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March 2013

8.00pmFriday 1st March

THE CBSO IN STOKE

Stoke-on-Trent Victoria Hall, Hanley.

Orozco-Estrada, Ek

Mozart and Mahler

Mozart: Symphony No. 38 (Prague) 26' Mozart: Arias 15' Le nozze di Figaro - Deh, vieni non tardar La finta giardiniera - Geme la tortorella Idomeneo - Padre, germani addio Mahler: Symphony No. 4 55' Sleigh-bells jingle, birds sing, and with a playful wink, Gustav Mahler launches his Fourth Symphony. Not what you expected? Well, Mahler loved to surprise, and his sunniest masterpiece takes us from the Alpine meadows to a magical vision of a child's heaven. Mozart would have loved it - so his joyous Prague Symphony is the perfect appetiser. And the link? Hear for yourself, as guest conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada joins the brilliant Swedish soprano Klara Ek in a selection of Mozart's glorious concert arias. Pure inspiration. ...

7.30pmSaturday 2nd March

THE CBSO IN LEEDS

Leeds Town Hall. 0113 224 3801/2

Orozco-Estrada, Ek

Mozart, Mahler

Mozart: Symphony No. 38 (Prague) 26' Mozart: Arias 15' Le nozze di Figaro - Deh, vieni non tardar La finta giardiniera - Geme la tortorella Idomeneo - Padre, germani addio Mahler: Symphony No. 4 55' "O Mozart, immortal Mozart, how many, how infinitely many inspiring suggestions of a finer, better life have you left in our souls!" Schubert Sleigh-bells jingle, birds sing, and with a playful wink, Gustav Mahler launches his Fourth Symphony. Not what you expected? Well, Mahler loved to surprise, and his sunniest masterpiece takes us from the Alpine meadows to a magical vision of a child's heaven. Mozart would have loved it - so his joyous Prague Symphony is the perfect appetiser. And the link? Hear for yourself, as guest conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada joins the brilliant Swedish soprano Klara Ek in a...

7.30pmWednesday 6th March

A BOY WAS BORN: BOSTRIDGE SINGS BRITTEN

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

Seal, Bostridge

Elgar, Britten

Thought you knew British music? Think again, as CBSO associate conductor Michael Seal conducts an evening of soaring passions and tender secrets. Elgar's In the South explodes in a burst of Mediterranean sunshine, and as for his Enigma Variations - well, let's just say that there are a whole host of wonderful secrets just waiting to be discovered beyond the famous Nimrod. Legendary British tenor Ian Bostridge brings all his insight and poetry to Britten's sensuous, glittering song-cycle. Sit back and think of England... Explore Birmingham's celebrations of Britten's centenary here. A taste of the CBSO's celebrations of Britten in his centenary year ...

7.30pmThursday 7th March

TUNED IN: ELGAR'S ENIGMA

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

Seal, Rissmann

Elgar's Enigma

An introduction to Elgar's In the South 20' Elgar: In the South 20' interval An introduction to Elgar's Enigma Variations 20' Elgar: Enigma Variations 32' Elgar didn't call them the "Enigma" variations for nothing! In this special Tuned In concert, renowned presenter Paul Rissmann shares Elgar's affectionate portraits of his friends and helps you attempt to crack the intriguing Enigma of one of the best-loved pieces in all British music, as well as whisking you off on the composer's sunny Mediterranean jaunt. He'll guide you through the stories behind the music using a whole host of images, and unlock the musical building blocks that Elgar uses to create his caricatures - all assisted live on stage by conductor Michael Seal and the whole Orchestra. What better way to set the scene for a full...

1.10pmFriday 8th March

CENTRE STAGE

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

The Leo Quartet

Schubert

Schubert's song "Death and the Maiden" might sound a bit sinister - but it's nothing compared to the string quartet he based upon it. Huge, dark and driven by an almost volcanic energy, it's no wonder that Gustav Mahler counted it as one of his favourite pieces. This is one of the most intense experiences four musicians can create together; and today, one of the CBSO's best-established chamber groups shares it with you. Supported by ...

