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8 Oct

United Kingdom
 Thursday, October 08, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Richard Ayres
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Singers
Ilan Volkov Conductor

Ilan Volkov, known for the dynamic clarity of his performances, creates an intriguing sea-inspired frame for a world premiere. Both Mendelssohn and Beethoven conjured the scene for A Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, while the BBC Singers join us for Schubert's delicately atmospheric Song of the spirits over the water. Before the salt-fresh elemental energy of Haydn's Symphony No. 52 in C minor, comes a new work by Richard Ayres, a composer whose playful theatricality is attuned to the classical past.

Felix Mendelssohn : Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Ludwig Beethoven : Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Op 112
Richard Ayres : No. 48
Franz Schubert : Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, D 714
Joseph Haydn : Symphony No. 52 in C minor

9 Oct 
10 Oct

United Kingdom
 Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 7.30pm 
St John's, Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7222 1061

Garry Walker conductor
London Sinfonietta

The soaring 300-year-old arches of St John’s Smith Square are the backdrop for this absorbing opening to the season: an evening of immersive music as broad and compelling as Rothko’s grand canvases. Two world premieres form the centre of the programme, with a new work by Mexican composer Marisol Jiménez bristling against Laurence Crane’s understated style. Morton Feldman’s intimate portrait For Samuel Beckett, much admired and rarely performed, completes the bill. Sit back, soak up the atmosphere and lose yourself.

Laurence Crane : Chamber Symphony no.2 'The Australian'
Morton Feldman : For Samuel Beckett

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15 Oct

United States
 Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 8:00pm-11:00pm 
Composers Concordance Presents – Pitches at an Exhibition - CHORUS 72 – Art by Rainer Gross
Gallery MC
549 West 52 Street, 8 floor
United States

Tickets: N/A
The eight-piece chorus will feature singers Sharon Harms, Melanie Mitrano, Eleanor Taylor, Melanie Gall, Gonzalo Mena, Charles Coleman, and Doug Shapiro, among others, conducted by Thomas Carlo Bo.

On October 15th, Composers Concordance continues its series ‘Pitches at an Exhibition’ with the art & music event ‘CHORUS 72.’ Presented at the innovative Gallery MC, this will feature Rainer Gross’ epic series ’72,’ inspired by the kabbalah, plus a live performance of nearly fifty one-minute choral compositions inspired by the paintings.

16 Oct 
17 Oct

United States
 Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8:00pm-10:00pm 
Lydian String Quartet with Tony Arnold, soprano
Slosberg Music Center, Waltham
415 South Street, Waltham MA, 02453
United States
(781) 736-3400

Tickets: $20 Adults | $15 Seniors & Brandeis Community | $5 Students
Lydian String Quartet, Tony Arnold

an event dedicated to the late musician, scholar and beloved Brandeis University professor of music Robert Koff, the world-renowned Lydian String Quartet kicks off their Brandeis University season with Brandeis Creative Arts Award recipient Tony Arnold, soprano. Please join us for a pre-concert talk with members of the quartet at 7 p.m. as well as a post-concert reception with the artists at the Slosberg Music Center.

Richard Wernick : String Quartet No. 5
Harold Meltzer : Aqua
Johannes Brahms : String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, op. 51 no. 1

17 Oct

 Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 12pm 
BCMG at Festival Internacional Cervantino
Festival Internacional Cervantino
Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico


Recognised as one of the most demanding and imaginative ensembles on the international scene, in 2015 Birmingham Contemporary Music Group performs a programme containing works by British composers Oliver Knussen, Tansy Davies, Simon Holt and Harrison Birtwistle at the internationally acclaimed Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico.

The concert also featuring premieres of works commissioned by the Festival by Mexican composers Alejandro Brown and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez.

