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Invitation to Dream

Orchestral

22 May 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Invitation to Dream

Synopsis

BBC Philharmonic

Brahms struggled mightily to compose his First Symphony, so weighed down was he by the expectation that he was Beethoven’s natural successor. His Second Symphony came much more quickly and is a far more relaxed work than the heroic First.

Brahms jokingly wrote to his publisher that the Second Symphony ‘is so melancholy that you’ll be unable to bear it’, but it is a joke that contains a germ of truth, for although this is a predominantly warm and lyrical work, it is shot through with moments of agitation and melancholy before reaching its triumphant conclusion.

The prodigiously talented Guy Johnston makes a welcome return to the Kirklees Season for the first time in four years in one of the great Romantic cello concertos, and the concert opens with a perennial favourite, Tchaikovsky’s lovely Serenade for Strings.

Tchaikovsky | Serenade for Strings

Saint-Saëns | Cello Concerto No.1

Brahms | Symphony No.2 in D

Andrew Gourlay | Conductor

Guy Johnston | Cello

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15

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Stefano Bollani

Jazz

21 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Stefano Bollani

Synopsis

Please note there is no longer a support for this artist. Stefano Bollani will be on stage at the advertised time of 7.45pm.

Stefano Bollani is an Italian pianist and composer of ebullient charm and uncommon sensitivity, whether performing solo or in landmark collaborations with Enrico Rava and Chick Corea. Of his latest release, Joy in Spite of Everything, All About Jazz said ‘like a kind of musical contortionist, Stefano Bollani keeps repositioning himself with eye-popping ease. The diversity and eclecticism of Bollani's projects are reflected in the sweeping breadth of his vocabulary’.

...makes the instrument sound as if it functioned with liquids rather than hammers. The Guardian

His solo piano concerts are a veritable tour-de-force, a combination of virtuoso improvisation with an unfaltering lightness of spirit.  A rare opportunity to a major figure in today’s European jazz.

This concert is available on the multi-buy Save 20%. Unfortunately, the offer is  not currently available online. To book under the multi-buy please call 0844 848 2727 Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm.
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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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Pizzica Indiavolata

Synopsis

Support: Chico Pere & Glenn Sharp

Tens of thousands of people congregate in Italian piazzas for Canzoniere’s concerts in Italy. Originally thought to cure the poison spider’s bite, the pizzica tarantata is a hypnotic blend of ferocious rhythms and passionate dance that Canzoniere take from its ancient roots to the present day, and right back again.

Canzoniere was a whirlwind. The New York Times

Now, with their most recent album chosen as one of The Guardian’s Top 5 Albums of the Year and collaborations with Ludovico Einaudi and Ibrahim Maalouf, their explosive brand of tarantella is conquering the global stage. Not to be missed.

This concert is available on the multi-buy Save 20%. Unfortunately, the offer is  not currently available online. To book under the multi-buy please call 0844 848 2727 Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm.
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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Lau

Folk

19 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lau

Synopsis

Support: Siobhan Wilson

The Bell That Never Rang is the hugely anticipated new album and tour from the U.K’s most musically revered and celebrated folk trio Lau.

Described by the Guardian as ‘perhaps the best live band in the country’, Lau combine the talents of accordion virtuoso Martin Green, guitarist/singer Kris Drever and nimble fiddler Aidan O’Rourke.

Since their debut album in 2007 Lau have picked up four awards for ‘Best Group’at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards and the individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their acclaimed solo works. 

For a decade they have been stretching folk music's boundaries and exploring new musical territory. 2012’s Race the Loser album was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and featured in many critics 'best of year' lists.

The new album, The Bell That Never Rang is released in May, just in time for this show-stopping night.

‘Lau continue to imbue the British folk scene with colourful, thought-provoking and highly original sounds’ Folk Radio

***** The Guardian Albums of the Year **** MOJO **** Observer

**** Songlines  **** The Morning Star ******** UNCUT 8/10

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Taraf de Haïdouks

Folk

18 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Taraf de Haïdouks

Synopsis

Support: Omar Puente

Astonishing Romanian music from the world’s greatest Gypsy group. 

Taraf de Haïdouks, literally translated as ‘band of outlaws’, has an intense energy and flair. Their shows burst with clattering virtuosity and passionate gypsy rasp – stealing your breath and getting your feet moving.

When presenting their BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music, long time admirer Johnny Depp stated: ‘Taraf de Haïdouks are the greatest musicians I know – they play a music which expresses the most intense joy, and have this gift to make you feel alive.

Their live act is extraordinary – a magical mix of quicksilver melodies, amazing violin and cimbalom solos, earthy songs of lost loves and riotous traditional wedding songs. Daily Telegraph

Frantic, rapid-fire blend of violins, accordions, flute and xylophone-like cimbalom and swirling, furious instrumental pieces. The Guardian 

This concert is available on the multi-buy Save 20%. Unfortunately, the offer is not currently available online. To book under the multi-buy please call 0844 848 2727 Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm.
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The Virtues of Things

Opera

15 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Virtues of Things

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Conceived by composer Matt Rogers (AKA Gameshow Outpatient) and writer Sally O’Reilly, The Virtues of Things is a witty dissection of how operas unfold their fictions and how objects themselves carry meaning.

