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22 Apr



Ireland
 Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3pm 
CoMA Limerick
Hunt Museum, Limerick
Rutland Street, Limerick
Ireland
http://www.huntmuseum.com/

CoMA Limerick



Caitlin Rowley : Three Whitman songs

23 Apr 
 
24 Apr 
 
25 Apr



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 7:30pm 
Spotlight on Elena Firsova
The Forge
3-7 Delancey Street, London, NW1 7NL
United Kingdom
http://www.forgevenue.org/whats-on/
contact@forgevenue.org

Tickets: £10/8 online, £12/10 on the door

Marsyas Trio
Helen Vidovich - flute
Val Welbanks - cello
Fei Ren - piano

Ligeti Quartet
Mandhira de Saram - violin
Patrick Dawkins - violin
Richard Jones - viola
Val Welbanks - cello



The Marsyas Trio will be presenting a programme of chamber works by Russian-born composer Elena Firsova. The featured work is a world premiere of the new composition commissioned by the Marsyas Trio, A Triple Portrait, which has generously been funded by the PRS for Music Foundation. The Marsyas Trio is joined by the Ligeti Quartet in a varied programme of solo, duo and larger chamber ensemble works. Also featured is the UK premiere of Tender is the Sorrow and a short concert talk by Elena. This concert is in celebration of Elena Firsova’s twenty-year contribution to new music in the UK.


Elena Firsova : A Triple Portrait (Marsyas Trio)
Elena Firsova : The Night Demons, Op. 62 (1993) (Cello & Piano)
Elena Firsova : Tender is the Sorrow, Op. 130 (2011) (Flute, String Trio & Piano) (UK premiere)
Elena Firsova : Meditation in the Japanese Garden, Op. 54 (1992) (Marsyas Trio)
Elena Firsova : Spring Sonata, Op. 27 (1982) (Flute & Piano)
Elena Firsova : String Quartet No. 8 ‘The Stone Guest’ (1995) (Ligeti Quartet)
Elena Firsova : Hymn to Spring, Op. 64 (1993) (Solo Piano)

26 Apr



United Kingdom
 Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
The Hallé
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000
http://www.halle.co.uk/publishedSite/aidsdayconcert.asp
box@bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Tickets: £9.50 - £35.00
Markus Stenz conductor
Alban Gerhardt cello

Markus Stenz conducts Chabrier’s sensuous Espana, a delightful orchestral vignette replete with Spanish dance
rhythms and vibrant local colour. The Hallé welcomes back Alban Gerhardt – one of the world’s leading cellists –
for Dutilleux’s equally luminous Tout un monde lontain. Inspired by the symbolist poetry of Baudelaire, it is an
astonishing work that truly takes us to ‘A whole remote world’. Alban Gerhardt then reappears in the guise of Don
Quixote for Richard Strauss’s charming take on Cervantes’s classic novel. Commotion ensues as ‘the knight of the
woeful countenance’ tilts his lance at windmills, assails a flock of sheep and generally gets it wrong.
Pre-concert event at 6:30pm (free to concert ticket holders): Michael Kennedy, celebrated for his studies of both
Richard Strauss and Edward Elgar talks about Don Quixote and previews The Apostles, which will be performed on
Saturday 5 May.


Emmanuel Chabrier : Rhapsody: Espana
Henri Dutilleux : Tout un monde lontain – Concerto for cello and orchestra
Richard Strauss : Don Quixote

26 Apr



United Kingdom
 Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7.30pm 
The Importance of Being Earnest
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10/ £17.50/ £25
Conductor: Thomas Adès

Cast
Barbara Hannigan: Cecily Cardew
Peter Tantsits: John Worthing
Joshua Bloom: Algernon Moncrieff
Katalin Karolyi: Gwendolen Fairfax
Hilary Summers: Miss Prism
Stephen Richardson: Lady Bracknell

Opera in Three Acts (Concert Performance)
by Gerald Barry
Libretto by the composer based on the text by Oscar Wilde

‘I’ve now realised for the first time in my life the vital importance of being Earnest’

Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular play – The Importance of Being Earnest – has long been a staple of theatre and screen; now, a brilliant new operatic version gives voice to Lady Bracknell’s "A hand-bag?!"

Ernest Worthing (aka John) wants to marry Gwendolen. Algernon (aka Ernest) has an imaginary friend called Bunbury. Lady Bracknell only wants the best for her daughter Gwendolen and she just wants to marry someone with the name Ernest.

Thomas Adès conducts Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and a stellar cast of singers in the European premiere performances of Gerald Barry’s new opera in Birmingham and London.

