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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Adult ticket: £7 - £19

Orchestra of Opera North: Austrian Classics

Synopsis

Of his 104 symphonies, Haydn’s No. 52 is one of the neglected masterpieces. He never ceased to experiment, and he packed this symphony with wry humour and dramatic turns that constantly surprise and delight. Haydn’s influence can be heard in Mozart’s joyful Horn Concerto and his exuberant Symphony No 36, written in just four days as a thank you to friends hosting him and his young wife in Linz. Written in desperate times, when Strauss faced the impossible situation of appeasing the Nazis whilst trying to rescue Jewish family members, the Prelude to his final opera is a thing of sublime beauty and extreme emotion, here played by the full string section of the Orchestra of Opera North.

Haydn Symphony No. 52
Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3 K447
Richard Strauss Capriccio: Prelude
Mozart Symphony No. 36 K425 ‘Linz’

Conductor Ilyich Rivas
Horn Robert Ashworth

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Film: The Great Flood

Winter 2014

12th Apr 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Film: The Great Flood

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American Routes

'one of the highlights of the 2012 London jazz festival' The Guardian

In the spring of 1927, the Mississippi river broke its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. One of the most destructive floods in history, part of its enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. Musically, the ‘Great Migration’ of rural southern blacks to northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Soul.

Using minimal text and no spoken dialogue, filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer / guitarist Bill Frisell create a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history, through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack.

Soundtrack by Bill Frisell. Please note the soundtrack is recorded.

Dir Bill Morrison; 2011; 80mins, USA

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Participate: Saturday Morning Sing

Winter 2014

12th Apr 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £6

Participate: Saturday Morning Sing

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Raise your voice in this Singing Workshop for young people and their families inspired by Opera North’s production of La Bohème.

Suitable for children aged 4-7 and their parents/carers. All children should be accompanied by an adult, and all adults should be accompanied by a child!  

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Music: Sam Amidon

Winter 2014

11th Apr 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £12.50

Music: Sam Amidon

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American Routes

‘A folk singer cast from an oldfashioned mould, Sam Amidon rearranges and repurposes songs from the ages’ The Skinny

Sam Amidon has been recording for a decade and playing music for twenty years before that. Raised in Vermont he has collaborated with Beth Orton, toured with New York pianist Thomas Barlett (aka Doveman) and embarked on a series of live shows with guitarist Bill Frisell.

His album Bright Sunny South, which he describes as a ‘lonesome record’, is packed with classic folk songs, country ballads and shape-note hymns. A fearless singer and multi-instrumentalist, he also takes on pop hits, challenging what folk can be. First heard at the Howard Assembly Room supporting Nina Nastasia in 2011, we are delighted to welcome him back with his own show.

Support: Josephine Foster

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Music: Pascal and Ami Rogé

Winter 2014

10th Apr 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15

Music: Pascal and Ami Rogé

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Debussy & Ravel’s music for four hands

SpellbindingThe Sunday Telegraph

The Rogés are dedicated ambassadors for French music. They have played across the world, sharing their love of Debussy, Ravel and the other great Gallic pioneers, and they continue to arrange French orchestral music for the special possibilities of four hands.

As Opera North prepares to open La Bohème, a vision of Paris dreamed by an Italian, this is the perfect moment to immerse ourselves in the music of the great French Impressionist composers.

The Rogé’s stunning rendition will include Ravel’s Rhapsodie Espagnole and Sonatine, while Debussy’s La Mer concludes our French evening.

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Words: Hilary Mantel

Winter 2014

7th Apr 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Words: Hilary Mantel

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Shaking hands with Satan

‘Mantel... instinctively grabs for the reachably real’ The New Yorker

From rumours that Anne Boleyn sold her soul for her crown to the Faustian pacts of the technology age, Hilary Mantel investigates the history of the human relationship with the devil.

The double Man Booker Prize-winning author (Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies) says that whilst growing up, the devil was a vital presence in her own life and so it was only natural that he should feature in her novels. In this specially commissioned talk, she traces the footsteps of the devil in her life, her fiction and in today’s world.

