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INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SEASON 2010-2011
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Thursday 7 October, 7.30pm
The Hallé Sir Mark Elder Artur Pizarro
Bax Chopin Prokofiev
Tintagel Piano Concerto No.2 Symphony No.5
Although it was premiered in war-torn Moscow in 1945, Prokofiev described his 5th Symphony as ‘a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.’ Acclaimed in both Russia and the West at its first performances this taut masterpiece remains his most popular symphony, its energy and passion recalling his ballet Romeo and Juliet. Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Sir Mark Elder introduces the programme. Estimated finishing time: 9.30pm
Tickets: £10 - £32 Our season opens with the ‘castle-crowned cliff of Tintagel’ and the glittering swell of the Atlantic in Arnold Bax’s famous tone poem. King Arthur’s legendary home here inspires some of Bax’s most evocative music. Following this, the renowned Portuguese pianist Artur Pizarro performs Chopin’s Lyrical 2nd Piano Concerto, which first won the young composer a place on the world stage.
9.45pm - 10.30pm, in the auditorium. Free admission to Hallé ticket holders. £3 for non-ticket holders (doors only). Jenny Lin performs solo piano works by Chopin, Ligeti, Kampela and the world premiere of a new work by Cornelius Dufallo. 03
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Tuesday 2 November, 7.30pm
sinfonia ViVA André de Ridder Natalie Clein
Stravinsky Barber Sibelius
Pulcinella Suite Cello Concerto Symphony No.3
Tickets: £10 - £32 Although Stravinsky’s reaction to the suggestion that he compose a new ballet based on music by Pergolesi was lukewarm, his score for Pulcinella opened up a new musical world to him. Lighter on its feet than his previous ballet blockbusters it contains some of his wittiest music, with vibrant colours worthy of the Commedia del Arte and even a jocular duet between trombone and double bass.
Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio Terje Mikkelsen Alena Baeva
Olsen Sibelius Rachmaninov
The Wild Hunt of Thor Violin Concerto Symphony No.2
Tickets: £10 - £32 Witnessing the Wild Hunt of Thor – a phantasmal group of huntsmen crossing the skies – was invariably a bad omen in Nordic myth. Norwegian composer Ole Olsen’s opener captures its fateful 04
spirit in powerful music that’s tinged with Wagner and Grieg. Sibelius was a gifted violinist who had contemplated a life as a performer before becoming a composer and his mastery of the instrument is evident throughout his ruggedly beautiful Violin Concerto. Alena Baeva, Grand Prix Winner of the Moscow Paganini Violin Competition, takes up the challenge. Rachmaninov wrote his 2nd Symphony shortly after Sibelius’s concerto and enjoyed immediate success with it. Its expansive melodies show the composer at his most inspired, not least in the heartfelt slow movement with its melting clarinet solo. Rachmaninov keeps the sentiment firmly in check, though, with plenty of rhythmic drive and a forceful chorus of brass to light up the big moments. Estimated finishing time: 9.45pm
9.30pm – 10.15pm, in the auditorium. FREE admission to sinfonia ViVA ticket holders. £3 for non-ticket holders (doors only). with Natalie Clein, cello J S Bach: Cello Suite No.2 Stravinsky: Octet Anna Meredith: new work inspired by Stravinsky’s Octet A co-promotion with
The jaunty opening of Sibelius’s 3rd Symphony also announces a shift in style. Leaner and more concentrated than his Tchaikovskian first two symphonies it set the pattern for his later orchestral works. At the heart of the concert is Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto performed by charismatic cellist Natalie Clein. Composed in 1945 this richly-hued piece mixes Barber’s easygoing tunefulness with more extrovert displays from the soloist.