Irish composer Gerald Barry has enjoyed a long and successful association with BCMG, including acclaimed performances of his opera The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit with Thomas Adès in Birmingham, London, Paris and New York, and three commissions through the Group’s Sound Investment scheme.

‘My favourite living composer finds the hilarious musical equivalent for Oscar Wilde’s perfect absurdist paradoxes in his riotously outrageous and funny new opera.’
Thomas Adès

'The opera is hysterically funny. The score is highly sophisticated and indescribably zany… The world now has something rare: a new genuinely comic opera…’
Los Angeles Times


Gerard Barry : The Importance of Being Earnest

27 Apr 
 
28 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 6 pm 
Total Immersion: Arvo Pärt
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

BBC Singers



Arvo Pärt : Beatitudes
Arvo Pärt : Summa
Arvo Pärt : Seven Magnificat Antiphons

28 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7.00 pm 
The Importance of Being Earnest
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000
symphonyhall@necgroup.co.uk
http://boxoffice.necgroup.co.uk/iccsym.asp

Tickets: £20
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Thomas Adès conductor
Barbara Hannigan Cecily Cardew
Peter Tantsits John Worthing
Joshua Bloom Algernon Moncrieff
Katalin Karolyi Gwendolen Fairfax
Hilary Summers Miss Prism
Alan Ewing Lady Bracknell
Benjamin Bevan Lane / Merriman

“A Handbag?!” Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is surely the single wittiest play
in the English language. Thomas Adès conducts Birmingham’s world-renowned BCMG and a
stellar cast in this definitive concert performance of Irish composer Gerald Barry’s brilliant new
opera.


Gerald Barry : The Importance of Being Earnest

28 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7.00pm 
The Importance of Being Earnest
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000
symphonyhall@necgroup.co.uk
http://boxoffice.necgroup.co.uk/iccsym.asp

Tickets: £20
Conductor: Thomas Adès

Cast
Barbara Hannigan: Cecily Cardew
Peter Tantsits: John Worthing
Joshua Bloom: Algernon Moncrieff
Katalin Karolyi: Gwendolen Fairfax
Hilary Summers: Miss Prism
Stephen Richardson: Lady Bracknell

Opera in Three Acts (Concert Performance)
by Gerald Barry
Libretto by the composer based on the text by Oscar Wilde

‘I’ve now realised for the first time in my life the vital importance of being Earnest’

Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular play – The Importance of Being Earnest – has long been a staple of theatre and screen; now, a brilliant new operatic version gives voice to Lady Bracknell’s "A hand-bag?!"

Ernest Worthing (aka John) wants to marry Gwendolen. Algernon (aka Ernest) has an imaginary friend called Bunbury. Lady Bracknell only wants the best for her daughter Gwendolen and she just wants to marry someone with the name Ernest.

Thomas Adès conducts Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and a stellar cast of singers in the European premiere performances of Gerald Barry’s new opera in Birmingham and London.

Irish composer Gerald Barry has enjoyed a long and successful association with BCMG, including acclaimed performances of his opera The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit with Thomas Adès in Birmingham, London, Paris and New York, and three commissions through the Group’s Sound Investment scheme.

‘My favourite living composer finds the hilarious musical equivalent for Oscar Wilde’s perfect absurdist paradoxes in his riotously outrageous and funny new opera.’
Thomas Adès

'The opera is hysterically funny. The score is highly sophisticated and indescribably zany… The world now has something rare: a new genuinely comic opera…’
Los Angeles Times

The Birmingham performance of The Importance of Being Earnest is included in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s 2011/12 Season and standard CBSO discounts apply. See www.cbso.co.uk for further details, or enquire when booking.


Gerald Barry : The Importance of Being Earnest

28 Apr



Scotland
 Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Hear and Now: Composer Focus: Richard Ayres
City Halls
Glasgow
Scotland

Tickets: Free
Greg Lawson violin*
Fraser Fifield pipes*
Catriona Mckay harp*
Saar Berger horn**
Ilan Volkov conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Welcome to the world of Richard Ayres. Described as "zany and anarchic", his is an energetic,
layered, and often wildly humorous musical universe. This concert features one of his infamous
NONcertos where the soloist is an "outcast" often called upon to perform impossible musical
feats. Saar Berger, horn player with the Ensemble Modern, should rise (or fall) to the
challenge beautifully.
The other composers in the concert are no less interesting. Serbian-German composer Marko
Nikodijevic draws upon on the diverse worlds of the drug-fuelled techno music scene and
Serbian folk songs for GHB /tanzaggregat, while English minimalist Laurence Crane has been
dubbed "irresistibly droll" by Gramophone magazine.
This concert is also the closing event of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's PLUG festival


