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13 Mar

 Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 21.15 
Defoort New Work
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
David Robertson (dirigent)
Lang Lang (piano)

Dmitri Shostakovich : Kammersinfonie, op. 73a
Kris Defoort : New work
Maurice Ravel : Piano Concerto in G

13 Mar

United Kingdom
 Thursday, March 13, 2014 at  
Commonwealth Concert
BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
Maida Vale One, Delaware Road, London
United Kingdom


The BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers join forces for a concert to celebrate music of the Commonwealth, concluding with Elgar’s Symphony No.1. Hear earthy, gripping soundscapes and thrilling percussion writing in Tasmanian-born Peter Sulthorpe’s From Oceania, a work which incorporates elements of Australian, Japanese and southeast Asian music. Errollyn Wallen’s orchestral work Mighty River commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery, a piece that makes reference to the hymn Amazing Grace and the spirituals Deep River and Go Down Moses. The BBC Singers perform two a cappella movements from Australian composer Stephen Leek’s Great Southern Spirits, which explores the Dreaming of the Australian Aboriginal people.

Peter Sculthorpe : From Oceania
Stephen Leek : Wirindji and Uluru from Great Southern Spirits
Errolyn Wallen : Mighty River
Edward Elgar : Symphony No. 1 in A flat major

13 Mar

United States
 Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 1:00pm 
String Quartet ETHEL Performs Free Concert at Trinity
Trinity Wall Street
Broadway at Wall Street
United States
(212) 602-0800

Tickets: Free
String Quartet ETHEL

Morricone Ennio : The Mission
Jeff Buckley : Grace
Vijay Iyer : tbd
Marcelo Zarvos : tbd
Nico Muhly : tbd
Son Lux : tbd

14 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 14, 2014 at  
Anon Errollyn Wallen

United Kingdom

Composer & Writer Errollyn Wallen
Director Wils Wilson
Movement Consultant Piali Ray
Soprano Claire Wild
Soprano Sara Lian Owen
Soprano Joanna Foote
Soprano cover Rebecca Van Den Berg
Musical Director & Keyboard Stuart Wild
Cello Joseph Spooner
Percussion James Gambold
Soundscape Steve Lewinson
Actor Shin-Fei Chen
Actor Ronke Adekoluejo
Programme Manager Urmala Jassal
Education Programme Co-ordinator Rabiyah K Latif
Designer Amanda Stoodley
Costume Co-ordinator Charlotte Neville
Stage Manager Helen Gorton
Lighting Design Anna Barrett
Production Manager Michael Robinson
Producer Åsa Malmsten
Project Manager Louise Carey

Anon is the secret journey of millions of women, a journey continuing every day, in the shadows. You will be immersed in this new opera as you travel through hidden worlds and find yourself at the centre of heartbreaking stories.

Welsh National Opera mix voices, live soundscapes and contemporary theatre in a groundbreaking new opera.

Written by Paralympic Games opening ceremony composer Errollyn Wallen and directed by Wils Wilson, (The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and Praxis Males Perfect).

Friday 14 March 4pm & 7pm
Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Cardiff
Booking 029 2030 4400 |
Tickets £5

Monday 17 March 4pm & 7pm
Wickham Theatre Bristol
Booking 029 2030 4400 |
Tickets £5

Tuesday 18 March 4pm & 7pm
Gloucester Guildhall
Booking 029 2030 4400 |
Tickets £5

Tuesday 25 March 4pm & 7pm
Newhampton Arts Centre
Booking 01902 572090 |
Tickets £5 plus 10% (online) or £1 (credit/
debit card) transaction fee*
*excludes cash or cheque payments

Wednesday 26 March 4pm & 7pm
mac birmingham
Booking 0121 446 3232 |
Tickets £5

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Errolyn Wallen : Anon

15 Mar

 Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 14:15 
Brand-new St Luke Passion by James MacMillan
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Vocaal Talent Nederland
Groot Omroepkoor
Nationaal Jeugdkoor
Markus Stenz (dirigent)

16 Mar

United States
 Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 7:15pm 
Euphoria Celebrates Chico Hamilton at Drom 3/16
DROM, New York
, 85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th St) in East Village
United States
(212) 777-1157

Tickets: $15

The killer quintet EUPHORIA returns to DROM in a monthly concert series devoted to the work of NEA Jazz Master Foreststorn “Chico” Hamilton (1921-2013). Described as “one of the city’s most buoyant combos (Time Out New York),” EUPHORIA digs into the repertoire of Chico Hamilton, playing old and new arrangements that capture the best of Chico’s legacy.