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Dr Robert Adlington on Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Estimated finishing time: 9.15pm 05
Natalie Clein © Sussie Ahlburg
WEDNESDAY 20 OCTOBER, 7.30PM
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Lars Vogt © Anthony Parmelee
Markus Stenz © Catrin Moritz
Saturday 13 November, 7.30pm
The Hallé Monday 8 November, 7.30pm
Lars Vogt Janácek Schubert Beethoven
In the Mists Sonata in G major No.18, D894, Op.78 Sonata No.32, Op.111
Tickets: £10 - £22 The world-renowned German pianist Lars Vogt begins the first evening concert in our Piano Series with Janácek’s In the Mists. Powerful emotions lie beneath the wintry veil of this impressionistic work – not unlike Debussy with a rugged Bohemian accent. 06
Schubert’s 18th Piano Sonata, written towards the end of his life, finds the composer in serene mood. The easygoing opening lays the ground for some of Schubert’s most peaceful and tender music, its moments of intensity thrown into sharp relief against the tranquil background. Beethoven’s last piano sonata was admired by Chopin and also had a profound influence on Lars Vogt who, at the age of 17, responded to its ‘vast, indescribable and mystical’ world. A stern workout for any pianist’s technique, this passionate work is also very forwardlooking, the swinging rhythms of the final movement even anticipating boogie-woogie and ragtime. Save 20% off tickets for this concert when you book for the whole Piano Series (see pages 17 & 25).
Markus Stenz conductor Elisabeth Leonskaja piano Wagner Beethoven Schumann
The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, Preludes to Act 1 and Act 3 Piano Concerto No.1 Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish’
Tickets: £10 - £32 Following his triumphant Mahler performance last season, the Hallé’s Principal Guest conductor Markus Stenz returns with a programme featuring music from three Germanic giants. Two of Wagner’s Preludes to The Mastersingers
of Nuremberg – his only comic opera – set the upbeat mood of this concert. The esteemed Georgian pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja is our soloist for Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto, a joyful example of the young composer inspired by Mozart and Haydn but also asserting his own larger-than-life personality. Schumann was in unusually optimistic mood when he wrote his 3rd Symphony having become the Municipal Musical Director in Düsseldorf in 1850. Positive energy drives this journey through the Rhineland countryside and its folklore, pausing only for reflection in Cologne Cathedral whose awe-inspiring interior is evoked in some of his most atmospheric music. Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Markus Stenz in conversation. Estimated finishing time: 9.25pm 07
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Tuesday 23 November, 7.30pm
BBC Radio 3 Discovering Music Concert BBC Philharmonic Juanjo Mena Katie Van Kooten Stephen Johnson
conductor soprano presenter
Death and Transfiguration
Four Last Songs
Wednesday 15 December, 7.30pm
voyage into the hereafter, the fitful heartbeat of the dying artist transforming – through a feverish sequence of memories – into an overwhelming transcendent vision. The autumnal Four Last Songs find Strauss contemplating the passage of time and human existence in the final year of his life, his gift for great melodies as strong as ever. American soprano Katie Van Kooten gives voice to this sublime swansong.
The Hallé Christmas Concert Wyn Davies Sarah Fox
Programme includes: Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel: Overture Handel (arr. Harty) Suite from the Water Music Dvorák Rusalka’s Song to the Moon Rimsky-Korsakov Suite from The Snow Maiden Mozart Allelujah from Exsultate Jubilate Sibelius Diamonds in the Snow Offenbach Gaîté Parisienne: Suite Edens Meet me in St Louis Loesser What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Anderson Sleigh Ride
Radio 3 Presenter Stephen Johnson is your guide to these expressive masterpieces, exploring their sound world with live orchestral excerpts before a complete performance of both works.
Estimated finishing time: 9.45pm
No composer got closer to heaven than these contrasting meditations on mortality, written at the beginning and end of Richard Strauss’s long career. Death and Transfiguration is a gripping BBC Philharmonic
Tickets £10 - £32 Sarah Fox, star of the hit MGM Musicals concert at the 2009 BBC Proms, takes centre stage for our ever-popular Christmas concert. Equally at home in opera and musicals she’ll be showing off her versatility in music by Mozart, Sibelius and Frank Loesser and bringing a bit of Hollywood to Nottingham with Roger Edens’ Meet me in St Louis. Elsewhere in the programme Wyn Davies conducts the Hallé in a feast of orchestral classics, from the fairytale world of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel to the joie de vivre of Offenbach’s Gaîté Parisienne. And, of course, this being our Christmas concert, you can always rely on Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride to add some seasonal sparkle.