Oliver Knussen : Ophelia Dances
Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez : GPS
Tansy Davies : Nature
Harrison Birtwistle : Fantasia upon all the notes
Oliver Knussen : Songs Without Voices
Simon Holt : Lilith
Alejandro Castaños : Détours
Alejandro Castaños : Détours

18 Oct

United States
 Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. 
BMOP Pays Musical Tribute to Armenia 10/18
Jordan Hall, Boston
30 Gainsborough Street
United States

Tickets: $20-50
Joining BMOP on the Jordan Hall stage are guests artists Nareh Arghamanyan (piano), Terry Everon (trumpet), the Harvard-­Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and Boston University’s Marsh Chapel Choir.

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, opens its 20th anniversary season with Resilient Voices: 1915-­2015, a concert commemorating the centennial of the Armenian genocide, in collaboration with Friends of Armenian Culture Society. The program includes 20th century works by Komitas/Aslamazyan, Alan Hovhaness, and Dmitri Shostakovich, as well as the Boston premiere of Tigran Mansurian’s 2009 Requiem.

Tigran Mansurian : Requiem
Alan Hovhaness : Khrimian Hairig
Dmitri Shostakovich : Piano Concerto No. 1

19 Oct 
20 Oct 
21 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 1.00 
Danielle Perrett recital
Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free (£1 donation requested)
Danielle Perrett

Danielle Perrett is widely regarded as one of the UK's finest Harpists

Jeffery Wilson : Contemplation for solo Harp

22 Oct 
23 Oct

United Kingdom
 Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Nordic Choral Music
St Giles, London
Cripplegate, Fore Street, London EC2
United Kingdom

BBC Singers
Grete Pedersen conductor
James McVinnie organ

Join the BBC Singers, organist James McVinnie and leading Norwegian conductor Grete Pedersen for an evening of Scandinavian choral music at St Giles’ Cripplegate, London.
The concert features Grieg’s captivating arrangement of traditional Norwegian chorales – the Four Psalms Op. 74 for baritone and mixed chorus – which became the composer’s final composition before his death in 1907.

Choral works by contemporary Norwegian and Danish composers complete the programme: from Cecilie Ore’s Shakespeare-inspired drama on the vulnerability of life ‘Toil and Trouble’ to the profound harmonic layers in Knut Kystedt’s ‘Immortal Bach’, conceived by overlapping the elegant chords of Bach’s chorale ‘Komm, süsser Tod’.

Admission to this concert is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that as not everyone who asks for tickets uses them, to make sure we have a full house we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people so please arrive early.

Knut Nystedt : Immortal Bach
Knut Nystedt : O Crux
Knut Nystedt : Resurrexit
Edvard Grieg : 4 Psalms, Op 74
Bo Holten : Regn, rusk og rosenbusk ('Rain, mist and rosebush')
Alfred Janson : Sonnet 76
Cecilie Ore : Toil & Trouble

24 Oct

United States
 Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8pm 
Broadway Theatre Center
158 N Broadway
United States

Tickets: $15, $25, and $35
Present Music
Cory Smythe

Fiery? Impetuous? Calm? Which alter ego will you don for this evening of masqueraded revelry? Play with zany characters as we collaborate with Quasimondo Physical Theatre for an evening of costumed revelry.

Allow your senses to be ravished by the sumptuous performance of PM ensemble member and 2015 Grammy award winning pianist Cory Smythe performing the music of Robert Schumann, Sciarrino, John Zorn and his own original pieces and improvisations.

Join us afterwards for our very own carnival, fabulous drinks and a costume contest to crown the King and Queen of the Night! Costumes and masks highly encouraged! (Program subject to change.This concert is not intended for children under 10.)

24 Oct

United States
 Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8:00pm-10:00pm 
Eric Chasalow 60th Birthday Concert with Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble
Slosberg Music Center, Waltham
415 South Street, Waltham MA, 02453
United States
(781) 736-3400

Tickets: FREE
Dinosaur Annex

The Brandeis University Department of Music presents a free evening with Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble in honor of the 60th birthday of Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Irving Fine Professor of Music Eric Chasalow, known for creating a vivid “super-musique concrete” that combines traditional instruments with manipulated pre-recorded sounds.

