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9 Sep 
 
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11 Sep



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm 
Fien Barnett Neefs and Jeffery Wilson
Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex
United Kingdom
01245606505
http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=14204

Tickets: free
Fien Barnett Neefs on Harp and Jeffery Wilson on Saxophones and Piano

Some improvised music and originals

Jeffery Wilson : Forever - For Sax and Harp

11 Sep



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 1.00pm 
Lunch Hour Concerts
Doncaster Museum Art Gallery
Doncaster
United Kingdom
01302 734293
www.doncaster.gov.uk

Tickets: £4 (+conc)
John Turner, Recorder
Harvey Davies, Piano



John Parry : The Nightingale Rondo
Antony Hopkins : Pastiche Suite
Peter Hope : Geordie Tunes
Thomas Pitfield : Prelude, Minuet & Reel
Roy Heaton Smith : Sonatina alla Fantasia op.23
Barry Ferguson : The Untamed has a Language but no Words
Christopher Wright : In Celebration
David Dubery : Mrs. Harris in Paris (Valse Temptation)

12 Sep 
 
13 Sep



United Kingdom
 Friday, September 13, 2013 at 8.00 pm 
Saxology in Recital
All Saints Church
Little Totham, Essex CM9 8LU
United Kingdom
01621 852844

Tickets: £7.50 Concs £6.50
The talented members of the Saxology quartet display the virtuosity of their instruments in a programme of contemporary British music and fresh arrangements of American jazz standards.



Jeffery Wilson : Circus Acts and Folk Song Suite

13 Sep



United Kingdom
 Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Collaborations: performers and composers together now
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG
United Kingdom
07878676644
http://www.lauderdalehouse.co.uk

Tickets: £11, £9
Niall O'Riordan, flute
Yeu-Meng Chan, piano

Felicity Hayward, soprano
Catherine Herriott, piano

British and French music from 1913-2013, including new work by Alex Butters, Miriam Mackie and Jacob Shirley

Miriam Mackie : Sonata for flute and prepared piano
Alex Butters : Triskaidekaphobia
Jacob Shirley : A soft-edged reed of light

13 Sep



United Kingdom
 Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Collaborations: performers and composers together now
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG
United Kingdom
07878676644
http://www.lauderdalehouse.co.uk

Tickets: £11, £9
Felicity Hayward, soprano
Catherine Herriott, piano
Niall O'Riordan, flute
Yeu-Meng Chan, piano

British and French music 1913-2013


13 Sep



United Kingdom
 Friday, September 13, 2013 at 8pm 
Autumn Chamber Music Series at Benslow
Benslow Music, Peter Morrison Hall
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
United Kingdom
01462 459446
http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=13
info@benslowmusic.org

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
The Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Box Office: 01462 459446


13 Sep



United Kingdom
 Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7.30 
American Lulu: eight nights at the Young Vic
Young Vic
66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ, UK
United Kingdom
020 7922 2922

Tickets: £10, £19.50, £25, £32.50
Angel Blue
Jacqui Dankworth
Donald Maxwell
Robert Winslade Anderson
Jonathan Stoughton
Paul Curievici
Simon Wilding
Paul Reeves

John Fulljames director
Gerry Cornelius conductor
Magda Willi design
Finn Ross video
Guy Hoare light
Carolyn Downing sound design
Emma Woodvine dialect coach

Unfinished at his death in 1935, Alban Berg’s opera Lulu is a tantalising prospect for anyone grappling with its completion. Setting her own libretto Olga Neuwirth re-works the first two acts and composes an entirely original third, transporting Berg’s femme fatale to the smoky jazz clubs of 1950s America where Lulu, a young and aspiring dancer, finds herself at the mercy of some dark, predatory characters. As Lulu looks back at her life, scarred by its tumultuous events, she must come to terms with a sordid history of sex, murder and suicide.

