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8 Dec



Germany
 Thursday, December 08, 2016 at 8pm 
Sofia Gubaidulina Violin Concerto In tempus praesens
Philharmonie Hall, Berlin

Germany

Berliner Philharmoniker
Christian Thielemann Conductor
Gidon Kremer Violin
Anne Schwanewilms Soprano
Wiebke Lehmkuhl Contralto
Michael Schade Tenor
Franz-Josef Selig Bass
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master


After a break of almost ten years, Gidon Kremer is returning to the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme starts with Sofia Gubaidulina’s violin concerto In tempus praesens, in which an ethereal and filigree solo part excitingly encounters an energetic orchestral sound. Conductor and Bruckner specialist Christian Thielemann will then present the composer’s Mass in f minor, a monumental work audibly inspired by Beethoven’s Missa solemnis.



Sofia Gubaidulina : Violin Concerto In tempus praesens
Anton Bruckner : Mass No. 3 in F minor

8 Dec



United Kingdom
 Thursday, December 08, 2016 at 7.30pm 
50th Anniversary Concert
Priory Church of the Order of St John
St John's Square, Clerkenwell Road London, EC1V 4JJ
United Kingdom
http://museumstjohn.org.uk/venue-hire/the-church/

Tickets: Under 25's £5, full price £12
London Concord Singers
Jessica Norton (conductor)

London Concord Singers and music director Jessica Norton celebrate the 50th anniversary of the choir's founding in 1966 with a programme stretching from Josquin to three world premieres; Alison Willis's 'Thou has made me endless' the winner of the choir's 50th Anniversary Composition Competition, Robert Hugill's 'Dominus illuminatio mea' and a new work by Jessica Norton.


Alison Willis : Thou hast made me endless
Robert Hugill : Dominus illuminatio mea
Jessica Norton : New work

8 Dec



United States
 Thursday, December 08, 2016 at 7pm -10pm 
Blue
The Loft at Liz's
453 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
United States
(323) 939-4403 ext. 5
http://www.theloftatlizs.com/

Tickets: RVSP - Free (requested donation)
On December 8, 2016, in conjunction with the Blue exhibition at The Loft at Liz’s, Lauren Kasmer presents Not So Blue, an evening of small bites, R&B, hip-hop, video and wearable art. The event is free and donations benefit two local charitable organizations who will feed and shelter women and children in need.
Specifically, Lauren has enlisted artist Douglas Wilcox and Chef Yukari Kajihara for blue themed related edibles. Rhythm and blues band Bite the Blue and hip-hop artists Ubiquitous Love Tribe will provide musical accompaniment.

http://www.theloftatlizs.com/blue/

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/not-so-blue-tickets-28930349454


Jennifer Ricciardi : UV Blue

9 Dec 
 
10 Dec



United States
 Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:30pm 
The Dessoff Choirs Hosts Holiday Sing-in Concert
St. Peter's Church
619 Lexington Avenue
United States

Tickets: $25-35
The Dessoff Choirs

Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs celebrates the holidays as part of its 92nd season. This year, it presents a trio of concerts featuring seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangements of carols, including Handel’s Messiah, the quintessential classical music highpoint of the Christmas season; Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230, Gregg Smith’s Twelve Days of Christmas; and Robert Parsons’s Ave Maria, to name a few.

J.S Bach : Lobet den Herrn
Robert Parsons : Ave Maria
G F Handel : Hallelujah

10 Dec



Netherlands
 Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2.15pm 
JOHN ADAMS’ NEW MESSIAH
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam
Netherlands
http://www.concertgebouw.nl

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Groot Omroepkoor
Nationaal Kinderkoor
Markus Stenz - dirigent
Peter Dijkstra - koordirigent
Joélle Harvey - sopraan
Jennifer Cano - mezzosopraan
Aubrey Allicock - bariton
Daniel Bubeck - countertenor
Nathan Medley - countertenor
Brian Cummings - countertenor



John Adams : El Niño

10 Dec



Scotland
 Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8pm 
Hear and Now - Scottish Inspirations
City Halls
Glasgow
Scotland

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martin Roscoe piano
Thomas Dausgaard conductor

An evening of new music with the BBC SSO, all with Scottish connections…

Sally Beamish’s new piano concerto is inspired by her family and the famous whirlpool at Corryvreckan; here it is premiered by its dedicatee, Martin Roscoe. Helen Grime, meanwhile, finds inspiration in a painting by Joan Eardley while Jay Capperauld’s Fèin-Aithne (a Scots Gaelic phrase that translates as ‘self-knowledge’) explores identity in modern-day Scotland.

The concert ends with the Scottish Premiere of the late Peter Maxwell Davies’s Ninth Symphony, a single movement work which makes use of an off-stage brass sextet to both ambiguously celebrate and question military music. The Symphony was hailed at its premiere as a “brilliantly crafted work” (The Sunday Times) and “indisputably one of Maxwell Davies’s most engaged orchestral works” (The Guardian). The orchestra’s new Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard conducts.

