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Melancholia

Film

21 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Melancholia

Synopsis

Dir. Lars von Trier (2011) 136mins Cert 15

A beautiful movie about the end of the world.

Cannes Palme d'Or-winning Director, Lars von Trier assembles a glittering Hollywood cast in his beautifully shot apocalyptic disaster movie, underscored by the prelude to Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

As Justine (Kirsten Dunst) arrives for her wedding reception in her sister's mansion home, her big day reawakens a battle against her inner demons.

At the same time Earth is threatened by an imminent collision with Planet Melancholia – whose presence becomes increasingly ominous as the film moves towards its truly spectacular finale.

This screening

The film will be introduced by Sean Barker, Researcher at the University of Leeds Centre for World Cinemas.

DARE International Film Series in association with the University of Leeds. 

Next Performances
Sat 21st May
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Inside Opera Special: The Ring

Spoken Word/Talks

26 May - 17 Jun 2016

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Inside Opera Special: The Ring

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Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner’s four-part Ring of the Nibelung. 

To accompany the performances of the complete cycle at Leeds Town HallNottingham’s Royal Concert Hall and The Lowry, Salford Quays, we present this unique exploration of Wagner’s monumental — and controversial — achievement in the company of guest contributors, with musicians from Opera North, who will provide live musical illustrations.   

Howard Assembly Room at Opera North
Thursday 26 May 2.00pm – 5.00pm
With Philip Kitcher, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and co-author of Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring
In collaboration with the University of Leeds. 

Djanogly Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham
Wednesday 8 June 2.00pm – 5.00pm
With Richard Bell, Professor of Theology at the University of Nottingham.
In collaboration with the University of Nottingham. 

Forman Lecture Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music
Friday 17 June 2.30pm – 5.30pm
With Howard Booth, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Manchester, and composer David Horne
In collaboration with the Royal Northern College of Music. 

Next Performances
Thu 26th May
Wed 8th Jun
Fri 17th Jun
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Laraaji

World Music

27 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Laraaji

Synopsis

Day of Radiance

Laraaji is a pioneering New Age musician and composer based in New York City. He performs his Brian Eno produced 1980 classic Ambient 3: Day of Radiance live on stage to coincide with the record's recent reissue on Glitterbeat Records.

Laraaji began playing music on the streets in the 1970s, where Brian Eno saw him playing one night in Washington Square Park and invited him to record an album. An uncharted synthesis of resonating zither textures, hammered rhythms and sound treatments, Day of Radiance pushed open many musical doors, mining the ethereal spiritualism of late 70’s New Age music, the harmonic and rhythmic repetitions of minimalism and traditional sounds from India and Javan gamelan. The reissue follows two All Saints/Warp retrospectives Celestial Music 1970–2011 and Two Sides of Laraaji

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Fri 27th May
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Gold, Gods and Giants

Family

28 May - 9 Jul 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Gold, Gods and Giants

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An interactive music and storytelling workshop for families

Around an imagined campfire we invite families into our specially-made indoor tent, to explore the stories and music from Wagner’s magical Ring cycle.

This interactive workshop will be led by an actor and musician, who will guide participants through an exciting (and surprising!) musical journey.

Duration: 45 mins

With thanks

Leeds dates supported by The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Salford Quays dates supported by The Foyle Foundation

Next Performances
Sat 28th May
Sat 28th May
Sat 28th May
Sun 19th Jun
There are a total of 12 upcoming performances for this production
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis

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Iconic South African musician Hugh Masekela is one of jazz’s great lyrical brass players, with the ability to tug at the heartstrings and feed the soul with music that ranges from jazz standards to his own iconic songs.  

2013 marked the release of a sumptuous series of duets between him and master pianist Larry Willis, revisiting a friendship stretching back to 60s New York and through Masekela’s years of exile during the apartheid.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Sat 28th May
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Into the Woods

Musicals

2 - 25 Jun 2016

Leeds

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Into the Woods

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Stephen Sondheim (1987)

Be careful what you wish for …..

In Sondheim’s classic musical, well-known fairy tale characters collide, but for Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and Red Riding Hood, together with a childless baker and his wife, Happily Ever After turns out to be far from the end of the story. Whilst all the elements are there - a slipper as pure as gold, hair as yellow as corn, magic beans and of course the curse of a witch - this is no conventional fairy tale. The familiar find themselves in very unfamiliar circumstances in this darkly comic tale.

A recent movie hit starring Meryl Streep, Sondheim’s revered wit and intelligence unite Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse in their first major collaboration. Featuring the Chorus of Opera North and directed by the Playhouse’s Artistic Director, James Brining, prepare for a performance that is far more than Once Upon A Time….   