Richard Ayres : No.9 MacGOWAN
Richard Ayres : No.36 (2002) NONcerto for horn
Marko Nikodijevic : GHB/tanzaggregat
Laurence Crane : West Sussex Folk Material

28 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11.00 am 
Innocence & Experience
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000
http://www.halle.co.uk/publishedSite/aidsdayconcert.asp
box@bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Tickets: £15.00 - £20.00
Noriko Ogawa piano
Natalie Clein cello
Kyoko Takezawa violin
Emily Beynon flute
Nobuko Imai viola
Godelieve Schrama harp

Part of a day of events where East mirrors West: join us during the afternoon for a close-up look at Japanese
texts, or have fun with the children at one of our art workshops, along with a family concert featuring Noriko
Ogawa playing Debussy's Children's Corner and Clair de lune. Follow the links on the right to find out more about
all the events happening during the day.
Reflections on Debussy has been created in partnership with the BBC Philharmonic who perform Debussy’s major
orchestral works, as well as works for piano and orchestra by Takemitsu, across four themed concerts. The series
is completed by four recitals by Noriko Ogawa, with a varied programme of supporting events.


Claude Debussy : Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Toru Takemitsu : From far beyond Chrysanthemums and November fog for violin and piano
Claude Debussy : Sonata for cello and piano
Toru Takemitsu : A bird came down the walk for viola and piano

28 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 12:15pm 
Colin Matthews Study Day
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: Day Ticket £10/£3
Musicians From Royal Northern
College of Music; Clark Rundell
conductor



Colin Matthews : Three Enigmas for cello and piano

28 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:00am 
Colin Matthews Study Day
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: Day Ticket £10
Musicians From Royal Northern
College of Music; Clark Rundell
conductor



Colin Matthews : Oboe Quartet No. 2

29 Apr



United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
London Symphony Orchestra / Peter
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 / 15 / 19.50 / 27 / 35
Peter Eotvos conductor
Christian Tetzlaff violin
Ladies of the London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

Inspired by the Nocturnes of Impressionist painter James
Whistler, Debussy wrote that his Three Nocturnes should be
understood in terms of ‘all the various impressions and the
special effects of light that the word suggests’.
Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No 1 draws inspiration from
the Polish poem, Noc Majowa (Night Gathering) which reads:
‘And now we stand by the lake in crimson blossom / in
flowing tears of joy, with rapture and fear’. Novelist and
painter Henry Miller described listening to Scrabin’s
Symphony No 4 as ‘like a bath of ice, cocaine and rainbows
…Like an étude gliding off a glacier’.


Claude Debussy : Three Nocturnes
Karol Szymanowski : Violin Concerto No 1
Alexander Scriabin : Symphony No 4 (‘Poem of Ecstasy’)

29 Apr



United States
 Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 4:00pm 
Melodia Women's Choir presents COLORS OF THE SUN
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/advance students and seniors)
Performers include Melodia Women’s Choir, Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director; Taisiya Pushkar (piano); Nathalie Joachim (flute/piccolo); and Stephanie Griffin (viola).

Melodia Women's Choir of New York City, conducted by Artistic Director Cynthia Powell, concludes its ninth season of bringing rarely heard music for women’s voices to choral audiences with “Colors of the Sun,” a spirited concert bursting with the joy and vitality of summer days and featuring Many-Colored Brooms, a work by Johannes Somary (1925-2011). This rarely heard, evocative composition for women’s voices, flute/piccolo, viola, and piano takes its name from the opening line of Emily Dickinson’s poem “She sweeps with many-colored Brooms,” and is inspired by the powerful imagery, feminist spirit, and playful tone of Dickinson’s work.

Also featuring the poetry of Emily Dickinson is It sounded as if the Streets were running, a composition by the contemporary British choral and opera composer Jonathan Dove that captures the swelling energy of a summer storm. Additional program works include O Virtus Sapientiae, a radiant and meditative piece by Seattle-based conductor and composer Karen P. Thomas on a text by Hildegard von Bingen, the soaring Magnificat by R. Vaughan Williams, the beautiful Six Songs for Female Chorus by Sergei Rachmaninoff, and beginning and ending compositions, from the celebrated and prolific Estonian composer Veljo Tormis, Suveöö (Summer Night) and Lauliku lapsepoli (The Songster’s Childhood).


