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January 2013

7.30pmFriday 4th January

THE CBSO IN MALVERN

Forum Theatre, Malvern. 01684 892277

Yates, Edwards

Viennese New Year

Programme includes: Johann Strauss II: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka Annen-Polka Blue Danube Waltz Thunder and Lightning Polka Supp: Overture - Poet and Peasant Lehr: Gold and Silver Waltz Kreisler: Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta Heuberger: The Opera Ball - Overture & Im Chambre Spare Lehr: Girls were Made to Love and Kiss Waldteufel: Skaters' Waltz Tauber: My Heart and I Romberg: The Student Prince - Serenade Sieczynski: Vienna, City of my Dreams Vienna, city of my dreamsas sweet as a slice of sachertorte and as fizzy as champagne, it simply wouldn't be New Year without the music of Johann Strauss and friends! There'll be elegant waltzes, playful polkas, and good old-fashioned operetta romance from tenor James Edwards. So let the CBSO and maestro Martin Yates whirl you back to a more...

3.00pmSaturday 5th January

VIENNESE NEW YEAR

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

Yates, Edwards

Viennese New Year

Programme includes: Johann Strauss II: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka Annen-Polka Blue Danube Waltz Thunder and Lightning Polka Supp: Overture - Poet and Peasant Lehr: Gold and Silver Waltz Kreisler: Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta Heuberger: The Opera Ball - Overture & Im Chambre Spare Lehr: Girls were Made to Love and Kiss Waldteufel: Skaters' Waltz Tauber: My Heart and I Romberg: The Student Prince - Serenade Sieczynski: Vienna, City of my Dreams Vienna, city of my dreamsas sweet as a slice of sachertorte and as fizzy as champagne, it simply wouldn't be New Year without the music of Johann Strauss and friends! There'll be elegant waltzes, playful polkas, and good old-fashioned operetta romance from tenor James Edwards. So let the CBSO and maestro Martin Yates whirl you back to a more...

7.30pmWednesday 9th January

THE BIRMINGHAM BEETHOVEN CYCLE: SYMPHONIES 4 & 5

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

Nelsons, Sampson

The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle

Everyone knows the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony; if that's all you know, you're in for a thrilling surprise, as Andris Nelsons' Beethoven odyssey arrives at the most famous symphony of all time. Prepare to be electrified - and to be delighted by the Fifth's prettier, funnier sister, the exuberant Fourth Symphony. Plus a chance to hear Britain's brightest young soprano in Ah, Perfido!: a whole opera crammed into just 15 show-stopping minutes! To see the full Birmingham Beethoven Cycle, go to www.birminghambeethoven.co.uk. The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle is being supported by Barclays and through the generosity of Miss Brant, a lifelong supporter of the CBSO who died recently. ...

2.15pmThursday 10th January

THE BIRMINGHAM BEETHOVEN CYCLE: SYMPHONIES 4 & 5

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

Nelsons, Sampson

The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle

Everyone knows the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony; if that's all you know, you're in for a thrilling surprise, as Andris Nelsons' Beethoven odyssey arrives at the most famous symphony of all time. Prepare to be electrified - and to be delighted by the Fifth's prettier, funnier sister, the exuberant Fourth Symphony. Plus a chance to hear Britain's brightest young soprano in Ah, Perfido!: a whole opera crammed into just 15 show-stopping minutes! To see the full Birmingham Beethoven Cycle, go to www.birminghambeethoven.co.uk. The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle is being supported by Barclays and through the generosity of Miss Brant, a lifelong supporter of the CBSO who died recently. ...

11.00amFriday 11th January

SCHOOLS CONCERT: GOING GLOBAL

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

Seal, Malloy

Going Global

Bliss: Things to Come: March 4' Debussy: Petite Suite: En Bateau 4' Fenton: Blue Whale from the Blue Planet 5' Sculthorpe: Kakadu 5' Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus (Movement 2: Melankolia) 5' Malloy: Carnavalito: Traditional Equatorian 3' Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia 12' Truan: Intermezzo 3' From recycling to green energy, wildlife conservation to food miles, saving our planet for future generations is high up the political and educational agenda. In this concert specially devised for Key Stage 3 students, take a musical journey around the planet's troubled landscapes, with composers from all over the world including Debussy, Sculthorpe and Ginastera. But it's not all doom and gloom! With...

1.00pmFriday 11th January

SCHOOLS CONCERT: GOING GLOBAL

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

Seal, Malloy

Going Global

Bliss: Things to Come: March 4' Debussy: Petite Suite: En Bateau 4' Fenton: Blue Whale from the Blue Planet 5' Sculthorpe: Kakadu 5' Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus (Movement 2: Melankolia) 5' Malloy: Carnavalito: Traditional Equatorian 3' Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia 12' Truan: Intermezzo 3' From recycling to green energy, wildlife conservation to food miles, saving our planet for future generations is high up the political and educational agenda. In this concert specially devised for Key Stage 3 students, take a musical journey around the planet's troubled landscapes, with composers from all over the world including Debussy, Sculthorpe and Ginastera. But it's not all doom and gloom! With...