A co-production between The Opera Group, Young Vic, Scottish Opera and Bregenzer Festspiele, in association with the London Sinfonietta.

Music of Act I and II adapted and reorchestrated by Olga Neuwirth
Text of Act I and II adapted by Olga Neuwirth and Helga Utz using translations into English by Richard Stokes and Catherine Kerkhoff-Saxon
Music and text for Act III by Olga Neuwirth and translated into English by Catherine Kerkhoff-Saxon


Alban Berg : Lulu

14 Sep 
 
15 Sep



United Kingdom
 Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 9.30pm 
Postal Pieces
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
United Kingdom
020 7520 1440
http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/
info@kingsplace.co.uk

Tickets: £4.50
Paul Silverthorne solo viola
Tim Gill solo cello
John Constable solo piano
London Sinfonietta

What transforms silence into music? And can one exist without the other? Our traditional methods of listening are grounded in something we rarely even acknowledge, but silence, space and cognition are at the heart of both Morton Feldman and James Tenney’s music. While Feldman’s spacious works have echoes of Rothko’s contemplative, abstract canvasses, Tenney’s music asks the audience to ‘really listen to the sounds, get inside them, notice the details’. Often sparsely notated, with cryptic instructions, they will transform the way you perceive your experience as a listener.

James Tenney : Having Never Written a Note for Percussion
Morton Feldman : The Viola in my Life 3
James Tenney : Cellogram
Morton Feldman : Last Pieces, No. 1
James Tenney : Swell Piece for Alison Knowles
Morton Feldman : Four Instruments

16 Sep 
 
17 Sep 
 
18 Sep



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Inon Barnaton Piano
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30
Inon Barnatan
piano

Le Figaro has written of his ‘impeccable musicality and phrasing’, while Gramophone described him as a ‘born Schubertian’.
Inon Barnatan’s artistic journey continues this season with a typically thought-provoking and engaging programme, complete with the first performance of a specially commissioned work by Matthias Pintscher and Ronald Stevenson’s thrilling Peter Grimes Fantasy.


Claude Debussy : Suite bergamasque
Ronald Stevenson : Peter Grimes Fantasy on themes from Britten
Maurice Ravel : La Valse
Matthias Pintscher : New commission
Franz Schubert : Piano Sonata in A D959

18 Sep



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 8pm 
Kronos Quartet / Kimmo Pohjonen / Samuli Kosminen – Uniko
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £20-35
Kronos Quartet / Kimmo Pohjonen / Samuli Kosminen – Uniko

Maverick accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and sampling guru Samuli Kosminen join forces with Kronos Quartet in a stimulating and emotionally charged show around the concept of dreams.

With its lighting effects, surround sound and projections, Uniko opens up a multidimensional field of experience - reaching new emotional levels through the processing of expressive accordion and accordion samples with the electrified sound of the string quartet, together with electronic live loops and images.

Commisioned by Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen and Samuli Kosminen composed Uniko over an eighteen month period before the Uniko World premiere in Helsinki in 2004.


Kimmo Pohjonen : Uniko
Samuli Kosminen : Uniko

19 Sep



United Kingdom
 Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7.30pm 
CBSO Opening Concert: The Rite of Spring
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 - £45
CBSO

Andris Nelsons conductor
Kristine Opolais soprano

When The Rite of Spring was premiered in Paris in 1913, it caused a riot and 100 years on Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet makes for an electrifying opening to the CBSO’s season.

Andris Nelsons conducts it for the first time, and joins his wife Kristine Opolais in music close to both their hearts – Wagner’s star-crossed Wesendonck Lieder, and the piece that first made him fall in love with music: the overture to Tannhäuser.