Veljo Tormis : Suveöö (Summer Night)
Johannes Somary : Many-Colored Brooms
Vaughan Williams : Magnificat
Sergei Rachmaninov : Six Songs for Female Chorus
Karen P. Thomas : O Virtus Sapientiae

30 Apr 
 
1 May 
 
2 May



France
 Wednesday, May 02, 2012 at 8.00 pm 
Peter Eötvös Conducts the LSO
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris
France

Peter Eötvös conductor
Nikolaj Znaider violin
Steve Davislim tenor
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra





Béla Bartók : Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste
Béla Bartók : Violin Concerto No 2
Karol Szymanowski : Symphony No 3 (‘Song of the Night’)

3 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 7:30pm 
Schubert, Bach, Dorman, Milone and Sarasate
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30
Gil Shaham
violin

Akira Eguchi
piano



A distinguished Israeli-American violinist and Japanese- American pianist, Gil Shaham and Akira Eguchi offer an unusual programme here, with a Sarasate show-piece, a sonata by young Israeli composer Avner Dorman, dedicated to Gil Shaham, and the world première of a new work by British violinist/composer Julian Milone.



Franz Schubert : Violin sonata (Sonatina) in A minor D385
J.S. Bach : Sonata No. 3 in C for solo violin BWV1005
Avner Dorman : Sonate für Violine und Klavier No. 3
Julian Milone : In the country of lost things…
Pablo de Sarasate : Carmen Fantasy Op. 25

3 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 7:30pm 
CBSO The Year 1912: Berg and Ravel
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000
symphonyhall@necgroup.co.uk
http://boxoffice.necgroup.co.uk/iccsym.asp

Tickets: £10 - £39.50
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Oliver Knussen conductor
Claire Booth soprano
CBSO Youth Chorus



‘One of Britain’s greatest living artists,’ says The Guardian of Oliver Knussen, ‘he has added beauty to the world.’ Now, in his 60th birthday year, we’re delighted to welcome him back to Birmingham for a concert that tingles with colour. Ravel’s sumptuous homage to Schubert and Berg’s Klimt-like Altenberg-Lieder (both written in 1912), together with Debussy’s gorgeous Nocturnes, provide a stunning setting for Knussen’s own extraordinary Whitman Settings, sung by the magnificent Claire Booth. Join us in celebrating a true living legend.



Maurice Ravel : Valses nobles et sentimentales
Oliver Knussen : Whitman Settings
Alban Berg : Altenberg-Lieder
Claude Debussy : Nocturnes

4 May



United Kingdom
 Friday, May 04, 2012 at 7:30PM 
London Sinfonietta at Sounds New
Augustine Hall
Canterbury
United Kingdom

London Sinfonietta
Conductor to be confirmed


London Sinfonietta perform an all-British programme, including Peter Maxwell Davies' 1977 classic A Mirror of Whitening Light , the title of which refers to both the alchemical purification process of turning a base metal into gold, and the point where the Atlantic and North seas meet, which the composer considers to be a huge alchemical crucible.

The programme will also include George Benjamin's At First Light , commissioned and premiered by the London Sinfonietta in 1982. The work was inspired by Turner's oil painting, Norham Castle, Sunrise which depicts the 12th century castle silhouetted against a huge, golden sun.

Frame/Refrain by Edmund Finnis, a London Sinfonietta Writing the Future 2011 composer, and Momentum by Benjamin Oliver, will also feature.




Oliver Knussen : Coursing
George Benjamin : At First Light
Edmund Finnis : At First Light
Simon Bainbridge : Concertante in moto perpetuo
Benjamin Oliver : Momentum
Peter Maxwell Davies : Mirrror of Whitening Light

4 May



United Kingdom
 Friday, May 04, 2012 at 4 - 13 May 2012 / 18:00, 17:30, 16:00 
Einstein on the Beach
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £35 - 125


Widely credited as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century, this rarely performed work launched its director Robert Wilson and composer Philip Glass to international success when it was first produced at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976.

It is still recognised as one of their greatest masterpieces. Now, nearly four decades after it was first performed and twenty years since its last production, Einstein on the Beach will be reconstructed bringing this ground-breaking work to new audiences and an entirely new generation.

Einstein on the Beach breaks all of the rules of conventional opera. Instead of a traditional orchestral arrangement, Glass chose to compose the work for the synthesisers, woodwinds and voices of the Philip Glass Ensemble. Non-narrative in form, the work uses a series of powerful recurrent images as its main storytelling device shown in juxtaposition with abstract dance sequences created by American choreographer Lucinda Childs. It is structured in four interconnected acts and divided by a series of short scenes or “knee plays”. Taking place over five hours, there is no intermission, however the audience is invited to enter and exit at liberty during the performance


Philip Glass : Einstein on the Beach

4 May



Austria
 Friday, May 04, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Wiener Symphoniker
Musikverein, Vienna
Bösendorferstr. 12, 1010 Wien, Österreich
Austria
+43 1 505 81 90
http://www.musikverein.at/startseite.asp
tickets@musikverein.at

