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3 Apr



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 7pm 
The Firework-Maker's Daughter
Linbury Studio Theatre
Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
United Kingdom
020 7304 4000
http://www.roh.org.uk

Composer David Bruce
Libretto Glyn Maxwell
Director John Fulljames
Designer Dick Bird
Puppetry design Steve Tiplady
Puppetry design Sally Todd
Lighting Designer Guy Hoare

This opera by award-winning composer David Bruce and poet Glyn Maxwell is based on an acclaimed children’s novel by Philip Pullman. John Fulljames’s imaginative staging, with puppet designs by Indefinite Articles, follows Lila’s adventures as she undertakes a perilous quest. With the help of a talking elephant, Lila sets out to discover the secret of becoming a firework-maker. Bruce’s score is characterized by infectious energy and spirited humour, offering musical fireworks of its own.

NB: PERFORMANCES from 3rd April to 13th April

More details: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-firework-makers-daughter-by-john-fulljames


David Bruce : The Firework-Maker's Daughter

4 Apr 
 
5 Apr 
 
6 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Into the Little Hill: Part of Wigmore Hall's George Benjamin Day
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £15 / £20 / £25 / £30
BCMG

George Benjamin’s jewel-like, award-winning chamber opera – a contemporary re-imagining of the Pied Piper fable – has gone on to enjoy worldwide success since its premiere in 2006.

The opera tells the tale of a morally bankrupt politician who, desperate to shore up a flagging public vote, promises to exterminate a plague of rats. A faceless stranger arrives and offers his services; but when the Mayor refuses to pay up, his actions have terrible repercussions. All the roles in Into the Little Hill are performed by two female singers, while the richly-expressive and alluring score combines conventional instruments with basset-horns, cornets, a cimbalom, and even banjo and mandolin.

Also drawing on a classic fable, David Sawer’s stage work, Rumpelstiltskin, was premiered and toured by BCMG in 2009/10 to universal acclaim. In this concert we premiere a 30-minute instrumental suit compiled by Sawer from his scintillating Rumpelstiltskin score.

Completing the programme is Italian composer Franceso Antonioni’s BCMG 2009 Sound Investment commission Ballata (dell’abbandono e della fortuna), which takes its sources from two songs: a lullaby from southern Italy and a ballade, Ecco la primavera, composed in the 15th century by the Florentine Franceso Landini.


George Benjamin : Into the Little Hill

6 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 7.30pm 
George Benjamin Day
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Susanna Andersson
soprano
Hilary Summers
contralto
George Benjamin
conductor

International influences informed George Benjamin’s musical outlook from a young age. Born in London in 1960, he began composing at the age of seven and studied piano and composition during his formative years with the distinguished German musician Peter Gellhorn. Benjamin went on to study during his teens with Olivier Messiaen in Paris and Alexander Goehr in Cambridge.
Wigmore Hall’s George Benjamin Day offers a thick slice of the composer’s strikingly vivid creative world, spanning everything from his early Sonata for violin and piano and the intricate Shadowlines to a concert performance of his acclaimed chamber opera of 2006, Into the Little Hill.


Franceso Antonioni : Ballata
David Sawer : Rumpelstiltskin Suite
George Benjamin : Into the Little Hill

7 Apr



United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 07, 2013 at 7.30pm 

CBSO Centre
Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF
United Kingdom
http://www.cbso.co.uk
info@cbso.co.uk

Tickets: £14 full price / £8 concession / £5 under 16s // On the door: £16 full price / £10 concession / £6
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Conductor: George Benjamin
Soprano: Rebecca Bottone
Contralto: Hilary Summers

George Benjamin’s jewel-like, award-winning chamber opera - a contemporary re-imagining of The Pied Piper fable – has gone on to enjoy worldwide success since its premiere in 2006.

