00-20.00 
Composer Mehdi Hosseini's "Monodies" in concert POST SCRIPTUM
Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory
3 Teatralnaya sq.

Presenting “Post Scriptum” Monday, March 12th 2012 in the Chamber Hall of the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory. Iranian composer Mehdi Hosseini’s “Monodies” will be performed by the New music ensemble Sound Ways under the direction of American conductor Brad Everett Cawyer. Mr. Hosseini has dedicated this work to 20th century Italian composer Luciano Berio. Its world premier was in the Glinka Hall of the Saint-Petersburg State Philharmonic on the opening day of the 23rd International New Music Festival “Sound Ways.”

Hosseini often uses the word monodies not only as the title of his composition, but also as a musical term; by which he means the characteristics of single voice structures, adapting themselves to any musical texture. The composer recently had a new recording published in Tehran, which also takes on the title Monodis. For this album he collected compositions which were written based on regional folk tunes from different parts of Iran. The album was recorded in Russia by well-known local soloists, ensembles, and the Saint-Petersburg State Philharmonic Orchestra and State Academic Orchestra. All of the compositions were written between 2003 and 2009.

In the last few years, Mehdi Hosseini has been actively participating in contemporary music projects local to St. Petersburg, the “Cultural Capital of Russia.” His music is regularly performed in such festivals as St. Petersburg Musical Spring, Contemporary East and West, Contemporary Past, Sound Ways and others. His music has been performed in concert by orchestras such as The St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra and more. Works of Hosseini have been published by theCompozitor Publishing House Saint-Petersburg.

Hosseini made an invaluable contribution to the development of the St. Petersburg cultural scene in 2010 when he opened the St. Petersburg Contemporary Music Center “”

Iranian composer Mehdi Hosseini was born in 1979 in Tehran. Hosseini began his musical training in Iran, studying Persian music and the fundaments of composition under the guidance of Farhad Fakhreddini.

Following his studies in Iran, Hosseini finished his Master’s degree at the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory with Professor Alexander Minatsakanian and his Doctor of Music degree (DMA) in Composition with Sergei Slonimsky. Hosseini also studied composition with composer Nigel Osborn, worked on problems of music theory under the direction of professor T. Bershadskaya, and is presently a Doctoral Candidate of Musicology at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory.

Mehdi Hosseini : Monodies

12 Mar

 Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7.30pm 

Musikverein, Vienna
Bösendorferstr. 12, 1010 Wien, Österreich
+43 1 505 81 90

Tickets: 5€ - 39€
Ensemble Kontrapunkte
Peter Keuschnig, Dirigent
Janina Baechle, Mezzosopran

Darius Milhaud : La Création du monde
Gustav Mahler : Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder! etc.
Alban Berg : Vier Lieder, op. 2
Anton Webern : Fünf Stücke für Orchester, op. 10
Igor Stravinsky : "Dumbarton Oaks". Concerto in Es für Kammerorchester

12 Mar

United Kingdom
 Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Judith Weir: Miss Fortune
Covent Garden - Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Various
Paul Daniel

Tina (Miss Fortune)
Emma Bell

Lord Fortune
Alan Ewing

Lady Fortune
Kathryn Harries

Andrew Watts

Noah Stewart

Anne-Marie Owens

Jacques Imbrailo

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

The UK premiere of a new opera takes a roller-coaster ride through life in the company of fate. Leading British opera composer Judith Weir transposes the Sicilian folktale Misfortune to today as the daughter of a rich family turns her back on wealth to make her own way in the world – too often with unfortunate results. Not many operas combine great music with breakdancing and a burning kebab van, but Miss Fortune does all this and more under the direction of Chen Shi-Zheng (his spectacular staging of Monkey: Journey to the West was presented at the Royal Opera House in 2008). This new, approachable and engaging opera had its premiere at the Bregenz Festival in summer 2011 and now comes to the Royal Opera stage with the same acclaimed cast – Emma Bell sings the title role and former Jette Parker Young Artist singer Jacques Imbrailo plays her eventual love Simon. Paul Daniel conducts this effective and atmospheric score in a visually beautiful and inventive production whose story is funny, touching, moral and contemporary. Miss Fortune continues the series of high-profile new works of recent years that have included Anna Nicole, The Tempest and The Minotaur. With the added impact of the world-class Royal Opera Chorus Judith Weir’s Miss Fortune is a highlight of this Royal Opera Season.

