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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

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

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

 Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8pm 
Musikverein, Vienna
Bösendorferstr. 12, 1010 Wien, Österreich
+43 1 505 81 90


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

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

Tickets: $15

Chico Hamilton : The Inquiring Mind

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

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

18 May

United Kingdom
 Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 7.00pm 
A Scattering
Etchingham Church
Etchingham, East Sussex TN19 7PA
United Kingdom

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

19 May 
20 May 
21 May

 Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Helen Grime: String Quartet
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

Edinburgh Quartet

The Edinburgh Quartet completes its tribute to Czech composers with Smetana's semi-autobiographical first string quartet, which depicts a range of emotions and experiences from various stages of the composer's life. The programme will also feature the world premiere performance of a new work from Scottish composer Helen Grime, commissioned by the Edinburgh Quartet.

Felix Mendelssohn : Quartet No 1 in E flat major Op 12
Helen Grime : String Quartet
Bedøich Smetana : Quartet No 1 in E minor "From My Life"

22 May 
23 May

United States
 Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7:30pm 
Music at First Presents the Music of Jerome Kitzke 5/23
First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn
124 Henry Street
United States

Tickets: $10
The Mad Coyote
Ensemble Moto Perpetuo
Jennifer Kathryn Marshall
and more...

Music at First presents the music of American composer/storyteller Jerome Kitzke in a concert celebrating his upcoming album The Paha Sapa Give-Back (Innova – tbr 7/29/14) and the New York City premiere of an excerpt from Buffalo Nation (Bison bison) (2012), a theatrical musical historical survey of the bison in North America. Known for creating works inspired by American life, politics and literature, the program also includes The Character of American Sunlight (1996) featuring Kitzke’s ensemble The Mad Coyote, and Winter Count (2008) performed by premier string quartet, ETHEL, and actor Jennifer Kathryn Marshall.

Jerome Kitzke : Winter Count
Jerome Kitzke : The Character of American Sunlight
Jerome Kitzke : Buffalo Nation

24 May

United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Laura Bowler Première
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Gábor Takács-Nagy conductor | Benjamin Grosvenor piano | Giovanni Guzzo violin | Hannah Roberts cello

Pre-concert performance at 6.30pm: REmix: Young people from Greater Manchester use their own musical influences to create new fusion music inspired by Beethoven.

Considered one of the most talented and respected pianists of the younger generation, Benjamin Grosvenor joins Camerata’s leader, Giovanni Guzzo, and principal cellist, Hannah Roberts, in Beethoven’s beautifully lyrical Triple Concerto.

Gábor Takács-Nagy will bring his limitless musical imagination, emotional depth and sizzling energy to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony – the most iconic and timeless of all orchestral works. Legend has it that Beethoven’s famous motif came to the composer from a yellow-hammer’s song as he walked through the Prater Park in Vienna. You will also hear a miniature masterpiece by Camerata’s 2013/14 Sound and Music ‘Embedded’ Composer-in-Residence, Laura Bowler.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Triple Concerto Op.56
Laura Bowler : New Work
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No.5 Op.67

24 May

United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 24, 2014 at  
Moses und Aron
Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
United Kingdom


Imagine you’ve been told the most important thing man has ever been told. What you have been told will change the world and save mankind. You must now share what you have heard, you are God’s spokesperson on earth. Imagine, however, that you are overcome with despair that you find yourself unable to find the right words to communicate God’s will. This is Moses’ tragedy in Moses und Aron.

It is impossible not to listen to Schoenberg’s ‘fragmentary masterpiece’ and not be stunned by his achievement. Moses und Aron reaches to the outer limits of what opera was capable of in the last century. It’s a sound so unique, so urgent that you might be forgiven for thinking that it has come down from heaven itself.

Welsh National Opera is proud to stage this rarely performed opera in Sergio Morabito and Jossi Wieler’s highly charged production. Moses und Aron is a huge undertaking for both performers and audiences but the rewards will be extraordinary.

Performances until 26th July

Arnold Schoenberg : Moses und Aron

24 May

 Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 14:15 
Reinbert de Leeuw and Nether-American music
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Reinbert de Leeuw (dirigent)
Colin Currie (slagwerk)
Gerard Bouwhuis (piano)
Pauline Post (piano)

Steve Reich : Eight Lines
Louis Andriessen : Tapdance
Reza Namavar : Versnelheijdsbinderh
John Adams : Grand Pianola Music

25 May

United States
 Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm 
New Strings
Human Resources, Los Angeles
410 Cottage Home St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States

Tickets: $15 -
Fiato Quartet

New Strings is a concert dedicated to the exploration of the string quartet in all its facets. Economical but lush, traditional but often avant-garde, the string quartet is unique among ensembles in its ability to embody a composer's vision in distilled form. For this reason, the string quartet has historically been a proving-ground for composers eager to voice their ideas. In New Strings, the members of the Los Angeles Composers Collective take on this challenge with the help of the young and brilliant Fiato Quartet, proving once again that the string quartet can be fresh, relevant, and unexpected.