Richard Wagner : Tannhäuser
Richard Wagner : Wesendonck Lieder
Igor Stravinsky : The Rite of Spring

19 Sep



United Kingdom
 Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 12.45pm - 2.00pm 
Music at Lunchtime
St Mary's Church, Aylesbury
St Mary's Square, Aylesbury, Bucks
United Kingdom

Tickets: £3.00, 18u free
Felicity Vincent, Cello
Richard Black, piano



Eric Fogg : Poem
David Dubery : Sonata for Cello and Piano
Frank Bridge : Cello Sonata

19 Sep



United Kingdom
 Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 4pm 
Bedroom Eyes
CENTQUATRE
CENTQUATRE 5 rue Curial Paris (19e arr.) - m° Riquet
United Kingdom
01 53 35 50 00

Tickets: 12€ (full price 15€) for IRCAM members
Text Frédéric Vossier
Director Cyril Teste
Music Nihil Bordures
IRCAM Computer Music Design Thomas Goepfer
With Thierry Raynaud

Cyril Teste, artist in residence at the CENTQUATRE, has embarked on a journey with the intent of renewing theater codes so the use of real-time technology becomes an essential component.
During the first In vivo Théâtre (ManiFeste-2012), he and his collective MxM entitled this work Bedroom eyes. A virtual reality system evocative of the video game world guides the protagonist on stage through his suppressed visual and acoustic memories.

September 19, 21, 22, 2013, CENTQUATRE


Nihil Bordures : Bedroom Eyes

20 Sep 
 
21 Sep 
 
22 Sep



United Kingdom
 Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 10.30am 
Total Immersion: The Rite of Spring 1913
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £32 £26 £21 £15 £10
BBCSO

To mark the 100th anniversary of the riotous premiere of The Rite of Spring, a whole day of events, culminating in an evening concert that recreates the explosive musical cocktail of that concert. Immerse yourself in the Parisian artistic world of 1913 with two retrospective films, Riot at the Rite and Ballet Russes, an intimate portrait of the surviving dancers in Diaghilev’s ground-breaking company. In the evening, Russian conductor Alexander Vedernikov leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a programme that places Stravinsky’s ballet in the context of the dance music tradition, including Borodin’s colourful Polovtsian Dances, Weber’s Invitation to the Dance and Stravinsky’s own orchestration of Chopin’s Grande valse brilliante.

Film, 10.30am, Barbican Cinema 2 or 3
Ballets Russes
Ballets Russes is an intimate and moving portrait of a company in transition and a group of pioneering artists who gave birth to modern ballet, featuring a treasure trove of archival footage and fascinating interviews with the dancers.
US 2005 Dir. Daniel Geller, Danya Goldfine 118mins

Tickets £6

Film, 2.00pm, Barbican Cinemas
Riot at the Rite
A BBC film bringing to life the events leading up to the infamous and riotous first 1913 performance of The Rite of Spring, with a cast including Alex Jennings, Adam Garcia, Rachael Stirling and Griff Rhys Jones.
UK 2005 Dir. Andy Wilson 90mins

Tickets £6

Talk, 5.00pm, Frobisher Rooms
Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
Admission free. Limited capacity but admission guaranteed with a Day Pass.

6.00pm Fountain Room
BBC SO Plus Family
An introduction to tonight's concert for families. A free family-friendly workshop followed by the concert in the Barbican Hall for just £5 a ticket (plus booking fee).

BBC SO Plus Family is specifically designed for family groups with children between the ages of 8 and 16 and at least one of your group must be aged 16 or under. These concerts are not recommended for children under the age of 8. Call the Barbican Box Office and quote ‘BBC SO Plus Family' to buy your tickets, or book online and quote 040679 for a reduced booking fee. Please note that spaces are limited.