Judith Weir : Miss Fortune

13 Mar

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Nash Inventions
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £12 £14 £18 £22
Nash Ensemble
Wigmore Hall Chamber Ensemble in Residence

Claire Booth

Lionel Friend

The Nash Ensemble, Wigmore Hall’s renowned chamber ensemble in residence, presents its annual selection of Nash Inventions, consisting of music by a roll-call of Britain’s leading composers.

There are revivals of recent works written specially for the Ensemble and two works by senior figures of the highest international standing.

Mark-Anthony Turnage : Returning, for string sextet
Colin Matthews : The Island, for soprano and seven instruments
Alexander Goehr : Clarinet Quintet
Peter Maxwell Davies : Clarinet Quintet
Harrison Birtwistle : Fantasia on all the notes, for flute, clarinet, string quartet and harp
Jonathan Harvey : Song Offerings, for soprano and eight instruments

13 Mar

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 1.10 pm 
A Manchester Mid-day Concert
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Tickets: £9.00
Richard Uttley, piano

Richard Uttley began piano lessons at the age of nine. He studied with Ian Buckle at the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music before reading music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a double first in Music in 2008. His dance-inspired programme contrasts the precision of Bach with the clarity and the deft colours of Debussy. Richard completed his Master’s of Performance (with Distinction) in September 2010 at the Guildhall School of Music in Drama in London, where he studied with Martin Roscoe.

J.S Bach : Partita No.1 in B flat BWV 825
Frederyk Chopin : Five Mazurkas, Op.7
Claude Debussy : Images from Book 1
Thomas Ades : Three Mazurkas, Op.27
Frederyk Chopin : Polonaise in A flat, Op.53 ‘Heroic’

14 Mar 
15 Mar

 Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 8.00 pm 
Orchestre de Paris - Paavo Järvi - Katia et Marielle Labèque
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris

Tickets: 10€ - 60€
Orchestre de Paris
Paavo Järvi : conducting
Katia Labèque : piano
Marielle Labèque : piano

Leonard Bernstein : West Side Story (Suite)
Richard Dubugnon : efield, concerto pour deux pianos et double orchestre (création française)
Sergei Prokofiev : Roméo et Juliette (Suite)

15 Mar

United States
 Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 8.00 pm 
American Mavericks: MTT, Emanuel Ax, and John Adams
Davies Symphony Hall
San Francisco
United States

Tickets: $35 to $140
Michael Tilson Thomas

Emanuel Ax

Paul Jacobs

Mason Bates

St. Lawrence String Quartet

San Francisco Symphony Chorus

San Francisco Symphony

Two world premieres by Bay Area residents round out the American Mavericks concerts. Mason Bates, who is also the Project San Francisco composer, brings his individual style of electronica and choral writing to Mass Transmission. And John Adams introduces Absolute Jest, featuring the St. Lawrence String Quartet and based on fragments of Beethoven scherzos. Rounding out the evening is pianist Emanuel Ax with the SFS in Feldman’s work of free-floating rhythms and slowly evolving sounds, Piano and Orchestra. The Orchestra reprises its highly praised performance of Varèse’s Amériques.

Mason Bates : Mass Transmission
John Adams : Absolute Jest
Morton Feldman : Piano and Orchestra
Edgar Varèse : Amériques

16 Mar

 Friday, March 16, 2012 at  
Sacher Perspectives with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
BBC Hoddinott Hall

Conductor Thierry Fischer
Harp Catrin Finch
Oboe Lucas Macias Navarro
Piano Louis Schwizgebel
Harpsichord Mahan Esfahani

A concert of music commissioned by the Swiss conductor and champion of new music, Paul Sacher. The works range from the airy gracefulness of Stravinsky's Concerto and the atmospheric textures of Lutos³awski's Double Concerto (for oboe and harp) through to the charm of Frank Martin and the powerful Fourth Symphony of Honegger.

