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18 Apr



United Kingdom
 Friday, April 18, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Easter at King's
King's College Chapel
Cambridge
United Kingdom

Guy Johnston cello
Aleksandra Zamojska soprano
Anna Radziejewska alto
Jaros³aw Brêk baritone
BBC Concert Orchestra
Philharmonia Chorus
Stephen Cleobury conductor


“a liberating, totally absorbing creation which sweeps the listener towards a different world”
(Sir Nicholas Kenyon on The Protecting Veil)

A celebration of the life of revered composer John Tavener with one of his most well known works. The Protecting Veil is a sublime meditation inspired by the Orthodox Feasts commemorating the life of the Virgin Mary, ending with her tears. Lutos³awski’s searing Lachrimosa precedes Szymanowski’s beautiful Stabat Mater.


John Tavener : The Protecting Veil
Witold Lutoslawski : Lacrimosa
Karol Szymanowski : Stabat mater, Op 53

19 Apr 
 
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23 Apr



Scotland
 Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7.30pm 
The Michael Nyman Band
Queens Hall
Edinburgh
Scotland
0131 668 2019
http://www.thequeenshall.net

The Michael Nyman Band

As one of Britain's most innovative and celebrated composers, Michael Nyman's work encompasses operas and string quartets, film soundtracks and orchestral concertos. Far more than merely a composer, he's also a performer, conductor, bandleader, pianist, author, musicologist and now a photographer and film-maker.

Accompanied by his band, Michael’s appearance at The Queen’s Hall offers a rare chance to see the master in action.


Michael Nyman : The Draughtman's Contract
Michael Nyman : The Cook
Michael Nyman : The Thief
Michael Nyman : A Zed and Two Noughts
Michael Nyman : Prospero’s Books
Michael Nyman : The Piano

23 Apr



United States
 Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:00pm 
2014 TED Fellow Bora Yoon Performs New CD 4/23
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue, NYC
United States
212-517-2742
http://www.asiasociety.org

Tickets: $20
Bora Yoon

Sunken Cathedral, the new multimedia album from 2014 TED Fellow/Korean-American composer and performer Bora Yoon, introduces a contemporary sonic journey through the chambers of subconscious. By blending digital devices, found objects, and instruments from a variety of cultures and centuries with her own voice, Yoon creates a series of surreal soundscapes that range from choral, electronic, ambient, industrial, spoken-word, symphonic, and early music, to express the cyclical and transcendental nature of music.

Bora Yoon : Sunken Cathedral

24 Apr



United Kingdom
 Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Patrick Zimmerli Aspects of Darkness and Light
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Joshua Redman
saxophone

Satoshi Takeishi
percussion

Scott Colley
double bass

Escher String Quartet

Joshua Redman’s work as curator of the Wigmore Jazz Series has delivered high-octane performances at the Hall over the past two years. The saxophonist and composer returns for what promises to be a red-letter date in the 2013–14 Season calendar.

Patrick Zimmerli’s Aspects of Darkness and Light, a rich mix of jazz, classical and world music styles, blurs genre-defining boundaries to create a thrilling new listening experience.


Patrick Zimmerli : Aspects of Darkness and Light

25 Apr 
 
26 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Codebreaker - world premiere
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Hertfordshire Chorus
London Orchestra da Camera
David Temple conductor
Naomi Harvey soprano

Codebreaker charts the story of Alan Turing, brilliant mathematician and scientist, key figure at Bletchley Park, who committed suicide aged 41. McCarthy's inspirational work weaves Turing's own words and those of famous poets within music both tender and stirring.


Felix Mendelssohn : Hebrides Overture, Fingal's Cave
Vaughan Williams : Toward the Unknown Region
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt
James McCarthy : Codebreaker

26 Apr



Canada
 Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8pm 
Boundless: Beyond the Borders of Sound
Blusson Spinal Chord Centre
313 West 18th Ave
Canada
http://www.fringepercussion.com
angiennguyen@gmail.com

Tickets: 15-25
Fringe Percussion Ensemble:

Daniel Tones
Jonathan Bernard
Martin Fisk
Brian Nesselroad
Timothy Van Cleave
Graeme Tofflemire

Join Fringe Percussion for an evening of exceptional music that harnesses the boundless energy of sound. Be treated to a rhythmic, vibrant, and captivating body of work by acclaimed composers Mark Applebaum, Bob Becker (Nexus), Derek Charke, and David Lang (Bang on a Can).