Concert 7.30pm Barbican Hall

Weber, orch. Berlioz Invitation to the Dance
Chopin Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante
Borodin Polovtsian Dances
Chopin, arr. Stravinsky Grande valse brillante
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Vedernikov conductor
Alexei Volodin piano

Tickets £32 £26 £21 £15 £10

Total Immersion: Rite of Spring 1913 Day Pass
Save money and guarantee entry to all events on Saturday 22 September with a Total Immersion Day Pass. Day Passes are available by telephone on 020 7638 8891 or in person only.
Day Pass £35 £30 £26 £22 £18


Igor Stravinsky : The Rite of Spring

23 Sep 
 
24 Sep 
 
25 Sep 
 
26 Sep 
 
27 Sep



France
 Friday, September 27, 2013 at 7pm 
Harvey Dream
Cité de la musique, Paris
221, avenue Jean Jaurès 75019 Paris, France
France
+33 (0)1 44 84 44 84
http://www.cite-musique.fr

Claire Booth soprano
Gordon Gietz tenor
Eric-Maria Couturier cello
Ensemble intercontemporain
Conductor Matthias Pintscher
IRCAM Computer Music Design Carl Faia, Gilbert Nouno

The two interludes and the scene from Wagner Dream are performed here as a tribute to Jonathan Harvey who passed away on December 4, 2012.

Wagner Dream, an opera composed by Jonathan Harvey in 2007, takes place when Wagner has a heart attack in the Vendramin Palace in Venice. The final moments of Wagner's life project us in the vision of an opera inspired by a Buddhist legend, an opera that the German composer imagined, but never wrote. The two interludes and the scene from Wagner Dream are performed here as a tribute to Jonathan Harvey who passed away on December 4, 2012. The reply to the dream of a Wagnerian dream is Pintscher's Bereshit, the first word of Genesis, the "beginning" of a new artistic era for the Ensemble intercontemporain.


Anton Webern : Fuga (Ricercata) a 6 voci, excerpt from L'Offrande musicale
Jonathan Harvey : Two Interludes and A Scene for an Opera
Bernd Zimmermann : Sonata for cello
Matthias Pintscher : Bereshit

27 Sep



United Kingdom
 Friday, September 27, 2013 at 8pm 
Unsound: Lutmord + Pianohooligan
Jerwood Hall
London
United Kingdom

Tickets: £20
Lutmord + Pianohooligan

Welsh-born, California-based Brian Williams (aka Lustmord) brings his solo A/V show to London. First emerged as an associate of industrial outfit SPK in the early ‘80s, Williams subsequently embarked on a solo career which has seen him at the forefront of dark and daring ambient for over 30 years.

His new album, The Word As Power (Blackest Ever Black) presents us with a desolate landscape populated by electronics, immense sub-bass and acoustic phenomena harnessed and arranged to stimulate feelings of dread, but also escape, renewal and rebirth.

Polish jazz pianist and composer Piotr Orzechowski (aka Pianohooligan) completes the double-bill. One of the most awarded musicians of his generation, the 23-year-old has been the recipient of the first prize at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition and has collaborated with an eclectic list of artists including Krzysztof Penderecki and Adrian Utley from Portishead.


Brian Williams : Various
Piotr Orzechowski : Various

28 Sep



United Kingdom
 Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 7.30pm 
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
St Asaph Cathedral
St Asaph Cathedral, High Street St Asaph, Denbighshire LL17 0RD
United Kingdom
0800 411 8881

Tickets: £21.50-28.00
BBCNOW

Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes
Violin Matthew Trusler



Benjamin Britten : Four Sea Interludes
William Mathias : Violin Concerto
Edward Elgar : Variations on an original theme: Enigma

29 Sep



Netherlands
 Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 8.15pm 
Jubilee Concert with Asko|Schönberg, Lunapark and Ensemble Klang
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam
Netherlands
http://www.concertgebouw.nl

Tickets: € 10.00 - € 45.00
Asko|Schönberg
Ensemble Klang
Lunapark
Antje Lohse (mezzosopraan)



Peter Schat : Canto general, op. 24
Peter Adriaansz : Phrase
Jan Van Vlijmen : Serie per 6 strumenti
Frederic Rzewski : Coming together
Philip Glass : Music in Similar Motion
Louis Andriessen : Workers Union

