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CONCERTS AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER MUSIC DIRECTOR SIR MARK ELDER

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It is difficult to imagine how the music of Hector Berlioz would have struck his contemporaries. Early on in his career, only a few years after Beethoven, his reputation was made by the ‘Symphonie fantastique’, and we could not celebrate his music and life without including it in our season. We also hear two of his colourful and original overtures, but the centrepiece of the season is his great dramatic work, ‘The Damnation of Faust’. This thrilling and moving portrayal of temptation and redemption must have astounded British audiences when Sir Charles Hallé presented it to them, for the first time, in Manchester in 1880, with this very orchestra. I personally share what must have been his enormous admiration for this great work; the fact that Hallé went on to perform it on fourteen more occasions until his death is proof both of its success and of Sir Charles’s loyal championship of his friend and mentor. We have set out to match the originality of this orchestral giant with other works equally distinctive in their own terms. Janáček’s ‘Glagolitic Mass’ and Richard Strauss’s incandescent tone-poem ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’ set the tone for a season where we are taken from one landmark of the repertoire to another. We also encounter Richard Strauss’s unlikely hero Don Quixote, and we are looking forward to getting to grips once more with the visceral energy of Stravinsky’s


‘The Rite of Spring’. This time we pair it with another ground-breaking work carrying as much, however different, emotional force, ‘Verklärte Nacht’, by Schoenberg. We will hear some of the most important symphonies of the twentieth century: Elgar’s enigmatic and moving Second, Shostakovich’s Tenth, and the Fifth symphonies of Prokofiev, Nielsen and Sibelius. I will also revive a work long associated with the Hallé, the ‘Sinfonia antartica’, whose premiere under Barbirolli inspired Vaughan Williams to write his next symphony for them. There is more Vaughan Williams, Dvořák, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Wagner, Sibelius and Shostakovich, and the latest in our series of commissions for Hallé soloists – a trombone concerto by John Casken. We round off the season with Mahler’s epic ‘Resurrection’ Symphony, his first to bring in voices, solo to begin with, then joined by massed choirs for a blazing finale. There is so much here, brought to you by some of the most distinguished and talented musicians working today; I hope I have whetted your appetite for what is to come. Enjoy the Hallé’s 161st season.

Sir Mark Elder


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Thursday 20 September, 7.30pm Sunday 23 September, 7.30pm Wednesday 26 September, 2.15pm

DVOŘÁK’S SEVENTH SYMPHONY Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 Dvořák Symphony No.7

48' 41'

Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor • Simon Trpčeski piano Simon Trpčeski returns to our Opus One Series with Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto, one of the greatest of all piano concertos. The work has both heroic bravura and the intimacy of chamber music; its slow movement is a tender musical love letter, its finale a joyous celebration of song and dance. Dvořák’s highly dramatic, and at times tempestuous, Seventh Symphony owes a stylistic debt to his great friend Brahms, yet it is also a distinctly Czech symphony. As Dvořák said during its composition, ‘what is in my mind is Love, God and my country.’ KarlHeinz Steffens will draw out all its dark-hued grandeur and passion. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

Saturday 29 September, 7.30pm

THE MUSIC OF STAR WARS EPISODES I – VIII A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ... Feel the full force of the Hallé as we bring the highlights of John Williams’ music from every episode of Star Wars to the stage of The Bridgewater Hall. Packed with some of the most recognisable cinematic themes, from The Phantom Menace to The Last Jedi, this concert packs more punch than an Imperial blaster. Dress to impress and relive the rise and fall of the Empire in one action-packed evening. Imperial Stormtroopers will be patrolling the area. We advise you to come in Star Wars disguise! May the Force be with you. Stephen Bell conductor • Tom Redmond presenter Hallé Youth Choir Tickets from £15.50 (including booking fees)

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Thursday 11 October, 7.30pm

JANÁČEK’S GLAGOLITIC MASS R. Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
 Janáček Glagolitic Mass

35' 40'

Edward Gardner conductor
• Sara Jakubiak soprano Susan Bickley mezzo-soprano • Stuart Skelton tenor Brindley Sherratt bass • Hallé Choir Ever since his tenure as the Hallé’s Assistant Conductor, Edward Gardner’s career has gone from strength to strength and he is now an international star. For our opening Thursday Series concert, he returns to conduct an enthralling programme. Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra was inspired by the writings of the philosopher Nietzsche. With its hugely famous ‘sunrise’ opening, it is a glorious example of sumptuous orchestral sound. Janáček’s lean and muscular Glagolitic Mass, a setting of a ninth-century liturgical text, is one of the greatest twentiethcentury choral works, a Czech masterpiece that evokes both rawness and purity. Among much else, it will showcase the magnificent Bridgewater Hall organ and the extraordinary Hallé Choir. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Wednesday 17 October, 2.15pm Thursday 18 October, 7.30pm Sunday 21 October, 7.30pm

A LONDON SYMPHONY Purcell Fantasia upon one note (orch. Manze for wind and brass) 4' 38' Dvořák Cello Concerto Vaughan Williams A London Symphony 44' Andrew Manze conductor • Jian Wang cello Two distinguished Hallé favourites team up to perform what is simply the greatest of all cello concertos. When Brahms heard Dvořák’s masterpiece for the first time he was astonished, saying he wished he could have written it himself. Packed with both melodies and virtuosity, Jian Wang will more than meet its many challenges. The music of Vaughan Williams is something of a specialism for Andrew Manze. He is a superb choice to conduct ‘A London Symphony’, one of the English composer’s most imaginative, evocative and atmospheric creations. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Thursday 25 October, 7.30pm THE VERA CLEGG MEMORIAL CONCERT

ELGAR’S SECOND SYMPHONY R. Strauss Don Quixote
 Elgar Symphony No.2

38' 58'

Sir Mark Elder conductor Nicholas Trygstad cello • Timothy Pooley viola The score of Elgar’s Second Symphony is inscribed with Shelley’s words ‘Rarely, rarely comest thou, Spirit of Delight’. Accordingly, though this great Romantic symphony begins optimistically, the music yields to resignation and deep nostalgia for past times. It is an enigmatic blend of the private and public sides of its composer’s persona and a work of restless and tragic beauty. In the first half, Nicholas Trygstad assumes the role of Don Quixote in Richard Strauss’s take on Cervantes’ classic novel and Timothy Pooley plays Sancho Panza, the Don’s trusty sidekick and the voice of reason. Commotion ensues as ‘the knight of the woeful countenance’ tilts his lance at windmills, assails a flock of sheep and generally gets it wrong! The full drama of Strauss’s ‘Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character’ will be described through surtitles in this highly-anticipated performance. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Saturday 3 November, 7.30pm