The program also features the Vancouver concert premieres of Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet and Canadian icon Bruce Mather’s sensuous Clos d’Audignac. Experience some of the best music for percussion in a leveled 360 and birds eye view of the performers in the unconventional spiraled atrium of the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre.



Bob Becker : Unseen Child
Steve Reich : Mallet Quartet
Mark Applebaum : Catfish
Bruce Mathers : Clos d'Audignac
Derek Charke : Trio
David Lang : The So-Called Laws of Nature Part 2

27 Apr



France
 Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4pm 
Leylâ et Majnûn ou L'Amour mystique
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris
France

Nacer Khemir : storyteller
Didier Benetti : conducting
Gombodorj Byambajargal : song
Enkhajargal Dandarvaanchig "Epi" : song
Salar Aghili : song
Ariana Vafadari : song
Raza Hussain Khan : song
Marianne Svasek : song
Naziha Meftah : song
Annas Habib : song
Bruno Le Levreur : song
Levon Minassian : doudouk
Henri Tournier : flûtes
Haroun Teboul : ney
Driss El Maloumi : oud
Jasser Haj Youssef : viole d'amour
Jean Bollinger : trumpet
Laurent Clouet : clarinet
John Boswell : percussion
Joël Grare : percussion
Maël Guezel : percussion
Nicolas Lamothe : percussion
Shanghai Percussion Ensemble
Julien Carton : piano
Alban Sautour : piano
Sarah Nemtanu : violin
Tiphaine Gaigne : violin
Young-Eun Koo : violin
Samuel Nemtanu : violin
Jacques Gandard : violin
Guillaume Barli : violin
Agnès Domergue : viola
Julien Gaben : viola
Laurent Muller : viola
Gregoire Korniluk : cello
Jérôme Lefranc : cello
Philippe Noharet : doublebass
Anne Sophie Versnaeyen : orchestration




Armand Amar : Leylâ et Majnûn ou l'Amour mystique
Armand Amar : Oratorio mundi
Armand Amar : Collaboration artistique John Boswell
Armand Amar : Livret de Leili Anvar

27 Apr



United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 6.30pm 
Words and music: an evening in three parts
CBSO Centre
Berkley Street. B1 2LF
United Kingdom
http://www.bcmg.org.uk
info@bcmg.org.uk

Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Viola: Christopher Yates *
Director: David Sawer ~
Actors: William Oxborrow & Thomas Howes ~
Sound by Design ~

Howard Skempton’s Only the Sound Remains for viola and ensemble takes its title from the first line of The Mill-Water, a poem on the sad loss of rural industry by Edward Thomas. The sense of nostalgia and elegy that pervades Thomas’ poem is beautifully encapsulated in Skempton’s 35-minute piece. Led by the viola, the ensemble seems to paint a series of long-forgotten landscapes, affirming Skempton’s precious ability to find beauty and expressive power in the simplest musical objects.

BCMG/SaM Apprentice Composer-in-Residence Shiori Usui has been described as a composer with ‘individual ears’ (The Times) and her music has already been performed in Japan, Europe and the US by a diverse range of soloists, ensembles and orchestras. Her new piece takes inspiration from the BBC’s Blue Planet series (originally titled ‘Deep’) and promises to transport both players and audience to the bottom of the ocean.

Skempton’s friendship with Morton Feldman was perhaps his most important single influence. Samuel Beckett/Morton Feldman’s Words and Music deliberates on the comparative power of these two modes of expression. Here presented in a strikingly unusual way, this 40-minute piece, initially written for radio, sees Joe (Words) and Bob (Music), struggle to formulate expressions on themes including love and age under the command of the mysterious Croak. At the heart of the piece is an intensely moving section in which Bob tries to teach Joe how to sing.


Howard Skempton : Only the Sound Remains
Shiori Usui : Deep
Morton Feldman : Words and Music

28 Apr 
 
29 Apr



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Basel Symphony Orchestra
St David's Hall
St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH
United Kingdom
029 2087 8444
http://www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/
sdhreception@cardiff.gov.uk

Basel Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Dennis Russell Davies
Cello Matt Haimovitz


Three minimalist classics: Harmonielehre started life as a dream in which John Adams saw a tanker in San Francisco Bay shoot out of the water like a rocket. From the glittering pulsating rhythms of its opening, through to its closing shimmering light, optimism and energy, this is a roller-coaster of a piece that never lets go for one moment. Hear it next to the fragile stillness of Arvo Part's These Words and Philip Glass's recent Second Cello Concerto, based on the music for the film Naqoyqatsi.