The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

(Catterline in Winter, Helen Grime’s first Eardley Picture, will be performed by the BBC SSO on Thursday 22 September 2016)


Helen Grime : Snow (No.2 from Two Eardley Pictures)
Sally Beamish : Piano Concerto No 2 'Cauldron of the Speckled Seas'
Jay Capperauld : Fèin-Aithne
Peter Maxwell Davies : Symphony No.9

11 Dec



United Kingdom
 Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Schubert and Krzysztof Penderecki
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Belcea Quartet


Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki’s large and influential output includes works infused with allusions to nineteenth-century music.

His String Quartet No. 4, commissioned by Wigmore Hall, receives its world première in this compelling programme, placed by the Belcea Quartet together with early and late Schubert and the concentrated power of Penderecki’s own String Quartet No. 2.



Franz Schubert : String Quartet in E flat D87
Krzysztof Penderecki : String Quartet No. 4
Krzysztof Penderecki : String Quartet No. 2
Franz Schubert : String Quartet in D minor D810 'Death and the Maiden'

12 Dec



France
 Monday, December 12, 2016 at 8.30pm 
Jonglerie musicale
IRCAM/Centre Pompidou-Grande salle-Paris

France

Jérôme Thomas Juggler
L'Instant donné
Lorenzo Bianchi, Benoit Meudic, Augustin Muller IRCAM Computer Music Design
Frédéric Bevilacqua, Norbert Schnell Scientific Advisors (Sound Music Movement Interaction Team – IRCAM-STMS)
Emmanuel Fléty, Alain Terrier Conception and Construction of the IRCAM-STMS Augmented Balls
Bernard Revel Lighting Design
Conception Jérôme Thomas
Viola Ferraris, Florence Huet, Chloé Mazet, Ria Rehfuß, Jérôme Thomas Jugglers
Stanislav Makovsky, Moondog, Guillaume Tiger music
Bernard Revel Lighting Design
Emmanuelle Grobet Costumes and Props



Thanks to Jérôme Thomas, juggling is now recognized in France as a unique and distinct art. Conceptualized for a septet which includes a juggler, Dels dos principis is the fruit of an already established collaboration between the artist and the composer Henry Fourès. "Through the intervention of music technology and its new tools, the gestural characteristics are translated, manipulated and composed in a veritable chamber music score." Henry Fourès. Purely electronic works presented as solos, duos, and quartets of circus artists will complete the evening. PLAK and Elastic were developed during the In vivo Électro workshop during IRCAM's 2016 ManiFeste academy.



Gerard Grisey : Stèle
Henry Fourès : Dels dos Principis

13 Dec



United States
 Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:30pm 
Organist Gail Archer Performs Free Concert
Church of the Gesu
1145 Wisconsin Avenue
United States
414-288-7101
www.gesuparish.org

Tickets: Free
Gail Archer (organ)



Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer who draws attention to composer anniversaries or musical themes with her annual recital series including Max Reger: The Last Romantic, The Muse’s Voice, An American Idyll, Liszt, Bach, Mendelssohn and Messiaen. Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008; Time Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as “Best of 2008” of classical music and opera. Her recordings include the forthcoming, A Russian Journey in fall, 2016, The Muse’s Voice, Franz Liszt: A Hungarian Rhapsody, Bach: The Transcendent Genius, An American Idyll, A Mystic In the Making (Meyer Media), and The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils (CALA Records). Her summer, 2016 European tour took her to Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Ukraine and Russia. Highlights include Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy, St. Wenceslaus Church, Prague, Czech Republic, St. Paul’s Church, Odessa, Ukraine, Holmens Church, Copenhagen, Denmark, and the fifth century church of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy, a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its extraordinary mosaics. She is the founder of Musforum, www.musforum.org an international network for women organists to promote and affirm their work. Ms. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus. She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.



13 Dec



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 8.30pm 
KAMMER KLANG
Cafe Oto, London
22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
United Kingdom

London Sinfonietta
Kammer Klang



Georg Philipp Telemann : Fantasie in A minor
Samantha Fernando : Kinesphere
Georg Philipp Telemann : Fantasie in D minor
Kaija Saariaho : NoaNoa
Georg Philipp Telemann : Fantasie in G minor
Brian Ferneyhough : Cassandra’s Dream Song

13 Dec



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Christmas with the BBC Singers
Milton Court - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, EC2Y 9BH
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/miltoncourt

BBC Singers
Bob Chilcott conductor
Tanya Houghton harp
Gemma Beeson piano
Finchley Childrens Music Group

A celebration of Christmas by three masters of writing for the voice from three different generations: Benjamin Britten, John Rutter and Bob Chilcott, who also conducts the BBC Singers.

Chilcott unveils a new work, as well as provides a catchy new arrangement of Jingle Bells. Joined by a small ensemble of instrumentalists and the Finchley Children’s Music Group, here’s a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.


Benjamin Britten : A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28
John Rutter : Angel's Carol
Bob Chilcott : My Perfect Stranger
Benjamin Britten : A New Year Carol
Bob Chilcott : On Christmas Night
James Lord Pierpont : Jingle Bells

14 Dec



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 1pm 
Webern, Sohrab Uduman and Schoenberg
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Britten Sinfonia


Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, his first published work, led the composer to the borderlands between late Romanticism and atonality.