17 Mar

 Monday, March 17, 2014 at 8pm 
San Francisco Symphony - Michael Tilson Thomas - St. Lawrence String Quartet
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas : conducting
St. Lawrence String Quartet

Charles Ives : A Concord Symphony (The Alcotts)
John Adams : Absolute Jest concerto pour quatuor à cordes et orchestre
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphonie n° 7

18 Mar

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Usurp Chance Tour 2014
CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Berkley Street, Birmingham
United Kingdom


An evening of two dynamic, ensemble performances: John Cage’s Indeterminacy performed by Stewart Lee (reader) Steve Beresford and Tania Chen (piano and objects) and The Conspirators of Pleasure – an improvisational group with Poulomi Desai (augmented sitar), Simon Underwood (modified toys and electronics) and Seth Ayyaz (daaf, ghaita and electronics).

Cage’s Indeterminacy is a box of 90 cards of 90 stories of different lengths, and a leaflet of instructions: “Read the stories aloud, with or without accompaniment, paced so that each takes one minute. A stop-watch or watch with a second hand will help keep time. Read all 90 stories in order or select a smaller number, using chance procedures or not”. Beresford and Chen improvise on prepared pianos and found objects while Lee reads Cage’s stories in a random order.

The Conspirators of Pleasure create live, improvised, soundscape compositions using unusual, modified and self-made instruments, using technology to transform organic sounds into intense waves, structured pulsating rhythms and lyrical interplays.

John Cage : Indeterminacy

19 Mar

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Messiaen Éclairs sur l’Au-delà
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891


This promises to be a night of the sublime and the numinous, in which Messiaen’s visionary epic is prefaced with Mozart’s inimitable double concerto for violin and viola, featuring two of Europe’s leading young string players. The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be joined by students from the Royal Academy of Music for the performance of Messaien’s Éclairs sur l’Au-delà... or ‘Illuminations on the Beyond’. Scored for vast orchestral forces, this was Messaien's final completed work. Months before his death he spoke of its inspiration - ‘I imagined myself in front of a curtain, in darkness, apprehensive about what lay beyond: Resurrection, Eternity, the other life.’

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Sinfonia concertante in E flat major, K 364
Olivier Messiaen : Éclairs sur l'Au-delà...

20 Mar 
21 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 21, 2014 at 3.15pm 
Ravel, Duparc and Panisello
BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
Maida Vale One, Delaware Road, London
United Kingdom

BBC Symphony Orchestra orchestra
Jean Deroyer
Louis Schiwzgebel piano
Robin Tritschler tenor

Jean Deroyer conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, pianist Louis Schiwzgebel and tenor Robin Tritschler in a short afternoon concert, broadcast live in Afternoon on 3 on BBC Radio 3. Hear the jazz inflected harmonies of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, while his Cinq mélodies populaires grecques set popular Greek songs from the island of Chios, mixing the flippant Tait gai! with the more profound Là-bas, vers l’église. The concert concludes with the UK premiere of Argentinian composer Fabian Panisello’s Cuadernos for orchestra.

Maurice Ravel : Piano Concerto in G major
Maurice Ravel : Cinq melodies populaires grecques
Henri Duparc : Phidylé
Henri Duparc : Chanson triste
Fabián Panisello : Cuadernos para orchestra

22 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7.30pm 
MacMillan’s Strathclyde Motets
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Stile Antico

Stile Antico’s breath-taking artistry is shaped by the deep experience and expertise of its individual members. The early music vocal ensemble effectively works as a chamber music collective, delivering eloquent readings of sacred polyphony without a conductor or single director.

Each work in Stile Antico’s large repertoire unfolds in performance like the interior space of a medieval cathedral, vast and transcendent yet exquisitely rich in surface detail.

The ensemble’s latest Wigmore Hall programme explores fascinating parallels between two composers working four centuries apart, alternating MacMillan’s Strathclyde motets with Byrd’s dazzling liturgical cycle Gradualia. Crowning this memorable juxtaposition is Byrd’s longest and perhaps greatest work, Infelix ego.

William Byrd : Gradualia
William Byrd : Infelix ego
James MacMillan : Strathclyde Motets

22 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Neil Hannon's Guide to the Organ
Royal Festival Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
020 7840 4242

Hear the premiere of Neil Hannon's new work for the Royal Festival Hall organ.

The Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon reconnects with the sound of the organ, a sonic backdrop to his childhood as the son of a Church of Ireland bishop.

In this specially commissioned work, Neil has created a series of vivid musical scenes for organ and choir which evoke the constriction, the mystery and magic, the boredom, and the hard-won freedoms of a childhood Sunday.

Renowned organist Tom Bell performs the evocative playlist, alongside a specially formed choir for Neil Hannon's new work To Our Fathers In Distress.

Produced by Southbank Centre.

BBC Concert Orchestra strings only
Tom Bell organ
Rebecca Miller conductor

Louis Vierne : Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 3, Op 54
John David Edwards : Rhosymedre
Vaughan Williams : 3 Preludes on Welsh hymn tunes for organ
Thomas Tallis : Third Mode Melody
Vaughan Williams : Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Neil Hannon : To Our Fathers in Distress

23 Mar

 Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 21:00 = 23:00 
hearSpace - Live Radio Art
Nova, RTE Lyric fm, Ireland
Nova, RTE Lyric fm, Ireland

Tickets: FREE
hearSpace (2014)

hearSpace is a new interactive piece of radio art composed for and through Irish radio by Karen Power. On March 23rd at 9pm, RTÉ lyric fm will act as a live conduit, through which Karen Power will compose and perform a new composition for radio based on the idea of exploring the sounds of a particular time, place and memory. These voices or sounds of Ireland, which will be combined with Karen’s own sounds recorded throughout the world; from The Arctic to Laos, will bring listeners on real and imagined sonic journeys from their past and into their future. This work will also feature archival materials from other European Radio stations who have been invited to submit their sonic snapshots.

Radio exists without visual cues, allowing listeners to form their own unique relationships with sounds from the privacy of their kitchen, bedroom, cow shed or shower! RTÉ lyric fm and Karen Power invite you to share your listening experiences with us and become a live part of our premier performance of hearSpace.

When radio is being received in a space it simply enters and shares space with everything else around it. (Unlike a piece of concert music, which expects silence and your full attention.) The result is that radio sounds move frequently and freely between the background and foreground of a space. Karen wants listeners to consciously consider this fact and to share your chosen radio listening space with us, which in turn may be added to the composition during this unique live broadcast.

hearSpace (2014)

Part of this work will feature recording submitted by the public in response to a call out in Feb. 2014

Update from Karen Power on the response to this call: Since issuing the public call I have been receiving the most wonderful audio snapshots from near and far. The variety of sounds in these recordings is truly stunning and shows just how carefully people are listening and enjoying their aural surroundings. Some examples of what is coming in are: Dublin street sounds at dusk, birds up a chimney in Tuam, an intimate quiet moment in someones kitchen, a recording made backstage at a Michigan concert in the US, numerous rivers around Ireland and 'empty spaces'. These sounds play an important role in my composition process as each recording informs how I think about sound space and our interaction with it. Thank you everybody for your beautiful contributions. I would love to keep this call open, but for hearSpace submission will close on the morning of the broadcast, March 23rd @ 10am local time. If you haven't yet submitted and are planning to then please ensure that you upload by this date.

RTE archives have been extremely fruitful and I have unearthed some voices of Ireland's past that offer insights into our lives, our place and notable times. I do hope that you will tune in on March 23rd @ 9pm to hear radio speak!

To listen:
In Ireland simply tune into RTE Lyric fm @ 9pm
Outside of Ireland go to: and click on the listen live button. You will have to download RTE Player if you have not done so before. You can also catch the program after Sunday night using this stream.

hearSpace is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and RTÉ lyric fm

Thank you and I hope that you'll join myself and Bernard Clarke on Sunday. More information can be found either on my website: or on RTE Lyric fm, Nova website.

Kind Regards,

Karen Power

24 Mar

 Monday, March 24, 2014 at 21.00 
Calefax Reed Quintet plays new works by Jeths & Germanus
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Calefax Rietkwintet

Michelangelo Michelangelo : Drie toccata's (arr. R. Hekkema)
Kevin Volans : Leaping Dance (arr. I. Berix)
Conlon Nancarrow : selectie (uit 'Studies for Player Piano') (arr. R. Hekkema)
Sander Germanus : nieuw werk
Willem Jeths : nieuw werk
Graham Fitkin : Compel

25 Mar

 Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at  
Composition: Wales
BBC Hoddinott Hall


Join us for an evening of premières and conversations that have emerged from Composition: Wales. With conductor Jac van Steen and composers Simon Holt and Mark Bowden.