The opera tells the tale of a morally bankrupt politician who, desperate to shore up a flagging public vote, promises to exterminate a plague of rats. A faceless stranger arrives and offers his services; but when the Mayor refuses to pay up, his actions have terrible repercussions. All the roles in Into the Little Hill are performed by two female singers, while the richly-expressive and alluring score combines conventional instruments with basset-horns, cornets, a cimbalom, and even banjo and mandolin.

Also drawing on a classic fable, David Sawer’s stage work, Rumpelstiltskin, was premiered and toured by BCMG in 2009/10 to universal acclaim. In this concert we give the Birmingham premiere of Sawer’s 30-minute instrumental Rumpelstiltskin Suite, compiled from his scintillating Rumpelstiltskin score.

Completing the programme is Italian composer Franceso Antonioni’s BCMG 2009 Sound Investment commission Ballata (dell’abbandono e della fortuna), which takes its sources from two songs: a lullaby from southern Italy and a ballade, Ecco la primavera, composed in the 15th century by the Florentine Franceso Landini.

There will be a free pre-concert talk from 6.30-7pm with George Benjamin, David Sawer and Francesco Antonioni, open to all ticket holders.



Franceso Antonioni : Ballata
David Sawer : Rumpelstiltskin Suite
George Benjamin : Into the Little Hill

7 Apr



United States
 Sunday, April 07, 2013 at 3:00pm 
Organist Gail Archer Performs Free Concert
Park Avenue Christian Church
1010 Park Avenue
United States

Tickets: Free
Gail Archer


Internationally renowned star concert organist Gail Archer celebrates the distinctive voice of organ music in The Muse’s Voice: A Celebration of International Women Composers – a five-concert series touring the churches and synagogues of New York City. Performing a colorful collection of organ music spanning 19th – 21st century female composers, Archer is slated to premiere two works: the New York premiere of The Everlasting Crown by Judith Bingham; and the world premiere of And the Greatest of These is Love by Alla Borzova. Hailed for championing contemporary organ music by female composers, Archer will also feature works by Nadia Boulanger, Jeanne Demessieux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Judith Bingham and Jennifer Higdon, to name a few. Several of these works are being recorded for Archer’s next album to be released in Spring 2013.


Wang An Ming : Soundings
Rachel Lauren : Petite Suite sur un Motet de Gerald Bales OP. 41, I. Fantasie “Let the Earth Celebrate the Lord”, II. Cantabile “Mountains and Hills, III. Toccatina “Praise Him”
Mary Howe : Elegy
Barbara Rettagliati : Fantasia su frammenti gregoriani
Jeanne Demessieux : Te Deum

8 Apr 
 
9 Apr



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 8pm 
UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica - Tansy Davies: Troubairtiz
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
LSO

British composer Tansy Davies first worked with the LSO in 2005, composing her work Tilting as part of the UBS Sound Adventures scheme. This Eclectica evening at St Luke’s places Davies’ music, with its hints of funk, experimental rock, industrial techno, atonalism and electronica, centre stage - her darkly powerful and acclaimed album Troubairitz is recreated by the Azalea Ensemble, duo Anna Snow and Damien Harron, and conductor Chris Austin. Ensemble New Noise will give a rare performance of Aquatic, while percussionist Joby Burgess will play ritualistic funk hybrid Dark Ground.

Tansy Davies : Troubairtiz

10 Apr 
 
11 Apr



United Kingdom
 Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Beethoven, Olli Mustonen, Stravinsky and Ravel
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30
Pekka Kuusisto
violin
Olli Mustonen
piano

Olli Mustonen’s art draws on the special qualities of spiritual tranquillity and emotional intensity of his Karelian ancestors. The Finnish pianist and composer joins forces with Pekka Kuusisto, acclaimed for the visceral commitment of his music-making. Their programme spans more than two centuries of repertoire for violin and piano, complete with Mustonen’s neoromantic Violin Sonata.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Op. 30 No. 1
Oli Mustonen : Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Op. 30 No. 1
Igor Stravinsky : Duo Concertante
Maurice Ravel : Violin Sonata in G

11 Apr



United States
 Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 8pm-10pm 
The DIOTIMA String Quartet
Roulette, Brooklyn, NY
509 Atlantic Ave (corner of 3rd)
United States
917 267 0363
http://www.interpretations.info
mutemus@rcn.com

Tickets: $10-$15

YunPeng Zhao (1st violin)
Guillaume Latour (2nd violin)
Franck Chevalier (viola)
Pierre Morlet (cello)



The DIOTIMA recorded Hugh Levick's three string quartets for Signature Records in Paris. THE UNIMAGINED: PREPARATIONS FOR THE UNKNOWN will be released in March.