THE HALLÉ GOES TO NASHVILLE Welcome to the Hallé’s first ever celebration of Country and Western! The evening will include: 9 to 5 Dolly Parton Wichita Lineman Glen Campbell Islands In The Stream Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Take Me Home, Country Roads Olivia Newton-John Jolene Dolly Parton Galveston Glen Campbell Take It Easy The Eagles The Gambler Kenny Rogers Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Shania Twain A Boy Named Sue Johnny Cash Always On My Mind Willie Nelson The Devil Went Down To Georgia Charlie Daniels Band Thank God I’m A Country Boy John Denver Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell Desperado The Eagles I Can’t Make You Love Me Bonnie Raitt Need You Now Lady Antebellum Friday Night The Shires Stephen Bell conductor • Capital Voices Four of Britain’s leading guest vocalists, including Lance Ellington and Annie Skates, join the Hallé and conductor Stephen Bell for a concert celebrating more than fifty years of legendary County and Western hits. Tickets from £15.50 (including booking fees)

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Wednesday 7 November, 2.15pm Thursday 8 November, 7.30pm Sunday 11 November, 7.30pm

ELGAR, MENDELSSOHN AND WAGNER Elgar In the South (Alassio) Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1 Wagner Lohengrin: Preludes to Act I and Act III Wagner Die Meistersinger: Suite

20' 25' 12' 21'

Sir Mark Elder conductor • Francesco Piemontesi piano This heart-warming programme opens with Elgar’s picturesque overture In the South. Written during an Italian holiday it remains one of the composer’s sunniest works for orchestra. Pianist Francesco Piemontesi’s delicate virtuosity is ideally suited to the first of Mendelssohn’s two glittering piano concertos. Then we hear two contrasting preludes from Lohengrin: in the first, strings gliding as serenely as the swan at the heart of the story, and all the energy and tension below the surface in the second. In a glorious climax, Sir Mark guides us through the intimacy and ceremony of Wagner’s great comic masterpiece, Die Meistersinger. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm


SHOSTAKOVICH’S TENTH SYMPHONY Schubert Overture: Rosamunde Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 Shostakovich Symphony No.10

10' 28' 54'

Kazushi Ono conductor
• Paul Lewis piano
 Kazushi Ono, a conductor described by Le Figaro as ‘one of the most fascinating musical minds of our era’, contrasts Viennese fantasy with Russian realism. Schubert’s Rosamunde overture owes a stylistic debt to Beethoven, yet it also contains Schubert’s own personal brand of grace and charm. The incomparable Paul Lewis is soloist in Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, a work of ingenuity, lyricism and, ultimately, mischief. Much has been written about Shostakovich’s epic Tenth Symphony: that it took its final shape as a result of the sense of relief occasioned by Stalin’s death; or that its menacing second movement was a portrait of Stalin and the terrors of his regime. Shostakovich simply said that he had ‘wanted to portray human feelings and passions.’ Whatever was meant, it is a remarkably powerful musical journey. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

Saturday 24 November, 7.30pm

GIANTS OF JAZZ – TAKE TWO The concert includes: Erroll Garner Misty Fats Waller Medley Thelonious Monk Straight, No Chaser Duke Ellington Caravan Jelly Roll Morton King Porter Stomp Bill Evans Time Remembered Dave Brubeck Take Five Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis Honky Tonk Train Blues Billy Mayerl Marigold Chick Corea Spain Roderick Dunk conductor • The James Pearson Trio Following their sell-out success with the Hallé two seasons ago, James Pearson and his Trio take a break from Ronnie Scott’s to perform an all-new programme of jazz classics. Spectacular arrangements for trio and orchestra promise another evening that should not be missed. Tickets from £15.50 (including booking fees)

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Thursday 29 November, 7.30pm


THE RITE OF SPRING Satie Parade Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

14' 30' 35'

Sir Mark Elder conductor Sir Mark conducts three highly contrasting masterpieces, all composed within just eighteen years of each other and each in its own way hugely influential. Satie’s surreal ballet score Parade is bizarre in the best possible way: its instrumentation includes gun shots, sirens and a typewriter! Verklärte Nacht is a wholly different matter and one of the blazing masterpieces of the Romantic era. For string orchestra this work is a highly melodious affair that expresses Schoenberg’s love for his future wife. Pierre Boulez described Stravinsky’s unleashing of his The Rite of Spring upon a scandalised Parisian public in 1913 as ‘an exemplary moment of modernity’. Over one hundred years later, the composer’s extraordinary evocation of pagan fertility rites fully retains its ability to rouse, to excite and to shock. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Saturday 1 December, 6pm


HANDEL’S MESSIAH Handel Messiah

135'

John Butt conductor Soloists to be confirmed
• Hallé Choir December just wouldn’t be the same without Handel’s glorious Messiah. Soon after its first performance in 1742 it was established as a national treasure, before the Victorians made it the rock on which an entire choral tradition was built. Back then, vocal and orchestral forces of literally thousands would perform Messiah – most famously in London’s Crystal Palace – but today, as the Hallé’s performance will show, the taste is for authentic readings, highlighting the dramatic tension of Handel’s famous work. Whether you are a Messiah regular or new to the work, The Bridgewater Hall is the perfect setting for this richly satisfying musical treat. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

Wednesday 5 December, 2.15pm Thursday 6 December, 7.30pm Sunday 9 December, 7.30pm

BEETHOVEN’S FOURTH PIANO CONCERTO Weber Overture: Der Freischütz Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 Brahms Symphony No.3

10' 35' 37'

Cristian Mǎcelaru conductor • Lars Vogt piano In recent years Cristian Mǎcelaru has become very much a favourite with Hallé audiences. In these concerts he forms a dream team with the great pianist Lars Vogt. Beethoven’s great concerto is a work of lyricism and humour with a slow movement that has been likened to Orpheus taming the furies! Hans Richter compared Brahms’s Third Symphony to Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ and it certainly has heroic qualities, its moody third movement being a particular highlight that has made its mark in film as well as the concert hall. In his short life, Weber left us a dazzling legacy of operatic and orchestral works; Der Freischütz perhaps the most popular of them all, and certainly the most eloquent, as the Overture reveals. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Sunday 9 December, 3pm