7.30pmFriday 8th March

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER™

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

Yates, Harris, Scott, Rawle, Davies

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber™

Including hits from Love Never Dies • The Phantom of the Opera • Cats • Evita • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat • The Woman in White • Starlight Express • Aspects of Love • Jesus Christ Superstar • Whistle Down the Wind • Sunset Boulevard When he's not heading Over the Rainbow in the search for new talent on our TV screens, Andrew Lloyd Webber™ is winning awards aplenty and topping the charts around the world. The nation's favourite songsmith hasn't been out of the public eye for decades - as a musical composer, theatre impresario and now talent show judge. Join us as we revel in his unforgettable technicolor tunes, in the company of great West End vocalists. Expect a night packed with all the best-loved...

11.00amSaturday 9th March

NOTELETS - Crash, Bang, Wallop!

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

CBSO Players

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for a special toddler-friendly mini-concert. Expect a feast for all the senses, with bite-sized music, lively presentation, lots to see, and plenty of chances for fidgety feet to get up and move around. It's the perfect friendly setting to explore music and rhythm. Today, join our percussion section for some great noisy fun, from the tiniest triangle to the biggest bass drum - and everything in between! ...

1.30pmSaturday 9th March

NOTELETS - Crash, Bang, Wallop!

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

CBSO Players

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for a special toddler-friendly mini-concert. Expect a feast for all the senses, with bite-sized music, lively presentation, lots to see, and plenty of chances for fidgety feet to get up and move around. It's the perfect friendly setting to explore music and rhythm. Today, join our percussion section for some great noisy fun, from the tiniest triangle to the biggest bass drum - and everything in between! ...

3.30pmSaturday 9th March

NOTELETS - Crash, Bang, Wallop!

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

CBSO Players

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for a special toddler-friendly mini-concert. Expect a feast for all the senses, with bite-sized music, lively presentation, lots to see, and plenty of chances for fidgety feet to get up and move around. It's the perfect friendly setting to explore music and rhythm. Today, join our percussion section for some great noisy fun, from the tiniest triangle to the biggest bass drum - and everything in between! ...

7.30pmSunday 10th March

BCMG: CROSSING THE ATLANTIC

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

Knussen, Leigh

Crossing the Atlantic

Programme to include Joanna Lee: new work for voice and ensemble * (world premiere) American experimental music from the 1920s Works by American experimentalists provide the setting for the world premiere of BCMG/SAM Apprentice Composer-in-Residence Joanna Lee's new piece for baritone and ensemble, conducted by Oliver Knussen, who has mentored Joanna through her residency. Young composer Joanna Lee is widely regarded as a strikingly original voice in the musical world, whose music has already received glowing reviews from critics including the Telegraph's Ivan Hewett and the Birmingham Post's Christopher Morley. The beginning of the 20th century saw composers in the United States begin to turn away from the European conventions on...

10.30amSaturday 16th March

YOUNG AT HEART 11!

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

Allen, Foster

An hour's fun concert for children & adults

An hour's fun concert for children & adults presented & conducted by Keith Allen & Birmingham Symphonic Winds. Hear the sounds & learn about the instruments - programme includes Tubby the Tuba with Ian Foster as soloist. Kids - remember to bring your parents & grandparents too! ...

7.00pmSaturday 16th March

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

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

Nelsons, Wilson, Henschel, Bezuyen, Spence, Rutherford, CBSO Chorus

Wagner

In the teeth of the storm, a sea captain shakes his fist at the devil - and is cursed to roam the seas until doomsday. Only love can save him, but in a small Norwegian village, a young girl has started to dream of a pale stranger… The Flying Dutchman was Wagner's breakthrough hit, and with its infectiously hummable tunes, it's the ideal Wagner opera for first-timers. But with Andris Nelsons giving his all to the composer he loves more than any other, in his 200th anniversary year this spectacular concert performance should be unmissable for the aficionados, too. There will be one interval of 20 minutes between acts one and two. ...

11.30amSunday 17th March

CBSO SO VOCAL CELEBRATE ST PATRICK'S DAY

Selfridges Balcony, Digbeth High Street.

SO Vocal

Folk songs

CBSO SO Vocal, our community choir in the Selly Oak District, perform a selection of folk tunes to get us in the mood for St. Patrick's Day. If you are interested in joining SO Vocal or would like more information please click here. ...