Contemporary Composers : Various

26 Mar

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7.30pm 
RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Chorus & Chamber Choir
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Manchester M1 5HA
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Clark Rundell conductor | Mark Heron conductor | Joseph Cullen chorus master

Crashing gongs, ringing tubular bells and explosive brass together with birdsong heralds one of Messiaen’s most monumental works, commissioned to commemorate the dead of two World Wars. Programme also includes Tippett’s powerful message of hope and optimism against war and oppression: his ‘oratorio of contemplation’, 'A Child of Our Time'.

Olivier Messiaen : Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum
Michael Tippett : A Child of Our Time

26 Mar

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7.30pm 
BBC Symphony Orchestra / Oramo
Barbican Theatre

United Kingdom

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conductor
Leila Josefowicz violin

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s 2009 award-winning Violin Concerto ‘Out of Nowhere’ is a portrait of the phenomenal soloist Leila Josefowicz, who will give this UK premiere. Praised at its LA Philharmonic premiere for its ‘pure, euphoric poetry’, it’s a work which lends itself to Josefowicz’s visceral intensity. In its pulsing central movements, we may find echoes of Sibelius’s driving repetitions in his dark re-telling of Pojhola’s Daughter, in which the daughter of the north, astride a rainbow, mocks the love-lorn Väinämöinen. This concert ends with one of Shostakovich’s most popular symphonies, No 5: its heroic classicism may have affected the composer’s political rehabilitation, but its essential defiance comes blazing through.

Jean Sibelius : Pohjola’s Daughter
Esa-Pekka Salonen : Violin Concerto
Dmitri Shostakovich : Symphony No 5 in D minor

26 Mar

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Carter, Adams, Birtwistle
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Nash Ensemble
Wigmore Hall Chamber Ensemble in Residence
BBC Singers

Nicholas Kok

The Nash Ensemble’s annual new music showcase is both a final instalment of its American Series – with John Adams’s seminal Shaker Loops and three characteristic pieces by the late, great Elliott Carter – and an eightieth birthday tribute to Sir Harrison Birtwistle, complete with a performance of his entrancing recent work for voices evoking the mysterious world of moths.

Harrison Birtwistle : Fantasia upon all the notes for flute, clarinet, string quartet and harp
John Adams : Shaker Loops for string septet
Elliott Carter : Mosaic for flute, oboe, clarinet, harp, string trio and double bass
Harrison Birtwistle : The Moth Requiem for 12 female singers, three harps and alto flute

27 Mar 
28 Mar

United States
 Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8:00pm 
15th Annual BMOP/NEC Concert at Jordan Hall 3/28
Jordan Hall, Boston
30 Gainsborough Street
United States

Tickets: $20 and Up
Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP)

As New England Conservatory’s (NEC) affiliate orchestra for new music, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) presents the 15th annual Boston ConNECtion concert featuring music by NEC students, alumni, and collaborators. This year’s program includes the Boston premiere of Accumulated Traces by 2013-14 BMOP/NEC Composition Competition winner Binna Kim; the U.S. premiere of NEC alumnus Lei Liang’s saxophone concerto Xiaoxiang with special guest saxophonist and fellow NEC alumnus Chien-Kwan Lin; Concerto for Orchestra by Steven Stucky, and Blue Earth by visiting NEC composer-in-residence Donald Crockett.

Steven Stucky : Concerto for Orchestra
Binna Kim : Accumulated Traces
Lei Liang : Xiaoxiang
Donald Crockett : Blue Earth

28 Mar

 Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm 
Solo Harp Concert, 2104 Sonic Boom Festival
Pyatt Hall, Vancouver
843 Seymour St.
604 876 3434

Tickets: $20 regular, $10 student / senior / artist
Heidi Krutzen (, concert harp

Part of the Vancouver Pro Musica Sonic Boom Festival of 4 evening concerts featuring new and contemporary vocal, instrumental, and electro-acoustic works. Also included are masterclasses and workshops.

See for more details.