CHRISTMAS FAMILY CONCERT Make sure you book early for one of the Hallé’s most popular Christmas treats. This amazing afternoon of festive family fun is packed with sing-alongs, jingle-alongs, surprises and laughter, which makes it the perfect start to the Christmas countdown. Even Santa takes time out to put in an appearance! There will be plenty to entertain you in the foyers before the concert too, and don’t forget your sleigh bells – homemade or real – so you can join in during the show. Jonathon Heyward conductor • Alasdair Malloy presenter Tickets: Adults £26.50, Children (aged 17 and under) £17.50, Family Tickets (4 people, minimum 1 child) £67.50 (all including booking fees)

Thursday 13 December, 7.30pm

FINLANDIA Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela Grieg Piano Concerto Sibelius Karelia Suite Grieg Peer Gynt Suite Sibelius Finlandia Stephen Bell conductor • Tom Poster piano Perfect for winter, this inspirational concert celebrates the two towering figures of Scandinavian classical music – Sibelius and Grieg. Award-winning British pianist Tom Poster, described by The Herald as ‘a marvel’, will perform Grieg’s evergreen Piano Concerto. The programme also features a suite from Peer Gynt, including the dramatic In the Hall of the Mountain King and the beautifully evocative Morning, as well as Sibelius’s popular Karelia Suite and his stirring, exciting tribute to his homeland, Finlandia. Tickets from £15.50 (including booking fees)

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Saturday 15 December, 1.30pm and 4pm Sunday 16 December, 11am and 1.30pm

THE SNOWMAN Dinosaurumpus Steve Pickett/Tony Mitton The Snowman Howard Blake Jonathon Heyward conductor • Will Padfield presenter Bring all the family along to the big screening of The Snowman, the animated classic by Raymond Briggs. The film will be accompanied live by the Hallé performing Howard Blake’s beautiful score – including the magical song ‘Walking in the Air’. In the first half of the concert, join the dinosaurs and presenter Will Padfield in the sludgy old swamp, as they romp with the Hallé. Steve Pickett’s Dinosaurumpus is based on the popular children’s book by Tony Mitton and received a stomping reception at its premiere in 2015. Tickets: Adults £26.50, Children (aged 17 and under) £17.50 Family Tickets (4 people, minimum 1 child) £67.50 (all including booking fees)

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Friday 21 December, 7.30pm

HALLÉ CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA The concert includes: Let It Snow Winter Wonderland Jingle Bells White Christmas Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Little Drummer Boy Polar Express The Christmas Song Stephen Bell conductor • Noah Stewart tenor • Hallé Youth Training Choir Winners of the Hallé Corporate Choir Competition Christmas is almost here, so why not celebrate with Stephen Bell and the Hallé? They will be joined by guest artist Noah Stewart, one of the UK’s most popular singing stars. Tickets from £15.50 (including booking fees)

Saturday 22 December, 3pm Sunday 23 December, 3pm and 7.30pm

HALLÉ CAROL CONCERTS The concerts include: While Shepherds Watched, Good King Wenceslas, O Holy Night, Lift Up Your Heads from Handel’s Messiah, Away In A Manger, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Polonaise from his Christmas Eve Suite, Hess’s Christmas Overture and the Hallé Children’s Choir performing I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas. Stephen Bell conductor • Hallé Choir • Hallé Youth Choir • Hallé Children’s Choir Stephen Bell conducts and presents the Hallé’s annual traditional celebration of Christmas – a treat for all ages. There will be carols for choir and audience, as well as a stockingful of the most beautiful and magical music performed by the Hallé in seasonal mood. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a music-filled New Year. Tickets from £15.50 (including booking fees)

The Hallé Youth Orchestra will perform on Saturday 22 December at 7.30pm. See page 32.

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Saturday 29 December, 7pm

CASINO ROYALE IN CONCERT Film Concerts Live! proudly presents Casino Royale in Concert, produced in association with EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM). For the first time ever, audiences will be able to experience Bond on the big screen accompanied by the full force of the Hallé performing composer David Arnold’s thrilling musical score live and in sync to the picture! Directed by Martin Campbell, Casino Royale brings us Bond at the start of his career, having just earned 00 status and his licence to kill. It also marked Daniel Craig’s first appearance as the legendary MI6 operative. Casino Royale also features Mads Mikkelsen as ‘Le Chiffre’, Eva Green as ‘Vesper Lynd’, Judi Dench returning as ‘M’ and locations for the film include the Bahamas, Montenegro, and a jaw-dropping finale on the Grand Canal in Venice. Tickets from £32.50 (including booking fees) sponsored by

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EVA GREEN   MADS MIKKELSEN with JEFFREY WRIGHT and JUDI DENCH as “M”   Costume Designer LINDY HEMMING Music by DAVID ARNOLD Editor STUART BAIRD, A.C.E. Director of Photography PHIL MEHEUX BSC  Production Designer PETER LAMONT Executive Producers ANTHONY WAYE  CALLUM McDOUGALL   Screenplay by NEAL PURVIS & ROBERT WADE and PAUL HAGGIS Produced by MICHAEL G. WILSON and BARBARA BROCCOLI Directed by MARTIN CAMPBELL A United Kingdom – Czech Republic – German – USA Co-Production

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Sunday 30 December, 7.30pm

ABBA! The concert includes: Waterloo; Hasta Mañana; I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do; SOS; Money, Money, Money; Knowing Me, Knowing You; The Name of the Game; Chiquitita; Take a Chance on Me; Voulez-Vous; Super Trouper; The Winner Takes It All; Does Your Mother Know; Fernando; Lay All Your Love on Me; (A Man After Midnight) Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!; Mamma Mia and of course Dancing Queen as well as Angeleyes from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Stephen Bell conductor • Capital Voices The four acclaimed vocalists of Capital Voices, the Hallé, a complete rhythm section and conductor Stephen Bell all come together to perform the greatest hits of the ultimate classic pop act – it could only be ABBA! This is the party season’s perfect night out, so put on your glitzy glad-rags and re-live these unforgettable songs. Try not to start singing out loud when you read the wonderful line up … Tickets from £15.50 (including booking fees)