Sung in English
Lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes


A co-production between Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse

INTO THE WOODS
Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED
on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York
Next Performances
Thu 2nd Jun
Fri 3rd Jun
Sat 4th Jun
Mon 6th Jun
There are a total of 20 upcoming performances for this production
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Mahler Symphony no.8

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Mahler Symphony of a Thousand

David Hill, Conductor 

Lee Bisset, Soprano
Katherine Broderick, Soprano
Kate Valentine, Soprano
Sarah Castle, Mezzo-soprano
Madeleine Shaw, Mezzo-soprano
Peter Wedd, Tenor
Michael Druiett, Bass
Andrew Foster Williams, Baritone

Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Bradford Catholic Youth Choir

For the final concert of Leeds International Orchestral Season 2015/16, the Orchestra of Opera North embark on one of the largest classical choral works ever written, Mahler’s Symphony No 8, performed for the first time on the Leeds Town Hall stage in over 20 years.

Subtitled Symphony of a Thousand due to the vast numbers of performers required, the evening’s performance will feature the joint forces of three different choirs along with the Orchestra of Opera North and eight soloists.

The work is in two parts, with the first section based on Latin text from the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus. This hymn greatly inspired Mahler, who said “I saw the whole piece immediately before my eyes, and only needed to write it down as though it were being dictated to me.” The second part of the work uses words from the final part of Goethe’s Faust, and continues with the theme of love conquering all.

Having written the largest choral symphony, Mahler was undeniably proud of his work, describing it as his ‘gift to the nation…a great joy-bringer’.

Next Performances
Sat 4th Jun
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The Nash Ensemble

Classical

8 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Nash Ensemble

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Music in the Terezín Ghetto

Described as perhaps the most ‘polished, stylish, characterful chamber group on the planet’ (Herald Scotland), The Nash Ensemble present music from the Terezín ghetto by Gideon Klein, Viktor Ullman, and Hans Krása, alongside Smetana’s Bartered Bride overture, frequently performed in Terezín.

The Czech town of Terezín (Theresienstadt), gained notoriety as a World War II Nazi holding camp for Jewish prisoners, mostly destined for the death camps. Despite horrific conditions, the large number of musicians, actors and artists imprisoned there gave rise to an extraordinary cultural life for a few short years, marked in this programme for piano, flute, clarinet and string quartet.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Wed 8th Jun
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Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Frank Fairfield and Alasdair Roberts

Synopsis

Frank Fairfield is a sensation: a banjo picker, guitarist and fiddler like no other. His soaring ballads, ranging from arcane, rambling hillbilly melodies to dark, murderous folklore, are delivered in his distinctive reedy tenor with an utterly irresistible American Primitive quality. Having taken a break from the international touring scene, we are honoured to see Frank return to Leeds with a unique show.

Paired with Frank, the inimitable Scottish folk singer Alasdair Roberts brings his very different take on the epic and mythic in traditional song from Scotland and its isles.

This unique and specially curated show of epic story ballads is not to be missed.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance

Next Performances
Thu 9th Jun
Fri 10th Jun
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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Spoken Word/Talks

10 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

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Exotic England

England is a small country on a small island, but its inhabitants have always had a boundless curiosity about the world, enticed by other civilizations. While this appetite for adventure has often been tainted by aggression and exploitation, the English have also had a capacity to soak up ideas and weave them into life back home.

Today, when England is not synonymous with Britain, and the question of how England relates to Europe and the world is ever prominent, journalist for the Sunday Times and Radio 4 commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown offers an invigorating perspective on what ‘Englishness’ really means.

Part of Liberty Lectures 2016, in association with the University of Leeds

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Fri 10th Jun
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Mbongwana Star

World Music

22 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mbongwana Star

Synopsis

Yorkshire Festival presents the Songlines Series

Rising from the ashes of the Congolese Band Staff Benda Bilili, Mbongwana Star formed in 2015 with a sound, and an album From Kinshasa, unlike anything that went before in the fertile Congolese music scene. Echoing rhythm patterns, heavily distorted vocals and feedback mix with gorgeous vocal melodies and distinctive Congolese lilt.

Parisian producer Liam Farrell, Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza have produced an album that pulls together traditional Congolese rhythms with a big fistful of European post-punk bass and electronics to glorious, unpredictable and uncategorisable effect.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance

Next Performances
Wed 22nd Jun
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Rokia Traoré

World Music

23 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Rokia Traoré

Synopsis

Yorkshire Festival Presents the Songlines Series

Rokia Traoré’s first appearance at the Howard Assembly Room in 2013 was one of the most electrifying performances ever seen in the venue. Her highly anticipated return follows the release of her new album Né So, a follow up to 2013’s ecstatically received Beautiful Africa.

Her music draws widely from West African music, rock and pop. Powerful riffs and unrelenting refrains mix with soulful ballads, a glorious voice and exhilarating stage presence. Currently living between Bamako, Brussels and Paris, Traoré’s artistic collaborators have included Kronos Quartet, Damon Albarn, Devendra Banhart, and John Paul Jones.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Thu 23rd Jun
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