In collaboration with Cardiff University and part of the ‘Sacher Perspectives' conference weekend, 16-18 March 2012. For more details visit

Frank Martin : Petite symphonie concertante
Witold Lutoslawski : Double Concerto
Igor Stravinsky : Concerto in D, Ba
Arthur Honegger : Symphony No 4, Deliciae basiliensis

16 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Nico Muhly, Owen Pallett, Britten Sinfonia & guests
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £9 - 35
Britten Sinfonia
André de Ridder conductor
Pekka Kuusisto violin/director
Oliver Coates cello

Missy Mazzoli : Violent, Violent Sea
Owen Pallett : Violin Concerto
Nico Muhly : Cello Concerto

17 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 17, 2012 at  
Total Immersion: Brett Dean
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £31 / 28 / 25 / 22 / 18/ free

Brett Dean in conversation plus a performance by the composer of his Intimate Decisions for solo viola.
Various concerts during the day. Please visit:

There are a range of Total Immersion day passes available, which include admission to all events on Thursday 17 March and reflect the prices for tickets in the Barbican Hall. Total Immersion Day passes are not available to book online, but can be booked by calling the Box Office on 020 7638 8891 or in person.

Brett Dean : Various Concerts

17 Mar

 Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 8.00 pm 
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Valery Gergiev - Leonidas Kavakos
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris

Tickets: 10€ - 110€
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Valery Gergiev : conducting
Leonidas Kavakos : violin

Henri Dutilleux : Métaboles
Jean Sibelius : Concerto pour violon
Sergei Prokofiev : Symphonie n° 5

17 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Circus Tricks
Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
Crisp Road Hammersmith London W6 9RL
United Kingdom
020 8237 1111

Tickets: £18
Alice (Trapeze Artist): Yvette Bonner
Xiu (Mongolian Contortionist): Lilly Papaioannou
Tanya (Knife Thrower’s Assistant): Alison Crookendale
Jack (Knife Thrower): Daniel Broad
Barney (Trick Pony): Christopher Diffey
Tom (Acrobat): Daniel Keating-Roberts
Jemmy (Acrobat, brother of Tom): Simon Wilding

Sarah O’Flynn Flute/Piccolo
Stuart King (16 March Massimo di Trolio) Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Heidi Bennett Trumpet
Clare O’Connell (20 March Chris Allan) Cello
Steve Gibson Percussion
Elena Hull Bass

Music Director: Gerry Cornelius

Circus Tricks by Michael Henry & Adey Grummet is set in the spellbinding, fleeting world of the circus, where laughter is tragic, tears are hilarious and wonder both wrenches the heart and makes it soar!

The knife thrower’s assistant cannot stand the pain of her secret love for the knife thrower, an acrobat fights the world through the bottle, his brother struggles to catch him one more time, the trapeze artist is entranced by the pursuit of a single moment of weightlessness, the horse dreams of running in straight lines and the contortionist is just plain lonely.

And then there’s the elephant…

17 Mar

 Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Hear and Now: New Music from New Zealand and Aust
City Halls

Stephen De Pledge piano*
Otto Tausk conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The BBC SSO presents an evening of music by composers from New Zealand and Australia, many of them European Premieres.

Edinburgh-based composer Lyell Creswell's Piano Concerto, written for a close friend, is by turns melancholic, angry, and contemplative, while Jack Body's Little Elegies was composed in response to the horrors of war. Liza Lim's work has been acclaimed for its vibrancy and colour and the orchestra gives the UK Premiere of one of her new works while Helen Bowater's New Year Fanfare re-captures a raucous Hogmanay in Java.

Expect vibrancy, energy and some exotic instrumentation as the countries' composers fuse European, Pacific and Asian influences to stunning effect under the direction of the young Dutch conductor Otto Tausk.

Tickets: Free (unreserved seating) limited to 4 tickets per application (children under age of 12 not admitted) (booking fee may apply).

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3's regular late-night Saturday programme Hear and Now.

Helen Bowater : New Year Fanfare
Lyell Cresswell : Concerto for Piano and Orchestra - in memory of Edward Harper
Samuel Holloway : Fault
Liza Lim : Pearl, Ochre, Hair String

17 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven and Beamish
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096

Tickets: £9.50 - £28 (concessions available).

Joseph Swensen returns to the SCO with one of the works that blew Scottish audiences away when he first performed it with the Orchestra over a decade ago. Since then he has spent time with the latest critical edition of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and this new performance promises fresh insights but undiminished power. The programme is rich in possibilities, not least Sally Beamish’s hotly anticipated new concerto for the brilliant Colin Currie.

Igor Stravinsky : Dumbarton Oaks
Sally Beamish : Percussion Concerto Dance
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No.7

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