Nicholas White : Four Impressions
Alicia Byer : Thoughts on Spring
Tu Nguyen : String Quartet No. 1
Max Mueller : Scenes from My Parents' Cocktail Party
Gregory Lenczycki : Miniature for String Quartet No. 6
Derek Dobbs : Mr. Billings and David Fist Fight in Heaven
Carlos Carlos : At the Warren
Jon Brenner : String Quartet 1
Matthew Allen : 3 Dirges for the Death of Man

26 May 
27 May 
28 May 
29 May 
30 May

 Friday, May 30, 2014 at 8pm 
Einojuhani Rautavaara al La Salle Pleyel
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Maîtrise de Radio France
Mikko Franck : conducting
Sofi Jeannin : choirmaster

Claude Debussy : Nocturnes
Claude Debussy : Jeux
Einojuhani Rautavaara : Symphonie n° 8 "The Journey"

30 May

United Kingdom
 Friday, May 30, 2014 at 1:10pm 
CBSO Centre Stage - Reich, Bradley, Radiohead & Rush
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000

Adrian Spillett & Sophie Hastings percussion
Alan Thomas trumpet
Ed Jones trombone
Ben Dawson piano

Part of the CBSO Centre Stage season, a series of 50-minute informal and friendly concerts finding the performers ‘at home’ in the CBSO Centre.

Centre Stage aims to give every CBSO player a chance to shine, and today our percussionist Adrian Spillett steps into the limelight with this electrifying contemporary programme. From Steve Reich’s Marimba Phase to Radiohead like you’ve never heard them before, this is a concert to fascinate and thrill. Bring an open mind.

Steve Reich : Marimba Phase
Jan Bradley : Chieba
Radiohead : Pyramid Song
Stephen Rush : Rebellion

31 May

United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Einojuhani Rautavaara
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Gerald Finley
Julius Drake

Gerald Finley has essayed many landmark successes in the opera house and concert hall over the past two decades. The Canadian baritone’s appearances at Wigmore Hall rank in company with his finest achievements, recognised and reinforced this season with a Residency comprising works drawn from the heart of his repertoire.

For the final concert in his series, Gerald Finley performs Schwanengesang alongside the world première of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s songcycle Rubáiyát, which was written specially for him.

Franz Schubert : Schwanengesang
Einojuhani Rautavaara : Rubáiyát

1 Jun

United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 01, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Henze Being Beauteous
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Veronika Eberle violin
Anna Prohaska soprano

Simon Rattle conducts an all-German programme: Beethoven’s renowned violin concerto, Schumann's Second Symphony and the lesser-known Hans Werner Henze’s Being Beauteous for the unusual group of soprano, harp and four cellos.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Concerto
Hans Werne Henze : Being Beauteous
Robert Schumann : Symphony No 2

2 Jun 
3 Jun 
4 Jun 
5 Jun

United Kingdom
 Thursday, June 05, 2014 at 8.30pm 
Graphic Score Special with The Hermes Experiment
United Kingdom

Ed Scolding - Premiere of New Work
PLUS Premieres of the winning pieces in our Graphic Score Competition, new arrangements of Piazzolla, Gershwin and Bernstein, solo clarinet works from Jorg Widman, Berio, Tiberiu Olah + More TBA

Following our March on Dalston in May we’re back at the Shacklewell Arms, welcoming back with open arms one of our joint winners of Battle of the Bands 2014.

Read a special feature about them Here to find out more.

Also appearing is young clarinettist Max Welford. A Park Lane Group Young Artist 2014, Max is already making major waves – he makes his Wigmore Hall debut in 2015, while his playing has been described as “almost beyond belief in it’s supremely confident accomplishment” (Classical Source).

As usual Nonclassical resident DJs will be mixing the best in contemporary classical, avant electronica, and more.

Ed Scolding : New Work
Contemporary Composers : Various

6 Jun 
7 Jun

 Saturday, June 07, 2014 at 7pm 
Tŷ Cerdd Showcase
BBC Hoddinott Hall

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Grant Llewellyn Conductor
Llyr Williams Piano
Elin Manahan Thomas Soprano

Join us to celebrate the last 60 years of Welsh music, with works by Alun Hoddinott, Grace Williams, William Mathias and Daniel Jones; using archival material held in Tŷ Cerdd the centre for the promotion of the music of Wales.

Alun Hoddinott : Overture, Jack Straw
William Mathias : Concerto for Piano, No. 2
Grace Williams : Fairest of Stars
Daniel Jones : Symphony No. 10

7 Jun

United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 07, 2014 at 5pm 
Assemble: Music with People
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096

London Sinfonietta

New music made with you: the London Sinfonietta collaborates with the public as performers and creators. We're calling all musicians and 'non musicians' to join the London Sinfonietta in performing legendary minimalist piece Les Moutons de Panurge by experimental composer Frederic Rzewski and a brand new commission by British composer Emily Hall. Click here for more information and to apply.