30 Sep 
 
1 Oct 
 
2 Oct



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 7.45 
The Wasp Factory
Covent Garden - Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London
United Kingdom
http://info.royaloperahouse.org/home

Tickets: £20-40
Royal Opera

Director Ben Frost
Libretto David Pountney
Set designs Mirella Weingarten
Costume designs Boris Bidjan Saberi
Lighting design Lucy Carter

The Wasp Factory recounts the disturbing acts of a troubled teenager on a remote Scottish island. The Sacrifice Poles, Boiling Pool, Ice Chamber and Volt Room are names Frank has given to places in his world – an isolated environment, where he is left to his own devices by his reclusive father. Frank invents his own warrior cult and, using a homemade device called the Wasp Factory, develops a brutal way of predicting the future.

Director and composer Frost creates three-dimensional sonic structures that envelop an audience in extremes of volume and texture. Mirella Weingarten’s set designs evoke a bleak, natural landscape. With lighting by Lucy Carter, The Wasp Factory promises to be as chilling as it is powerful.

Wednesday 2 October 2013, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
De WildeRichterWallentin
9 Tickets
£20–£40
BUY
Thursday 3 October 2013, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
De WildeRichterWallentin
27 Tickets
£20–£40
BUY
Friday 4 October 2013, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
De WildeRichterWallentin
Last few tickets
£20–£40
BUY
Saturday 5 October 2013, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
De WildeRichterWallentin
9 Tickets
£20–£40
BUY
Monday 7 October 2013, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
De WildeRichterWallentin
39 Tickets
£20–£40
BUY
Tuesday 8 October 2013, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
De WildeRichterWallentin


Ben Frost : The Wasp Factory

3 Oct 
 
4 Oct



United Kingdom
 Friday, October 04, 2013 at 8pm 
In C with Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory, Matthew Herbert & stargaze and Joshua Light Show
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £17.50 - 22.50


Acknowledged by many as the father of minimalism and hypnotic repetition, Terry Riley gets a fitting celebration with two of today’s most innovative electronic artists re-interpreting his most influential piece from 1964 – In C.

Matthew Herbert collaborates with the young European music collective stargaze to create his version of In C, sampling their live acoustic patterns, digitally processing them before blending the results back in with the instruments.

Pantha Du Prince revisits his highly successful collaboration with the percussion ensemble The Bell Laboratory to weave chimes, bells and his trademark electronic pulses into Riley's composition.

To make it even a more special event, the performance will be immersed in stunning psychedelic visuals created live by the legendary Joshua Light Show.

Making their UK debut with founder Joshua White, the masters of hallucinogenic lighting who were resident artists at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East during the late 1960s and performed at Woodstock, Newport Jazz Festival and other historic events of that era. They produced the live and colourful projections behind great bands including The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Who.

'It felt like a sudden explosion of dancing wasn't far off, but what happened instead was a standing ovation' Resident Advisor on Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory at Queen Elizabeth Hall (February 2013)


Terry Riley : In C

4 Oct



Scotland
 Friday, October 04, 2013 at 7.30pm 
RSNO - Season Opener: Oundjian Conducts The Planets
Usher Hall
Edinburgh
Scotland

Tickets: £11.50-£36
Peter Oundjian (CONDUCTOR)
Jean-Yves Thibaudet (PIANO)
Ladies of the RSNO Chorus
Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Holst’s The Planets is quite simply one of the most thrilling orchestral showpieces of the twentieth century; a fantastic musical voyage to the very
edge of infinity and beyond. Peter Oundjian begins the Season in spectacular style, but first there’s a centenary tribute to Benjamin Britten, and piano legend Jean-Yves Thibaudet makes history with the UK premiere of a new concerto by world-renowned Scottish composer, James MacMillan. It’s the start of an incredible journey: be there!