Sarah Fox © Grahame Mellanby
Estimated finishing time: 9.30pm
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Friday 21 January, 7.30pm
Friday 4 February, 7.30pm
European Union Chamber Orchestra
Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Nicola Benedetti violin Daniela Koch flute Hans Peter Hofmann director
Andrés Orozco-Estrada conductor Natasha Paremski piano
Vivaldi Mozart Bach Vivaldi
Weber Brahms Beethoven
Flute Concerto No.3, ‘The Goldfinch’ Divertimento, K.138 Suite No.2 The Four Seasons
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Tickets £10 - £32
Overture: Oberon Piano Concerto No.1 Symphony No.7
Weber’s Oberon overture provides a magical opener to this performance by one of Austria’s leading orchestras. They’re joined by Natasha Paremski for Brahms’s 1st Piano Concerto, an undisputed Romantic heavyweight, storming and stressing at the beginning, meditative at its heart and fiercely triumphant at the end. The impact of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony was so great, at its premiere, that the concert had to be repeated to meet the demand. Two centuries later it’s still impossible to resist its athletic energy. Even in its quieter moments the spirit of the dance is never far away, and the finale really takes off, propelled by leaping rhythms and gravity-defying French horns. Estimated finishing time: 9.25pm
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Dr Catherine Hocking on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Estimated finishing time: 9.20pm 10
Nicola Benedetti © Simon Fowler-Universal
A gleeful interlude comes in the form of Mozart’s Divertimento which reflects his teenage travels in Italy, whilst the changes in the Italian landscape over a year are the subject of Vivaldi’s enduring masterpiece The Four Seasons, performed here by leading British violinist Nicola Benedetti. The sense of place is uncanny in these evocative concertos, from the languid heat of summer (complete with barking dog) to the peasant revels in autumn – as boisterous as a Breughel painting.
Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra © Peter Rigaud
We’re delighted to welcome the European Union Chamber Orchestra back to Nottingham after many years, particularly when they come with two wonderful soloists. Daniela Koch stars in Vivaldi’s aerial 3rd Flute Concerto, aptly nicknamed ‘the Goldfinch’ and in Bach’s 2nd Orchestral Suite. Inspired by French courtly dances, this is a real showstopper for solo flute, full of brilliant twists and turns.
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Friday 18 February, 7.30pm
The Hallé Sir Mark Elder Valeriy Sokolov
Britten Bruch Tchaikovsky
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes Scottish Fantasy Symphony No.6 ‘Pathétique’
Tickets: £10 - £32
Wednesday 2 March, 7.30pm
The ominous deep swell of the North Sea off the Suffolk coast sets the scene for Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, its stark beauty captured in music so atmospheric you can almost taste the salty air. Scenery from a more northerly landscape inspired Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy in which the solo violin makes both haunting laments and virtuosic reels from several native folk tunes. The exciting young Ukrainian, Valeriy Sokolov, gives his violin a Gaelic outing.
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky’s untimely end, only days after the premiere of his Sixth Symphony, has added extra poignancy to his most emotive musical statement. Veering from hushed tenderness to explosive power the ‘Pathétique’ remains the ultimate Romantic rollercoaster – even grand opera couldn’t deliver more tears than the symphony’s shattering finale.
Carlos Kalmar Steven Osborne
Adams Bernstein Falla Gershwin
The Chairman Dances Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Nights in the Gardens of Spain An American in Paris
Tickets: £10 - £32 The CBSO puts on its dancing shoes for this vibrant evening of music from America and Spain. John Adams’ seductive ‘out-take’ from his opera Nixon in China, imagines Chairman Mao foxtrotting with his wife in a surreal dream sequence. Leonard Bernstein fused several famous numbers from West Side Story in his Symphonic Dances and the result is a floor-scorching mix of young love and hot-headed rivalry.