Saturday 5 January, 3pm

NEW YEAR IN VIENNA The concert includes: J. Strauss II Overture: Die Fledermaus J. Strauss On The Beautiful Blue Danube Waldteufel Skaters’ Waltz J. Strauss Chatterbox Polka Léhar The Merry Widow: Vilja-Lied J. Strauss Champagne Polka J. Strauss Morgenblätter Waltzes (Morning Papers) Lincke Frau Luna: Schlösser die im Monde liegen Lehár Zigeunerliebe: Czardás - Hör ich Cymbalklänge Jamie Phillips conductor • Joanne Lunn soprano New Year would not be New Year without the Hallé’s traditional concert of Viennese waltzes, polkas, marches and operettas. This year’s glittering selection will be performed under the baton of conductor Jamie Phillips with guest soprano Joanne Lunn. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Wednesday 16 January, 2.15pm Thursday 17 January, 7.30pm Sunday 20 January, 7.30pm THE ABRAHAM MOSS MEMORIAL CONCERT

RACHMANINOV’S THIRD SYMPHONY Glinka Overture: Ruslan and Ludmilla Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Rachmaninov Symphony No.3

6' 34' 47'

Daniele Rustioni conductor • Francesca Dego violin For this all-Russian programme, Daniele Rustioni, one of the most compelling conductors of his generation, is joined by Francesca Dego for Tchaikovsky’s perennially popular Violin Concerto. It is rich both in melody and finely-crafted virtuoso writing and culminates in a thrilling Cossack dance. After the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, Rachmaninov left Russia, never to return. His Third Symphony is a great work of exile, notable for its profusion of melodies, aching nostalgia and technical brilliance. This enticing concert opens with Glinka’s thrilling and breathtakingly fast overture to his opera Ruslan and Ludmilla. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Thursday 24 January, 7.30pm

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS’ SINFONIA ANTARTICA Berlioz Overture: Benvenuto Cellini
 Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.5, ‘Egyptian’ Vaughan Williams Sinfonia antartica

11' 29' 41'

Sir Mark Elder conductor • Stephen Hough piano
 soprano tbc • Ladies of the Hallé Choir Representing two distinct sides of the French musical personality, Berlioz and Saint-Saëns make an intriguing combination. Our celebration of Berlioz begins with the overture to his much misunderstood opera Benvenuto Cellini, full of revolutionary zeal. Saint-Saëns lavished on his Fifth Piano Concerto all of his carefully-crafted expertise in melody and orchestration. Written during a vogue for exotic musical influences, it combines his melodic gifts with touches of Java and the Mediterranean. Much of Vaughan Williams’s evocative score to the classic 1948 film Scott of the Antarctic was to re-surface in his seventh symphony, premiered by the Hallé almost exactly 66 years ago. It continues to fascinate audiences with its powerful fusion of symphonic precision and haunting atmosphere. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Saturday 2 February, 7.30pm

THE MAGICAL MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER Join us to celebrate the story of the most famous wizard in the world through the phenomenal music of John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat. From Hedwig’s Theme to Quidditch, Dobby the House Elf and Aunt Marge’s Waltz to The Death of Cedric, The Weasley Stomp and Lily’s Theme, the iconic music of the astonishingly successful Harry Potter films has delighted generations of wizards and muggles for more than eighteen years. We suggest you bring your own wands, just in case a quick spell is necessary. Remember, swish and flick! ‘Wingardium Leviosa!’ Stephen Bell conductor Hallé Youth Choir Tickets from £15.50 (including booking fees)

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Sunday 10 February, 5pm

THE DAMNATION OF FAUST Berlioz The Damnation of Faust

140'

Sir Mark Elder conductor Faust David Butt Philip tenor
 Marguerite Rinat Shaham mezzo-soprano Méphistophélès Laurent Naouri bass-baritone Brander David Soar bass Hallé Choir • Hallé Children’s Choir Trebles of the Hallé Youth Training Choir ‘Shakespeare and Goethe: the silent confidants of my torments; they hold the key to my life,’ Berlioz wrote in 1828 when he came to Goethe via a French translation. The Damnation of Faust is central to Berlioz’s creative personality, and Sir Mark Elder has assembled an appropriately stellar cast alongside massed choirs from the Hallé. In Berlioz’s graphic version of the legend, Faust, having sold his soul to Méphistophélès in exchange for eternal youth, is led by the nose through temptation, seduction, betrayal, humiliation and a terrifying ride into his inevitable damnation. Berlioz invested all his incredible talent for narrative in what he described as a ‘kind of opera’. It is more than seventy years since this great work was performed by the Hallé, whose founder did so much for the composer in this country. A rare opportunity to experience this spectacular masterwork is long overdue. ‘The Hallé at their dazzling best.’ Seen and Heard International on the 2017 performance of The Damnation of Faust at the Edinburgh International Festival.  

Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Thursday 14 February, 7.30pm Sunday 17 February, 7.30pm Wednesday 20 February, 2.15pm

BEETHOVEN’S SEVENTH SYMPHONY Falla El amor brujo Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Beethoven Symphony No.7

23' 28' 38'

Carlos Miguel Prieto conductor • Sergio Castelló López clarinet The Hallé’s Principal Clarinet Sergio Castelló López is soloist in Mozart’s serene concerto. It was written for Anton Stadler, hugely respected despite Mozart’s nickname for him: ‘old redcurrant face’. The concerto was tailored to exploit Stadler’s virtuosity, celebrated singing tone and love of the instrument’s rich lower register. Carlos Miguel Prieto brings his panache to bear on Beethoven’s exhilarating Seventh Symphony, a work described by Wagner as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’. The concert opens with Falla’s remarkably beautiful El amor brujo. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees) The Hallé and Hallé Youth Orchestra will perform on 20 February at 6.30pm. See page 32.