Arvo Pärt : These Words
Philip Glass : Cello Concerto No 2, "Naqoyqatsi "
John Adams : HARMONIELEHRE

30 Apr



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Van der Aa: Here
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096
http://www.rfh.org.uk

Baldur Bronnimann conductor
Claron McFadden soprano
Mark van de Wiel clarinet
Sound Intermedia sound design
London Sinfonietta

“One of the most distinctive young composers in Europe today. Michel van der Aa's ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole sets him apart from nearly all his contemporaries.” Andrew Clements, The Guardian

A black plexiglass cabin, spotlit on an empty stage; an anonymous female figure; a tape recorder shuffling the soundtrack; and just eleven repeated chords.

These are the bare components that make up Michel van der Aa’s intriguing and compelling and complete Here Trilogy, receiving its UK premiere.

With echoes of the spatial manipulation in the works of Escher, combining electric and natural sounds, Here Trilogy explores the clash between the individual and their everyday surroundings, creating a haunting sense of paralysis, separation and isolation.

The programme also features the world premiere of Hysteresis, a new clarinet concerto co-commissioned by the London Sinfonietta for Principal Clarinetist Mark van de Wiel.


Michael van der Aa : Memo for violin & portable cassette recorder
Michael van der Aa : Hysteresis
Michael van der Aa : Here Trilogy

1 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 3.15pm 
Tavener and Taverner
St Paul's Knightsbridge
32a Wilton Place, London SW1X 8SH
United Kingdom

BBC Singers
Peter Philips conductor

Join the BBC Singers in a short afternoon concert at St Paul's, Knightsbridge, as they remember a composer who formed a significant part of their history: the late John Tavener. Under the baton of Peter Phillips the BBC Singers perform his iconic tender hymn The Lamb alongside the mournful Funeral Ikos.
Hear the choral masterwork of his near namesake, master of early 16th century music John Taverner, in the six-part intricate polyphony of Missa Corona Spinea.

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.


John Taverner : Missa Corona Spinea
John Tavener : Funeral Ikos
John Tavener : The Lamb
John Tavener : Two Hymns to the Mother of God

1 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 8pm 
Uncovering the political voice of classical music
SHACKLEWELL ARMS
71 SHACKLEWELL LANE, DALSTON E8 2EB
United Kingdom
http://www.nonclassical.co.uk

Tickets: £5/6
The Riot Ensemble / Neil Luck / Audrey Chen / The Broom Brigade

On May Day, Nonclassical uncovers the political voice of classical music and raises it to dangerous decibels. It’s a march on Dalston championing both iconic and new works charged with sociopolitical consciousness – get ready to take contemporary classical to the streets and lift a sonically defiant finger to the establishment.

The night opens with a free, symbolic outdoor performance in Gillett Square of Louis Andriessen’s punchy Workers Union performed by The Riot Ensemble, a collective of top emerging musicians. The march on Dalston then continues at The Shacklewell Arms, exploring iconic works of powerful revolutionary fervor, featuring Luigi Nono’s electroacoustic Non Consumiamo Marx on the 1968 student protests and culminating with Frederic Rzewski’s poignant masterpieces Coming Together and Attica, written in response to the tragic Attica prison riots.

Paired with these established works will be fresh new music that address politics today: composer/performer Neil Luck creatively reinterprets Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise with a modern day twist, The Broom Brigade performs White Haired Boy a new irreverent satirical opera on Boris Johnson by the MAAP Collective, and renowned experimental musician Audrey Chen expressively improvises with voice and cello on the May Day theme.

Between live performances, Nonclassical DJs will be spinning unique politically-themed sets, featuring music from Hans Eisler to Dead Prez.