Estimated finishing time: 9.30pm
British pianist Steven Osborne conjures visions of sultry Spanish evenings in Manuel de Falla’s impressionistic concerto, filled with the scent of jasmine and the rhythms of gypsy dancing. In Gershwin’s An American in Paris it’s the sound of city life, complete with car horns, that provides the backdrop for his young hero. As you’d expect from America’s greatest songwriter it’s full of infectious jazz rhythms and wonderful tunes, none better than the bluesy trumpet that lights up the Parisian night. Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Carlos Kalmar in conversation with CBSO Chief Executive Stephen Maddock.
20 minutes after the main performance. Free admission to CBSO ticket holders. £3 for non-ticket holders (doors only). CBSO players perform Lutoslawski’s String Quartet and Carl Davis’s Quintet. There will also be a new work performed by members of the CBSO and Nottinghamshire County Council’s Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Sir Mark Elder © Simon Dodd
Estimated finishing time: 9.15pm
Saturday 12 March, 7.30pm
The Hallé Cristian Mandeal conductor Susan Bickley mezzo-soprano Nottingham Harmonic Chorus Prokofiev Rimsky-Korsakov Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel) Tickets: £10 - £32
Alexander Nevsky Russian Easter Festival Overture Pictures at an Exhibition
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The massed forces of the Hallé and Nottingham Harmonic Chorus perform this spectacular Russian trio. Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky began life as music for the 1938 Eisenstein film of the same name and tells the story of Prince Alexander’s victory over the invading Teutonic Knights, climaxing in a gripping battle on the ice. No less colourful is Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival Overture which, according to the composer, revels in the ‘unbridled pagan-religious merry-making of Easter Sunday morning.’
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It was the characterful paintings of Viktor Hartmann, a close friend of Mussorgsky’s, that inspired the composer’s most famous work, originally a suite of piano pieces. In Ravel’s famous orchestration these became a brilliant orchestral showpiece, vividly capturing the paintings’ scenes and larger-thanlife figures and ending with a glittering procession through the Great Gate of Kiev.
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Estimated finishing time: 9.15pm Professor Mervyn Cooke will be presenting an illustrated introduction to the music of Alexander Nevsky before a special screening of the complete Eisenstein film at Broadway in March 2011. Full details will appear in the Broadway March brochure and at www.broadway.org.uk and on the Nottingham Classics website at www.nottinghamclassics.org.uk.
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Bargain Seats These are available in the choir stalls at £6.50 on the evening of the concert and can be purchased from 5.30pm onwards. Please note that when the choir seats are in use (12 March) bargain seats will be available elsewhere in the hall. NB: Dates, times, prices, artists and programmes are correct at time of going to press but may be subject to later alteration.
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Stephen Kovacevich Bach Schumann Beethoven
Partita No.4 Scenes of Childhood Diabelli Variations
Deceptively simple these characterful pieces capture the wonder and innocence of childhood in a way that still feels fresh, not least in the famous ‘Träumerei’ or ‘Daydreams.’ Save 20% off tickets for this concert when you book for the whole Piano Series (see pages 17 & 25).
Tickets: £10 - £22 One of the most admired pianists of the last fifty years, Stephen Kovacevich has received particular acclaim for his performances of Beethoven. Forty years after his ground-breaking recording of the Diabelli Variations he recorded them again, winning the Classic FM Gramophone Editor’s Choice award in 2009. We’re delighted, then, to be able to hear his unique take on these thirty-three witty transformations, which Alfred Brendel described simply as ‘the greatest of all piano works.’ Equally brilliant – and no less virtuosic – is Bach’s expansive Fourth Partita. This colourful suite of French dances covers a wide range of moods, from a gentle sarabande to an deftly energetic gigue. The centrepiece of this richly varied programme is Schumann’s ‘Scenes from Childhood.’
Stephen Kovacevich © David Thompson – EMI Classics
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Thursday 31 March, 7.30pm
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Kirill Karabits
Strauss Don Quixote Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Plus a surprise finale Tickets: £10 - £32
In Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade the heroine stays alive by keeping her vengeful husband, the Sultan, interested in suspenseful tales. Here the solo violin becomes the seductive spinner of yarns about the great sea adventurer, Sinbad, with the stories’ exotic locations coloured by the composer’s most gorgeous melodies and dramatic orchestration.