Wiener Symphoniker
David Afkham, Dirigent
Arabella Steinbacher, Violine





Ludwig Van Beethoven : Ouvertüre zu dem Trauerspiel "Coriolan" c - Moll, op. 62
Alban Berg : Konzert für Violine und Orchester ("Dem Andenken eines Engels")
Dmitri Shostakovich : Symphonie Nr. 10 e - Moll, op. 93

4 May



Wales
 Friday, May 04, 2012 at 7pm 
BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Vale of Glamorgan Festival
BBC Hoddinott Hall
Cardiff
Wales

Tickets: £12
Conductor Clark Rundell

Violin Chloë Hanslip



Although geographically worlds apart Chen, Glass and Nørgård have all lived and worked in Paris. Both Glass and Nørgård studied in the city with Nadia Boulanger and are linked in their fascination with hypnotic, simple and yet sophisticated music which endlessly rotates and transforms in mesmerising patterns. Written shortly after his move from China to France, Chen's Yuan displays his distinctive calling card of Eastern and Western sounds with a particular nod in the direction of Messiaen and Debussy.


Per Nørgård : Symphony No 22
Qigang Chen : Yuan
Philip Glass : Violin Concerto

5 May



United States
 Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 8:00pm 
Melodia Women's Choir presents COLORS OF THE SUN
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/advance students and seniors)

Performers include Melodia Women’s Choir, Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director; Taisiya Pushkar (piano); Nathalie Joachim (flute/piccolo); and Stephanie Griffin (viola).



Melodia Women's Choir of New York City, conducted by Artistic Director Cynthia Powell, concludes its ninth season of bringing rarely heard music for women’s voices to choral audiences with “Colors of the Sun,” a spirited concert bursting with the joy and vitality of summer days and featuring "Many-Colored Brooms," a work by Johannes Somary (1925-2011). This rarely heard, evocative composition for women’s voices, flute/piccolo, viola, and piano takes its name from the opening line of Emily Dickinson’s poem “She sweeps with many-colored Brooms,” and is inspired by the powerful imagery, feminist spirit, and playful tone of Dickinson’s work.

Also featuring the poetry of Emily Dickinson is "It sounded as if the Streets were running," a composition by the contemporary British choral and opera composer Jonathan Dove that captures the swelling energy of a summer storm. Additional program works include "O Virtus Sapientiae," a radiant and meditative piece by Seattle-based conductor and composer Karen P. Thomas on a text by Hildegard von Bingen, the soaring "Magnificat" by R. Vaughan Williams, the beautiful "Six Songs for Female Chorus" by S. Rachmaninoff, and beginning and ending compositions, from the celebrated and prolific Estonian composer Veljo Tormis, "Suveöö" ("Summer Night") and" Lauliku lapsepoli" ("The Songster’s Childhood").


Veljo Tormis : Suveöö (Summer Night)
Johannes Somary : Many-Colored Brooms
Vaughan Williams : Magnificat
Sergei Rachmaninov : Six Songs for Female Chorus
Karen P. Thomas : O Virtus Sapientiae
Jonathan Dove : It sounded as if the Streets were running
Veljo Tormis : Lauliku lapsepoli (The Songster’s Childhood)

6 May



United States
 Sunday, May 06, 2012 at  
Summer Concert
Patel Conservatory, Florida
1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place • Tampa, Florida 33602
United States
http://www.patelconservatory.org/

Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra
Stephen P. Brown (conductor)



Martin Gaughan : Miniature London Symphony by Night

7 May 
 
8 May



United States
 Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 8.00pm 
SongFusion's States of Mind
Mary Flagler Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music
405 West 37th Street, New York
United States
http://www.oslmusic.org/dimenna-center-welcome

Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 at the door
SONGFUSION with Kevork Mourad:

Mary MacKenzie, Victoria Browers,soprano
Michael Kelly,baritone
Liza Stepanova, Kathleen Tagg,piano
Henrik Heide,flute
Edward Klorman,viola
Kevork Mourad,visual artist


SongFusion, comprising award-winning singers and pianists, perform the premiere of their new show, States of Mind, featuring American art song with projections of live artwork by acclaimed visual artist Kevork Mourad. Music by Bernstein, Beaser, Musto, Moore, Cipullo, Barber, Bolcom, Previn, Primosch and Harbison.
www.songfusion.org
info@songfusion.org


John Harbison : Somewhere a Seed
Andre Previn : As Imperceptibly as Grief
Samuel Barber : The Desire for Hermitage, Promiscuity, Solitary Hotel
John Musto : Recuerdo
Tom Cipullo : In Back of, RSVP Regret, Those Winter Sundays, Husbands
Ben Moore : Love Remained
Robert Beaser : The Followers
Paul Bowles : Heavenly Grass
Lee Hoiby : What If?
James Primosch : Every Day is a God
William Bolcom : Briefly it Enters and Briefly it Speaks
Leonard Bernstein : Extinguish My Eyes