This talk has been rescheduled from Autumn 2012 and includes live music from violinist David le Page.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects

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Music: Bill Frisell Trio

Winter 2014

5th Apr 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £20

Music: Bill Frisell Trio

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Beautiful Dreamers

‘Compelling, emotionally resonant, genrefree music… maybe Frisell deserves his own genre. How about ‘friz’?’ Financial Times

With 25 seminal albums and over 200 recordings to his name, guitarist, composer, and bandleader Bill Frisell has firmly established himself as a visionary presence in American music. His trio plays music from his Beautiful Dreamers album, which traverses a broad terrain of American music, ranging from the visceral blues of Blind Willie Johnson’s ‘Nobody’s Fault’ to the iconic title track.

His trio is completed by viola player Eyvind Kang and Rudy Royston on drums, and together they create a sound characterised by its intimacy, quiet joy and constant sense of discovery.

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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Adult ticket: £8 - £24

Orchestra of Opera North: Heavenly Sounds

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Richard Farnes takes to the platform for the second time this season to bring to life Bartók’s unearthly Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Written in 1936, its powerful rhythms and amazing instrumental effects fuse to create a piece both haunting and profound. Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is a grand orchestral work complete with sleighbells and solo soprano. This vibrant symphony is full of folk-like colour and glorious melodies and makes an ideal introduction to Mahler’s work. The finale, based on an exquisite song depicting a child’s vision of heaven, is sure to lift both body and soul.

Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Mahler Symphony No. 4

Conductor Richard Farnes
Soprano Alwyn Mellor

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Film with live score: New Babylon

Winter 2014

29th Mar 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15

Film with live score: New Babylon

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'Shostakovish had a born dramatist's sense... The New Babylon score is full of moments in which the music directly, unambiguously accompanies the screen' NY Times

Trauberg and Kozintsev’s great masterpiece of Soviet avant-garde cinema is a powerful story of the 1871 Paris commune told through the eyes of a shop-girl working in the New Babylon emporium.

Scored by the then 23 year old Dmitri Shostakovich, the film is accompanied live by the Orchestra of Opera North. Bursting with jazz and cabaret inspired music, this is Shostakovich at his most satirical. Together, the film and music reflect both on revolutionary Russia and the enduring Russian fascination with Paris.

Film courtesy of European Film Philharmonic Institute.
Music courtesy of Sikorski Musikverlage

Dir.Trauberg and Kozintsev; USSR; 1929; 96 mins

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Music: The Hilliard Ensemble

Winter 2014

28th Mar 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £20

Music: The Hilliard Ensemble

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Farewell Tour

'One of the most beautiful sounds in the world’ The Independent

With a repertoire ranging from Renaissance music to lilting minimalism, from angelic to irreverent, The Hilliard Ensemble has pushed the boundaries and raised the bar of vocal artistry all over the world for 40 years. These four decades of musical accomplishment are now celebrated in their farewell 2014 tour.

For the Howard Assembly Room they have created a programme of their favourite French and English song from the 13th-15th Centuries, including Ah! Gentle Jesu by the 15th Century composer Sheryngham, together with works by William Cornysh, Perotin and others.

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Music: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Winter 2014

19th Mar 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15

Music: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

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Jama Ko

‘defiant, angry new music from Mali by the world’s greatest exponent of the ngoni, the ancient West African lute ... Magnificent.’ The Guardian on Jama Ko

Grammy Award nominated Bassekou Kouyate is the ambassador of the ngoni, one of the oldest string instruments in Africa. Kouyate's re-working of his musical heritage to embrace blues, jazz and rock has seen him hailed as a visionary who has completely changed the perception of his ancient instrument.

His latest album Jama Ko, recorded during the 2012 coup in Mali, documents a musician determined to carry his message out amid a climate of oppression.

Early booking is recommended.

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Music: Naturally 7

Winter 2014

18th Mar 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £22.50

Music: Naturally 7

Synopsis

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'Jaw-droppingly impressiveThe Independent

The inimitable a cappella group Naturally 7 comes to the Howard Assembly Room following their late-night prom performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013. Building on the heritage of gospel with a style described as ‘vocal play’, in this special concert the group returns to its roots with an intimate evening of the great gospel songs they love.

With a style that incorporates scratching, drum kit, harmonica, brass, electric guitars and bass, all produced, naturally, with the human voice, Naturally 7 are a mind-blowing and joyful experience.

Support: Chloe Charles

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