Frederic Rzewski : Coming Together & Attica
Luigi Nono : Non Consumiamo Marx
Cornelius Cardew : Treatise (re-interpreted by Neil Luck)
MAAP Collective : Music from White Haired Boy
Audrey Chen : Free improvisation with cello & voice

1 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Thomas Adès and Nico Muhly
Jerwood Hall
London
United Kingdom

Nicholas Collon conductor
Iestyn Davies countertenor
Aurora Orchestra

Internationally-acclaimed countertenor Iestyn Davies joins the Aurora Orchestra as it looks heavenwards for a programme which contemplates virtue, peace, and celestial heights. Bach’s meditation on purity and the resistance of sin Widerstehe doch der Sünde is performed alongside Gluck’s ravishing depiction of the wonder of Elysium from the opera Orfeo ed Euridice, and works by two of the brightest stars in the firmament of living composers, Thomas Adès and Nico Muhly (including an arrangement of Herbert Howells’ King David created by Muhly specially for this concert). Schubert’s effervescent Fifth Symphony – written before the composer’s 20th birthday and filled with optimism and vitality – completes a sparkling programme.

Nico Muhly : Drones on ‘O Lord, whose mercies numberless’
Herbert Howells : King David
Christoph Willibald Gluck : ‘Che puro ciel’ from Orfeo ed Euridice
J.S. Bach : Cantata BWV 54, ‘Widerstehe doch der Sünde’
Thomas Ades : Three Studies from Couperin
Franz Schubert : Symphony No 5 in B flat

2 May 
 
3 May



United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 7.30pm 
WORLD PREMIERE: Julian Anderson’s Thebans
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom

ENO

An important ENO commission, Thebans unites prize-winning British composer Julian Anderson and his librettist, the distinguished playwright Frank McGuinness. This compelling re-telling of Sophocles’ timeless Theban tragedies focuses on the fate of Oedipus and his daughter Antigone. Murder and incest, political ambition, love and loyalty, hatred and revenge drive everyone on a collision course which can only lead to catastrophe.

Anderson, ‘a composer to cherish’ (The Times), is recognised for his fresh melodic gifts, vivid orchestration and rhythmic drive, all of which he brings to Thebans, his first opera. Among his recent orchestral showpieces is The Discovery of Heaven (2013 South Bank Sky Arts Award), while Harmony was premiered at the opening night of the 2013 Proms season. A playwright of international repute, McGuinness is also acclaimed for his vivid translations of Ibsen, Strindberg and Sophocles. His Oedipus, based on the Theban tragedy, was staged by the National Theatre in 2008.

De Nederlandse Opera Artistic Director Pierre Audi makes his much-anticipated ENO debut with this world premiere production of Thebans. Music Director Edward Gardner leads the ENO Chorus and Orchestra and an outstanding cast of ENO regulars, including Roland Wood as the tormented Oedipus, Susan Bickley as his wife/mother Jocasta, ENO Harewood Artist Julia Sporsén as the doomed Antigone, and Peter Hoare as Creon.

Performances: 03 May - 03 Jun


Julian Anderson : Thebans

3 May



Ireland
 Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 2pm - 8pm 
Sonic Vigil 8
St. Anne's Church Shandon
Shandon, Cork
Ireland

Tickets: €10
Danny Mc Carthy, Mick O' Shea, Karen Power, John Godfrey, Anthony Kelly, David Stalling, Robin Palmer, Softday, Natalie Beylis, Gunter Berkus, Tore Boe, Andrea Bonino, Aine O' Dwyer, Derek Foot, miXile, Monica Muccio, Iarla O Lionard, Han Earl Park




3 May



United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 2pm, 6pm 
Street Stories
Lindbury Studio
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
United Kingdom
http://www.roh.org.uk



Thirty young East Londoners perform new interpretations of Faust, created by emerging artists: choreographer Hannah Anderson-Ricketts, composer Alex Groves and designer Kelli Des Jarlais.

Alex Groves : Street Stories

3 May



United States
 Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 7:30 pm 
Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC Presents “The Poet’s Song”
Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue, NYC, New York
United States
+1 800-838-3006
http://www.melodiawomenschoir.org/
info@horsedragon-nyc.com

Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 door ($15 adv. students and seniors) www.melodiawomenschoir.org


Melodia Women’s Choir led by Artistic Director Cynthia Powell heralds the poetry and music of spring with “The Poet’s Song,” a lyrical journey from William Shakespeare to William Blake to Johnny Mercer. Anchoring the concert is the world premiere of “Full Fathom Five,” composed by Belize-born, London-based Errollyn Wallen, whom the “UK Observer” calls a “renaissance woman of contemporary British music.” Wallen’s unique vision for piano, flute, clarinet, percussion, and women’s voices is a setting of text from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and is dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013).