André de Ridder conductor Johannes Hinterhölzer French horn Fauré Mozart Ravel Brahms
This concert also features an exciting finale…but you’ll have to wait until the concert to discover what it is. Scheherazade would certainly have approved!
Masques and Bergamasques Horn Concerto No.4 Pavane for a Dead Princess Symphony No.3
Tickets: £10 - £32
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Benjamin Ellin on musical storytelling.
France meets Austria in this programme from sinfonia ViVA, beginning with Fauré’s Masques and Bergamasques, his affectionate homage to the amateur dramatics of 18th-century French aristocrats. Mozart wrote his 4th Horn Concerto for Joseph Leutgeb, whose virtuosity prompted its winning blend of high-flying pyrotechnics and smooth refinement. The French horn also stars in Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, a tender vision of a Spanish Infanta and her courtly world.
Estimated finishing time: 9.25pm
The great conductor Hans Richter declared the 3rd symphony to be Brahms’s ‘Eroica’ and it’s certainly one of the richest and most poetic of his works. Besides the composer’s broad melodies, announced at the beginning in sweeping arcs, there’s a powerful rhythmic thrust and, at its heart, a pastoral slow movement that’s as beautiful as anything Brahms ever wrote. Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: André de Ridder in conversation. Estimated finishing time: 9.15pm
9.30pm – 10.15pm, in the auditorium. FREE admission to sinfonia ViVA ticket holders. £3 for non-ticket holders (doors only). Takemitsu Greenwood
Requiem for Strings Popcorn Superhet Receiver
A co-promotion with
Kirill Karabits © Kirill Karabits
Two pieces of orchestral storytelling make up this concert, conducted by the brilliant Ukrainian conductor, Kirill Karabits. In Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, Cervantes’ deluded hero – played by solo cello – inspires a set of ‘Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character.’ As the Don stumbles through his misadventures Strauss delights in wonderful special effects, including
Thursday 14 April, 7.30pm
baa-ing sheep and a wind machine, and offers an ironic commentary from the long-suffering Sancho Panza, played by solo viola.
André de Ridder and sinfonia ViVA
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Wednesday 4 May, 7.30pm
Thursday 12 May, 7.30pm
BBC Philharmonic Vassily Sinaisky Alison Balsom
Dvorák Hummel Mahler
Three Slavonic Dances, Op.46 Trumpet Concerto Symphony No.1
Lang Lang Beethoven Beethoven Albéniz Prokofiev
Sonata No.3 Sonata No.23 ‘Appassionata’ Iberia, Book 1 Sonata No.7
Tickets: £10 - £32
Tickets: £10 - £45
Dvorák’s vibrant Slavonic Dances set the stage for an eagerlyanticipated appearance by the stunning British trumpeter, Alison Balsom. Star soloist in the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in 2009 and Female Artist of the Year at the Classical Brits the same year, Alison’s won the trumpet new friends around the world with her charismatic performances. Here she performs Hummel’s sparkling Trumpet Concerto – the perfect showcase for her effortless virtuosity.
The ‘hottest artist on the classical music planet’ according to the New York Times, Lang Lang has performed to packed houses in every major city in the world and over 5 billion people viewed his performance in the Beijing Olympics’ opening ceremony. His first solo recital in Nottingham offers the chance to experience his magnetic mix of brilliance and finesse.
Two contrasting Beethoven sonatas from his early and middle periods make up the first half of the programme. The 3rd Sonata was Beethoven’s first really virtuosic essay in the form whilst the tempestuous ‘Appassionata’ delves into darker tone colours. In a sunnier musical climate, Albeniz’s Iberia presents a vibrant vision of Spain and its dances before Prokofiev’s 7th Sonata sets the sparks flying with its furious, pyrotechnic energy.
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Estimated finishing time: 9.25pm
Alison Balsom © Mat Hennek
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Benjamin Ellin on Mahler’s 1st Symphony.