1.10pmTuesday 19th March

CENTRE STAGE

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

Gibbons (oboe) and CBSO colleagues

Mozart, Bliss

It's Friday lunchtime - don't you deserve 20 minutes of Bliss? The CBSO's popular principal oboist Rainer Gibbons has devised this fascinating concert, in which the most expressive of all woodwind instruments becomes first amongst equals in Mozart's great C Minor Quintet, and then wanders the clouded hills of inter-war England in the lovely, haunted Oboe Quintet by former Master of the Queen's Music Sir Arthur Bliss. Poetry, charged with real power. Supported by ...

1.10pmTuesday 19th March

CENTRE STAGE

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

Zupancic, Römer, Vassallo, Tattersdill

Braun, Cambini, Schulhoff

Take a flute, a viola and a double bass, add a shot of 1920s jazz, shake vigorously for fifteen minutes, and garnish with a sprig of Czech folksong. Now sit back and enjoy Erwin Schulhoff's Concertino - a delightfully refreshing musical surprise, served up with style by three CBSO principal players who simply love this music. First, though, two playful romantic duos prove that good things really do come in small packages. Supported by ...

7.30pmTuesday 19th March

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: SUE PERKINS' CARTOON CLASSICS

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

Seal, Perkins

Sue Perkins' Cartoon Classics

Including: Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Waltz of the Flowers Stravinsky: Firebird Suite Elgar: Pomp + Circumstance 4 Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries Henry Mancini: Pink Panther Danny Elfman: Simpsons Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice Strauss: Die Fledermaus - Overture Rossini: The Barber of Seville - Overture Grieg: Peer Gynt - Morning Rossini: William Tell - Overture What's up, doc? You might not realise it - but if you're a fan of The Simpsons, Bugs Bunny or Tom and Jerry, you've probably heard enough classical music to fill a concert! And this is that concert - from Rossini's barnstorming William Tell to the magical music of Disney's Fantasia by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Dukas. But that's not all, folks! Join us as we pack a whole evening full of looney tunes, silly symphonies and merry melodies, presented by comedian,...

7.30pmTuesday 19th March

THE YEAR 1912: BRAVE NEW WORLDS

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

van Steen

Schoenberg, Mahler

Mahler called it his "song of the night", and it's true: the Seventh is a Mahler symphony like no other. It begins in a boat on an Alpine lake and ends with trumpets aloft in blazing, roof-raising celebration - but along the way there are distant bugles, moonlit serenades and spinechilling horror. It's fantastic, and it'll sound like a dream under the baton of renowned guest conductor Jac van Steen - who opens the concert with a revolutionary masterpiece premiered in 1912 by Mahler's most devoted fan. With an oversize orchestra and a kaleidoscope of colours and textures, Schoenberg looks decisively towards a brave new musical world - and sheds fresh light on Mahler's own futuristic vision. ...

7.30pmTuesday 19th March

THE BIRMINGHAM BEETHOVEN CYCLE: MASS IN C

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

Elts, Leese, Rüütel, Murray, Loges, CBSO Chorus

The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle

"What do I care for your wretched violin?" demanded Ludwig van Beethoven. "I am speaking to my God." And whatever your beliefs, there's always something profoundly inspiring about hearing one of the greatest creative minds in history tackling the biggest questions in human existence. Olari Elts conducts our world-famous Chorus in Beethoven's noble, heartfelt Mass in C - but not before a ringing shout of joy from the happiest religious composer of all time, Beethoven's teacher Joseph "Papa" Haydn. 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. ...

7.30pmTuesday 19th March

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: THE MUSIC OF BURT BACHARACH

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

Balcombe, Bickley, Lark, Jiear

The Music of Burt Bacharach

What The World Needs Now • Magic Moments • Do You Know The Way To San Jose? • Walk On By • Say A Little Prayer • Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head • What's New Pussycat? • I'll Never Fall In Love Again • The Look Of Love • 24 Hours From Tulsa • I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself • Don't Make Me Over • Anyone Who Had A Heart • Wives And Lovers • Trains And Boats And Planes • There's Always Something There • Close To You • South American Way • Promises Promises • Wishin' And Hopin' • A House Is Not A Home • Casino Royale • This Girl's In Love With You • Make It Easy On Yourself •...

