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3 Jul



United Kingdom
 Friday, July 03, 2015 at 6pm 
SVADBA
Festival d'Aix en Provence

United Kingdom
http://www.festival-aix.com/en

Musical direction: Dáirine Ní Mheadhra
Stage direction: Ted Huffman and Zack Winokur
Costumes and stage design: Samal Blak
Video: Sven Ortel
Light : Marcus Doshi
Dramaturgy and stage assistant: Antonio Cuenca Ruiz
Vocal coach and percussions: John Hess
Language coach: Sandra Mila
Video assistant: Kate Ducey
Milica: Florie Valiquette*
Danica: Liesbeth Devos
Lena: Jennifer Davis
Zora: Pauline Sikirdji
Nada: Andrea Ludwig
Ljubica: Mireille Lebel

Svadba was originally commissioned and produced by Dáirine Ní Mheadhra and John Hess of Queen of Puddings Music Theatre in Toronto
New production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and of the Académie européenne de musique
In coproduction with Angers Nantes Opéra, les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Festival Ljubljana, Ars Musica and Sarajevo Winter

ARTICLE: Bernard Foccroulle writes on Svadba's rehearsals (in French)

PHOTOS: Photos album of Svadba's rehearsals

AUDIO: Audio excerpts of Svadba's rehearsals

Tomorrow Milica will be getting married. The night before the ceremony, she sings and plays with her girlfriends. They dance, they argue, they make fun of the boys, go swimming and eventually say farewell. Throughout this hen night, they burst into songs, which possess the husky spontaneity and the rough charm of folklore verse but are transfigured by the imaginative writing of the Serbian composer living in Canada, Ana Sokolović. Svadba – which means marriage – is a musical and theatrical feast, both poignant and playful. After a huge success in the United States, this chamber opera for six a capella women’s voice will be given at the Festival d’Aix as a new production which will also be the European premiere of the scenic version. Long live the bride!

On 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 16 July 2015 at 6pm


Ana Sokolovic : Svadba

4 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 04, 2015 at 7.30pm 
The Immortal
Manchester International Festival
Manchester
United Kingdom

Conductor Juanjo Mena

EXAUDI
Director James Weeks

Manchester Chamber Choir
Chorus master Justin Doyle

Requiem
Soprano Ruby Hughes
Mezzo soprano Clara Mouriz
Tenor Steve Davislim
Bass baritone Jochen Kupfer

The Immortal
Librettist Melanie Challenger
Baritone Mark Stone


Manchester International Festival presents the world première of The Immortal, a new work for orchestra and chorus by one of Britain’s brightest young composers, Mark Simpson.

Inspired by John Gray’s book The Immortalization Commission, Simpson’s work explores the obsession with death that lies at the heart of the human experience.

Drawing on the so-called ‘Cross Correspondences’, the extraordinary scripts of a series of séances undertaken in the first decades of the 20th century, this oratorio portrays the crisis of faith experienced by Frederick Myers, president of the Society of Psychical Research. Myers’ attempt to prove the existence of an afterlife was made more poignant by his own desperate hope of reuniting with the love of his life, whose untimely death haunted both his life and his work.

Mark Simpson has worked with librettist Melanie Challenger to create The Immortal, which will be performed by the BBC Philharmonic, EXAUDI and Manchester Chamber Choir with solo baritone Mark Stone. The Immortal will be complemented by a performance of Mozart’s Requiem, the composer’s poignant and prescient anticipation of his own death.


Mark Simpson : The Immortal

4 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 04, 2015 at 6.00pm 
The Neville Ensemble: Memories in Music
St Oswald's Church, Durham
Church Street DH1 3DQ
United Kingdom

Tickets: £5
Elizabeth Roberts Soprano
Jane Shuttleworth Recorder
Christopher Skelton-Foord Piano
Janet Evans Piano


Songs and music written for recorder by some of England's finest composers

Herbert Howells : Gavotte
Edmund Rubbra : Passacaglia sopra "Plusiers Regrets"
Edward Elgar : Sea Pictures
Gordon Jacob : Variations
Benjamin Britten : Cabaret Songs
Lennox Berkley : Sonatina
David Dubery : Three Songs to Poems by Robert Graves

5 Jul 
 
6 Jul 
 
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8 Jul



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 08, 2015 at  
THE MONSTER IN THE MAZE
Festival d'Aix en Provence

