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Renata Pokupić and Roger Vignoles

Classical

5 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Renata Pokupić and Roger Vignoles

Synopsis

A diverse programme from two of the world’s leading artists in song. Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić is in high demand from international orchestras and opera houses. This concert is a rare opportunity to hear her in a more intimate setting. She is accompanied by distinguished pianist Roger Vignoles.

“Pokupić is a serious, gifted practitioner of this endangered art form…fluidly and charmingly performed.” Opera News Magazine

The duo delights in a programme that includes Mahler’s heart-breaking Rückert Leider, Finzi’s wonderful Shakespeare Songs: O Mistress Mine, Come Away Death and pieces by Wolf and Hahn.

"... with Roger Vignoles at the piano, extraordinary things can happen" The Times

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

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The White Ribbon

Film

6 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The White Ribbon

Synopsis

Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or award-winning film is a spellbinding tale of bigotry and brutality set in a north German village immediately before the outbreak of the First World War.

‘Haneke's films always feel, once the credits have rolled, unstoppable. This one surely is. The Guardian

Shot in austere monochrome, The White Ribbon is as tense as a thriller and as unsettling as a horror film. The film shines a light onto an unjust social system that is morally and physically disintegrating, though no one is prepared to confront it.

Dir Michael Haneke; Austria/Germany 2009; in German with English subtitles; 144 mins; Cert 15

The White Ribbon will be introduced by Rachel Green from the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

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Fri 6th Mar
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Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Jazz

11 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Synopsis

Ravi Coltrane has followed in his father’s footsteps to become one of the finest saxophonists of his generation.  In a career spanning two decades, the Grammy-nominated performer is also a bandleader and composer, worked alongside jazz luminaries and founded a record label.

‘Great music, played with freedom, passion and respect for the past — what more could you ask for?’  5* review in the Evening Standard

His new album Spirit Fiction has been hailed as mature and commanding. The record encompasses his huge artistic legacy and distincy vision, without losing his signature tone and nimbleness of throught. For this appearance at the Howard Assembly Room he plays with his collaborators David Virelles on keyboards, Dezron Douglas on bass and Jonathan Blake on drums.

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Wed 11th Mar
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Arve Henriksen

Jazz

12 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Arve Henriksen

Synopsis

Places of Worship tour

Norwegian jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen’s exploration of the instrument’s possibilities shows no limits. In this special UK performance, he brings the improvising spirit of his album Places of Worship to life, alongside long-term collaborator Jan Bang and visual artist Anastasia Isachsen. 

‘Nobody plays a trumpet quite like the plaintively expressive Norwegian Arve Henriksen’ The Guardian

His improvising style is rooted both in the glorious geography of his native natural habitats and his hybrid, cosmopolitan environments of the 21st century. On Places of Worship, he inhabits the space between these two worlds, in a series of pieces taking inspiration from religious buildings and ruins.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows 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.

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Thu 12th Mar
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Natalie Clein

Classical

20 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Natalie Clein

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And Mahan Esfahani

Natalie Clein is described by The Times as a ‘mesmerising’ cellist who ‘plays everything with passion’. Known for her soulful and profound approach to music making, she returns with a programme dominated by JS Bach, in honour of his 330th birthday. The evening features two of Bach’s Sonatas for viola de gamba and harpsichord including G Major BWV1027 and G Minor BWV 1029, as well as pieces by Vivaldi.

‘…breathtakingly beautiful’ BBC Radio 3

Clein is accompanied by Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani whose ‘passionate engagement with the music’ (The Telegraph) is fast making him a reputation as a leading exponent of his instrument.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

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Fri 20th Mar
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Fennesz and Lillevan

Music

21 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Fennesz and Lillevan

Synopsis

An exclusive UK premiere from one of the great electronic musicians. 

Sparing with his solo releases, electronic guitarist Christian Fennesz has constantly extended his avenues of expression through collaborations with other artists including Ryiuchi Sakamoto, and Mike Patton, and by creating music for film.

'It feels like a ride, like the music transports you bodily from one place to the next' Pitchfork

In this rare UK performance, Fennesz joins forces with lauded visual artist Lillevan. This special project, performed for the first time in the UK, takes inspiration from Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler, who music is transformed by Fennesz’s characteristic clouds of distortion, drones and infinitely slowly evolving melody.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

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Sat 21st Mar
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The Cardinall's Musick

Classical

1 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Cardinall's Musick

Synopsis

A jewel in the crown of Early Music consorts, The Cardinall’s Musick has established an enviable reputation as one of the most expressive and entertaining ensembles in the world. This imaginative vocal group recreates the sounds of the past in a way that makes them live in the present. Under Andrew Carwood’s direction The Cardinall’s Musick has won the Gramophone Award for Early Music no fewer than four times.