Thursday 28 February, 7.30pm

PROKOFIEV’S FIFTH SYMPHONY Mozart Symphony No.31, ‘Paris’ John Casken Madonna of Silence (trombone concerto) world premiere
 Prokofiev Symphony No.5

18' 20' 18'

Jamie Phillips conductor • Katy Jones trombone Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony was born in the closing months of the Second World War, yet it captures the optimism and the dynamism of the Soviet industrial age. The composer’s enormous gift for melody and colour is as apparent in this wonderful symphony as in his ballet scores, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella. Following the successful premiere of John Casken’s Oboe Concerto in 2014, the series of commissions for Hallé wind soloists continues with Madonna of Silence, written for the Hallé’s Principal Trombone, Katy Jones. John Casken’s craftsmanship, musical imagination and mastery of instrumental writing will doubtlessly thrill and inspire. Jamie Phillips, a former Hallé Assistant Conductor, opens proceedings with Mozart’s ebullient ‘Paris’ Symphony. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Thursday 7 March, 7.30pm

OPERA GALA Great voices and a great orchestra come together in an evening filled to the brim with passion, imagination and unforgettable melodies. Acclaimed Italian conductor, Gianluca Marcianò and the Hallé are joined by rising stars Anna Patalong and Jung Soo Yun to bring your favourite operas to life. The concert includes: ‘Che gelida manina’ and ‘Si, mi chiamano Mimi’ from La bohème; Don José’s deeply moving ‘Flower Song’ from Carmen; the celebrated singer, Floria Tosca’s impassioned plea for redemption in ‘Vissi d’arte’ from Tosca; as well as arias and duets from Turandot, Rigoletto, La traviata and much more. Gianluca Marcianò conductor Anna Patalong soprano • Jung Soo Yun tenor Tickets from £15.50 (including booking fees)

Wednesday 13 March, 2.15pm Thursday 14 March, 7.30pm Sunday 17 March, 7.30pm

SHOSTAKOVICH’S FIRST SYMPHONY Dvořák Scherzo capriccioso Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 Shostakovich Symphony No.1

13' 34' 33'

Tomáš Hanus conductor Winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition Czech conductor, Tomáš Hanus, conducts Dvořák’s Scherzo capriccioso, bursting with Bohemian charm. The latest winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition will then take centre stage for Beethoven’s C major Concerto. As in all his early works, the genius has emerged fully-formed, although a deep admiration of Mozart’s piano concertos is evident in this, Beethoven’s First. Shostakovich’s astonishingly assured First Symphony lays out his youthful manifesto of where the symphonic form might go in the twentieth century, with an appreciative nod in the direction of tradition. More than anything, it’s great fun too! Tickets from £14 (including booking fees) The Hallé Youth Ensembles will perform on Sunday 17 March at 3pm. See page 32.

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Thursday 21 March, 7.30pm

NIELSEN’S FIFTH SYMPHONY Brahms Haydn Variations Mozart Piano Concerto No.22, K482 Nielsen Symphony No.5

18' 34'
 38'

Johannes Debus conductor • Pavel Kolesnikov piano
 Johannes Debus (Music Director with Canadian Opera for a decade), makes his Hallé debut with Brahms’s colourful variations on Haydn’s ‘St Anthony Chorale’. He is joined by the young piano virtuoso Pavel Kolesnikov, winner of the prestigious Honens Prize 2012 who is also making his Hallé debut, for one of Mozart’s most memorably lyrical and sunny piano concertos. Nielsen’s astonishing Fifth Symphony darkens the mood. The composer saw it as ‘the division of dark and light, the battle between evil and good’. A militaristic side-drum threatens to derail the orchestra before a dawn of hope emerges and eventually triumphs. One of the great symphonies, not to be missed. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

Saturday 30 March, 7.30pm

A RUSSIAN SPECTACULAR Tchaikovsky Overture 1812 Shostakovich Festive Overture Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet: extracts Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin: Polonaise Khachaturian Spartacus: Adagio Shostakovich Tea for Two Stravinsky Scherzo à la Russe Stephen Bell conductor • Danny Driver piano Russia’s extraordinary musical legacy is almost impossible to match. The grandeur and drama of a Russian melody will stir and excite you, love themes will break your heart, and music will, quite literally, go off with a bang! Stephen Bell will lead you through a magnificent selection of Russia’s greatest hits, including Rachmaninov’s gorgeous Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini performed by the wonderful pianist, Danny Driver. Tickets from £15.50 (including booking fees)

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Thursday 4 April, 7.30pm

SIBELIUS’S VIOLIN CONCERTO Berlioz Overture: Les Francs Juges
 Sibelius Violin Concerto Debussy Nocturnes Ravel La Valse

13' 32' 25' 13'

Sir Mark Elder conductor • Viktoria Mullova violin
 Upper voices of the Hallé Youth Choir Viktoria Mullova makes a welcome return to perform the most popular and most recorded of twentieth-century violin concertos. Sibelius takes us from a mysterious opening to an achingly nostalgic slow movement and a finale once described as ‘a polonaise for polar bears’! Berlioz’s overture Les Francs Juges is a genuine tour de force, with bold brass writing and a catchy, oddly familiar, main theme. Debussy’s haunting Nocturnes paint vivid pictures of nature in Nuages, and riotous partying in Fêtes. After the sensuous Sirènes have worked their magic, we’re ready to take on Ravel’s orchestral masterpiece. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Wednesday 10 April, 2.15pm Thursday 11 April, 7.30pm Sunday 14 April, 7.30pm

SIBELIUS’S FIFTH SYMPHONY Beethoven Overture: Leonora No.3 Mozart Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K453 Hallé orch. C. M. Wagner Souvenir and Scherzo Sibelius Symphony No.5

14' 30' 9' 30'

Jonathon Heyward conductor • Heejae Kim piano These special concerts celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of our founder, Sir Charles Hallé, on 11 April. As well as being a pianist and conductor, Sir Charles was also a composer and we have a fascinating chance to hear one of his works in an orchestration by C. M. Wagner. In the first half, after Beethoven’s stirring overture, the orchestra’s hugely talented Assistant Conductor Jonathon Heyward is joined by Heejae Kim, winner of the Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra prize at the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition. Her interpretation of Mozart’s lovely G major concerto is hugely anticipated. Sibelius, working on his Fifth Symphony, wrote, ‘It’s as if God the Father had thrown down the tiles of a mosaic from heaven’s floor and asked me to determine what kind of picture it was.’. Though his shifting of the tiles was a long and arduous process, his picture ends in triumph, the swinging phrases of what he called his ‘Swan Hymn’ ringing out in life-affirming fashion. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Thursday 2 May, 7.30pm