Continuing the celebration of Shakespeare 450 is Emma Lou Diemer’s “Three Shakespeare Madrigals.” Also on the program is “Piping Down the Valleys Wild” by Herbert Howells (1892-1983) for flute, piano, and women’s choir, with poetry by William Blake (1757-1827). The English poet Edward Lear’s (1812-1888) humorous nonsense poems set the tone for William Mathias’ playful “Learsongs” for voices and piano, while Lear’s contemporary, poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), lends her text to “Echo,” by Eleanor Daley (1907-2003). Irrepressible mid-century jazz standards “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “All the Things You Are,” “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me,” and “Satin Doll” complete the tour.

Performing will be award-winning pianist Taisya Pushkar (taisiyapushkar.com), accomplished flutist Nathalie Joachim (flutronix.com), clarinetist and saxophonist Debra Kreisberg (debrakreisberg.com), and percussionists Michelle Cozzi and Chihiro Shibayama (chihiroshibayama.com).

ABOUT MELODIA
The 28 voices strong Melodia Women’s Choir has established a reputation as the premier women’s choir of NYC through more than a decade of adventurous, fresh and wide-ranging repertoire that explores rarely heard, stylistically diverse and often original and debut works. Called “riveting” by the New York Times and hailed by composers such as Meredith Monk, Melodia is committed to nurturing emerging women composers through commissions, residencies and performances. Founded by Executive Director Jenny Clarke in 2003, Melodia collaborates with and supports women composers, musicians and performers across the musical spectrum. melodiawomenschoir.org

ABOUT CYNTHIA POWELL
Cynthia Powell, founding conductor and Artistic Director, celebrates her eleventh season with Melodia Women’s Choir. In addition to her positions as Director of Music and Organist at West End Collegiate Church in NYC, and Organist/Choirmaster of Temple Sinai in Tenafly, New Jersey, she serves as the Artistic Director of the Stonewall Chorale, the nation’s first LGBT chorus. Powell has performed at Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney Museum with composer Meredith Monk, and has toured the U.S. and Europe. She has conducted many major works for chorus and orchestra.

ABOUT ERROLLYN WALLEN
A respected a contemporary composer, and singer-songwriter, the Ivor Novello Award recipient has written commissions for the BBC, Royal Opera House and composes across genres from R&B to opera to choral to TV and fi lm scores. errollynwallen.com

ABOUT SHAKESPEARE 450
Worldwide celebrations mark the 450-year anniversary of the famous English bard, William Shakespeare, born April 25, 1564.



4 May



United States
 Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 4:00 pm 
Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC Presents “The Poet’s Song”
DiMenna Center Mary Flagler Cary Hall
450 West 37th Street, NYC
United States
http://www.oslmusic.org/dimenna-center/

Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 door ($15 adv. students and seniors) www.melodiawomenschoir.org


Melodia Women’s Choir led by Artistic Director Cynthia Powell heralds the poetry and music of spring with “The Poet’s Song,” a lyrical journey from William Shakespeare to William Blake to Johnny Mercer. Anchoring the concert is the world premiere of “Full Fathom Five,” composed by Belize-born, London-based Errollyn Wallen, whom the “UK Observer” calls a “renaissance woman of contemporary British music.” Wallen’s unique vision for piano, flute, clarinet, percussion, and women’s voices is a setting of text from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and is dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013).

Continuing the celebration of Shakespeare 450 is Emma Lou Diemer’s “Three Shakespeare Madrigals.” Also on the program is “Piping Down the Valleys Wild” by Herbert Howells (1892-1983) for flute, piano, and women’s choir, with poetry by William Blake (1757-1827). The English poet Edward Lear’s (1812-1888) humorous nonsense poems set the tone for William Mathias’ playful “Learsongs” for voices and piano, while Lear’s contemporary, poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), lends her text to “Echo,” by Eleanor Daley (1907-2003). Irrepressible mid-century jazz standards “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “All the Things You Are,” “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me,” and “Satin Doll” complete the tour.

Performing will be award-winning pianist Taisya Pushkar (taisiyapushkar.com), accomplished flutist Nathalie Joachim (flutronix.com), clarinetist and saxophonist Debra Kreisberg (debrakreisberg.com), and percussionists Michelle Cozzi and Chihiro Shibayama (chihiroshibayama.com).