7.30pmTuesday 19th March

BENEDETTI PLAYS SZYMANOWSKI

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

Ono, Benedetti

Dvořák, Szymanowski, Bartók

Nicola Benedetti is surely one of Britain's best-loved violinists - and no player is closer to Karol Szymanowski's glittering First Violin Concerto, the piece with which she won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004. That's the magic spell at the centre of this enchanted programme from guest conductor Kazushi Ono. First, though, there's something scary in the woods in Dvorák's sinister musical fairytale; then the whole CBSO takes the spotlight in Bartók's life-affirming Concerto for Orchestra - music that wrings the heart even while it dazzles the ear. Get a taste for the music here and watch Nicola Benedetti backstage at the Edinburgh Festival where she discusses her ...

7.30pmTuesday 19th March

NELSONS CONDUCTS BRUCKNER'S EIGHTH

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

Young

Bruckner

PLUS - a late-night performance Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Claire Booth - soprano Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire 38' It's a cliché to call Bruckner's symphonies "cathedrals in sound". True, Bruckner's Eighth Symphony is one of the grandest and greatest in all music; a mighty vision of the eternal, composed for an enormous orchestra. But it's so much more than one man's spiritual odyssey. It's one of Romantic music's most overwhelming experiences, profoundly moving and breathtakingly beautiful. With Andris Nelsons, this will be one of the high points of our season. Be sure to hear it - and stay late as our friends from BCMG perform Schoenberg's masterpiece, premiered in Vienna just 20 years after Bruckner's symphony. We're sorry to announce that Andris Nelsons has a viral infection and has had to withdraw from this...

7.30pmTuesday 19th March

CBSO BENEVOLENT FUND CONCERT

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

Nelsons, Skride, Müller-Schott, Vogt

The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle

The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle: The Eroica Two chords slam out, and music will never be the same again. Beethoven's mighty Eroica Symphony changed the course of musical history - but it's not just a gripping musical portrait of the Age of Revolution. It's a profoundly moving human drama, and in this concert devoted to the CBSO Benevolent Fund*, expect Andris Nelsons to find every last drop of emotion. And three musical superstars come together to give Beethoven's playful Triple Concerto the ride of its life! The CBSO Benevolent Fund, registered friendly society 735F, exists to support CBSO players and staff, past and present, at times of ill-health or other hardship ...

7.30pmTuesday 19th March

TUNED IN AT THE SAGE

Sage Gateshead. 0870 703 4555

Young, Johnson

Tuned In - Introduction to Bruckner Symphony No. 8

From the summer of 1884, Anton Bruckner struggled to give birth to his last completed symphony - the grand and complex masterpiece that was his Eighth. The resulting piece is one of magical solemnity, an incomparable portrait in sound glistening with the strings of Bruckner's newly discovered harp. Here Stephen Johnson puts an undoubted but troubled masterpiece in context while Andris Nelsons and his CBSO bring the music to life. We're sorry to announce that Andris Nelsons has a viral infection and has had to withdraw from this week's concerts of Bruckner's 8th Symphony. We are extremely grateful to Simone Young who joins us at short notice for our performances in Gateshead and Birmingham on Wednesday and Thursday. Simone Young has performed and recorded the original 1887 version of...

7.30pmTuesday 19th March

SPECTACULAR CLASSICS

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

Rigby, Redgwick, O'Brien, City of Birmingham Choir

Spectacular Classics

Wagner: Prelude to Lohengrin Act III Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever Handel: Hallelujah Chorus Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Waltz Verdi: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves Puccini: O soave fanciulla La Boheme Verdi: Brindisi La Traviata Ravel: Bolero Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 interval Bizet: March of the Toreadors from Carmen Verdi: Grand March from Aida Verdi: Sempre libera from La traviata Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 Denza: Funiculi, funicular Wood: Hornpipe Arne: Rule Britannia! An evening of the world's most popular classical music with a fantastic orchestra and stunning soloists in one superb programme. Featuring Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with thundering canons and dazzling pyrotechnics. ...

7.30pmWednesday 20th March

THE BIRMINGHAM BEETHOVEN CYCLE: SYMPHONIES 6 & 7

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

Nelsons, Jackson

The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle

From spring-fresh opening to serene finish, there's no experience in music more life-affirming than Beethoven's lovely Pastoral Symphony. And there's none more gloriously, exuberantly, physical than his unstoppable Seventh. Andris Nelsons' journey through Beethoven's symphonies reaches two of the most enduringly popular masterpieces in all music; an evening of happiness and deep feeling, with - at its heart - a gentle showcase for one of Birmingham's bestloved artists, the CBSO's very own Laurence Jackson. This concert is sold out. The CBSO and Andris Nelsons perform Beethoven's Symphonies Nos 8 & 9 (Choral) on 27 & 29 June, or enjoy an Italian-inspired programme including Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony with Andris Nelsons on 8 & 9 May. A fresh look at Beethoven's Symphonies - Andris Nelsons &...