The Interpretations concert at Roulette will be the World Premiere of two of Levick's quartets.

Here are some things Allan Kozinn of the New York Times had to say about the Diotima when he heard them play in New York last January:

January 18, 2011

Capturing Shifts Between Ecstasy and Anguish

By ALLAN KOZINN
The Diotima Quartet, based in Paris, looks as if its members were not long out of the conservatory and plays with the energy and passion of a newly minted ensemble. But it has been building its reputation for the last dozen years, largely through its new-music performances and an eclectic discography.

…Janacek’s “Intimate Letters”: The quartet captured the composer’s continual shifts between ecstasy and anguish with a sound that embraced reverie and tumult, lushness and abrasiveness, melodic richness and stark angularity…

…The Ravel Quartet: The haunting juxtaposition of a dark-hued theme and its tremolando accompaniment was perfectly balanced, and muted passages played with a vibratoless, almost organlike tone were especially affecting. ..

http://www.quatuordiotima.fr

Their repertoire of the Diotima String Quartet ranges from Haydn to the composers of our time, with particular focus on the Classical period, French Romanticism, the early Twentieth Century, and a selection of major works from the last 50 years. An equally significant part of their activity is the performance and dissemination of newly commissioned works. Performances include Wigmore Hall, Library of Congress, Frick Collection, Venice Biennale, Musica Strasbourg, Auditorium du Louvre. Residencies: Harvard and University of Minnesota, Kunstfest Weimar, Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, Fondation Royaumont.

http://www.interpretations.info/
www.hughlevick.com
Quatuor Diotima


Hugh Levick : EMPIRE, Inc.
Hugh Levick : THE UNIMAGINED:PREPARATIONS FOR THE UNKNOWN
Henri Dutilleux : Ainsi la nuit
Toshio Hosokawa : SILENT FLOWERS

12 Apr



United States
 Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm - 9:30pm 
Judgment of Midas
UWM Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts
2419 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee WI, 53211
United States
(414) 229-4308
http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/EventSearch?presenter=UWM

Tickets: $20 - $30, student pricing available.
Present Music & Milwaukee Opera Theatre

Loosely based on Ovid's mythical drama Metamorphoses in a libretto by Miriam Seidel, Judgment of Midas details an epic musical battle between the gods Pan and Apollo. With King Midas as the witness-Pan, maker of "street music" and Apollo, maker of the gods’ music, compete for supremacy as the foremost divine musician. What follows is a musical battle of diverse orchestration that showcases Kamran Ince's unique talents and genius as a composer. Mixing together an assortment of world, ethnic, popular and folk music, Ince uses his versatile compositional talents to depict the mythical musical duel of the gods. Recognized nationally and internationally, Kamran Ince finds in Judgment of Midas a vehicle for a classic mythic story and a musical triumph.

Kamran Ince : Judgment of Midas

12 Apr



United Kingdom
 Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Sunken Garden
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £50-£16
ENO

A world premiere and a brand new collaboration with the Barbican, Sunken Garden tells a multi-layered story of a missing person and those who are searching for him. What connects the disappearance of a software engineer, a neurotic film-maker and a gullible patroness of the arts? This new film-opera explores hoax and dark truth, with a libretto from Cloud Atlas novelist David Mitchell.

Composer, director and film-maker Michel van der Aa makes his ENO debut with this enthralling multimedia ‘occult mystery’, combining live performance, music, 2D and 3D film. Van der Aa’s technique of mixing live and recorded images and sounds have won him great international acclaim, with The Guardian praising him for ‘his ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole’. His prize-winning music theatre piece After Life premiered at the Barbican in 2010.