Lang Lang © Detlef Schneider
The BBC Philharmonic brass also have plenty of chances to shine in Mahler’s First Symphony. The distant fanfares that punctuate the hushed opening herald the start of an eventful journey that displays all the Mahler hallmarks, including cheerful folk tunes, bird song, and even a huntsman’s funeral march based on Frère Jacques. The finale, launched with desperate energy, eventually opens out into one of the most thrilling live concert experiences as the horn section – instructed to stand by Mahler – blaze out a triumphant final chorale.
Friday 27 May, 7.30pm
The Hallé Rory Macdonald Sofya Gulyak
Sibelius Rachmaninov Rimsky-Korsakov Stravinsky
Pohjola’s Daughter Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini May Night Overture The Firebird – Suite (1945 version)
Tickets: £10 - £32 Our final concert of the season has more than a touch of magic about it. Sibelius’s Symphonic poem, Pohjola’s Daughter, captures the
mischievous spirit of the mythical ‘daughter of the North’ whilst Rimsky-Korsakov’s overture to his opera May Night is as light and airy as the comical Gogol story that inspired it. Stravinsky’s 1945 suite from his career-making ballet, The Firebird, is a bravura display of colour, the fairytale characters leaping from the orchestra. Not directly inspired by magic but no less enchanting is Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Sofya Gulyak, winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2009, is the soloist in this ingenious set of 24 variations which moves effortlessly across contrasting moods and, waxing lyrical in the unforgettable 18th Variation, delivers one of twentieth century’s most enduring melodies. Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Neil Bennison previews the 2011-2012 season. Estimated finishing time: 9.15pm
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Sunday Morning Piano Series Enjoy an hour of great piano music in the company of some of the most exciting rising stars of the piano. Our Sunday Morning Series offers a thrilling mix of classic works and rare gems from Beethoven to Schubert and Rachmaninov to Falla plus the chance to chat with the artists over coffee and cake after the concert.
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Sunday 31 October, 11.00am
Sunday 16 January, 11.00am
Chopin Beethoven Scriabin Ravel
Mazurkas Bagatelles 5 Preludes, Op.15 Gaspard de la Nuit
Sunday 5 December, 11.00am
Alexander Romanovsky Mozart Tchaikovsky Rachmaninov
Sonata No.11 3 Pieces from The Seasons Sonata No.2
Schubert Chopin Debussy Falla
Impromptus Op.90 Ballade No.4 Preludes (Selection from Book I) Fantastía Baetica
Sunday 20 February, 11.00am Alexandra Dariescu Beethoven Liszt Liszt/Wagner Chopin
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32 Variations in C minor, WoO.80 Ballade No.2 Liebestod Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise
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Alexander Romanovsky © Hanya Chlala. Javier Perianes © Marco Borggreve. Alexandra Dariescu © Hanya Chlala.
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Other musical events at the royal centre Other classical events
Tuesday 14 December, 7.30pm
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Southwell Minster Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Choir of the Age of Enlightenment John Butt conductor Julia Doyle soprano Meg Bragle mezzo-soprano Nicholas Mulroy tenor Matthew Brook bass
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio launches an exciting new musical venture at Southwell Minster. The Orchestra and Choir of the Age of Enlightenment perform four of the six cantatas that Bach combined to celebrate the festivities of 1734-35. Drawing on texts from the gospels of St Luke and St Matthew the Christmas story is dramatically retold by a quartet of vocal soloists and a series of inspiring choruses. Whether in the intimate moments of contemplation or the glorious writing for full choir and orchestra, Bach’s imagination knows no bounds, his matching of voices and instruments never less than extraordinary.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment © Richard Haughton
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Wednesday 1 June, 7.30pm
Gl0ri0us Gershwin! Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Andrew Litton
conductor and piano
Overture: Girl Crazy Dayful of Song Rhapsody in Blue Who Cares?: The Gershwin Songbook for piano and orchestra Tickets: £10 - £35
Join us for a glittering evening of great tunes and razzmatazz courtesy of America’s greatest songsmith, George Gershwin. Composer of countless Hollywood and Broadway scores, including Lady Be Good, Strike up the Band and Funny Face, his songs are still the most hummable around and are an indispensable part of any jazz musician’s repertoire. American maestro Andrew Litton conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in this unforgettable Gershwin extravaganza, beginning with the lighthearted overture to Girl Crazy and ending with a parade through the greatest numbers in the Gershwin Songbook. And he also plays a mean piano, too, as you’ll see when he flexes his fingers in Gershwin’s immortal Rhapsody in Blue.