‘Clear tones; perfect intonation; an ideal balance between individual colour and an ensemble blend’ The Times

This special Easter concert is dominated by Thomas Tallis’ darkly glorious Mass for Four Voices and concludes with a new commission by young composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, the first DARE Cultural Fellow in the Opera Related Arts in association with Opera North and the University of Leeds.

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Wed 1st Apr
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Metropolis

Film

2 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Metropolis

Synopsis

with the Orchestra of Opera North

Cult 1927 sci-fi classic Metropolis is a triumph of German Expressionism and remains one of the most influential films ever made. With its depiction of a futuristic cityscape and an alluring female robot, Metropolis is the mother of sci-fi cinema influencing Blade Runner and Star Wars, among countless others. Directed by the legendary Fritz Lang, its jaw-dropping production values, iconic imagery, and modernist grandeur remain as powerful as ever.

‘It is a technical marvel’ NY Times

The original chamber orchestra version of its powerful score by German composer Gottfried Huppertz is conducted by Hugh Brunt and performed by the Orchestra of Opera North.

**** The Guardian on Metropolis

Dir Fritz Lang; Germany 1927; Cert PG (contains mild violence and nudity); 153mins

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Thu 2nd Apr
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Swanhunter: Indoor Camping Adventure

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Storytelling, tents and marshmallows. Join us on a camping adventure in this family-friendly workshop, exploring the story and songs of Swanhunter. Suitable from children aged 7+ their families.

Limited capacity, booking essential

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Wed 8th Apr
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Invitation to the Dance

Orchestral

11th - 16 April 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Invitation to the Dance

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Three works with strong associations with dance dominate this evening’s concert.  Gershwin’s musical love letter to Paris, written in 1928, was not originally intended to be danced, but it is now indelibly linked with images of Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly dancing against the backdrop of the City of Romance in the 1951 film An American in Paris.  Stravinsky’s Firebird took a journey in the opposite direction, from ballet score to orchestral suite.  Premièred in 1910 by the Ballets Russes, the ballet was an immediate sensation with audiences and critics, and the 1919 orchestral suite heard here demonstrates Stravinsky’s total mastery of orchestral colour.  In his Mother Goose suite, Ravel weaves together several French fairy tales, including Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Tom Thumb, to make music that is a delight for adults and children alike.

Gershwin | An American in Paris

Shostakovich | Piano Concerto No.1

Ravel Mother Goose (Complete)

Stravinsky | The Firebird (1919)

Kees Bakels | Conductor

Frederico Colli | Piano

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 

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Sat 11th Apr
Thu 16th Apr
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Swanhunter

Opera

16th - 18 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Swanhunter

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An Opera North / The Wrong Crowd co-production | Composed by Jonathan Dove using a libretto written by Alasdair Middleton

Against his mother’s wishes, Lemminkäinen travels to the icy north in search of a bride. There, impossible tasks await him: he must hunt the Devil’s elk, ride the Devil’s horse, and shoot a swan. But unseen danger lies in wait for him on Death’s river...

Based on a tale from the Finnish folk epic The Kalevala, Swanhunter is a magical chamber opera written by the composer and librettist of Opera North’s hugely successful The Adventures of Pinocchio. Scored for six singers accompanied by six instrumentalists, Swanhunter is a celebration of the power of song, designed specifically for a family audience – for adults just as much as for children.

Opera North gave the world premiere of Swanhunter in the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds in 2009. For this brand new production, Opera North collaborates for the first time with the acclaimed theatre company The Wrong Crowd to create an inventive fusion of opera, puppetry and live action.

Suitable for ages 7+ | Lasts approximately 1 hour 10mins (no interval) | Sung in English

Swanhunter is supported by the Opera North Future Fund and J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust.

Licensed by arrangement with Edition Peters

Next Performances
Thu 16th Apr
Fri 17th Apr
Sat 18th Apr
Sat 18th Apr
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Popular Classics for all the Family

Orchestral

18th - 19 April 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Popular Classics for all the Family

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Join us for an afternoon of popular classics in the intimate surroundings of Dewsbury Town Hall.  Tchaikovsky’s music for the ballet The Nutcracker and Prokofiev’s musical tale Peter and the Wolf have inspired a love of classical music in generation after generation of children, and such is the enduring quality of these scores that they are also enjoyed and enjoyed again by all those – young and old – who know and love them well.  Peter and the Wolf will be followed this afternoon by Wolf Tracks, or The Wolf and Peter, a delightful sequel to Prokofiev’s original by the French composer Jean-Pascal Beintus, and the concert is presented and narrated by Huddersfield-born BBC Radio Leeds personality Liz Green.

Tchaikovsky | Nutcracker (excerpts)

Prokofiev | Peter and the Wolf

Jean-Pascal Beintus | Wolf Tracks

Justin Doyle | Conductor  

Liz Green | Narrator and Presenter

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 

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Sat 18th Apr
Sun 19th Apr
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