BBC PHILHARMONIC James MacMillan Symphony No.4 Britten Les Illuminations Tippett Symphony No.4

38' 21' 32'

Martyn Brabbins conductor • Sophie Bevan soprano The BBC Philharmonic is a welcome guest in the Thursday Series due to the Hallé’s appearances in China, and they celebrate three giants of recent British musical history. Sir James MacMillan has enjoyed a long association with the Orchestra, and their performance of his Fourth Symphony marks his 60th birthday year. Sophie Bevan performs in Britten’s Les Illuminations – one of his most enduringly popular works for voice and orchestra. Sir Michael Tippett’s singlemovement Fourth Symphony (1977) enjoyed huge success at the hands of Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as the BBC Philharmonic, in the early years of its life. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

Thursday 16 May, 7.30pm Sunday 19 May, 7.30pm Wednesday 22 May, 2.15pm

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE Smetana Overture: The Bartered Bride Dvořák Violin Concerto Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

7' 32' 49'

Sir Mark Elder conductor • Simone Lamsma violin Sir Mark brings the 2018–19 Opus One Series to a boisterous close with the overture to Smetana’s folk-opera, a huge favourite in the concert hall and a brilliantly virtuosic show-piece for the orchestra. The rustic Czech mood continues with Simone Lamsma’s interpretation of Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, bursting with typical sunny lyricism and a memorable dancing finale. Our exploration of the music of Berlioz could hardly be complete without his best-known and admired work, full of the passions and dreams, fantasies and phantoms of the most creative mind in French 19th-century music. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Thursday 23 May, 7.30pm


MAHLER’S ‘RESURRECTION’ SYMPHONY Mahler Symphony No.2, ‘Resurrection’

85'

Sir Mark Elder conductor
 Anne Schwanewilms soprano
• Alice Coote mezzo-soprano
 Hallé Choir
 Two of the world’s finest artists, Anne Schwanewilms and Alice Coote, join Sir Mark, the orchestra and the Hallé Choir for this truly epic concert. It promises to be an unforgettable experience. The highly dramatic first movement of Mahler’s Second Symphony portrays a superman’s titanic struggle with fate. The second and third movements offer contrast, the text of the latter describing St Anthony’s sermon to the fishes. Then, the orchestra falls silent as the mezzo-soprano soloist enters in magical fashion, the resolute voice of faith. Finally, voices, orchestra and organ combine in what is probably the greatest vision of redemption and re-birth in all music. Tickets from £14 (including booking fees)

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Saturday 25 May, 7.30pm

EPIC FANTASIES The concert includes music from: Game of Thrones; The Hunger Games; Call of Duty; Twilight; Highlander; Angry Birds; Pirates of the Caribbean; Planet of the Apes; Final Fantasy; The Lord of the Rings; Star Wars; Spider-Man; X-Men; Dragonheart and many more ... The ultimate escape. Fantasy has existed as long as people have had imaginations, but modern film, television and video game productions have taken us to universes that engulf, exhilarate and terrify us more than we could ever have imagined. Music has played a key part in this success, not simply adding to the atmosphere but building up tension, ratcheting up excitement and leading us to the next episode cliff-hanger like never before. Stephen Bell conductor Tickets from £15.50 (including booking fees)

Saturday 8 June, 7.30pm

THE LARK ASCENDING Elgar Overture: Cockaigne Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks: selection Arnold English Dances Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Walton Henry V Suite Gergely Madaras conductor • Lyn Fletcher violin Tonight we offer a selection of pieces which have always featured prominently in this orchestra’s repertoire – both Elgar and Vaughan Williams entrusted the Hallé with symphonic premieres. We perform Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture and Vaughan Williams’ Tallis Fantasia, as well as a true icon of English music, The Lark Ascending, which is perfectly depicted in the hands of Hallé Leader, Lyn Fletcher. Laurence Olivier described his Oscar-winning film as ‘William’s Henry V’ so central to its success was William Walton’s dazzling score. Tickets from £15.50 (including booking fees)

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≥ YOUTH ENSEMBLES You can also hear the Hallé’s Youth Ensembles at The Bridgewater Hall Saturday 22 December, 7.30pm Hallé Youth Orchestra Jonathon Heyward conductor The Youth Orchestra takes to the stage for an evening of fantastic music. Wednesday 20 February, 6.30pm The Hallé and Hallé Youth Orchestera Falla The Three-Cornered Hat: Three Dances # Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances *

13’ 23’

Carlos Miguel Prieto conductor # • Jonathon Heyward conductor * In this special event, the Hallé and Hallé Youth Orchestra will share the stage for an open rehearsal that will be followed by a concert performance. Sunday 17 March, 3pm Hallé Youth Orchestra, Hallé Youth Choir, Hallé Youth Training Choir and Hallé Children’s Choir A celebration of music performed by our talented youth ensembles. Tickets £12.50, Concessions £10, Students and under 5s £5.50 (including booking fees)

For more information and full details visit www.halle.co.uk

PRE-CONCERT EVENTS There are pre-concert events prior to some of our concerts. These are normally held in the auditorium and are free to concert ticket holders. Full details will be announced in the autumn and can be found at www.halle.co.uk THE HALLÉ AND THE BBC Some of the Hallé’s concerts in the 2018–19 season will feature on Radio 3. This is part of the ongoing partnership between the Hallé and the UK’s leading cultural broadcaster. For times and dates of the broadcasts visit www.bbc.co.uk/radio3 32 – HALLÉ 2018–19 SEASON AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL


BOOKING INFORMATION WHEN TO BOOK Public booking opens on Tuesday 8 May 2018. HOW TO BOOK

www.halle.co.uk • 0161 907 9000 In person or by post at the Box Office, The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS Mastercard, Visa, Maestro and Delta are all welcome. BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS (as at April 2018) Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm Sunday (concert nights only) 12 noon – 6pm Closed on non-concert Sundays Counter service until 8pm on concert nights HALLÉ FIXED SUBSCRIPTIONS • Subscriptions save you money • Subscribing protects you against possible price increases later in the season • You can choose the seats that best suit you, and we’ll keep them for you for future seasons • Guaranteed seats for our sold out concerts • You receive priority information about future seasons • Everything is done before the season starts – there’s nothing more to think about – just look forward to your concerts • You can return or swap your tickets for other Hallé concerts within the same season if you can’t attend (credit only, Bridgewater Hall fees apply) • You don’t pay the booking fee Full details and prices are on the following pages.

