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April 2014

7.00pmTuesday 22nd April

KHOVANSKYGATE: A NATIONAL ENQUIRY

Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham. 0121 246 6632

Stratford, Birmingham Opera Company

Khovanshchina by Modest Musorgsky

The Freedom Tent, Cannon Hill, The People's Park. KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry raises strikingly modern parallels; the story takes place in a Russia divided by powerful conservative forces and growing Westernising...

7.00pmThursday 24th April

KHOVANSKYGATE: A NATIONAL ENQUIRY

Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham. 0121 246 6632

Stratford, Birmingham Opera Company

Khovanshchina by Modest Musorgsky

The Freedom Tent, Cannon Hill, The People's Park. KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry raises strikingly modern parallels; the story takes place in a Russia divided by powerful conservative forces and growing Westernising...

7.00pmSaturday 26th April

BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Storgårds, Stone, Gardner, CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus

Holst, Bernstein, Walton

1931: William Walton takes a huge choir and a massive symphony orchestra, adds a couple of brass bands - and blows English music sky-high. Big,...

7.00pmMonday 28th April

KHOVANSKYGATE: A NATIONAL ENQUIRY

Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham. 0121 246 6632

Stratford, Birmingham Opera Company

Khovanshchina by Modest Musorgsky

The Freedom Tent, Cannon Hill, The People's Park. KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry raises strikingly modern parallels; the story takes place in a Russia divided by powerful conservative forces and growing Westernising...

7.00pmWednesday 30th April

KHOVANSKYGATE: A NATIONAL ENQUIRY

Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham. 0121 246 6632

Stratford, Birmingham Opera Company

Khovanshchina by Modest Musorgsky

The Freedom Tent, Cannon Hill, The People's Park. KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry raises strikingly modern parallels; the story takes place in a Russia divided by powerful conservative forces and growing Westernising...

2.15pmThursday 1st May

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV'S SCHEHERAZADE

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Payare, Biss

Brahms, Schumann, Rimsky-Korsakov

Schumann poured out his feelings for his beloved Clara. And Scheherazade just wanted to keep her head! But every one of them told an unforgettable...

7.00pmFriday 2nd May

KHOVANSKYGATE: A NATIONAL ENQUIRY

Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham. 0121 246 6632

Stratford, Birmingham Opera Company

Khovanshchina by Modest Musorgsky

The Freedom Tent, Cannon Hill, The People's Park. KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry raises strikingly modern parallels; the story takes place in a Russia divided by powerful conservative forces and growing Westernising...

7.30pmThursday 8th May

RACHMANINOV AND SHOSTAKOVICH

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Orozco-Estrada, Lamsma

Ravel, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov

Far from all he loved, Sergei Rachmaninov dreamed of another world. The result was his Symphonic Dances: half-symphony, half-ballet, all Rachmaninov. Andrés Orozco-Estrada...

7.30pmFriday 9th May

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: SILENT HEROES - BUSTER KEATON

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Davis

Silent Heroes - Buster Keaton

It doesn't matter how good your home cinema is. Until you've heard a full symphony orchestra accompanying a film live, you haven't experienced the ultimate...

2.30pmSunday 11th May

FAMILY CONCERT: BITE-SIZE CLASSICS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Malloy, CBSO Children's Chorus

Bite-size Classics

Highlights from: Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmila - Overture Fauré: Dolly Suite Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 Copland: Rodeo - Hoe Down Prokofiev: Classical Symphony Mercury: Bohemian Rhapsody and more When you're into classical...

7.30pmSunday 11th May

CBSO BENEVOLENT FUND CONCERT

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Rattle, Donohoe

Rachmaninov, Brahms

When Sir Simon Rattle comes home to Birmingham, it's always a special occasion. But with Sir Simon giving his services gratis in support of the CBSO Benevolent Fund*, this concert...

7.30pmWednesday 14th May

HAYDN AND MOZART

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Cookhorn, Gibbons

Haydn, Mozart, Woolrich

Andris Nelsons gets us smiling with two of the deliciously witty symphonies Haydn wrote specially for British audiences, and then throws in a very special bonus: the fantastically inventive concerto...

2.15pmThursday 15th May

HAYDN AND MOZART

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Sibley, Gibbons

Haydn and Mozart

Andris Nelsons sets a playful mood with two of Haydn's deliciously witty 'London' symphonies, and then whisks us into the era of the Festival of Britain,...

4.00pmSaturday 24th May

DER ROSENKAVALIER

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Isokoski, Coote, Bevan, Hawlata, Stone, Bottone, Stephen, Park, Wade, CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus

Der Rosenkavalier

Love conquers everything, so they say... but what about Time? In a fairytale Vienna, the beautiful Marschallin and her teenage lover are about to discover...

2.15pmWednesday 28th May

ANDRIS AND HÅKAN IN CONCERT

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Hardenberger

Ravel, Haydn, Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel)

A hut on hen's legs, luminous skulls, baroque watercolours... sounds spectacular? It's amazing what you can achieve with a head full of tunes and a...