Glenn Sutherland : Integral

28 Mar

 Friday, March 28, 2014 at 08.30pm 
The Righteous Fatale
H95 Raum für Kultur

Heloise Ph. Palmer

John Palmer : Eulogy

29 Mar

United States
 Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:00pm 
Pianist Anthony de Mare Celebrates Sondheim 3/29-30
Mondavi Arts Center
1 Sheilds Avenue, Davis, CA
United States

Tickets: $19 and Up
pianist Anthony de Mare

After performing nationwide in 2012-13 throughout the U.S. and Canada, LIAISONS: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano featuring internationally renowned contemporary pianist Anthony de Mare comes to the Mondavi Center for two nights only MAR 29-30. Based on the music of the legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, LIAISONS is an intrepid program of new, solo piano works by some of the world’s foremost contemporary composers - this marks the first time that Sondheim songs have ever been re-imagined for solo piano. Commissioned purely for this landmark project, composers from the realms of classical, jazz, film, pop, musical theater, opera and avant-garde music have come together to pay homage to Sondheim, whose music has dominated American musical theater for the past four decades. LIAISONS’ 2012-13 nationwide tour has made stops in San Francisco, New York City, Fort Worth, and Hudson Opera House, to name a few, and will continue throughout 2014. A full recording of the project is also underway, produced by Judith Sherman, for release in 2015.

Nico Muhly : Color and Light
William Bolcom : A Little Night Fughetta
Mark-Anthony Turnage : Pretty Women
Paul Moravec : I Think About You
Jake Heggie : I'm excited, No, You're Not
Steve Reich : Finishing the Hat

30 Mar

United States
 Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 2:00pm 
Pianist Anthony de Mare Celebrates Sondheim 3/29-30
Mondavi Arts Center
1 Sheilds Avenue, Davis, CA
United States

Tickets: $19 and Up
pianist Anthony de Mare

After performing nationwide in 2012-13 throughout the U.S. and Canada, LIAISONS: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano featuring internationally renowned contemporary pianist Anthony de Mare comes to the Mondavi Center for two nights only MAR 29-30. Based on the music of the legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, LIAISONS is an intrepid program of new, solo piano works by some of the world’s foremost contemporary composers - this marks the first time that Sondheim songs have ever been re-imagined for solo piano. Commissioned purely for this landmark project, composers from the realms of classical, jazz, film, pop, musical theater, opera and avant-garde music have come together to pay homage to Sondheim, whose music has dominated American musical theater for the past four decades. LIAISONS’ 2012-13 nationwide tour has made stops in San Francisco, New York City, Fort Worth, and Hudson Opera House, to name a few, and will continue throughout 2014. A full recording of the project is also underway, produced by Judith Sherman, for release in 2015.

Phil Kline : Someone in a Tree
Frederic Rzewski : I'm Still Here
Nils Vigeland : Merrily We Roll Along
Mary Ellen Childs : Now
Thomas Newman : Not While I'm Around
David Rakowski : The Ladies Who Lunch
Mason Bates : Very Put Together
Kenji Bunch : The Demon Barber
Michael Daugherty : Everybody's Got the Right
Bernadette Speach : In and Out of Love

31 Mar

United Kingdom
 Monday, March 31, 2014 at 1pm 
Jonathan Allsopp, organ recital
St Michael's, Cornhill
Cornhill, London EC3V 9DS
United Kingdom
020 7248 3826

Tickets: free recital
Jonathan Allsopp, organ

Miriam Mackie : Ravelling

1 Apr

 Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 7pm 
Luca Francesconi. Quartett
IRCAM/Centre Pompidou-Grande salle-Paris


Allison Cook soprano, the marquise de Merteuil
Robin Adams baryton, the vicomte de Valmont
Orchestra dell'Accademia del Teatro alla Scala
Conductor Sussan Mälkki
IRCAM computer music design Serge Lemouton
Recording of the choir and orchestra at La Scala in Milan Julien Aléonard

Carried by the music of Luca Francesconi and the words of Heiner Müller that reinvent the Dangerous Liaisons, the opera Quartett interpenetrates three worlds.

The interior, a post-apocalyptic space where two solitary monsters caught up in a delirium of masks, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, collide; the exterior, the thoughts and conspiracies of the protagonists; and outside, a space of metaphysical forces like attraction and magnetism, the only space capable of absorbing the psychological tension in Quartett.

IRCAM's technology was called upon to create this spatial staging for the work’s premiere at la Scala in Milan, directed by La Fura Dels Bauls: passage from a microscopic dimension to the occupation of almost the entire theater-world, vocal grafts that incarnate the feminine side of de Valmont and the masculinity of de Merteuil, the founding and sonorous ambiguities of a "quartet" for two.