8 May



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 19:30 
London Symphony Orchestra / Peter Eötvös
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 / 15 / 19.50 / 27 / 35
Peter Eötvös conductor
Nikolaj Znaider violin
Steve Davislim tenor
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra



Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste showcases the musical style Bartók called ‘Night Music’, which conjures the sounds of nocturnal animals and the night’s eerie spaciousness. Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto was composed midst his own concerns over the growing strength of fascism pre-World War II and uses the ‘verbunkos’ style which literally translates as ‘to enrol in the army’. Szymanowski’s Symphony No 3 is a musical adaptation of a poem by a medieval Persian mystic which evokes the mysterious beauty of a Persian night-sky.

Change of conductor
Due to an eye condition, Pierre Boulez has had to withdraw from his concerts with the LSO in April/May 2012. The LSO is deeply grateful to Peter Eötvös, a long-time associate of Pierre Boulez, for agreeing to step in to conduct the two programmes, which remain unchanged. (Notification posted 23/03/12, existing tickets holders will be contacted with further details on Mon 26 Mar)


Béla Bartók : Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste
Béla Bartók : Violin Concerto No 2
Karol Szymanowski : Symphony No 3 (‘Song of the Night’)

9 May 
 
10 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 19:30 
BBC Symphony Orchestra Sibelius Symphonies
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10/15/20/35/30
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Vedernikov conductor
Jorgen van Rijen trombone


The BBC SO's Sibelius season comes to an end with the First Symphony, where you'll hear echoes of Tchaikovsky next to thrilling signs of the 'real' Sibelius. Alongside it is the latest concerto from Sibelius's compatriot Kalevi Aho, and Shostakovich's brilliant and witty ballet suite The Bolt, which mingles parodies of 1920s popular music with evocations of the Machine Age.


From the complete Sibelius Symphonies, to Dvorak’s neglected masterpiece The Jacobin and thrilling premieres by today’s most exciting composers, there is something for everyone in the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 2011-12 season.


Dmitri Shostakovich : The Bolt - Suite
Kalevi Aho : Trombone Concerto
Jean Sibelius : Symphony No 1

11 May



United Kingdom
 Friday, May 11, 2012 at 19:30 
London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 / 15 / 19.50 / 27 / 35
Valery Gergiev conductor
Leonidas Kavakos violin
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra


Stravinsky said of the Credo, the longest movement of his Mass setting, that just as ‘one composes a march to facilitate marching men, so with my Credo I hope to provide an aid to the text … There is much to believe’. Stravinsky began work on his Violin Concerto by sketching out its first chord on a napkin to which its violinist, Samuel Dushkin, hailed the concerto’s theme. The Firebird follows Prince Ivan’s quest to win his princess with the help of the Firebird who aids Ivan by bewitching his opponents into performing increasingly elaborate dances.




Igor Stravinsky : Mass
Igor Stravinsky : Violin Concerto in D major
Igor Stravinsky : The Firebird – complete ballet

12 May



Netherlands
 Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 14:15 
Springlevende ritmes: Adams, Roukens en Beethovens Eroica
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam
Netherlands
http://www.concertgebouw.nl

Radio Kamer Filharmonie
Thierry Fischer - dirigent
Ralph van Raat - piano


Ralph van Raat is de solist in het nieuwe, speciaal voor de NTR ZaterdagMatinee geschreven Pianoconcert Concerto Hypnagogique van Joey Roukens. De jonge Nederlandse componist streeft naar een eclectische, directe stijl van componeren, zonder in naïeve muziek te willen vervallen. Mahleriaanse laatromantiek, het post-minimalisme van John Adams, pop en jazz vormen onderdeel van zijn muzikale intuïtie. Een ideale combinatie met The Chairman Dances van Adams, en de ambitieuze, ritmisch sterke Eroica van Beethoven.



John Adams : The Chairman Dances 'Foxtrot for Orchestra'
Joey Roukens : Concerto Hypnagogique
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Derde symfonie in Es, op. 55 'Eroica'

12 May



United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
In Portrait: George Benjamin
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096
http://www.rfh.org.uk

Tickets: £22, £15, £9
Nicholass Collon conductor
Tamara Stefanovich piano
Michael Thompson horn
Michael Cox flute
Helen Keen flute
Sound Intermedia sound projection and live electronics



The London Sinfonietta and Southbank Centre explore the music of George Benjamin, showcasing his wide range of influences from electronics through to new acoustic techniques. Antara, composed after studies at IRCAM, the music technology research centre in Paris, is a meshing of the electronic sounds of Peruvian panpipes, accompanied by an unlikely instrumental ensemble of flutes, trombones, strings and two anvils.