Mario Davidovsky : Quartetto No. 4
David Rakowski : All That Chas
Yu-Hui Chang : A Long Overdue Sequel
Eric Chasalow : On That Swirl of Ending Dust
Eric Chasalow : Due (Cinta)mani

25 Oct 
26 Oct

United Kingdom
 Monday, October 26, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Jerwood Hall
United Kingdom

Nicholas Collon conductor
Ann Murray DBE Mrs Grose
Andrew Staples Quint
Sophie Bevan The Governess
Jane Irwin Jessel
Aurora Orchestra

Britten's last and arguably greatest chamber opera, The Turn of the Screw combines Henry James' supernatural tale of innocence and corruption with some of the composer's most powerful music, creating a work that is by turns ravishing and shattering. A truly stellar cast – including Ann Murray, Sophie Bevan, Jane Irwin and Andrew Staples – join Aurora Orchestra under Nicholas Collon for an unmissable concert performance, atmospherically lit to intensify this most elusive and claustrophobic of ghost fables.

'Refreshing the repertoire and broadening appeal are imperative these days. Nobody does it better than Aurora.'
Barry Millington, The Evening Standard

Benjamin Britten : Turn of the Screw

27 Oct 
28 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Take Two: Oliver Knussen in Focus Two
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Britten Sinfonia
Oliver Knussen conductor
Frederieke Saeijs violin

Curated and conducted by Knussen this performance will give a compelling, personal insight into the composer, setting his own works alongside music that he loves by Mozart, Stravinsky and Tippett.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Masonic Funeral Music in C minor
Oliver Knussen : Violin Concerto
Igor Stravinsky : Ode
Michael Tippett : Concerto for Orchestra

29 Oct

United Kingdom
 Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7.30pm 
London Symphony Orchestra / John Adams
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

John Adams conductor
Leila Josefowicz violin
London Symphony Orchestra

Essential American composer John Adams brings his own take on storytelling to the Barbican including a new dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra.

Performed by close collaborator and new music champion Leila Josefowicz, Adam’s latest work takes the idea of the original Scheherazade into the present day and “imagines a modern woman storyteller/hostage whose strength of character and powers of endurance are tested over and over”. There are more traditional tales to be told in the first half with Ravel’s youthful ballet score Mother Goose, featuring Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb and Beauty and the Beast.

Maurice Ravel : Pavane pour une infante défunte
Maurice Ravel : Mother Goose
John Adams : Scheherazade.2

29 Oct

 Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: The Maiden in the Tower
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

Tuomas Hannikainen: conductor; Pekka Kuusisto: violin

Just as Brahms and Sibelius did in their concertos, Danish composer Carl Nielsen combines genuine gravitas with luminous virtuosity to present the violin “in the best light, that is, rich in content, popular and dazzling.” These gorgeous melodies are augmented by a treasure from Sibelius’ only opera The Maiden in the Tower, from which an orchestral suite has been arranged by tonight’s conductor.

To complete this programme is the world premiere performance of distinguished Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski’s tribute to the work of Jean Sibelius, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Lotta Wennäkoski : Verdigris
Carl Nielsen : Violin Concerto
Jean Sibelius : The Maiden in the Tower: Orchestral Suite

30 Oct

 Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7pm 
Riga Dzintaru Concert Hall
Riga Dzintaru Concert Hall, Riga

Andrew Gourlay conductor
Mats Bergström electric guitar
Sound Intermedia sound projection
London Sinfonietta

Michael Nyman : In C Interlude
Tansy Davies : Neon
Steve Reich : Electric Counterpoint
Edmund Finnis : in situ
Steve Reich : Radio Rewrite
Steve Reich : 2 x 5

31 Oct

United States
 Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 8:00pm-10:00pm 
Clarinetist/Composer Kinan Azmeh
Slosberg Music Center, Waltham
415 South Street, Waltham MA, 02453
United States
(781) 736-3400

Tickets: $20 Adults | $15 Seniors & Brandeis Community | $5 Students
Kinan Azmeh, painter and digital artist Kevork Mourad, and film maker and writer Khalil Younes