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INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICES (including booking fees) Thursday Series, Collection, Opus One concerts and 5 January A B C D E £43.30 £38 £33 £27.50 £21.50 Pops concerts and Christmas concerts £44.50 £39 £31 £23.50 £15.50 Casino Royale in concert £65 £55 £32.50 The Snowman and Christmas Family Concert Adults £26.50, Children (aged 17 and under) £17.50, Family Tickets (4 people minimum 1 child) £67.50 Youth Ensembles concerts Adults £12.50, Concessions £10, Students and under 5s £5.50 FIXED SUBSCRIPTION TICKET PRICES (Prices are per person) A B C D E Thursday Series (10 CONCERTS) £287 £248.50 £213.50 £175 £133 Disabled person’s subscription £205 £177.50 £152.50 £125 £95 Thursday Series plus Collection (12 CONCERTS) £344.40 £298.20 £256.20 £210 £159.60 Disabled person’s subscription £246 £213 £183 £150 £114 Opus One Concerts (9 CONCERTS) Individuals and groups of up to 9 people £313.65 £271.62 £233.37 £191.25 £143.35 Groups of 10 to 49 people £276.75 £239.67 £205.92 £168.75 £128.25 Groups of 50+ people £258.30 £223.65 £192.15 £157.50 £119.70 Disabled person’s subscription £184.50 £159.75 £137.25 £112.50 £85.50 Pops concerts (9 CONCERTS) £302.40 £262.80 £205.20 £151.20 £93.60 Disabled person’s subscription £189 £164.25 £128.25 £94.50 £58.50

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BOOKING FEES The Bridgewater Hall applies a booking fee of £2.50 per ticket to telephone and online transactions. No fee applies to tickets bought in person or purchased as part of a flexible subscription.

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CONCESSIONS AND DISCOUNTS

Experiencing the Hallé’s concerts has never been easier, or better value. www.halle.co.uk/moneysavers UNDER 30s * † Anyone aged 30 or under can save 15% off many of the Hallé’s prices. £3 STUDENT TICKETS * For just £3 (£5.50 including booking fee, see page 35) students in full-time education can hear the Hallé perform extraordinary music in the fantastic surroundings of The Bridgewater Hall. These tickets are available in the stalls for the Hallé’s Thursday Series, Collection and Opus One concerts. Additional events may be added throughout the year so check for full details at www.halle.co.uk or follow us on social media. CLAIMANTS AND OVER 60S * † Claimants can purchase tickets at 10% off anywhere in the auditorium, on production of appropriate identification. From two Mondays prior to the performance, over 60s may purchase any remaining tickets and get a 20% discount. HALLÉ DAY TICKETS † A limited number of tickets will be available for each concert on the day, priced at £12.50 (including booking fees). They can be booked in person, by phone or online. GROUP DISCOUNTS Discounts of up to 25% are available, depending on the size of your group. Call The Bridgewater Hall’s Group Bookings Department directly on 0161 907 9010. Groups of 10–29 save 10% Groups of 30–49 save 15% Groups of 50+ save 25% HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF JOINING A HALLÉ GROUP? Our Opus One concerts attract groups from all over the North West, and some from even further afield. If you would like to find out more about joining a Hallé group, either as a subscriber or perhaps to take a spare seat on a coach, please contact the Group Bookings Department on 0161 907 9010 or email groups@bridgewater-hall.co.uk

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PERSONAL FLEXIBLE SUBSCRIPTIONS † Receive discounts on the full ticket price when you book for five or more concerts from The Bridgewater Hall’s 2018–2019 classical seasons. Choose 5 or more concerts and save 15% Choose 16 or more concerts and save 25% TOO MUCH TO PAY IN ONE GO? You can pay for your tickets by direct debit in five monthly instalments from September 2018 when you spend £250 or more. Completed direct debit mandates must be received by Friday 20 July 2018. (Please note the Box Office cannot accept direct debits on online bookings.) REFUNDS/TICKET EXCHANGE Tickets cannot be refunded, but may be exchanged for Hallé concerts within the same season, subject to The Bridgewater Hall’s terms and conditions. See www. bridgewater-hall.co.uk for full details. DISABLED PATRONS Disabled patrons save 50%, and, if a carer is required, the carer comes free. Disabled concessions are not available online. The Bridgewater Hall is fully accessible and welcomes disabled patrons. By letting us know your access requirements, we will, where possible, be able to seat you appropriately. Information on disabled parking can be found on page 38. Please visit www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk for full information or contact the Box Office on 0161 907 9000.

Information is available in large print. PROGRAMME CHANGES, PRICES and CHILDREN All artists and programmes are correct at the time of going to press, but may change in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Keep up to date at www.halle.co.uk All prices and tickets, including discounts and concessions, are subject to availability. Prices may change and you may only use one discount per ticket. For licensing reasons everyone, including babes in arms for appropriate concerts, must have a ticket. Other than for specific family concerts, we recommend that younger members of our audiences be at least of primary school age.

* These offers are subject to availability. You may be asked to show appropriate identification. † All Hallé concerts are included except Casino Royale, The Snowman, Family and Youth Ensemble performances.

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THE BRIDGEWATER HALL LOWER MOSLEY STREET, MANCHESTER, M2 3WS WWW.BRIDGEWATER-HALL.CO.UK The Bridgewater Hall is open from 11am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, from 12 noon for weekend matinee concerts and from 5pm on all concert nights. Closing times vary and depend on the duration of concerts. EATING AND DRINKING AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL Make the most of your visit by enjoying a relaxing drink or a pre-concert meal in The Charles Hallé Restaurant or the Stalls Café Bar. (Pre-performance dining must be reserved through the Box Office. A £5 per person deposit is required; this is non-refundable in the event of cancellation with less than three days’ notice.) PRE-CONCERT AND INTERVAL DRINKS Bars are located on all four levels, serving drinks before the concert and during the interval. Coffee is served in the Stalls and Circle bars. We recommend that you pre-order your interval drinks (this service is available from all bars). THE BRIDGEWATER HALL SHOP You can also indulge in a little retail therapy in the shop, which is open Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm and from 6pm on concert nights. GETTING TO THE BRIDGEWATER HALL Metrolink tram passengers should alight at Deansgate-Castlefield or St Peter’s Square. The nearest railway stations are Deansgate and Oxford Road. The nearest bus stops for major routes into the city centre are St Peter’s Square/ Portland Street or Deansgate. Coaches can drop off and pick up outside the main entrance. The nearest car parks are Park Avenue, NCP Manchester Central, NCP Great Northern, Q Park First Street and NCP Oxford Street. PARKING AND METROLINK Save money on car parking and tram travel. For full details, visit www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk or contact the Box Office on 0161 907 9000. DISABLED PARKING There are a limited number of complimentary disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders at NCP Manchester Central, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Spaces are free of charge but a ticket must be booked through the Box Office with your concert tickets. SECURITY Patrons should note new measures in place for admission to the building including bag searches and a number of prohibited items. For full details, visit www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk or contact the Box Office on 0161 907 9000.