Also on 2nd April.

Luca Francesconi : Quartett

1 Apr

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Marc-André Hamelin, Dvoøák and Ornstein
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Marc-André Hamelin

Pacifica Quartet

Composer-pianists, once the norm, occupy a small but remarkable minority today. Marc-André Hamelin’s growing catalogue of compositions includes works for solo piano and a dark-hued set of nineteen variations for piano quintet. His Passacaglia serves as the ideal companion to Dvoøák’s Piano Quintet in A Op. 81, recognised among the genre’s masterworks.

The Pacifica Quartet and Hamelin turn to Leo Ornstein’s enchanting Piano Quintet of 1927, a monumental work brimming with scintillating energy, strong echoes of Jewish cantorial chant and vivid emotions.

Marc-André Hamelin : Passacaglia for piano quintet
Antonin Dvorak : Piano Quintet in A Op. 81
Leo Ornstein : Piano Quintet

2 Apr

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, April 02, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Powder Her Face
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom

Conductor: Timothy Redmond
Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins
Designer: Ultz
Lighting Designer: Adam Silverman
Movement Director: Imogen Knight
Librettist: Philip Hensher
Duchess: Amanda Roocroft
Maid: Clare Eggington
Hotel Manager: Alan Ewing
Electrician: Alexander Sprague

Powder Her Face charts the glamorous rise and seedy fall of the notorious socialite beauty Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. A former deb of the year, the ‘Dirty Duchess’ was at the centre of a scandalous divorce case in 1963, the year of the Profumo Affair, when the Establishment was caught with its pin-striped trousers round its ankles. Drawing on episodes from the Duchess’s colourful life, not least her sexually voracious appetite, a mythical portrayal of this elegant yet ultimately tragic figure emerges

Powder Her Face launched Adès’s international career in 1995 and remains one of his most performed works. His dazzlingly precocious score is as witty, poignant and memorable as the Duchess herself, paying homage to the popular idioms of cabaret and tango, as well as to Weill, Berg and Stravinsky.

Making his opera directing debut is Joe Hill-Gibbins, one of the most exciting talents in British theatre, in a new site-specific production created within Ambika P3, London’s newest performing environment. Productions at the Royal Court (The Village Bike) and Young Vic (The Glass Menagerie) have earned Hill-Gibbins a loyal following and his recent National Theatre staging of Marlowe’s Edward II has only served to confirm his reputation. Returning to ENO after triumphs in Janácek, Britten and Strauss is Olivier Award-winning soprano Amanda Roocroft as the infamous Duchess.

Performances until April 19th.

Thomas Ades : Powder Her Face

3 Apr

 Thursday, April 03, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Scottish Chamber Orchestra plays Silvestrov
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

A tale of two wives lies behind this grand programme. Mozart’s future wife, Constanze Weber was the intended soloist for the ravishing soprano writing in the Et Incarnatus Est of his mass – an utterly sublime and arresting moment of pure love in music. Silvestrov’s The Messenger harks back to Mozart in a touching memorial for his own wife who died suddenly in her 40s.

The symphony between them needs no introduction: one of Mozart’s most famous and dramatic statements.

Valentin Silvestrov : The Messenger
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Symphony No 40
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Mass in C minor

4 Apr 
5 Apr

United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 05, 2014 at 16.00 hrs 
Junior Guildhall Wind Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Milton Court - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, EC2Y 9BH
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: tbc
Junior Guildhall Wind Orchestra and Chamber Choir under Matthew Down

A concert featuring the 'world music' inspired piece........
Postcards, Play-Sing-Dance

Jeffery Wilson : Postcards (Play-Sing-Dance)

6 Apr

United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 06, 2014 at 14.30 hrs 
Jeffery Wilson (Saxophones) Tim Watts (Piano)
Madingley Hall
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 746222

Tickets: tbc
Leading composer, performer and teacher Jeffery Wilson (saxophone) joins Tim Watts (piano)

A concert of premieres and seductive music for this most iconic instrument.

Joy Ellis : Goodnight Miss Parker (sop sax and piano)
Derek Rodgers : Soprano Saxophone Sonata
Jeffery Wilson : Iconic Sonata (Tenor Sax and Piano)

6 Apr

United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 06, 2014 at 13:00 
Woolrich: 60th Birthday Celebration
St John's, Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7222 1061

London Sinfonietta
Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble

The London Sinfonietta performs a lunchtime concert with the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble, to celebrate the 60th birthday of John Woolrich.