From Syria, clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh (“intensely soulful, a virtuoso” – The New York Times), is joined by painter and digital artist Kevork Mourad, and film maker and writer, Khalil Younes in a live, 60-minute audio-visual performance that is the centerpiece the evening’s exploration of the role of the artist in society. In this work, art and music develop in counterpoint to each other, creating a beautiful impressionistic reflection on the Syrian revolution and its aftermath. Also on the program is a premiere of a new work by Kinan Azmeh and film maker Khalil Younes for clarinet, electronics, and string quartet, performed with the Lydian String Quartet, resident faculty ensemble at Brandeis since 1980.

The visiting Syrian artists conclude a week-long residency on the Brandeis campus with the concert on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 8 p.m (preconcert talk at 7 p.m.) at the Slosberg Music Center.

The pre concert talk “Art, Beauty, and War: A Short History” will be given at 7 p.m. by Dr. James Thompson, Professor of Applied and Social Theater at the University of Manchester and Director of the In Place of War project that supports arts in war and conflict zones. There will be a post-concert reception and conversation with the artists.

Kinan Azmeh : New work for clarinet and live digital illustration
Kinan Azmeh : New work for clarinet, electronics, and string quartet

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5 Nov

United States
 Thursday, November 05, 2015 at 08:00pm 
Husband/Wife Duo Richard and Mika Stoltzman Return to Carnegie 11/5
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
New York
United States

Tickets: $50
Richard Stoltzman (clarinet)
Mika Stoltzman (marimba)

World-renowned artists Mika (marimba) and Richard Stoltzman (clarinet) return to Carnegie Hall on November 5, 2015, to showcase their amazing versatility and crossover ability in a one-night only concert event. The program includes works by Chick Corea, John Zorn, Toru Takemitsu, Bach, Ravel, and Stravinsky, as well as the world premiere of William T. McKinley’s 22-movement Mostly Blues for Clarinet and Marimba. Joining the duo on stage are guest artists Eddie Gomez (bass), Adam Albert (clarinet), John Hamann (bass clarinetist), and Miki Orihara (principal dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company).

Toru Takemitsu : Air
John Zorn : The Nymphs
William Thomas McKinley : Mostly Blues for Clarinet and Marimba
Bill Douglas : Walz Cantando for Marimba and Clarinet
Igor Stravinsky : 3 pieces for solo clarinet

5 Nov

United Kingdom
 Thursday, November 05, 2015 at Doors open 7.30pm, starts 8pm 
Rich Perks + vLookup Trio: Fretless Architecture
Colchester Arts Centre
Church St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF
United Kingdom
01206 500900

Tickets: Tickets £7 / £6 concessions
Rich Perks (fretless electric guitar), Andrew Hall (trumpet) and Tom Atherton (percussion).

As both a guitarist and composer Rich exhibits a keen interest in anything unusual, progressive and innovative. As well as being an active gigging musician in the commercial industry, he performs much contemporary, experimental and improvised music, specialising in fretless electric guitar.

The vLookup Trio is comprised of Rich Perks (fretless electric guitar), Andrew Hall (trumpet) and Tom Atherton (percussion). Together they explore pieces which combine pre-composed material with improvisation in styles that range from avant-garde noise to funk-rock, whilst also pushing the sonic possibilities of a trio instrumentation by incorporating effects and live electronics.

Last year Rich released an international call for scores, in conjunction with Colchester New Music. His aim was to explore the possibilities of the fretless electric guitar further; in the hope that through making relationships with composers, the full potential of this young and exciting instrument could be discovered and developed.

In this ground-breaking performance, Colchester Arts Centre hosts the premieres of five works selected from this call, juxtaposed with vLookup's sonic adventures.

Julia Usher : Turbulence
Tyler Minshew : Rhapsody No. 1
Phil Maguire : Elephants
Andrew Hall : Divisions
Josh Trotter : Deadly Sinner

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