Baritone Roderick Williams takes the main role, conducted by ENO guest André de Ridder.


Performances
Apr 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 at 7.30pm
7 performances. Running time: 1hr 40mins approx (no interval)
Pre-performance talk, Mon Apr 15, 5.15–6.00pm, £5/£2.50 concs


Michael van der Aa : Sunken Garden

12 Apr



United Kingdom
 Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Jonathan Lloyd, Brahms and Tippett with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £30 £25 £20 £15 £10
Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Stephen Hough piano


Our Artist in Focus, Stephen Hough, returns to perform Brahms’s tumultuous first Piano Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis. Hough has written of the ‘burst of utter, natural, divine genius’ that propels this concerto, ‘it’s flame flares with such intensity, and such promise of more to come, that I find myself overwhelmed by it’. As part of our Tippett retrospective, we come to his fourth and final symphony, which follows a life-cycle from birth to death in a single movement, complete with breathing effects; an astonishing example of the imaginative vitality of the composer’s late years. Jonathan Lloyd, whose own fourth symphony was written for the BBC SO, makes a welcome return with a new work for strings.


Jonathan Lloyd : old racket
Johannes Brahms : Piano Concerto No. 1, in D minor
Michael Tippett : Symphony No. 4

13 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 7.30pm 
London Symphony Orchestra: LSO Futures - Symphonic Sound Worlds
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 £36
François-Xavier Roth conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

At the centre of this concert, which showcases the full forces of the LSO, is the world premiere of Panufnik Variations, a project that brings together graduates from across the Panufnik Scheme’s seven-year history. Taking a theme from Andrzej Panufnik’s Universal Prayer as a starting-point, the work features a series of variations showcasing the sounds and styles of nine Panufnik Scheme alumni, bookended by an opening and conclusion by Colin Matthews.

Anton Webern : Passacaglia
Pierre Boulez : Notations
Colin Matthews : Panufnik Variations
Claude Debussy : La Mer

13 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 5pm 
LSO Futures
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 £15 £19.50
François-Xavier Roth conductor
Jason Yarde saxophone
Andrew McCormack piano
LSO Chamber Ensembles

The first of two concerts masterminded by François-Xavier Roth, which place new commissions against the backdrop of 20th-century classics that continue to inspire. Here, dazzling inventions in instrumental sound are explored by LSO chamber ensembles, alongside the world premiere of Modo Hit Blow for brass and percussion by Jason Yarde, Panufnik and UBS Sound Adventures: Pioneers Scheme alumnus.

Edgard Varèse : Ionisations for Percussion
Jason Yarde : Hit Blow for Brass and Percussion
Igor Stravinsky : Symphonies of Wind Instruments
John Adams : Chamber Symphony

14 Apr



United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Illuminating Britten
Wiltshire Music Centre
Bradford upon Avon
United Kingdom

Tickets: £18 full price / £16-17 concession
BCMG

Concert introduced by BCMG Artist-in-Association John Woolrich.

BCMG celebrates Britten’s centenary with a programme of early works, framing them with similarly small-scale pieces from composers with close connections to him.

Elegy for solo viola is an affecting, technically assured work, composed in a single day by the 17 year-old Britten. Crafted a year later, Going down Hill on a Bicycle is an experimental, almost Schoenbergian piece for violin and piano. Throughout his life Britten enjoyed writing for specific performers and composed his Phantasy Quartet, when just 19, for the leading English oboist of the day, Leon Goossens.

One the fascinating things about these early Britten works is that although beautifully crafted, they show Britten at a crossroads, before he knew what direction his music would take. His Suite for violin and piano from 1935 is more characteristically Britten, showing that at 21 the young composer had started to find his voice.