KX Collective : New set
Louis Andriessen : Workers Union
Frederic Rzewski : Les Moutons de Panurge
Emily Hall : new work

8 Jun

United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 08, 2014 at 2.30pm and 4.30pm 
David Lang: Crowd Out
Millennium Point
Curzon Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7XG
United Kingdom


1000 individuals give the world premiere performances of Crowd Out, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang‘s new piece for 1000 voices, in one of the largest vocal events Birmingham has ever seen!

Experience the first-ever performances of a brand new piece of music by one of the world’s leading composers, led by Simon Halsey, one of the world’s top choral conductors.

Influences for Lang’s Crowd Out encompass a wide range of public singing and vocalising, including football chanting – a common theme being the sense of community created through ‘performance’. The result is an entirely new kind of piece that anyone can perform.

Musical America’s 2013 Composer of the Year, the passionate, prolific, Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lang is one of America’s most performed composers. BCMG has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Lang – his last BCMG commission The Passing Measures received huge acclaim and was subsequently recorded on Cantaloupe Records, a recording which was named one of the best CDs of the year by The New Yorker.

David Lang : Crowd Out

9 Jun 
10 Jun

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7.30pm 
BBC Singers / Eric Whitacre
Milton Court - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, EC2Y 9BH
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Singers
Eric Whitacre conductor
The King’s Singers
Musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

In recent years Eric Whitacre has established himself as one of the most distinctive and charismatic figures on the choral scene, and with an international reputation as the composer of some of the most magical choral works of the contemporary repertoire: music which moves and stirs, and speaks to his audiences in the most direct and affecting way. Curating this evening’s concert, Eric Whitacre places his own music alongside works by two other much-admired choral composers, and brings guest artists The King’s Singers to perform alongside the BBC Singers.

Eric Whitacre : Leonardo
Bob Chilcott : Even Such is Time
Eric Whitacre : Five Hebrew Love Songs
Eric Whitacre : The Stolen Child
Morten Lauridsen : Six Fire Songs on Italian Renaissance poems
Bob Chilcott : High Flight
Eric Whitacre : The City and the Sea

10 Jun

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7.30pm - approx. 9pm 
Sounds of the New
The Forge, London
3-7 Delancey Street, London, NW1 7NL
United Kingdom

Tickets: £11/9 online
Siwan Rhys (piano) and George Barton (percussion)

A window into the cutting edge of classical music combining the myriad different sound and rhythm possibilities of percussion with one of the wonderful cornerstones of classical performance, the piano - but maybe not sounding quite as you’d expect. An enticing evening with 4 world premieres that will surprise and excite you. Join us to discover the sounds of the best up-and-coming composers and rising stars of percussion and piano at the forefront of new music and also experience a unique opportunity to get an insight into the inspirations, techniques and challenges behind the scenes

Kate Whitley : 5 tiny piano pieces
Francesca Le Lohe : Saida Portraits
Ji Sun Yang : Recollection
William Hunt : In the moorlight

11 Jun

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7.30pm 
CBSO Thomas Adès: New Horizons
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Adès conductor
Nicolas Hodges piano

As both internationally-renowned composer and visionary conductor, Thomas Adès is one of the most compelling figures in the contemporary arts, bringing a unique insight to everything he performs.

Today, Ravel’s fairy-tale ballet and Adès’ own orchestral tour de force Tevot (composed for the Berlin Philharmonic) book-end two fantastic premieres from renowned contemporary pianist Nicolas Hodges: the exuberant piano concertino No seré yo quien diga nada by the young Spanish composer Francisco Coll, and a new Piano Concerto by musical maverick Gerald Barry.

6.15pm Free pre-concert talk. The Irish composer introduces his brand new Piano Concerto – interviewed by Stephen Maddock.

Maurice Ravel : Mother Goose (complete)
Gerald Barry : Piano Concerto
Francisco Coll : No seré yo quien diga nada
Thomas Ades : Tevot

11 Jun

 Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 8.30pm 
IRCAM/Centre Pompidou-Grande salle-Paris


Jürg henneberger conductor and piano
Quatuor Sine Nomine
Patrick Genet, François Gottraux violins
Hans Egidi viola
Marc Jaermann violoncello

David Moss vocal soloist
Jörg Schneider trumpet
Nikita Cardinaux bass clarinet
Noëlle Reymond contrebas
Jean-François Taillard sonorization

Sunrise: A Song for Two Humans, filmed by Murnau in 1927 upon his arrival in the United States is considered a masterpiece. Sunrise embraces a forest of signs, of images and novel techniques. The city springs up in the middle of the country; comedy entwined with the monstrous, superimposed images, a montage of realism and the fantastic. A perfect cinematic dawn? Murnau never chose specific music to accompany the polyphonic image of his screaming, whispering drama. The composer Helmut Oehring, born to deaf-mute parents, rises to the challenge of a melodrama without mirroring the film's intentions: Seven Songs for Sunrise performed by David Moss with the support of a chamber ensemble and the Sine Nomine Quartet.

Helmut Oehring : Seven Songs for Sunrise

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