7.30pmThursday 29th May

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Hardenberger

Ravel, Dean, Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel)

When Maurice Ravel arranged Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, he created one of the few adaptations that's better than the original! From its opening ...

2.15pmThursday 5th June

SUMMER SERENADE

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Jackson

Grieg, Mozart, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky

Once upon a time, serenades were played in the open air. This afternoon, you'll almost feel the summer sunshine as the CBSO's leader Laurence Jackson...

7.30pmFriday 6th June

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: HEROES AND SUPERHEROES

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Kaufman

Heroes and Superheroes

Featuring music from: Superman Dances with Wolves 633 Squadron Saving Private Ryan The Sea Hawk ...

7.30pmWednesday 11th June

THOMAS ADÈS: NEW HORIZONS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Adès, Hodges

Ravel, Barry, Coll, Adès

As both internationally-renowned composer and visionary conductor, Thomas Adès is one of the most compelling figures in the contemporary arts, bringing a unique insight to...

11.30amThursday 12th June

SCHOOLS CONCERT: CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Smedley

Carnival of the Animals

Famous as Laa Laa from Teletubbies, Nikky Smedley has over 30 years' experience of creating work for children. Today, she teams up with the full CBSO to give a guided...

1.30pmThursday 12th June

SCHOOLS CONCERT: CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Smedley

Carnival of the Animals

Famous as Laa Laa from Teletubbies, Nikky Smedley has over 30 years' experience of creating work for children. Today, she teams up with the full CBSO to give a guided...

11.00amSaturday 14th June

NOTELETS: HOOTING AND TOOTING

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO Players

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Following on from the fun of the brass, strings and percussion Notelets, now it's time to meet the woodwind section of the orchestra with flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons. Bring the youngest...

1.30pmSaturday 14th June

NOTELETS: HOOTING AND TOOTING

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO Players

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Following on from the fun of the brass, strings and percussion Notelets, now it's time to meet the woodwind section of the orchestra with flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons. Bring the youngest...

3.30pmSaturday 14th June

NOTELETS: HOOTING AND TOOTING

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO Players

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Following on from the fun of the brass, strings and percussion Notelets, now it's time to meet the woodwind section of the orchestra with flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons. Bring the youngest...

7.00pmSunday 15th June

THE CBSO PLAY THE ADRIAN BOULT HALL

Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire. 0121 780 3333

Patterson

Grieg, Pehkonen, Elgar, Strauss

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7.30pmWednesday 18th June

STRAUSS AND SHAKESPEARE

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Hannigan

Mendelssohn, Abrahamsen, Strauss

Richard Strauss wasn't one to throw the baby out with the bathwater. His extraordinary Symphonia Domestica is a no-holds-barred musical diary of a day with...

2.15pmThursday 19th June

BEETHOVEN'S EMPEROR CONCERTO

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Lewis

Beethoven, Strauss

"What could be more serious than family life?" asked Richard Strauss, and promptly composed his extraordinary Symphonia Domestica: a wonderfully over-the-top celebration of...

7.30pmThursday 26th June

MOZART'S C MINOR MASS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Brandon, Milne, Johnson, Mlinde, Tattersdill, CBSO Chorus

Mozart

When Mozart got married, he made a pact with heaven - and Mozart took his promises seriously. The result was the tremendous C minor Mass:...

7.00pmSaturday 28th June

MOZART'S MASS IN C MINOR

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Brandon, Milne, Johnson, Mlinde, Tattersdill, CBSO Chorus

Mozart

When Mozart got married, he made a pact with heaven - and Mozart took his promises seriously. The result was the tremendous C minor Mass:...

7.30pmWednesday 2nd July

BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Gardner, Gubanova, Bretz

Janácek, Bartók

"In wars outside the blood runs redly / Here is something far more deadly / Ladies and gentlemen." Bluebeard's castle has seven doors. Judith is...

7.30pmFriday 4th July

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: A GERSHWIN AND BERNSTEIN GALA

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Yates, West End Vocalists, Sangiorgio

New, York, New York - A Gershwin and Bernstein Gala

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue • Summertime I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise Girl Crazy - Overture • I've Got a Crush on You Our Love...

7.00pmSaturday 26th July

CBSO YOUTH ORCHESTRA ACADEMY

Town Hall, Birmingham. 0121 345 0603

Seal

Kodály, Strauss, Beethoven

Beethoven's Eroica Symphony blew classical music sky-high. Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen is a cry of anguish in a world devastated by madness. This is music of extremes:...

7.30pmMonday 25th August

WAGNER AND ELGAR

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Vogt

Wagner, Elgar

Wagner: Parsifal - Good Friday Music 11' Act 2 Soliloquy 7' Act 3: Nur eine Waffe taugt 6' Wagner: Lohengrin - Prelude to Act 3 4' Lohengrin's Soliloquy and Grail Narration 9' Elgar: Symphony No. 2 54' "Here,...