No composer mattered more to young Britten than Alban Berg, whose Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano are the composer’s only true miniatures. Oliver Knussen met and was encouraged by Britten when young, and Henze’s Olly on the Shore pictures BCMG’s Artist-in-Association standing on the same stretch of Suffolk shoreline that Britten called home. Copland’s smoky, blues-inspired Nocturne and ukulele pastiche Serenade date back to before he first met Britten at his home in Snape.


Alban Berg : Four Pieces Op. 5, for Clarinet and Piano
Benjamin Britten : Elegy for solo viola
Aaron Copland : Nocturne
Aaron Copland : Ukelele Serenade
Benjamin Britten : Going down Hill on a Bicycle (A Boy’s Song), for violin and piano (1931)
Oliver Knussen : Cantata Op. 15, for oboe and string trio
Hans Werne Henze : Olly on the Shore, for piano
Alban Berg : Adagio, for violin, clarinet and piano
Benjamin Britten : March, Lullaby and Waltz, three pieces for violin and piano from ‘Suite Op. 6’, for violin and piano
Benjamin Britten : Phantasy Quartet, for oboe and string trio

14 Apr



United States
 Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 8:00pm 
BMOP Performs Free Concert 4/14
Jordan Hall, Boston
30 Gainsborough Street
United States
617-585-1260
http://www.newenglandconservatory.edu

Tickets: FREE
Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) feat.
harpist Krysten Keches, winner of the 2012-13 BMOP/NEC Concerto Competition in Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto.

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, presents the highly anticipated 16th annual Boston ConNECtion concert. As New England Conservatory’s (NEC) affiliate orchestra for new music, BMOP highlights music by both current and former NEC faculty composers, as well as performances by selected BMOP/NEC competition winners.

MIchael Gandolfi : The Nature of Light
Oliver Knussen : Music for a Puppet Court
Oliver Knussen : Symphony No. 2
Alberto Ginastera : Harp Concerto

15 Apr 
 
16 Apr



France
 Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 8pm 
Orchestre Colonne - Laurent Petitgirard - Victoria Kogan
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris
France

Tickets: 10-30 euros
Orchestre Colonne
Laurent Petitgirard : conducting
Victoria Kogan : piano




Jean Prodromidès : Traverses
Sergei Rachmaninov : Rhapsodie sur un thème de Paganini
Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Symphonie n° 5

17 Apr 
 
18 Apr 
 
19 Apr



Austria
 Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7.30pm 
WIENER PHILHARMONIKER
Musikverein, Vienna
Bösendorferstr. 12, 1010 Wien, Österreich
Austria
+43 1 505 81 90
http://www.musikverein.at/startseite.asp
tickets@musikverein.at

WIENER PHILHARMONIKER
Christoph Eschenbach, Dirigent
Marisol Montalvo, Sopran



Paul Hindemith : Symphonie in Es
Matthias Pintscher : Hérodiade-Fragmente
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphonie Nr. 8 F - Dur, op. 93

19 Apr



United Kingdom
 Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Beethoven, Simpson and Tippett with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £30 £25 £20 £15 £10
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin

Tippett found inspiration for the Promethean energy and structural force of his Second Symphony in Beethoven’s own symphonies: the vigorously assertive opening Allegro, and balletic curlicues of the scherzo-like Presto owe much to his hero’s example, while the mosaic-like orchestration of the slow movement hint at the shimmering orchestral tapestries Tippett was to explore later in his career. Appropriately, Beethoven’s Apollonian Violin Concerto prefaces the performance, presented by Nicola Benedetti. One of our most promising young composers, Mark Simpson, clarinettist winner of the 2006 BBC Young Musician of the Year and already a BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year, is represented by his richly imagined tone poem A Mirror-Fragment …

Mark Simpson : A mirror-fragment…
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Concerto in D major
Michael Tippett : Symphony No. 2

20 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Schumann, Sean Hickey and Chopin
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £10 £14 £17 £20
Klara Min
piano

Resident in New York, South Korean pianist Klara Min has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe. Having recently made her acclaimed debut in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, New York, she now makes her London debut with this recital.
‘Min plays with the most ravishing tone I’ve heard … her dynamic control is out of this world.’ American Record Guide