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OPUS ONE SERIES Thursday 20 September, 7.30pm Sunday 23 September, 7.30pm Wednesday 26 September, 2.15pm

Wednesday 5 December, 2.15pm Thursday 6 December, 7.30pm Sunday 9 December, 7.30pm

Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 Dvořák Symphony No.7

Weber Overture: Der Freischütz Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 Brahms Symphony No.3

Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor Simon Trpčeski piano Wednesday 17 October, 2.15pm Thursday 18 October, 7.30pm Sunday 21 October, 7.30pm Purcell Fantasia upon one note (orch. Manze for wind and brass) Dvořák Cello Concerto Vaughan Williams A London Symphony Andrew Manze conductor Jian Wang cello Wednesday 7 November, 2.15pm Thursday 8 November, 7.30pm Sunday 11 November, 7.30pm Elgar In the South (Alassio) Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1 Wagner Lohengrin: Preludes to Act I and Act III Wagner Die Meistersinger: Suite

Cristian Mǎcelaru conductor Lars Vogt piano Wednesday 16 January, 2.15pm Thursday 17 January, 7.30pm Sunday 20 January, 7.30pm Glinka Overture: Ruslan and Ludmila Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Rachmaninov Symphony No.3 Daniele Rustioni conductor Francesca Dego violin Thursday 14 February, 7.30pm Sunday 17 February, 7.30pm Wednesday 20 February, 2.15pm Falla El amor brujo Mozart Clarinet Concerto Beethoven Symphony No.7 Carlos Miguel Prieto conductor Sergio Castelló López clarinet

Sir Mark Elder conductor Francesco Piemontesi piano

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COLLECTION Saturday 1 December, 6pm


Wednesday 13 March, 2.15pm Thursday 14 March, 7.30pm Sunday 17 March, 7.30pm

Handel Messiah John Butt conductor Soloists • Hallé Choir

Dvořák Scherzo capriccioso Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 Shostakovich Symphony No.1

Sunday 10 February, 5pm

Tomáš Hanus conductor Winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition

Berlioz The Damnation of Faust

Wednesday 10 April, 2.15pm Thursday 11 April, 7.30pm Sunday 14 April, 7.30pm

POPS CONCERTS

Beethoven Overture: Leonora No.3 Mozart Piano Concerto No.17 K453 Hallé Souvenir and Scherzo Sibelius Symphony No.5

Saturday 29 September, 7.30pm The Music of Star Wars Episodes I – VIII

Jonathon Heyward conductor Heejae Kim piano

Saturday 3 November, 7.30pm The Hallé Goes To Nashville Saturday 24 November, 7.30pm Giants of Jazz – Take Two

Thursday 16 May, 7.30pm Sunday 19 May, 7.30pm Wednesday 22 May, 2.15pm Smetana Overture: The Bartered Bride Dvořák Violin Concerto Berlioz Symphonie fantastique Sir Mark Elder conductor Simone Lamsma violin

Sir Mark Elder conductor Soloists and Choirs

Thursday 13 December, 7.30pm Finlandia Saturday 2 February, 7.30pm The Magical Music of Harry Potter Thursday 7 March, 7.30pm Opera Gala Saturday 30 March, 7.30pm A Russian Spectacular Saturday 25 May, 7.30pm Epic Fantasies Saturday 8 June, 7.30pm The Lark Ascending

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THURSDAY SERIES Thursday 11 October, 7.30pm

Thursday 28 February, 7.30pm

R. Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
 Janáček Glagolitic Mass

Mozart Symphony No.31, ‘Paris’ John Casken Madonna of Silence (trombone concerto) Prokofiev Symphony No.5

Edward Gardner conductor
 Soloists Hallé Choir Thursday 25 October, 7.30pm R. Strauss Don Quixote
 Elgar Symphony No.2 Sir Mark Elder conductor Nicholas Trygstad cello Timothy Pooley viola

Jamie Phillips conductor Katy Jones trombone Thursday 21 March, 7.30pm Brahms Haydn Variations Mozart Piano Concerto No.22, K482 Nielsen Symphony No.5 Johannes Debus conductor Pavel Kolesnikov piano


Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm


Thursday 4 April, 7.30pm

Schubert Overture: Rosamunde Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 Shostakovich Symphony No.10

Berlioz Overture: Les Francs Juges
 Sibelius Violin Concerto Debussy Nocturnes Ravel La Valse

Kazushi Ono conductor
 Paul Lewis piano
 Thursday 29 November, 7.30pm
 Satie Parade Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Sir Mark Elder conductor Viktoria Mullova violin
 Upper Voices of the Hallé Youth Choir Thursday 2 May, 7.30pm BBC Philharmonic

Sir Mark Elder conductor

James MacMillan Symphony No.4 Britten Les Illuminations Tippett Symphony No.4

Thursday 24 January, 7.30pm

Martyn Brabbins conductor Sophie Bevan soprano

Berlioz Overture: Benvenuto Cellini
 Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.5 Vaughan Williams Sinfonia antartica Sir Mark Elder conductor Stephen Hough piano
 Ladies of the Hallé Choir

Thursday 23 May, 7.30pm
 Mahler Symphony No.2 Sir Mark Elder conductor
 Anne Schwanewilms soprano
 Alice Coote mezzo-soprano
 Hallé Choir

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Welcome to our 161st season. Our musical year is rich in landmark pieces, not least Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass, which is performed alongside...

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Welcome to our 161st season. Our musical year is rich in landmark pieces, not least Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass, which is performed alongside...

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