United Kingdom
http://www.festival-aix.com/en

Musical direction: Sir Simon Rattle
Stage direction (semi-staged version): Marie-Ève Signeyrole*
Stage design: Fabien Teigné
Light Philippe: Berthomé
Theseus: Damien Bigourdan
Theseus' mother: Lucie Roche*
Dedalus: Damien Pass*
Minos: Miloud Khétib
Chorus: Amateur choristers (children, teenagers and adults)
Chorus Director: Simon Halsey
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra and Mediterranean Youth Orchestra


The King of Crete has defeated Greece. He imposes a terrible tribute on the vanquished population: each year the city of Athens has to send young men who will be thrown into Dedalus’s labyrinth and eventually be devoured by the beast locked up in it, the notorious minotaur, half-man, half-bull. Appropriating this epic drama, British composer Jonathan Dove has written an opera for the young and the old, interpreted by a handful of soloists, a youth orchestra that will be trained with the help of the London Symphony Orchestra musicians, and 300 amateur choristers from the region of Aix, including children, teenagers and adults. Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, all embark on an adventure which promises to breathe much life and spirit into this great mythological saga. A pedagogical project par excellence, this performance will be the culmination of a series of workshops for amateur choristers, organised throughout the year by the Festival’s Passerelles department.


On 8 July 2015 at 8pm and on 9 July 2015 at 11am


Jonathan Dove : The Monster in the Maze

9 Jul



United Kingdom
 Thursday, July 09, 2015 at Times of choir to be announced 
Richter / Pärt
Manchester International Festival
Manchester
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free


This extraordinary project, several years in the planning, brings together two of the world’s most influential and enduring cultural figures.

In early autumn 2013, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Alex Poots introduced artist Gerhard Richter and composer Arvo Pärt for the first time. As a result of that meeting in Dresden, both men made work inspired by and dedicated to the other.

The work that has developed from this remarkable creative partnership will be premiéred at MIF15 in a significant new show. A suite of four new works by Richter, Ashes (2015) and his Doppelgrau (2014), will be presented with Pärt’s Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fátima in the newly renovated landscape gallery of the Whitworth.

Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fátima will be performed live throughout the day from Thu 9 to Sat 11 July by celebrated Estonian choir Vox Clamantis and thereafter by local choirs.

Dates and Times

Thu 9July 2pm - 9pm Vox Clamantis performance
Fri 10July 10am - 9pm Vox Clamantis performance
Sat 11July 10am - 9pm Vox Clamantis performance
Sun 12July 10am - 5pm
Mon 13July 10am - 5pm
Tue 14July 10am - 5pm
Wed 15July 10am - 5pm
Thu 16July 10am - 9pm
Fri 17July 10am - 5pm
Sat 18July 10am - 5pm
Sun 19July 10am - 5pm


Arvo Part : Various

10 Jul 
 
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12 Jul



United Kingdom
 Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Arvo Pärt
Manchester International Festival
Manchester
United Kingdom

Music director Gábor Takács-Nagy
Choir Vox Clamantis
Choir artistic director Jaan-Eik Tulve

Arvo Pärt’s music, at once ancient and modern, seeks to communicate what the composer has described as “love for every note”. His music is utterly unique and of huge appeal with audiences internationally; today, Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world.

Arvo Pärt, Manchester Camerata’s Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy and MIF have curated a special evening of orchestral and choral works that perfectly demonstrates the overwhelmingly spiritual quality of his music.

This one-off concert celebrates Pärt’s first visit to Manchester and the extraordinary project that brings together the work of Gerhard Richter and Arvo Pärt at the Whitworth as part of MIF15.

'I love his music, and I love the fact that he is such a brave, talented man... He’s completely out of step with the zeitgeist and yet he’s enormously popular, which is so inspiring. His music fulfills a deep human need that has nothing to do with fashion.' Steve Reich on Arvo Pärt


Arvo Part : Fratres
Arvo Part : Stabat Mater
Arvo Part : Como cierva Sedienta
Arvo Part : Da pacem Domine
Arvo Part : Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fátima

13 Jul



United Kingdom
 Monday, July 13, 2015 at 12:00 
Armageddon: The end of time
Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival
Torikatu 39, FI-88900 KUHMO, Finland
United Kingdom
http://www.kuhmofestival.fi/inenglish.htm
kuhmo.festival@kuhmofestival.fi

Tickets: €17.50/13.50





Astor Piazzolla : La fin del mundo
Jacob ter Veldhuis : String Quartet No. 2 "Postnuclear Winterscenario"
Astor Piazzolla : Se Termino (C'est fini)
Sofia Gubaidulina : Silenzio for Violin, Cello and Bayan
Carlo Gesualdo : Tenebrae factae sunt, Responsoria for Vocal Sextet
Franz Schubert : Chor der Engel, D. 440 for Vocal Quartet and Positive Organ
Jimi Hendrix : Purple Haze