Robert Schumann : Arabeske in C Op. 18
Robert Schumann : Fantasiestücke Op. 12
Sean Hickey : Cursive
Frederick Chopin : 3 Mazurkas
Frederick Chopin : Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58

20 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Plymouth University Student Composers Concert
Sherwell Theatre
Sherwell Theatre, Plymouth University
United Kingdom
http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/pages/view.asp?page=24543

Tickets: Free
Plymouth University Student Sinfonia and Guests

Jason Mitchell, conductor
Jennifer Harris, artistic director

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear Plymouth student performers and composers in a programme of new music.

The works range from solo performances, string quartet and orchestra to musical theatre singers.


Maury van Loon : Alpha
David Everson : Concerto for Piano
Jason Mitchell : Mythology Odyssey: A Symphonic Poem
Jennifer Harris : The Da Vinci Suite Movement 4: Mirror Songs & choruses from The Sound of Roses

21 Apr



United States
 Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 4.00pm 
The Spirit of the Baroque
Saint Luke Church, Chicago
Belmont
United States

Tickets: Free to the public
John Langfeld & Patrick O'Malley, Recorders
Christopher Chroniak, Countertenor
Jason Moy, Harpsichord
Peter Swenson, Theorbo
Heather Boehm, Violin




David Dubery : Tanto gentile e tanto onesta (Sonetti d'amore)
Peter Hope : Upon Julia's Voice (A Herrick Garland)
Randall Snyder : Concerto da Chiesa

22 Apr 
 
23 Apr



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at  
Mopomoso On Tour
Various

United Kingdom

Mopomoso

"Improvising is important to me", says guitarist, John Russell, "because it is the closest I get to what music is."



We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Mopomoso co-founder John Russell to produce the first UK tour of Mopomoso.

MOPOMOSO stands for MOdernismPOstMOdernism SO what? and was founded in 1991 by guitarist John Russell and pianist, trumpeter and composer Chris Burn to promote improvised music and its relationship to other forms of contemporary music making Mopomoso has since then presented hundreds of concerts, special events and workshops.

The tour aims to both showcase the work of Mopomoso to a wider audience, and promote the ideas and artists in each city. A series of sets from some of Mopomoso's core players will be complemented with improvisers from each city. With a firm focus on free improvisation, musical references could range from jazz, rock, folk, classical, electronic, world and computer-generated music, representing the broad brush stroke spirit of inclusion embodied in the Mopomoso aesthetic.

About this tour, John Russell says:
“In its monthly series, which takes place at The Vortex - ‘London’s listening jazz club’, Mopomoso offers audiences the chance to hear some of the best music around, in an intimate and friendly setting. Programmed by myself, and now in its 21st year, this tour will recreate some of that ambience with a varied programme of contrasting approaches to free improvisation. By its very nature no two concerts will be the same and we can safely guarantee you won’t have heard anything like this before!”

http://www.mopomoso.com/

Date: April 23 - April 30 2013
Venue: UK tour
Produced by: Sound and Music and Mopomoso


MOPOMOSO . : Various

23 Apr



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Heart of Darkness
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom
02075898212

Tickets: £40, £32.50, £25, £15
Nicholas Collon, conductor
Samuel West, narrator
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

A heady mixture of new music and established classics, this concert combines two renowned masterworks with the London première of the Suite from Tarik O’Regan’s recent opera, Heart of Darkness. Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novella, O’Regan’s opera has already met with great acclaim for its ‘music of startling beauty’ (The Observer) and ‘a magical and haunting sound-world’ (The Telegraph).

Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture is a vibrant celebration of London, depicting a couple exploring the metropolis, enjoying sounds from church bells to a brass band. The Second Symphony by Sibelius is one of his most engaging and beautiful compositions, overflowing with exhilarating orchestral textures.

