CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

 

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THE CURRENT 2018/2019 PROGRAMME IS LISTED BELOW

 

 

 

 

Sunday 6th January 2019: 1500hrs: Viennese New Year

 

They call Vienna “the city of dreams”, and it wouldn’t be New Year without the music of Johann Strauss and friends. There will be elegant waltzes, playful polkas, and operetta romance from soprano Jennifer France. So let the CBSO whirl you back to a more glamorous age, as we raise a glass to the start of another great year of music! The programme includes:

 

J. Strauss II             Die Fledermaus: Overture and Laughing Song, 11’

Waldteufel               Estudiantina Waltz, 6’

Lehár                      The Merry Widow: Vilja Song, 6’

E. Strauss               Mit Dampf! Polka, 2’

J. Strauss II             Persian March, 2’

J. Strauss II             Tales from the Vienna Woods, 9’

J. Strauss II             Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, 3’

Lehár                       On my lips every kiss is like wine, 5’

J. Strauss                Die Libelle Polka-Mazurka, 5’

J. Strauss II             New Pizzicato Polka, 4’

J. Strauss II             Voices of Spring Waltz, 7’

J. Strauss II             Cuckoo Polka, 4’

J. Strauss II             Blue Danube Waltz, 8’

 

Conductor:               Stephen Bell

Soprano:                 Jennifer France

 

Deadline for bookings = Friday 14th December 2018 

 

Stalls = £48.00 / Choir = £37.00

 

Wednesday 30th January 2019 1930hrs: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

 

Forget everything you thought you knew about English music, because Vaughan Williams’ Fourth Symphony is the white-hot vision of an angry prophet. It shocked audiences in 1935 and it’s every bit as gripping today. It’s hard to think of a more perfect contrast than Beethoven’s radiant Violin Concerto: deep serenity and endless song, played today by Augustin Hadelich – Musical America’s 2018 “Instrumentalist of the Year”.

 

Prokofiev                The Love for Three Oranges: Suite, 15’

Beethoven              Violin Concerto, 42’

Vaughan Williams  Symphony No. 4, 34’

 

Conductor:             Cristian Măcelaru

Violin:                     Augustin Hadelich

 

Deadline for bookings = Thursday 3rd January 2019 

 

Stalls = £47.00 / Choir = £36.00

 

 

Wednesday 20th February 2019 1930hrs: Yamada conducts Manfred

 

Tormented by forbidden desires, Byron’s Manfred roams the mountains alone. Byron didn’t do understatement – but Tchaikovsky sensed a kindred spirit, and his huge Manfred Symphony contains some of the rawest, most personal and most passionate music he ever wrote. Prokofiev’s sparkling Third Piano Concerto is like bottled sunshine alongside it – and the award-winning Alexander Gavrylyuk knows exactly how to make it sparkle.

 

Schumann              Manfred: Overture, 12’

Prokofiev                Piano Concerto No. 3, 28’

Tchaikovsky            Manfred Symphony, 56’

 

Conductor:             Kazuki Yamada

Piano:                     Alexander Gavrylyuk

 

Deadline for bookings = Thursday 17th January 2019

 

 Stalls = £47.00 / Choir = £36.00

 

Saturday 16th March 2019 1900hrs: Mirga conducts Shostakovic

 

Shostakovich called his Fifth Symphony “a Soviet artist’s response to just criticism” – but then, in Stalin’s Russia, he didn’t have much choice, and the music tells a far darker story. Tonight, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla explores every facet of a 20th-century icon – from the razor-sharp wit of the First Piano Concerto, played by Russian sensation Anna Vinnitskaya, to the deliciously tuneful The Limpid Stream, one of the works to which Stalin had taken exception.

 

Shostakovich          The Limpid Stream: Suite, 16’

Shostakovich          Piano Concerto No. 1, 21’

Shostakovich          Symphony No. 5, 46’

 

Conductor:             Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla 

Piano:                     Anna Vinnitskaya       

Trumpet:                Jonathan Holland

 

Deadline for bookings = Thursday 7th February 2019

 

Stalls = £47.00 / Choir = £36.00

 

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