Gyorgy Ligeti : Melodien
George Benjamin : Flight
George Benjamin : Antara
Gyorgy Ligeti : Hamburg Concerto
George Benjamin : Duet

12 May



United States
 Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8:00pm-10:00pm 
Cantata Singers presents In Thoughts, Our Dreams
Jordan Hall, Boston
30 Gainsborough Street
United States
617-585-1260
http://www.newenglandconservatory.edu

Tickets: General $17 - $32, Students $10
Cantata Singers completes its 2011-12 season with an evening of works by 20th Century American composers with strong local ties—four who rooted their careers in Boston, and one, the masterful Aaron Copland, by way of a piece he wrote for Harvard’s choir. The other featured composers are Harold Shapero, Earl Kim, Charles Fussell and Rodney Lister, who will also be joining the chorus and ensemble on stage as one of two featured piano soloists.

Pre-concert lecture with David Hoose at 7:00PM in the Keller room.


www.cantatasingers.org



13 May



United Kingdom
 Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 19:30 
LSO Chamber Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 £15 £19.50 £27
Valery Gergiev conductor
Alexander Timchanko tenor
Dmitry Voropaev tenor
Ilya Bannik bass
Andrey Serov bass
Simon Callow narrator
LSO Chamber Ensemble


Stravinsky’s Renard tells the tale of a fox who makes his career from tricking the other farm dwellers, the cock, cat and ram, but whose pride eventually gets the better of him – needless to add, the fox gets his comeuppance. The Soldier’s Tale recounts the story of a soldier who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for his greatest worldly desires: riches, power, youth and wisdom. In an unsettling finale, the devil returns to claim his prize accompanied by the sounds of mechanistic, incessant drumming.


Igor Stravinsky : Renard
Igor Stravinsky : The Soldier’s Tale

14 May 
 
15 May



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 19:30 
London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 / 15 / 19.50 / 27 / 35
Valery Gergiev conductor
Zlata Bulycheva Jocasta
Sergei Semishkur Oedipus
Evgeny Nikitin Creon
Alexei Tanovitsky Tiresias
Alexander Timchenko Shepherd
Simon Callow narrator
Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra


The premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring has gone down in history as sparking the greatest audience scandal ever known because of its controversial dissonances and intensely driving rhythms. Leonard Bernstein described the piece rather more favourably as containing ‘the best dissonances anyone ever thought up, and the best asymmetries … and whatever else you care to name’. Oedipus Rex is based on Sophocles’ tragedy in which Oedipus unwittingly kills his father and marries his mother, the discovery of which leaves him so distraught that he gouges out his own eyes.



Igor Stravinsky : The Rite of Spring
Igor Stravinsky : Oedipus Rex

15 May



United States
 Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 8:00 PM 
Ars Nostra Performs Max Lifchitz
Merkin Concert Hall, The Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street, NY, NY
United States
212.501.3330
http://kaufman-center.org/mch

Tickets: $20
The Ars Nostra Ensemble

Kyoung Cho, soprano
Kim McCormick, flute
Calvin Falwell, clarinet
Jay Cobble, trumpet
Sang-Hie Lee, piano
Bob McCormick, percussion


An evening of vocal and instrumental works by Max Lifchitz, the New York based composer and pianist.

http://kaufman-center.org/mch/event/ars-nostra-performs-the-music-of-max-lifchitz


Max Lifchitz : Rhythmic Soundscape No. 6
Max Lifchitz : Yellow Ribbons No. 44
Max Lifchitz : Piano Silhouettes
Max Lifchitz : 3 Songs for Soprano and Trumpet
Max Lifchitz : Mosaico Latinoamericano
Max Lifchitz : Three Madrigals for voice and ensemble

16 May 
 
17 May



Scotland
 Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 2pm 
Afternoon Performance: Stravinsky and the piano…
City Halls
Glasgow
Scotland

Tickets: £7.00-£9.00
Steven Osborne piano
Ilan Volkov conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra



The BBC SSO and Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov have a glowing reputation for their interpretations of music by Stravinsky; they conclude this short season of Afternoon Performance concerts with an all Stravinsky programme. Leading Scottish pianist Steven Osborne gives a rare performance of Capriccio, the piano concerto which Stravinsky wrote for himself to play. The bubbling, rhythmic energy of the Concerto for piano and wind contrasts well with Stravinsky's orchestration of a waltz by Chopin, and the programme also includes the composer's neo-classical string concerto.