Christmas Oratorio parts 1, 2, 3 and 6
Tickets: £8 - £22
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This concert is a co-promotion between Orchestras Live, Nottingham Classics, Lakeside Arts Centre and Newark & Sherwood District Council
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FOR FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS
Sunday 3 April, 3.00pm BBC Philharmonic Family Concert Richard Davis Chris Jarvis
Outside the Concert Hall on South Sherwood Street there is a lay-by where cars can pull in for the convenience of customers with mobility difficulties. However, please note that parking is not allowed in the lay-by. A limited number of parking spaces for mobility badge holders is available on Burton Street near to the Concert Hall’s access ramp. Further spaces are available at the lower end of Wollaton Street near to the tram stop. In addition there are discounts available to badge holders using the City Council’s car parks.
performance by the Nottinghamshire Family Orchestra which has been specially created for this concert.
Tickets: £8 adults, £5 children Family tickets: £22 for 4 people (up to two adults, £4 for each additional child) Join CBBC presenter Chris Jarvis and the BBC Philharmonic for this lively family concert, packed with classical favourites. Get to know the instruments of the orchestra, be prepared for a few surprises, and have loads of fun with family-friendly activities before and after the concert. We’ll also be hearing the first ever
There is level access into the Concert Hall’s main entrance foyer From South Sherwood Street. When there is a performance there is also ramped access from Burton Street leading directly to the stalls foyer level. Upper levels of the Concert Hall are accessible by lift but there are stairs to be negotiated in order to reach seating.
Tuesday 14 June, 11am and 2pm
The Concert Hall’s wheelchair spaces are located in the Stalls on the right side of the auditorium, with some spaces at the rear and some on the ends of rows further towards the stage. As part of the ongoing refurbishment works, two additional wheelchair spaces and an adapted toilet have been created on Tier 1. Should customers wish to transfer from their wheelchair to a seat the Royal Centre staff will store their chair for them.
NOW HEAR THIS
The Nottingham Classics Schools’ Concert
Photograph © Robert Day
NOW HEAR THIS brings thousands of Nottinghamshire schoolchildren to hear the Hallé in an hour of spectacular orchestral music and singing. Hallé horn-player, Tom Redmond, puts on his presenter’s hat again (and probably some pretty colourful clothes, too!) to lead the fun, which, as ever, will include the amazing joint performance by hundreds of young musicians and the Hallé – an awesome sound! Watch out for the teachers’ information pack coming your way early in 2011.
The Royal Concert Hall has a Sennheiser Infrared transmission system that relays the concert to customers with impaired hearing. Two types of receiver are offered: either in-ear ‘phones’ or a neck loop which transmits to a hearing aid with a T setting. These are available free of charge from the Cloakroom. If you wish they can be pre-booked by contacting Emily Noakes on 0115 989 5609.
Blind and Partially Sighted Patrons
Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the building and bowls of water are offered freely upon arrival. The Royal Concert Hall offers a dog-sitting or walking service during the performance.
Adapted toilets are available on the Stalls entrance level (Level 1), to the left of Door A and on Level 3, through Door C. Please be aware that there are a few steps to be negotiated in order to access the toilets on Level 3.
Information about the Nottingham Classics programme is available in Braille, large print, audio cassette and CD-Rom, through the Royal Centre season brochure. This information can also be emailed to you.
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Nottingham Classics’ discount ticket scheme for young people
If you’re under 25 and want to hear famous orchestras such as the Hallé, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra then sign up now for our Go Classics Card. Your Go Classics card entitles you to excellent seats at Nottingham Classics orchestral concerts in the Royal Concert Hall for just £5.* It also entitles you to tickets for all the solo piano concerts (except Lang Lang on 12 May) for £3. To claim your Go Classics card please fill in the form below (please write clearly):
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