John Woolrich : In the Mirrors of Asleep; Envoi
John Woolrich : Farewell; Watermark; A Dramolet

6 Apr

 Sunday, April 06, 2014 at 20:15 
Meesterpianist Emanuel Ax
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Emanuel Ax - piano

Johannes Brahms : Tweede sonate in fis, op. 2
Brett Dean : Hommage à Brahms
Johannes Brahms : Vier Klavierstücke, op. 119
Missy Mazzoli : Bolts of Loving Thunder
Johannes Brahms : Variaties en Fuga over een thema van G.F. Händel in Bes, op. 24

6 Apr

United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 06, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Momo Kodama plays Toshio Hosokawa
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Momo Kodama

Born in Osaka and raised in Germany, Momo Kodama studied with Germaine Mounier at the Paris Conservatoire before establishing her career in the 1990s.

Her wide concert repertoire encompasses the great keyboard works of Bach and Beethoven and embraces exquisite new scores by Misato Mochizuki and Toshio Hosokawa. This recital turns to the fertile ground of the keyboard ‘study’, opening with Bach’s three-movement concerto ‘after the Italian taste’, before charting the multi-layered soundworlds of Hosokawa’s entrancing Etudes.

J.S. Bach : Italian Concerto in F BWV971
Toshio Hosokawa : Etude I – VI for piano
Claude Debussy : Études Books I & II

7 Apr

United Kingdom
 Monday, April 07, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Carter, Per Nørgård, Toshio Hosokawa and more
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Colin Currie

Colin Currie’s affinity with Elliott Carter was reinforced when the two men met and discovered a shared sense of humour. The bell-like sonorities of the composer’s brief Figment V, written in 2009 as a present for his teenage grandson, and Toshio Hosokawa’s hypnotic Reminiscence, contrast with the virtuosity of Per Nørgård’s I Ching-inspired Fire Over Water, the impassioned outbursts of Dave Maric’s flamboyant Sense and Innocence and the complexities of Rolf Wallin’s new score.

Elliott Carter : Figment V for solo marimba
Per Nørgård : Fire Over Water from I Ching
Toshio Hosokawa : Fire Over Water from I Ching
Bruno Mantovani : Moi, jeu ...
Dave Maric : Sense and Innocence
Joseph Pereira : Word of Mouth II
Rolf Wallin : Realismos Magicos

8 Apr

United States
 Tuesday, April 08, 2014 at 8pm 
BCMG in Washington: Oliver Knussen residency
Library of Congress
Washington DC
United States

Conductor: Oliver Knussen
Mezzo-soprano: Lucy Schaufer
Baritone: Andrew Sauvageau
Piano: Huw Watkins

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is a global leader in the performance of innovative new music and BCMG Artist-in-Association Oliver Knussen leads the Group in a program that showcases the Library’s rich commissioning and presenting legacies. Knussen’s Ophelia Dances, commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation, will be on display alongside the manuscript for Schoenberg’s Serenade.

Igor Stravinsky : Septet
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia Dances
Niccolò Castiglioni : Tropi
Ruth Crawford Seeger : Three Songs
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia’s Last Dance
Arnold Schoenberg : Serenade

9 Apr 
10 Apr

United Kingdom
 Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7.30pm 
John Casken Oboe Concerto world premiere
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Stéphane Rancourt oboe

Pre-concert at 6.30pm:
John Casken, one of Britain’s most distinguished composers - and Emeritus Professor of Music at The University of Manchester - will talk about his long-awaited Concerto for Oboe, 'Apollinaire’s Bird', which receives its world premiere tonight.

A thrilling work of musical theatre, Weill’s 'The Seven Deadly Sins', the composer’s last major collaboration with Bertolt Brecht, is a great modern parable about the evils of greed and capitalism. Singers and a dancer take us from one American city to another, and from one sin to the next, envying, lusting and covetting with splendid impunity.

The split personality of the ‘sinner’, Anna, is played by a dancer (her soul) and a singer (her rational side). Her mother is played by the bass, the baritone is her father and the two tenors are her brothers.

The Hallé’s exceptional (and invariably virtuous) Stéphane Rancourt gives the world premiere of another major new Hallé commission, John Casken’s 'Oboe Concerto'.