ABOUT MELODIA
The 28 voices strong Melodia Women’s Choir has established a reputation as the premier women’s choir of NYC through more than a decade of adventurous, fresh and wide-ranging repertoire that explores rarely heard, stylistically diverse and often original and debut works. Called “riveting” by the New York Times and hailed by composers such as Meredith Monk, Melodia is committed to nurturing emerging women composers through commissions, residencies and performances. Founded by Executive Director Jenny Clarke in 2003, Melodia collaborates with and supports women composers, musicians and performers across the musical spectrum. melodiawomenschoir.org

ABOUT CYNTHIA POWELL
Cynthia Powell, founding conductor and Artistic Director, celebrates her eleventh season with Melodia Women’s Choir. In addition to her positions as Director of Music and Organist at West End Collegiate Church in NYC, and Organist/Choirmaster of Temple Sinai in Tenafly, New Jersey, she serves as the Artistic Director of the Stonewall Chorale, the nation’s first LGBT chorus. Powell has performed at Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney Museum with composer Meredith Monk, and has toured the U.S. and Europe. She has conducted many major works for chorus and orchestra.

ABOUT ERROLLYN WALLEN
A respected a contemporary composer, and singer-songwriter, the Ivor Novello Award recipient has written commissions for the BBC, Royal Opera House and composes across genres from R&B to opera to choral to TV and fi lm scores. errollynwallen.com

ABOUT SHAKESPEARE 450
Worldwide celebrations mark the 450-year anniversary of the famous English bard, William Shakespeare, born April 25, 1564.



4 May



Netherlands
 Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 21.15 
Remembrance Day Concert: Different Trains
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam
Netherlands
http://www.concertgebouw.nl

Zapp4
Mondriaan Kwartet
Paul Feld (spreker)



Radiohead : Waar de sporen uiteen gaan
Radiohead : Paranoid Android
Radiohead : You and Whose Army
Radiohead : Exit Music
Steve Reich : Different Trains

5 May



France
 Monday, May 05, 2014 at 8pm 
Steve Reich at La Salle Pleyel
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris
France

MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig
MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig
Kristjan Järvi : conducting, clapping
Steve Reich : clapping



Steve Reich : Duet
Steve Reich : Clapping Music
Steve Reich : Four Sections
Steve Reich : The Desert Music

5 May



United Kingdom
 Monday, May 05, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Protest Songs
St Gregory’s Centre for Music, Canterbury
CT1 1QU
United Kingdom

London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta presents the culmination of a four-day residency at Canterbury Christ Church University, focusing on protest songs, a programme of striking works that address politics through music.

Cornelius Cardew : Workers Song
Frederic Rzewski : Coming together
Johannes Kreidler : Fremdarbeit
Louis Andriessen : Workers Union

5 May



Wales
 Monday, May 05, 2014 at 7.30pm 
BBC Radio 3 Dylan Thomas Day
BBC Hoddinott Hall
Cardiff
Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tecwyn Evans Conductor
Robert Plane Clarinet
Robin Tritschler Tenor

As part of the BBC’s Dylan Thomas season, BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates one of Wales’s greatest poets, with a concert broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s Dylan Thomas Day. Tecwyn Evans conducts a programme including the world premiere of Mervyn Burtch’s Four Portraits of Dylan Thomas, plus there’s music by eminent Welsh composers Daniel Jones and Alun Hoddinott.

Daniel Jones : Dance Fantasy
Igor Stravinsky : In memoriam Dylan Thomas
Mervyn Burtch : 4 Portraits of Dylan Thomas
Alun Hoddinott : Concerto for Clarinet No. 1, Op 3
Aaron Copland : Appalachian Spring – suite

6 May 
 
7 May



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Edge of Sound
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096
http://www.rfh.org.uk

BBC Concert Orchestra
A Hawk and a Hacksaw Jeremy Barnes | Heather Trost | Balázs Ungar
Synergy Vocals
André de Ridder conductor

Immerse yourself in the folk cultures of Eastern Europe. Explore the gritty, rustic and evocative music of the original folk collector Béla Bartók in Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. We evoke the spirit of Romania in Ligeti’s full-blooded Concert românesc.