1.10pmFriday 11th January

CENTRE STAGE

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

Beyers, Yates, Heinen

Webern, Beethoven

The young Beethoven never did anything by halves. His String Trio Op.3 might have begun as a youthful homage to Mozart - but it turned into one of the greatest of romantic string trios; muscular, melodious, and longer than quite a few of his symphonies! It's a real masterpiece, and a powerful addition to the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle. Webern's remarkable Trio Movement, meanwhile, puts the romantic ideal under a very modern microscope. A fresh look at Beethoven's Symphonies - Andris Nelsons & the CBSOPart of The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle Supported by...

10.30amSaturday 12th January

BRITTEN DISCOVERY DAY

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

Celebrating Britten's Centenary

Britten Discovery Day

10.30am - 5pm A day-long series of talks, live music and discussion examining Benjamin Britten, his music, and his world: from the influence of the Suffolk coast to the innocence of childhood and the darkness of the human condition. *This study day is part of Birmingham International Concert season, therefore different discounts may apply; please enquire when booking. Explore Birmingham's celebrations of Britten's centenary here. ...

7.30pmThursday 17th January

A BOY WAS BORN: A SPRING SYMPHONY

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

Gardner, Gritton, O'Connor, Clayton, CBSO Choruses

Bridge, Elgar, Britten

It's deepest winter in Birmingham, but at Symphony Hall, it's spring! Benjamin Britten took a garland of poems, a children's choir and a fistful of folksongs, and threw together his magical Spring Symphony: 45 irresistibly fresh minutes of blossoming tunes and rising sap. Principal guest conductor Edward Gardner has lined up an all-star team, and paired it with two bracing British seascapes to enter Britten's 100th birthday year on the crest of a wave. Explore Birmingham's celebrations of Britten's centenary here. ...

11.00amFriday 18th January

SCHOOLS CONCERT: GOING GLOBAL

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

Seal, Malloy

Going Global

Bliss: Things to Come: March 4' Debussy: Petite Suite: En Bateau 4' Fenton: Blue Whale from the Blue Planet 5' Sculthorpe: Kakadu 5' Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus (Movement 2: Melankolia) 5' Malloy: Carnavalito: Traditional Equatorian 3' Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia 12' Truan: Intermezzo 3' From recycling to green energy, wildlife conservation to food miles, saving our planet for future generations is high up the political and educational agenda. In this concert specially devised for Key Stage 3 students, take a musical journey around the planet's troubled landscapes, with composers from all over the world including Debussy, Sculthorpe and Ginastera. But it's not all doom and gloom! With...

1.00pmFriday 18th January

SCHOOLS CONCERT: GOING GLOBAL

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

Seal, Malloy

Going Global

Bliss: Things to Come: March 4' Debussy: Petite Suite: En Bateau 4' Fenton: Blue Whale from the Blue Planet 5' Sculthorpe: Kakadu 5' Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus (Movement 2: Melankolia) 5' Malloy: Carnavalito: Traditional Equatorian 3' Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia 12' Truan: Intermezzo 3' From recycling to green energy, wildlife conservation to food miles, saving our planet for future generations is high up the political and educational agenda. In this concert specially devised for Key Stage 3 students, take a musical journey around the planet's troubled landscapes, with composers from all over the world including Debussy, Sculthorpe and Ginastera. But it's not all doom and gloom!...

7.00pmSaturday 19th January

A BOY WAS BORN: A SPRING SYMPHONY

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

Gardner, Gritton, O'Connor, Clayton, CBSO Choruses

Bridge, Elgar, Britten

Save 25% in our January Sale. Book tickets for this concert between 19 - 27 January inclusive, and save 25% off full-price tickets. Terms & Conditions apply - click here for full details of the concerts included in the sale and the T&Cs. It's deepest winter in Birmingham, but at Symphony Hall, it's spring! Benjamin Britten took a garland of poems, a children's choir and a fistful of folksongs, and threw together his magical Spring Symphony: 45 irresistibly fresh minutes of blossoming tunes and rising sap. Principal guest conductor Edward Gardner has lined up an all-star team, and paired it with two bracing British seascapes to enter Britten's 100th birthday year on the crest of a wave. Explore Birmingham's celebrations of Britten's centenary here. The annual...

8.00pmSaturday 19th January

JAZZLINES: MIKE FLETCHER BIG BAND EC WM PROJECT

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

Mike Fletcher Big Band

An exclusive collaboration project

In an exclusive collaboration project, Mike Fletcher Big Band fuse their music together with New York saxophonist and composer Andrew D'Angelo and drummer Dan Weiss at CBSO Centre. The EC WM project has been set up in order for Weiss and D'Angelo to perform in Birmingham and blend their 'heart-on-sleeve tone' (Jazztimes Magazine) with Mike Fletcher's energetic melodies. ...