Box Office: 020 7730 4500




Edward Elgar : Cockaigne Overture
Tarik O'Reagan : Suite from Heart of Dearkness for narrator and orchestra
Jean Sibelius : Symphony No.2

24 Apr 
 
25 Apr



United States
 Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7pm 
Composers Concordance 'Chamber People' 
Turtle Bay Music Schoo
244 East 52nd Street
United States
212-753-8811
http:// www.tbms.org

Tickets: free

Valerie Coleman - flute
Michiyo Suzuki - clarinet
Lynn Bechtold, Mioi Takeda, and Yibin Li - violin
Michael Midlarsky - cello
Dimitri Dover - piano



As Gustav Mahler wrote, "In its beginnings, music was merely chamber music, meant to be listened to in a small space by a small audience." On April 25th at 7pm, Composers Concordance ("enterprising new music organization" -NYTimes) presents an eclectic program of contemporary chamber music premieres. Featured composers include Dave Soldier ("resolutely uninterested in stylistic limits" -NYTimes), Gene Pritsker ("audacious…multitalented" -NYTimes), Dan Cooper ("especially fascinating" -American Record Guide), Evan Hause ("particularly compelling" -NYTimes), Leo Kraft ("beautiful" -NYTimes), Frank J. Oteri ("passionate" -San Francsico Chronicle), and Raul Quines ("highly imaginative" -Sir Georg Solti). Featured performers include flutist Valerie Coleman (of the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds), clarinetist Michiyo Suzuki (of the Grammy-nominated Absolute Ensemble), as well as the intrepid violinists Lynn Bechtold, Mioi Takeda, and Yibin Li, renowned cellist Michael Midlarsky, and the exceptional pianist Dimitri Dover. Don't miss this fun chamber music event, plus a reception, at the Turtle Bay Music School's Richmond Room (244 East 52nd St).

Gene Pritsker : 'Universe Contains Innumerable Elements
Dan Cooper : Tba
Leo Kraft : 'Brief Encounters
David Soldier : Ultraviolet Railroad
Evan Hause : Piano Trio
Frank J. Oteri : Spurl
Raul Quines : Impressões

26 Apr



United States
 Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8:00pm 
Jump on the Dance Wagon Festival
Ailey Citigroup Theatre
400 West 55th Street
United States

Tickets: $25-$30
Jump on the Dance Wagon Festival
Celebrating its second annual festival, Jump On the DanceWagon (J/DW) presents a unique opportunity for four emerging contemporary choreographers to share the stage and premiere their new works at the venerable Ailey Citigroup Theater. This innovative split-bill features 20 minutes of work by four women: Alyson Laury (Alyson Laury Dance); Marianne Delehanty (MarDel Dance); Megan Lynn (Asterial Dance company); and the debut of choreographer Frances Lai Baca (Lai Baca Dance).



J.S. Bach : TBA

26 Apr



United Kingdom
 Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7.30-9.00 pm 
Concert
St. Cyprian's Church
Baker Street, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10
The Arch Orchestra, conducted by Chloé Vansoeterstede.



Tom Smail : Soliloquy for Strings

26 Apr



United Kingdom
 Friday, April 26, 2013 at 11am 
The Arditti Quartet: 40 Years Young
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £15
Arditti Quartet

A celebration of the Arditti Quartet and its 40 years of breaking the boundaries of new music

Jonathan Harvey : String Quartet No 1
Brice Pauset : New work
Elliott Carter : String Quartet No 5
Gyorgy Kurtág : Aus der Ferne III & V
Helmut Lachenmann : Grido

27 Apr



United States
 Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8:00pm 
Jump on the Dance Wagon Festival
Ailey Citigroup Theatre
400 West 55th Street
United States

Tickets: $25-$30
Celebrating its second annual festival, Jump On the DanceWagon (J/DW) presents a unique opportunity for four emerging contemporary choreographers to share the stage and premiere their new works at the venerable Ailey Citigroup Theater. This innovative split-bill features 20 minutes of work by four women: Alyson Laury (Alyson Laury Dance); Marianne Delehanty (MarDel Dance); Megan Lynn (Asterial Dance company); and the debut of choreographer Frances Lai Baca (Lai Baca Dance).