14 Jul 
 
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17 Jul



United Kingdom
 Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7.30pm 
First Night of the Proms
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Lars Vogt piano
Christopher Maltman baritone
BBC Singers
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conductor

Two Nordic anniversaries launch this year’s BBC Proms: Denmark’s Carl Nielsen and Finland’s Jean Sibelius both celebrate their 150th-birthday years. Two exotic musical retellings of the story of the Babylonian king Belshazzar include the first of this summer’s feast of choral works. Celebrated German pianist Lars Vogt is soloist in the first of six late great Mozart piano concertos, and British composer Gary Carpenter spearheads the 32 premieres this season – a musical taste of things to come.


Carl Nielsen : Maskarade
Gary Carpenter : Dadaville
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor
Jean Sibelius : Belshazzar's Feast – suite
William Walton : Belshazzar's Feast

18 Jul 
 
19 Jul



United Kingdom
 Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 7.30pm 
John Woolrich: Falling Down
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Margaret Cookhorn contra-bassoon
Lucy Crowe soprano
Gerhild Romberger mezzo-soprano
Dmytro Popov tenor
Kostas Smoriginas bass-baritone
CBSO Chorus
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conductor

Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony is a celebration of human endeavour, as is his ballet score The Creatures of Prometheus. Andris Nelsons gives his final concert as Music Director of the CBSO before returning (see Proms 49 and 51) with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, of which became Music Director last season. John Woolrich’s dark, sardonic contra-bassoon concerto was written for the CBSO’s own contra-bassoonist Margaret Cookhorn.

John Woolrich : Falling Down
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral'

20 Jul



United Kingdom
 Monday, July 20, 2015 at 13:00 
Homage to Tallis
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Andrew Carwood director
The Cardinall's Musick

The Cardinall’s Musick returns to the BBC Proms with director Andrew Carwood to launch a major new project: the Tallis Edition, aiming to throw new light on the music of this most lyrical of English polyphonists. As well as a selection of the composer’s liturgical music, the concert includes his extraordinary 40-part motet Spem in alium, in addition to the world premiere of a new tribute to Tallis by British composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

Thomas Tallis : Videte miraculum
Thomas Tallis : O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit
Thomas Tallis : Hear the voice and prayer
Thomas Tallis : Why fum'th in fight?
Thomas Tallis : Suscipe quaeso
Thomas Tallis : O nata lux de lumine
Thomas Tallis : O sacrum convivium
Thomas Tallis : O salutaris hostia
Cheryl Frances-Hoad : Homage to Tallis
Thomas Tallis : Spem in Alium

20 Jul



United Kingdom
 Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Haydn, HK Gruber & Stravinsky
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
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Colin Currie percussion
BBC Philharmonic
John Storgårds conductor

Petrushka, with its bustling Shrovetide fair and colourful carnival characters, launches a week dominated by the music of Stravinsky. All three of the composer’s great scores for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes are performed this season – bright, folkloric textures gradually giving way to new musical brutality. Haydn’s ‘Paris’ Symphony set the City of Light talking over a century earlier. The second movement of ‘La reine’ (The Queen) shares Stravinsky’s sophisticated approach to folk music, while Viennese maverick HK Gruber’s into the open … echoes the ballet’s vivid scoring with instruments from Thailand, Africa and South America. Former BBC Young Musician of the Year Colin Currie joins the BBC Philharmonic under its Principal Guest Conductor John Storgårds.


HK Gruber : into the open …
Igor Stravinsky : Petrushka (1911 version)
Joseph Haydn : Symphony No. 85 in B flat major 'La reine'

21 Jul 
 
22 Jul



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Delius, Nielsen, Hugh Wood & Ravel
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Mark Simpson clarinet
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis conductor

Afternoon heat breeds musical languor in a Prom that drifts from Delius’s summer garden to the classical landscapes of Ravel’s lovers Daphnis and Chloe. Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Mark Simpson is the soloist in anniversary composer Nielsen’s intimate, playful Clarinet Concerto. Hugh Wood’s Epithalamium is a new cantata that delights in John Donne’s sensuous and jubilant verse.