7.30pmTuesday 22nd January

THE BEN POWELL QUARTET

CBSO Centre, Birmingham.

The Ben Powell Quartet

New Street - a tribute to Stephane Grappelli

Rising Jazz Violin Star Ben Powell returns to the UK to perform 'New Street'! Join The Ben Powell Quartet as they celebrate Powell's latest CD 'New Street'! "This understated, predominantly quiet record boldly announces the arrival of a talented young artist... Showcases his formidable skills as a composer, arranger and fleet-fingered musician." - David Pulizzi, Jazziz New Street, a self-produced session released May 15 2012, reflects the stylistically diverse sensibility of a musician who draws deeply from several distinct musical worlds. A classical prodigy who became obsessed with jazz as a young teenager, Powell plays swing with virtuosity and brio, while exploring various modern jazz currents with equal fluency. In addition to Powell's Quartet, New Street, also features his tribute to the great Stphane Grappelli including the world...

2.15pmWednesday 23rd January

NELSONS CONDUCTS TCHAIKOVSKY

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

Nelsons, Trpceski

Strauss, Chopin, Tchaikovsky

Save 25% in our January Sale. Book tickets for this concert between 19 - 27 January inclusive, and save 25% off full-price tickets. Terms & Conditions apply - click here for full details of the concerts included in the sale and the T&Cs. Are you sitting comfortably? Because three composers want to tell you a story. Tchaikovsky surrenders to a Polish dance-rhythm, and ends up writing the happiest of all his symphonies. The teenage Chopin writes a delirious love-letter in the form of a piano concerto. And a raspberry-blowing Richard Strauss simply refuses to be serious in this portrait of a famous prankster. The sensational Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski joins Andris Nelsons and the CBSO for a night of love, laughter, and melody without limits. The 23 January...

1.10pmThursday 24th January

CENTRE STAGE

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

Trpceski, CBSO Players

Shostakovich

If you heard Simon Trpceski's astonishing Centre Stage performance in 2008, you won't need telling twice - he's a phenomenon! Trpceski makes everything he touches crackle with energy, so expect blistering emotion in Shostakovich's impassioned wartime second piano trio - one of the greatest chamber works of the twentieth century. First, though, fasten your seatbelts as Trpceski introduces two mini-masterpieces from his native Macedonia: this should be electrifying. Supported by ...

7.30pmThursday 24th January

NELSONS CONDUCTS TCHAIKOVSKY

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

Nelsons, Trpceski

Strauss, Chopin, Tchaikovsky

Save 25% in our January Sale. Book tickets for this concert between 19 - 27 January inclusive, and save 25% off full-price tickets. Terms & Conditions apply - click here for full details of the concerts included in the sale and the T&Cs. Are you sitting comfortably? Because three composers want to tell you a story. Tchaikovsky surrenders to a Polish dance-rhythm, and ends up writing the happiest of all his symphonies. The teenage Chopin writes a delirious love-letter in the form of a piano concerto. And a raspberry-blowing Richard Strauss simply refuses to be serious in this portrait of a famous prankster. The sensational Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski joins Andris Nelsons and the CBSO for a night of love, laughter, and melody without limits. ...

7.30pmFriday 25th January

THE CBSO IN OXFORD

OXFORD, Sheldonian.

Nelsons, Trpceski

Glinka, Chopin, Tchaikovsky

Critics marvel at Nelsons' rapport with his orchestra, and the intimacy of the Sheldonian allows you to watch and revel in the extraordinary relationship between players and conductor. Rarely will you see and hear such precision and control. Simon Trpceski's award-winning recording of Chopin's Piano Concerto No 1 has long been critically acclaimed. A night to remember. ...

7.45pmSaturday 26th January

THE CBSO IN MALVERN

Forum Theatre, Malvern. 01684 892277

Nelsons, Trpceski

Glinka, Chopin, Tchaikovsky

Critics marvel at Nelsons' rapport with his orchestra, and the intimacy of the Sheldonian allows you to watch and revel in the extraordinary relationship between players and conductor. Rarely will you see and hear such precision and control. Simon Trpceski's award-winning recording of Chopin's Piano Concerto No 1 has long been critically acclaimed. A night to remember. ...

7.30pmWednesday 30th January

THE LABQUE SISTERS PLAY POULENC

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

McGegan, Labque

Poulenc, Mozart

Katia and Marielle Labque: the ultimate sister act! They're a byword for gallic charm, musical wit, and that irresistible, sparkling je ne sais quoi. And tonight's concert lets them loose on some of the most delightful music ever written for two pianos and orchestra: Mozart's youthful romp, and Poulenc's champagne-cocktail of a double concerto. Conductor Nicholas McGegan accompanies with a glint in his eye. Fifty years after the composer's death, he treats us to another mouthwatering Poulenc rarity, plus a Mozart symphony that positively glows with warmth. ...