Heard here in Eduard Steuermann’s arrangement for piano trio, this impassioned work is paired with a new piano trio written by Sohrab Uduman, winner of OPUS2016, Britten Sinfonia and Wigmore Hall’s competition for unpublished composers.



Anton Webern : Vier Stücke Op. 7
Sohrab Uduman : "Dann klingt es auf…"
Arnold Schoenberg : Verklärte Nacht Op. 4

14 Dec



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 7.30pm 
London Symphony Orchestra / Fabien Gabel
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Fabien Gabel conductor
James Ehnes violin
London Symphony Orchestra



Rising star Fabien Gabel conducts a programme highlighting the subtle connections between French and Russian repertoire.

Shostakovich’s searing Violin Concerto No 1 forms the centrepiece of this concert, performed here by the inimitable James Ehnes. The concerto was written during a time of great turmoil for Shostakovich, and was supressed for almost a decade before its first performance. This darkly dramatic work revels in devil-may-care virtuosity for orchestra and soloist alike.

A pair of works created by Ravel bookend the programme. La valse is a musical depiction of the birth and eventual destruction of the waltz genre that saw its heyday amidst the grandeur and excess of fin-de-siecle Vienna. Ravel’s iconic arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition brings the concert to a thrilling close, with Ravel’s flawlessly crafted orchestration breathing life and colour into Mussorgsky’s magnum opus.



Maurice Ravel : La Valse
Dmitri Shostakovich : Violin Concerto No 1
Michael Taplin : Ebbing Tides
Modest Mussorgsky : Pictures at an Exhibition

15 Dec



United Kingdom
 Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7.30pm 
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Finley
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Gerald Finley baritone

Two Russian blockbusters frame the UK premiere of True Fire: a new commission specially written for Barbican featured artist Gerald Finley.

Prokofiev said that his Fifth Symphony depicted ‘the greatness of the human spirit’. It’s a gripping climax to a concert that begins with Tchaikovsky’s star-crossed romance, and features Kaija Saariaho’s ravishing True Fire, performed by its dedicatee.

Saariaho’s music combines intense emotion with a shimmering, visionary sonic beauty, and this setting of poetry by Emerson and Seamus Heaney was created with the intelligence and burnished tone of Finley’s singing very much in mind. The results are both surprising, and exquisitely lovely: ’This is a profound, important work‘, declared the LA Times at last year’s world premiere.


Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Overture to Romeo & Juliet
Kaija Saariaho : True Fire
Sergei Prokofiev : Symphony No 5

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17 Dec



Netherlands
 Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2.15pm 
WYNTON MARSALIS' VIOLIN CONCERTO AND STRAVINSKY'S THE RITE OF SPRING
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam
Netherlands
http://www.concertgebouw.nl

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
James Gaffigan - dirigent
Nicola Benedetti - viool




Guus Janssen : Dutch mambo
Wynton Marsalis : Vioolconcert in D Nederlandse
Igor Stravinsky : Le sacre du printemps, tableaux de la Russie païenne en deux parties

17 Dec



United States
 Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 4:00pm 
The Dessoff Choirs Host Holiday Messiah Sing-in
James Memorial Chapel
3041 Broadway
United States

Tickets: $15
The Dessoff Choirs

The Messiah Sing is a beloved seasonal event and the start of a new tradition for Dessoff. It marks the ensemble’s debut at the James Memorial Chapel at the Union Theological Seminary. All singers and non-singers alike are invited to join with the choir on the work’s many choruses while Dessoff singers will have the opportunity to perform the solo arias.

G F Handel : MESSIAH

18 Dec



United States
 Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4:00pm 
The Dessoff Choirs Perform Holiday Sing-in
St. John's Episcopal Church
319 St. John's Place
United States

Tickets: $25-35
The Dessoff Choirs

Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs celebrates the holidays as part of its 92nd season. This year, it presents a trio of concerts featuring seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangements of carols, including Handel’s Messiah, the quintessential classical music highpoint of the Christmas season; Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230, Gregg Smith’s Twelve Days of Christmas; and Robert Parsons’s Ave Maria, to name a few.

J.S. Bach : Lobet den Herrn
Robert Parsons : Ave Maria
John Tavener : God is With Us

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United States
 Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. 
Pianist Kayta Grineva Celebrates the Holidays
Carnegie Hall
New York
United States

Tickets: $35 and up
Katya Grineva (piano)

Celebrating her 16th annual solo appearance at Carnegie Hall, classical pianist Katya Grineva presents an evening of holiday music and virtuoso romantic masterpieces for one night only, Tuesday, December 27, at 8:00 p.m. The Russian native, whose dream it was to one day play at the iconic venue, is the first woman to perform as a soloist at Carnegie this many times. Known for her deep connection to the Romantics, Katya mixes staples by Mozart and Chopin with various seasonal chestnuts. Performing works from her holiday album A Classical Holiday, Katya showcases new arrangements of Christmas classics including Silent Night, Sleigh Ride, and I’ll be Home for Christmas as well as traditional carols and pieces from The Nutcracker. (

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Sonata in A Major

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