Frederick Delius : In a Summer Garden
Carl Nielsen : Clarinet Concerto
Hugh Wood : Epithalamium
Maurice Ravel : Daphnis et Chloe – Suite No. 2

23 Jul 
 
24 Jul 
 
25 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Living British Composers Recital
John Savage Centre
Fencepiece Road, Hainault, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 (£7 concessions)
David Brain



Derek Foster : Piano Piece 1975
Nick Ray : Recollections Book III
Anthony Green : Piano Sonata no.3
David Brain : Piano Sonata

25 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 15:00 
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom
02075898212

Ulrich Heinen cello
Hilary Summers contralto
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Franck Ollu conductor

French conductor Franck Ollu makes his Proms debut, directing the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in the first of two concerts celebrating composer Pierre Boulez’s 90th-birthday year. Boulez’s own Notations – written while he was still a student – sits alongside his Dérive 2, both works embedded in the ‘family tree’ of a composer whose works interconnect in ever-evolving ways.

The concert also features Wanderlied for cello and ensemble by Boulez’s French-American contemporary Betsy Jolas, as well as music by two young composers new to the Proms: Shiori Usui and Joanna Lee.


Pierre Boulez : Notations 2, 11 & 10; La treizième (arr. J. Schöllhorn)
Shiori Usui : Ophiocordyceps unilateralis s.l.
Betsy Jolas : Wanderlied
Joanna Lee : Hammer of Solitude
Pierre Boulez : Dérive 2

26 Jul 
 
27 Jul



United Kingdom
 Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Pierre Boulez: Notations 1–4 & 7
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Leila Josefowicz violin
Elysian Singers (women's voices)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki conductor

Once an irascible enfant terrible, Pierre Boulez was born 90 years ago. The Proms celebrations continue with one of his earliest works. Originally a series of 12 brilliant miniatures for piano, Notations is gradually being expanded by the composer into an orchestral cycle. Holst’s The Planets brings musical imagery of a different kind. Violinist Leila Josefowicz makes a welcome return to the Proms, with a new concerto composed specially for her by one of Italy’s greatest living composers.


Pierre Boulez : Notations 1–4 & 7
Luca Francesconi : Duende – The Dark Notes
Gustav Holst : The Planets

28 Jul 
 
29 Jul



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Prokofiev, Qigang Chen & Rachmaninov
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
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Meng Meng soprano
Anu Komsi soprano
Piia Komsi soprano
Jia Li pipa
Jing Chang zheng
Nan Wang erhu
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Xian Zhang conductor

Following last night’s Prokofiev piano concerto cycle, tonight’s Prom opens with the Russian’s bright and joyous ‘Classical’ Symphony, which surprised critics of the young firebrand composer with its formal elegance. It’s paired with Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony – beloved for its intimate, lyrical slow movement. Rachmaninov might be the original composer of the ‘big tune’, but it’s an instinct China’s Qigang Chen – a pupil of Messiaen – shares. East and West come together for his evocative Iris dévoilée, pairing traditional Chinese instruments with Western harmonies.


Sergei Prokofiev : Symphony No. 1 in D major, 'Classical'
Qigang Chen : Iris dévoilée
Sergei Rachmaninov : Symphony No. 2 in E minor

30 Jul



Austria
 Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 7.30pm 
SALZBURG CONTEMPORARY • BOULEZ • ORF RADIO-SYMPHONIEORCHESTER WIEN
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

JACK Quartet
Ari Streisfeld, Violin
Christopher Otto, Violin
John Pickford Richards, Viola
Kevin McFarland, Cello

‘It is not enough to construct one’s revolution, one must also dream it’: thus, Pierre Boulez once formulated his artistic credo. It would never have been enough for him to appear only as a prophet of the avant-garde and a radical revolutionary, administering fundamental criticism to rigid, anti-modernist structures with his notorious demand to blow up all opera houses. Instead, as a composer he was always a sensuous poet of sound, striving quite traditionally for technical mastery and personal expression in equal measure, also and especially when experimenting with the latest techniques, such as guided chance and live electronics – a dedicated explorer and reformer. Reflecting his search for perfection and the ideal implementation of his thoughts, many of his pieces have undergone various stages of development, growing in scope, instrumentation and duration and thereby becoming others, as if they were living organisms undergoing maturation. If Salzburg contemporary takes Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday as an occasion to focus on his eminent œuvre, naturally this includes some of the great key works of New Music of the past 70 years – interpreted by the friends, students and comrades-in-arms of this singular musician, who has also made history as a conductor. With the French tradition ranging from Debussy to Boulez’s influential teacher Olivier Messiaen, and the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern, the series also highlights some of the music of the past that influenced Boulez. These works are complemented by a new piece by Olga Neuwirth, whose music Pierre Boulez is very fond of: a portrait of the artist as an ageless man.

Pierre Boulez : Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna pour orchestre en huit groupes
Gustav Mahler : Symphony No. 1 in D

31 Jul 
 
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