Discover A Hawk and A Hacksaw. An American duo, with cimbalom maestro Balázs Unger as special guest, they seek to create and document an ecstatic sound much like the village bands of old where the communal aspect of folk tradition is the key factor. They will weave their music into Bartók’s Three Village Scenes.

Experience something new when BBC Concert Orchestra and A Hawk and A Hacksaw come together to perform a brand new piece written specially for their combined forces in a unique collaboration.


Béla Bartók : Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106
Gyorgy Ligeti : Concert Românesc
Béla Bartók : Three Village Scenes, Sz 79

8 May 
 
9 May



United Kingdom
 Friday, May 09, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Bright Sheng Violin Concerto
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conductor
Gil Shaham violin


This kaleidoscopic programme will delight old and young alike, from Dukas’s vividly imagined Sorcerer’s Apprentice to Bartók’s dizzingly virtuoso celebration of the symphony orchestra. Far Eastern colours and sonorities give Chinese-born composer Bright Sheng’s music a distinctive appeal. Sakari Oramo is joined by distinguished Israeli-American violinist Gil Shaham for a performance of the composer’s recent violin concerto.

The concert finishes at approximately 9.45pm


Paul Dukas : The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Bright Sheng : Violin Concerto
Béla Bartók : Concerto for Orchestra

10 May



United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7.00 p.m. 

Schott Recital Room @ Bauer & Hieber
48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F7BB
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 (£7 concessions)
ANTHONY GREEN, piano



Joseph Haydn : Sonata in Bflat, UE 55
Alban Berg : Sonata Op.1
Anthony Green : A John Cowper Powys Symphony, Part I (arr.)
Arnold Schoenberg : Three Pieces, Op. 11
Nick Ray : Symphony (mvts 1&2) (arr.)
Derek Foster : 18 Sections (arr.)
Ludwig Beethoven : Sonata in Eflat (Les Adieux)

10 May



United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Fantasia on all the notes: celebrating Harrison Birtwistle
CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Berkley Street, Birmingham
United Kingdom

BCMG, Oliver Knussen

Harrison Birtwistle is one of the major musical figures internationally and this concert sees BCMG and Oliver Knussen showcase works from across his career in his 80th birthday year.

An early breakthrough work, Tragoedia (1965) not only marked Birtwistle out as an independent voice but was also one of the first major scores to draw on what would prove to be a continuing interest in his music – Greek theatre, myth and ritual. Today Tragoedia is a classic of modern chamber repertoire, and like the most recent piece in the programme, Fantasia Upon All the Notes (2012), employs two groups of instruments, winds and strings, which are linked and fused by means of a third force, a harp.

All Birtwistle’s music is in essence a single melodic line that is filled out – a compositional trait that perhaps carried over from his early days as a clarinettist – and nowhere is this more evident than in the soaring lines he wrote in the opera Gawain, and in 4 Poems by Jaan Kaplinski (1991), written in its wake and here sung by rising young Belgian soprano Katrien Baerts.

Another of Birtwistle’s continuing fascinations, the medieval and the mythic, comes to the fore in earlier classic Silbury Air (1977, revised 2003), which takes its inspiration from the prehistoric mound of Silbury Hill in Wiltshire.

Birtwistle’s music has been an important influence for Tansy Davies. Premiered by these forces in May 2012, Davies’ funky, hyperactive and sumptuously scored piano concerto Nature has already enjoyed repeat performances by both BCMG and other ensembles.


Harrison Birtwistle : Tragoedia
Tansy Davies : Nature
Harrison Birtwistle : Cantata
Harrison Birtwistle : Fantasia on all the notes
Harrison Birtwistle : 4 Poems by Jaan Kaplinski
Harrison Birtwistle : Silbury Air

11 May 
 
12 May 
 
13 May



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 8pm 
Kronos at 40
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Kronos Quartet

San Francisco's Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet continues its tradition of storied Barbican appearances in this one-of-a-kind 40th-anniversary celebration.

The evening features commissioned works by favourite composers and collaborators from throughout Kronos' history, including a UK premiere by Philip Glass and world premieres of pieces by Bryce Dessner (guitarist of The National) and Jarvis Cocker.

Ukranian singer and composer Mariana Sadovska also joins Kronos on stage for the UK premiere of her composition, Chernobyl.The Harvest. A piece for one voice and string quartet, based on ancient-ceremonial music of norhtern Ukraine and contemporary sound scales, it is a 'pagan requiem' which uses the nuclear catastrophy of Chernobyl as a starting point to experiment with distruction and creation of musical structures and stories.