2.15pmThursday 21st March

THE BIRMINGHAM BEETHOVEN CYCLE: SYMPHONIES 6 & 7

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

Nelsons, Jackson

The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle

From spring-fresh opening to serene finish, there's no experience in music more life-affirming than Beethoven's lovely Pastoral Symphony. And there's none more gloriously, exuberantly, physical than his unstoppable Seventh. Andris Nelsons' journey through Beethoven's symphonies reaches two of the most enduringly popular masterpieces in all music; an evening of happiness and deep feeling, with - at its heart - a gentle showcase for one of Birmingham's bestloved artists, the CBSO's very own Laurence Jackson. This concert is sold out. The CBSO and Andris Nelsons perform Beethoven's Symphonies Nos 8 & 9 (Choral) on 27 & 29 June, or enjoy an Italian-inspired programme including Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony with Andris Nelsons on 8 & 9 May. A fresh look at Beethoven's Symphonies - Andris Nelsons &...

7.30pmFriday 22nd March

THE CBSO IN CARDIFF

St David's Hall, Cardiff. 029 2087 8444

Nelsons, Lewis

Wagner, Mozart, Beethoven

One of Britain's leading pianists, Paul Lewis grows in stature with each successive year. Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Alfred Brendel, he is particularly admired in the music of Mozart. The programme also includes Wagner's tempestuous Flying Dutchman Overture and the Dionysian frenzy of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. ...

12.00pmSaturday 23rd March

CBSO SO VOCAL PERFORM AT ART SOAK

Walkers Heath Park.

CBSO SO Vocal

A selection of folk tunes and popular classics

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED Due to the poor weather conditions we're experiencing we have regrettably had to cancel this performance. We apologise for any disappointment caused. CBSO SO Vocal, our community choir in the Selly Oak District, will be performing a selection of folk tunes alongside some popular classics at Art Soak - a free arts festival . If you are interested in joining SO Vocal or would like more information please click here. ...

7.30pmSaturday 23rd March

THE CBSO IN NOTTINGHAM

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. 0115 9895555

Hopkins, Bezrodny, Marsh, Nottingham Trent University Choir

Walton, Borodin, Bruch, Mascagni, Elgar, Parry, Arne, Carr, Britten

Programme to include: Walton: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue 7' Puccini: O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi 2' Puccini: Quando me'n vo' from La bohčme' 5' Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1, Op.26 23' Mascagni: Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana 7' Borodin: Polovtsian Dances - No.17 from Prince Igor 14' Massenet: Meditation from Thaďs 5' Carr: Ave Maria 7' Dvorak: Song to the Moon from Rusalka 6' Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance No.1 6' Arne: Rule Britannia 3' Parry: Jerusalem 4' Britten: National Anthem 4' ...

7.30pmSaturday 23rd March

SINFONIA OF BIRMINGHAM

CBSO Centre, BIRMINGHAM.

Seal, Dawson

Brahms, Mendelssohn

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1.10pmThursday 28th March

CENTRE STAGE

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

CBSO Players

Haydn, Mendelssohn

For Felix Mendelssohn, music dealt with emotions that were simply too precise for words. So when we say that Mendelssohn's First Piano Trio fuses sparkling brilliance, dark passion and heart-on-sleeve romance into one fabulously elegant masterpiece, we're not saying the half of it! Come and hear for yourself - after the whirling fiddles of Haydn's flamboyant "Gypsy Rondo" Trio have got you up to speed. Supported by ...

7.30pmThursday 28th March

COSMIC DANCES

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

Matheuz, Moser

Moncayo, Chapela, Prokofiev

They call it "El Sistema": the Latin American phenomenon that's got the whole world of classical music dancing with excitement. Tonight, we welcome one of its most brilliant graduates, Diego Matheuz, for an evening of vibrant, toe-tapping energy, including a riotous Mexican dance-off, and the European premiere of an astonishing new showpiece by the Mexican composer Enrico Chapela - for electric cello! Powerful, dramatic, and heart-breakingly passionate, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet should make just as many sparks fly. ...