Benjamin Britten : Simple Symphony
James MacMillan : Piano Concerto No. 3
Gustav Holst : The Planets

4 Oct



United Kingdom
 Friday, October 04, 2013 at 8pm 
Autumn Chamber Music Series at Benslow
Benslow Music, Peter Morrison Hall
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
United Kingdom
01462 459446
http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=13
info@benslowmusic.org

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
The Coull String Quartet

Box Office: 01462 459446


5 Oct



Scotland
 Saturday, October 05, 2013 at 8pm 
Hear and Now 1: Pintscher conducts Boulez
City Halls
Glasgow
Scotland

Tickets: Free
Marisol Montalvo soprano
Matthias Pintscher conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Boulez's song cycle for soprano and orchestra, Pli selon pli (Fold by Fold), is a major work of 20th century composition. Subtitled "a portrait of Mallarmé" its musical language inhabits the same world as the Symbolist poet's texts, using fragments of poetry and a vast range of instruments to cast its mysterious spell. It's a meeting of two great French artistic revolutionaries; over fifty years after its inception, its mix of music and text remains a provocative and intensely immersive experience.

The BBC SSO is conducted by its Artist-in-Association, Matthias Pintscher, whose works have been championed by Boulez himself; and the electrifying American soprano Marisol Montalvo is the soloist in an evening celebrating the music of one of the world's great avant-garde figures.

Please note that there will be no interval in this concert (the performance will last for approximately 70 minutes). The evening will be presented by regular BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now presenter, Ivan Hewett. This performance of Pli selon pli is scheduled to be broadcast in Hear and Now on Saturday 2 November, please check the BBC Radio 3 website or Radio Times to confirm precise details.


Pierre Boulez : Pli selon pli (Portrait de Mallarmé): for soprano and orchestra

6 Oct



United Kingdom
 Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Graphic Scores
Jerwood Hall
London
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 £15 £22
Joanna MacGregor piano
Elaine Mitchener voice
Tom Arthurs trumpet
Oliver Coates cello
Isambard Khroustaliov electronics



How do you play a picture? Composers and artists from John Cage to Brian Eno have experimented with notation to create extraordinary visual scores that rival the best contemporary art.

This transatlantic programme spans classical, experimental and jazz, in works featuring graphic art, comic strip and abstract art. Innovative pianist Joanna MacGregor is at the heart of a super group of the UK’s most original musicians who perform music by George Crumb, Cathy Berberian, Fred Frith, John Cage, Wadada Leo Smith, Cornelius Cardew, Tom Phillips RA and Jennifer Walshe against the striking visual backdrop of their projected scores.


Contemporary Composers : Various

6 Oct



United Kingdom
 Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 7.30pm 
20th century classics: Ligeti and Schoenberg
CBSO Centre
Berkley Street. B1 2LF
United Kingdom
http://www.bcmg.org.uk
info@bcmg.org.uk

Tickets: £1-£14
BCMG

Cond. Oliver Knussen

Ligeti, a composer whose music has infiltrated popular consciousness thanks to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, remained a maverick throughout his career, consistently challenging the received wisdoms and ideologies of the composing avant-garde. His four-movement Chamber Concerto is considered one of his greatest works. Each movement strongly contrasts in character – from the shimmering ‘micro-polyphonic’ texture of the first, to the strongly mechanical, clockwork rhythms of the third.

Arnold Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony Op. 9 was a model for Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto (in instrumentation if not textures or forms). His later masterpiece Five Pieces for Orchestra, here given in its arrangement for ensemble, serves as a superb example that atonal music can be as moving and expressive as tonal music – from terror, anxiety and chaos to wistfulness and beauty.

Completing this exhilarating programme are two pieces by composers with connections to these two greats and a recent work by one of today’s most promising young British composers.