Terry Riley : The Serquent Risadome
Philip Glass : String Quartet No. 6
Bryce Dessner : 40 Canons
Jarvis Cocker : NEW WORK
Mariana Sadovska : Chernobyl. The Harvest

14 May 
 
15 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Scelsi, Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág and Julian Anderson
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Arditti Quartet

The Arditti Quartet celebrates its fortieth anniversary, catching the diversity and expressive range of works created over the past half century.

Giacinto Scelsi’s music, with its highly original soundworld and mystical qualities, has been championed worldwide by the Ardittis since the 1970s. They open the programme with the Italian composer’s Fourth String Quartet of 1964, a ten-minute study in microtonality and formal symmetry, before exploring Helmut Lachenmann’s white-hot deconstruction of Gluck’s ‘Dance of the Blessed Spirits’.

The second half includes the world première of a major new work by Julian Anderson, Wigmore Hall’s second Composer in Residence, distinguished by its luminous textural and tonal contrasts and irresistible rhythmic energy.


Giacinto Scelsi : String Quartet No. 4
Helmut Lachenmann : String Quartet No. 2 ‘Reigen seliger Geister’
Gyorgy Kurtág : Officium breve Op. 28
Julian Anderson : String Quartet No. 2

16 May



Austria
 Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8pm 
PLATTFORM K+K VIENNA
Musikverein, Vienna
Bösendorferstr. 12, 1010 Wien, Österreich
Austria
+43 1 505 81 90
http://www.musikverein.at/startseite.asp
tickets@musikverein.at

PLATTFORM K+K VIENNA



Franz Hasenöhrl : Till Eulenspiegel, einmal anders nach der Symphonischen Dichtung von Richard Strauss
Krzysztof Penderecki : Quartett für Klarinette und Streichtrio
Maximo Diego Pujol : Suite Buenos Aires für Gitarre und Violine
Ottorino Respighi : Antiche danze
Darius Milhaud : Le Boeuf sur le toît

16 May



United States
 Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8:00pm 
BMOP in Concert: A Fine Centennial
Jordan Hall, Boston
30 Gainsborough Street
United States
617-585-1260
http://www.newenglandconservatory.edu

Tickets: $20-$50
Boston Modern Orchestra Project

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, partners with The Fine Family, The Irving Fine Society, and Brandeis University and its Department of Music to pay tribute to three central figures of the mid-century Boston musical landscape - Irving Fine, Harold Shapero and Arthur Berger.

Irving Fine : Symphony
Irving Fine : Blue Towers
Irving Fine : Diversions for Orchestra
Arthur Berger : Prelude, Aria, and Waltz for String Orchestra
Harold Shapero : Serenade in D for string orchestra

17 May 
 
18 May



United States
 Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 7:15pm 
Chico Hamilton's "Euphoria" Performs 5/18
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
Euphoria



Chico Hamilton : The Inquiring Mind

18 May



United Kingdom
 Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 7.00pm 
A Scattering
Etchingham Church
Etchingham, East Sussex TN19 7PA
United Kingdom
http://https://mydonate.bt.com/events/robertbathurst/120036

Tickets: £15
'A Scattering' by Christopher Reid
Recited by Robert Bathurst
Music for viola and cello by Tom Smail




18 May



United Kingdom
 Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Explorations Weekend: Session Five
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

BBC Concert Orchestra
André de Ridder conductor
Jessica Rivera soprano
Jonny Greenwood electric guitar, ondes martenot

Radiohead guitarist and former BBC Concert Orchestra composer-in-residence, Jonny Greenwood performs Reich’s legendary piece for electric guitar and tape, Electric Counterpoint – and plays the early electronic instrument ondes martenot with the orchestra on his own score from Oscar-winning film There Will Be Blood.

Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, also known as Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, is recognised as one of the most affecting and spellbinding works of the late 20th century. Inspired by stories of children separated from their families during World War II, the piece premiered in 1977 and – since its release by Nonesuch in 1992 – it has become one of the biggest classical music sellers of all time.


Steve Reich : Electric Counterpoint
Jonny Greenwood : There Will Be Blood Suite
Henryk Gorecki : Symphony no. 3

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