A long-established family prop-making business struggles to adapt to modern pressures and time only sees its problems multiply.  A slick outsider steps in to help, but his attempts to modernise place the family in peril.

The Virtues of Things is directed by Olivier Award-nominated Bijan Sheibani, (Associate Director at the National Theatre), and was concieved by Aldeburgh Music, Royal Opera House and Opera North to give opportunities to emerging opera writers. 

Joining together these leading arts organisations for the second year running The Virtues of Things premieres in London before visiting Leeds for an exclusive Yorkshire date.

Sung in English | 80 mins long, no interval

*Following the show there will be a Q&A session with composer Matt Rogers and librettist Sally O'Reilly chaired by Dominic Gray, Opera North Projects Director.
 

Commissioned by Aldeburgh Music, Royal Opera House and Opera North: giving opportunities to emerging opera writers.
Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, The Emerald Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Music Matt Rogers
Libretto Sally O’Reilly
Director Bijan Sheibani
Design Giles Cadle
Lighting Matt Haskins
Conductor Richard Baker
Orchestra Aurora Orchestra

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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sing ON: With hope in your heart

Synopsis

Few songs have had as many lives as You’ll Never Walk Alone.  Performed twice in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1945 musical Carousel, the song was popularised by Gerry and the Pacemakers and Elvis Presley, before it was adopted by fans in Liverpool and Glasgow, becoming perhaps the most iconic football song of all times.

Join Opera North for an uplifting morning of music exploring this and other songs from the musicals. 

FREE for all ages. Booking essential, call Box Office on 0844 848 2727.

This workshop accompanies Opera North’s revival of Carousel this May at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Part of European Opera Days

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Red Desert

Film

1 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Red Desert

Synopsis

Shot on location in Budelli, Sardinia, Red Desert is Antonioni’s first colour film, starring the incomparable Monica Vitti. His use of spellbinding panoramas of the industrial side of the Sardinian landscape, abandoned fishing cottages, electrical towers, and looming docked ships, creates an ultra-stylish, near apocalyptic vision of a disaffected woman’s life.

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Sardinia at Twilight and Red Desert on Friday 1 May for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

Dir Michelangelo Antonioni; 117 mins; in Italian with English subtitles; 1964; cert 12A.

An introduction will now be given by Projects Director Dominic Gray, as Dr Alan O’Leary, Senior Lecturer in Italian Cinema and Cultural Studies, is unable to join us due to unforeseen circumstances.

In association with LivItaly, a project run by Italian at the University of Leeds.

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Sardinia at Twilight

Folk

1 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sardinia at Twilight

Synopsis

Discover the magic and music of Italy’s most intriguing island: Sardinia. This hour long concert from versatile singer/guitarist Elena Piras contrasts her native music with that of Bulgaria and Scotland.

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Sardinia at Twilight and Red Desert on Friday 1 May for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Film

25 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Synopsis

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan has cemented his world-class reputation with his most recent pair of films, Palme d’Or winning Winter Sleep and this, his 2011 epic, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.

Stunning….pure exhilarating mastery. The Guardian

Depicting 24 hours in a murder investigation, police, prosecutors, a doctor and the killers themselves search for a body buried in the Anatolian steppe. Extraordinary photography of the landscape at night, absorbing characterisation and wry humour come together in an unforgettable film that is at once a road movie, a police procedural and a drama of Chekhovian subtlety.

The film will be introduced by Dr Christiana Gregoriou, Lecturer in English Language at the University of Leeds.

Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Cert 15; 2011; 157 mins; in Turkish with English subtitles.

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Paul Lewis and Allan Clayton

Classical

24 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Paul Lewis and Allan Clayton

Synopsis

Die schöne Müllerin

A long list of prestigious prizes, awards and honours reflects the esteem in which, much-loved English pianist Paul Lewis’ artistry is held worldwide. For this concert he partners tenor Allan Clayton in a work of timeless musical beauty and artistic truth. Schubert’s song cycle, Die schöne Müllerin, explores a young man’s love, despair, contemplation of death and ultimate recognition of impermanence.

‘arguably the finest Schubert interpreter of his generation’

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Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Having performed at the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall to name but a few, it’s a delight to host two outstanding artists in such an intimate setting.

‘a majestic and insightful performance’ 

NY Times on Lewis

Firmly established as one of the most exciting singers of his time, over the years Clayton has worked with the Royal Opera, Glyndebourne and Opera North amongst others and continues to be in high demand.

‘Clayton is the real thing: a great British singer who deserves to be championed’

The Times on Clayton

Following a five year absence, Paul Lewis returns to the Howard Assembly Room following his 2010 sell-out concert. Early booking is highly recommended. 

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El Amor Brujo

Classical

23 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

El Amor Brujo

Synopsis

Spain meets the New World

The Orchestra of Opera North takes over the Howard Assembly Room with a magnificent concert exploring the centuries-old links between Spain and South America. At its heart is Villa-Lobos’ exquisitely expressive Concerto for Guitar, played by guitarist Craig Ogden. Alongside it sits El Amor Brujo, Manuel de Falla’s flamenco-inflected evocation of love, lust and witchcraft and Ginastera’s Argentine Variaciones Concertantes. The evening is completed by Schoenberg’s arrangement of Debussy’s symphonic Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune.

Conducted by Eduardo Portal, this is the Orchestra of Opera North at its best.

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