Dmitri Shostakovich : The Golden Age: music from the ballet
John Casken : Oboe Concerto
Kurt Weill : The Seven Deadly Sins

10 Apr

 Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7.30pm 
MacMillan Veni, Veni Emmanuel
Usher Hall

John Storgårds Conductor
Colin Currie Percussion
Rosie Staniforth Cor Anglais

Vaughan Williams’ timeless Fantasia and Sibelius’ uplifting sixth symphony frame one of the SCO’s signature works. Back in 1992, they premiered MacMillan’s Veni, Veni Emmanuel at the BBC Proms, and it has since been played more than 400 times! Scottish percussionist Colin Currie has made the piece his own and hearing him is a thrilling experience. This will be a night of drama and riches. Before the concert SCO Chief Executive Roy McEwan will discuss how to programme an SCO Season, and commissioning new works.

Pre-concert talk 6.45pm (Free to ticket holders)

Vaughan Williams : Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis
James MacMillan : Veni, veni emmanuel
Jean Sibelius : The Swan of Tuonela
Jean Sibelius : Symphony No 6

11 Apr

 Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Shankar Plays Shankar
Usher Hall

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Kristjan Järvi Conductor
Anoushka Shankar Sitar

From the Beatles to the world’s greatest orchestras, Ravi Shankar was an artist who brought worlds together. His daughter Anoushka joins the RSNO for a rare performance of his ravishing Raga-Mala. It’s exactly the sort of vibrant musical discovery we’ve come to expect from Kristjan Järvi – but you haven’t heard the half of it, as Järvi introduces two hauntingly beautiful modern classics by Arvo Pärt. Instantly familiar from TV and film soundtracks, they’re even lovelier when performed live.

Pre-concert talk 6.45pm

Arvo Pärt : Fratres
Arvo Pärt : Symphony No3
Ravi Shankar : Raga-Mala (Sitar Concerto No2)

11 Apr

United States
 Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7.30 pm 
Life, Love and Death
Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI
United States

Tickets: Single tickets are $35, $25, and $15. Students are 50% off.
Ft. Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird. UWM faculty artists Lee Ann Garrison, Brooke Thiele, Dean Valadez and Patrick Lichty, and artist Shannon Molter will exhibit multimedia art installations. Artistic Director and UWM Dance faculty Dani Kuepper will choreograph dance to Phil Kline’s Exquisite Corpses. PM will also perform Life by Louis Andriessen, with a film by Marijke van Warmerdam. Stay afterward for a mesmerizing performance by Milwaukee’s own Gypsy Noir band, The Vitrolum Republic!

11 Apr

United States
 Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8pm 
BCMG in Washington: Oliver Knussen residency
Library of Congress
Washington DC
United States

Pianist Huw Watkins joins BCMG musicians for a special evening of British and American chamber music, with a varied program of landmark twentieth-century works, including the Washington premiere of Elliott Carter’s final work Epigrams. The concert unwraps the world premiere of a new piano trio by American composer Marc Neikrug, paired with Frank Bridge’s Piano Trio No. 2 (dedicated to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge in 1929.)

There will be pre-concert conversation at 6.30pm in the Whittall Pavilion with Oliver Knussen and Marc Neikrug – no tickets required.

Benjamin Britten : Phantasy Quartet
Elliott Carter : Epigrams
Marc Neikrug : Piano Trio
Oliver Knussen : Cantata
Frank Bridge : Piano Trio No.2

12 Apr

 Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 17:00 
Riccardo Panfili World Premiere
Lucerne Festival

Human Rights Orchestra Ensemble | Music classes of the Kantonsschule Reussbühl/KSR | Alessio Allegrini conductor | Riccardo Panfili composer

To change the world through music: that’s the vision and aim of the Musicians for Human Rights organized by Alessio Allegrini, the principal horn player of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. Through their performances they hope to enhance awareness of issues surrounding human rights and to support specific projects as well. For one thing, human rights can only become reality if all human beings are aware of their rights (along with their corresponding obligations). Moreover, music entails a peaceful coexistence: a way of listening to each other which calls for the involvement of all participants. The Musicians for Human Rights will conduct a several-ay-long workshop with Lucerne students. The participants will discuss the theme of human rights and with these professionals will closely study a new score by the Italian composer Riccardo Panfili. It’s a double challenge, as music teacher Rolf Stucki-Sabeti says, for “in music and human rights alike, you learn to understand what is different and other.”

Riccardo Panfili : The Last Land

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