Igor Stravinsky : Song of the Volga Boatmen
Igor Stravinsky : Concerto in D for string orchestra
Igor Stravinsky : Capriccio for piano and orchestra
Igor Stravinsky : Grande valse brillante op.18
Igor Stravinsky : Movements for piano and orchestra
Igor Stravinsky : Concerto for piano and wind instruments

17 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 6:00PM 
Harrison Birtwistle's Bow Down at Brighton Festival
Old Municipal Market
Brighton
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10
The Opera Group
Frederic Wake-Walker Director
Tony Harrison Libretto


A macabre folktale is brought to percussive and visceral life in this interdisciplinary performance. When The Fair Sister is courted by The Suitor, The Dark Sister commits a terrible act of betrayal. But as her crime echoes through the land and across the ages will she finally receive retribution?

Bow Down is an ancient murder ballad reimagined by young performers and players.



Harrison Birtwistle : Bow Down

17 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 20:00 
LSO Chamber Orchestra: Stravinsky Festival
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.lso.co.uk/lsostlukes/
admin@lso.co.uk

Tickets: £10 £15 £22
Timothy Redmond conductor
Chris Richards clarinet
LSO Chamber Orchestra



LSO players explore Stravinsky’s jazz-inspired side with works influenced by the composer’s experience in New York’s Harlem, as well as the musicians who fascinated him in New Orleans and Chicago. These chamber works reflect Stravinsky’s characteristic experiments in rhythm and harmony as well as his desire to embrace the new musical trends of 20th-century America.




Igor Stravinsky : Dumbarton Oaks
Igor Stravinsky : Concertino
Igor Stravinsky : Octet for Wind Instruments
Igor Stravinsky : Fanfare for Two Trumpets
Igor Stravinsky : Les cinq doigts
Igor Stravinsky : Eight Instrumental Miniatures
Igor Stravinsky : Ebony Concerto
Igor Stravinsky : Ragtime

18 May 
 
19 May



France
 Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8.00 pm 
Re Orso, Opera by Marco Stroppa
IRCAM/Centre Pompidou-Grande salle-Paris

France

Tickets: 85€ / reduced-price seats 68€
Brian Asawa Re Orso
Monica Bacelli the worm
Marisol Montalvo Oliba, a courtesan
Alexander Kravets lle trouvère, a courtesan
Cyril Anrep, Geoffrey Carey, Daniel Carraz, Piera Formenti, Papiol courtesans, the brother…
Ensemble intercontemporain



May 19, 21, 22, 2012, 8pm / Opéra Comique, Salle Favart


A legend by the most famous of Verdi's librettists, Re Orso by Arrigo Boito has captured the attention of Marco Stroppa for several years.

A political satire, a fable about power, through lyric verse Re Orso tells the story of a horrible king, Ours, who reigned over Crete before the year 1000. Ours was afraid, above all, of the presence of an earthworm. A solo musician personifies each character of this court and the writing lies in the rhythmic characteristics of the Italian language and the technology of OM Chant. Opera with numbers, with litanies, confessions and orgies, with a disklavier singer and solos of bravery stylizing the rhythms of dance, Re Orso is reminiscent of the rapidity of Verdi's Falstaff. During the second act, the opera becomes purely electronic music, where the meticulous work of the projection of sound in the concert hall becomes a part of the spirit of an opera bouffe.

Marco Stroppa, Re Orso
Commissioned by the Opéra Comique, the La Monnaie De Munt (Brussels), the Ensemble intercontemporain, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Françoise and Jean-Philippe Billarant, and the French government, premiere

Performance in Italian, subtitled in French



Marco Stroppa : Re Orso

20 May



United States
 Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 7:15pm - 9:00pm 
LEGENDARY DRUMMER CHICO HAMILTON
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: $12 in advance, $15 at door
As evidenced on his latest recording Revelation (Joyous Shout!), 90 year-old drummer/leader Forestorn “Chico” Hamilton is still creating vivid, positive, uplifting, and relevant music. Saluted by the Kennedy Center as a "Living Jazz Legend", and appointed to the President’s Council on the Arts, this NEA Jazz Master is considered one of the most important living jazz artists and composers.

DROM presents EUPHORIC – Celebrating the Life & Music of Chico Hamilton for three Sunday night performances this Spring (March – May) featuring Chico and his long-time touring band featuring Nick Demopoulos (guitar), Paul Ramsey (bass), Evan Schwam (flute + reeds), Mayu Saeki (flute), and Jeremy Carlstedt (drums + percussion) as well as special featured guests TBA. Program includes mostly Chico originals off of Revelation ranging from the samba-ish gem “Footprints in the Sand” to the ballad “Every Time I Smile.”


www.dromnyc.com


21 May 
 
22 May 
 

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