Alexander Goehr, whose father studied under Schoenberg in the 1920s, composed his impeccably crafted Suite for flute and harp with string trio, clarinet and horn at the behest of Benjamin Britten. Castiglioni, like his friend and champion Ligeti, was an ‘outsider’ from the mainstream European avant-garde – Tropi is characterised by the interchange of loud, virtuosic passages with ones of mute sparseness. Helen Grime’s Luna, premiered by the Scottish Red Note Ensemble in 2011, takes its inspiration from the Ted Hughes poem Harvest Moon.


Niccolò Castiglioni : Tropi
Arnold Schoenberg : Five Pieces for Orchestra (ensemble version)
Helen Grime : Luna
Alexander Goehr : Suite Op.11
Gyorgy Ligeti : Chamber Concerto

6 Oct



United Kingdom
 Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 6pm 
Stockhausen: Gruppen
Royal Festival Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
020 7840 4242
http://www.rfh.org.uk

Tickets: £25, £15
Luigi Nono’s uncompromising post-war meditations on form, silence and timbre form a fitting precursor to one of the pinnacles of the Darmstadt School’s output. A landmark in 20th century composition, Gruppen must be seen to be believed. Stockhausen’s testament to serial composition is scored for three independent orchestras, each with its own conductor, bringing over 100 players together on stage to create a momentous tower of sound. As the music ebbs and flows, Stockhausen’s kaleidoscopic colours and shifting textures evoke the rise and fall of the Graubünder Alps which were the work’s inspiration. Rarely performed, few other pieces have such a dramatic impact in live performance.

Martyn Brabbins conductor
Baldur Bronnimann conductor
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
London Sinfonietta
Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble


Karlheinz Stockhausen : Gruppen
Luigi Nono : Canti per 13
Luigi Nono : Polifonica – Monodia – Ritmica

7 Oct



France
 Monday, October 07, 2013 at 8pm 
Orchestre Symphonique d'Etat de São Paulo - Marin Alsop - Nelson Freire
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris
France

Orchestre Symphonique d'Etat de São Paulo
Marin Alsop : conducting
Nelson Freire : piano




Clarice Assad : Terra Brasilis - Fantaisie sur l'hymne national brésilien
Frederick Chopin : Concerto pour piano n° 2
Gustav Mahler : Symphonie n° 1 "Titan"

8 Oct 
 
9 Oct



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Dame Evelyn Glennie & the British Sinfonietta
St David's Hall
St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH
United Kingdom
029 2087 8444
http://www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/
sdhreception@cardiff.gov.uk

Tickets: £13.50-£27.50
Dame Evelyn Glennie & the British Sinfonietta
Soloist Dame Evelyn Glennie Percussion
Conductor Anthony Gabriele
Soloist Dawn Hardwick Piano

The world's foremost percussion soloist joins forces with one of the UK's leading independent professional orchestras for an evening of outstanding live music.
Dame Evelyn Glennie recently took a lead role in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, performing to a global audience of 900 million people, leading a team of 1000 drummers and accompanying the lighting of the cauldron. She has famously overcome profound deafness to become the first person in musical history to create and sustain a career as a full-time solo percussionist.
The St David's Hall stage will be filled with a selection of instruments from Evelyn's personal collection of over 2000 percussion instruments from around the world, along with a 50-piece professional orchestra; the British Sinfonietta.
The programme will feature pieces for Percussion and Orchestra from Iceland, the Netherlands and New Zealand along with a number of familiar orchestral items. The concert will culminate in a double concerto for Percussion, Piano & Orchestra, with Evelyn joined by the outstanding Welsh pianist Dawn Hardwick.
The British Sinfonietta will also be joined by the combined forces of two Welsh choirs, Cor CF1 and Cor Godre'r Garth, to perform an item in each half of the concert.


Askell Masson : Konzertstuck
Modest Mussorgsky : Night on the Bare Mountain
G Faure : Pavane
Jacob Ter Veldhuis : Barracuda Concerto
Alexander Borodin : Polovtsian Dances
Camille Saint-Saëns : Danse Macabre
John Psathas : View from Olympus

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