J.S. Bach : TBA

28 Apr



United States
 Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 4:30pm 
Jump on the Dance Wagon Festival
Ailey Citigroup Theatre
400 West 55th Street
United States

Tickets: $25-$30
Celebrating its second annual festival, Jump On the DanceWagon (J/DW) presents a unique opportunity for four emerging contemporary choreographers to share the stage and premiere their new works at the venerable Ailey Citigroup Theater. This innovative split-bill features 20 minutes of work by four women: Alyson Laury (Alyson Laury Dance); Marianne Delehanty (MarDel Dance); Megan Lynn (Asterial Dance company); and the debut of choreographer Frances Lai Baca (Lai Baca Dance).



J.S. Bach : TBA

28 Apr



United States
 Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 8pm-9pm 
'The Rite of Spring - Through an Eclectic Spectrum' by Gene Pritsker
The Cutting room
44 E 32nd Street, NYC
United States
(212) 691-1900
http://tickets.thecuttingroomnyc.com/event/245317-rite-spring-through-new-york/

Tickets: 15
performed by Sound Liberation:
Chanda Rule - voice, LeeAnet Noble - percussion/rap/tap dance, Franz Hackl - trumpet, Greg Baker - guitar, Dan Cooper - 7-string bass guitar / flute, Gernot Bernroider - drums and Gene Pritsker on guitar/rap/Di.J.


The Rite of Spring was premiered on the 29th of May in 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. The ballet caused quite a stir with its sexual and unconventional movements as well as Stravinsky's unique and avant-garde music. It has been reported that the performance caused a riot, where people were literally out of their seats jumping and pounding one another. I always regarded this as the first mosh pit of the 20th century. As a teenager studying music, I was strongly influenced by 'The Rite of Spring'. I listened to it over and over until what sounded like noise at first revealed itself to be the most incredible piece of music I have ever heard. I have always wanted to reinterpret this music through my own experience. On April 28th at the Cutting Room, with my band Sound Liberation and 100 years after its premiere in Paris, I will present my 45 minute composition. This new look at 'The Rite' interprets the various elements of this music using my eclectic methods and ideas: writing hip-hop and jazz songs, using improvisational techniques (like the ones used in African and Indian music), incorporating DJ and electronic elements and employing the various genres and techniques that have been developed since the premiere of this masterpiece

Gene Pritsker : The Rite of Spring - Through an Eclectic Spectrum

28 Apr



United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 1.30pm and 4pm 
BCMG Family Concerts
CBSO Centre, Birmingham

United Kingdom

Tickets: £6 adults / £4 under 16s / £16 group ticket (admits four people – the group must contain at least o
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Conductor: Richard Baker
Piano: Nicolas Hodges

Our Family Concerts introduce young people and their families to the exciting world of contemporary music. These hour-long performances weave theatre with the music to create fun, colourful and engaging concerts to ignite young imaginations.

Before and after the performances there will be a fun activity café where young people can create their own music using BCMG’s wonderful array of instruments - and gobble a few cakes! Activities will run around an hour before each performance so please turn up early and enjoy the whole BCMG Family Concerts experience.

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



Duncan Chapman : New work for electronics
Judith Weir : Musicians Wrestle Everywhere
BCMG/SAM Apprentice composer-in-residence : new work
Julian Anderson : Scherzo (with trains)
Olivier Messiaen : Oiseaux Exotiques

28 Apr



France
 Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 4pm 
Orchestre National d'Île de France - Enrique Mazzola - François-Frédéric Guy
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris
France

Tickets: 10-30 euros
Orchestre National d'Île-de-France
Enrique Mazzola : conducting
François-Frédéric Guy : piano



Alberto Colla : Symphonie des prodiges, troisième symphonie
Maurice Ravel : Concerto pour la main gauche
Hector Berlioz : Symphonie fantastique

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