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Classic FM at the Movies

Orchestral

1 March 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Classic FM at the Movies

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Some of the best-loved – and some of the best – orchestral music of the 20th and 21st centuries has been composed for the silver screen.  This season’s Classic FM at the Movies programme pays tributes to such masters of the genre as Danny Elfman and Howard Shore, as well as celebrating the enormous contribution that the great classical composers have made to so many of our favourite films.  This concert is the perfect way to share with all the family the power and the glory of wonderful orchestral music played live – so do book soon for what is bound to be one of the most popular dates in the season!

Concert includes:

Richard Strauss | Also Sprach Zarathustra [2001: A Space Odyssey]

Wagner | Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries [Apocalypse Now]

Danny Elfman | Batman: Suite

Mahler | Symphony no.5: Adagietto [Death in Venice, Lorenzo’s Oil]

Howard Shore | The Lord of the Rings: Suite

Dukas | The Sorcerer’s Apprentice [Fantasia]

Oliver von Dohnányi | Conductor

Nick Bailey | Presenter

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 

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Ólafur Arnalds

Music

27 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ólafur Arnalds

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Over the years, Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer Ólafur Arnalds has gained a huge following for his unique blend of lush strings and piano, juxtaposed with edgier loops and beats. His most recent album Now I am Winter, evokes the atmospheres of winter nights and crisp snowy hills. It weaves its spell slowly, over its course.

Ólafur Arnalds will also play music from the award-winning drama Broadchurch, which has recently returned to ITV for a second series.

'an exemplary suite of Icelandic music, blending American minimalist techniques with European sensibilities' The Independent

Moving between ambient electronica to pop, his tracks have been widely featured in film and TV – fans of The Hunger Games will recognise Ólafur’s song Allt Varð Hljótt, a track he penned for the film’s score and soundtrack.

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John Smith

Music

21 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

John Smith

Synopsis

Sat 27 November 2014 gig postponed and rescheduled to Sat 21 February 2015

November date postponed by the artist due the extension of his North American tour. We are pleased to have secured a new date of Sat 21 February 2015 at 7.45pm. If you have tickets for the original Sat 27 November date, they have been automatically transferred to the new date.

For existing ticket holders (who bought their tickets prior to Tue 7 October 2014)

If you would like to come on the new date: no action is required – just come with your current ticket/s on Sat 21 February instead.

If you would like a refund you must send back your tickets by Mon 15 December 2014: please send your ticket/s back to the Box Office and they will arrange your refund. If you paid in cash, by cheque or Theatre tokens, your refund will be issued as a cheque. This will take 2-3 weeks.

If you have any queries, please contact the Box Office:

Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office:
Open 10.00am to 8pm Monday to Saturday
46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU
0844 848 2727 (calls charged at local rate) *on performance nights, the Box Office will be busier from 6-7.30pm.
Email: boxoffice@leedsgrandtheatre.com

We share your disappointment that this event has had to be rescheduled and we hope we can welcome you back to the Howard Assembly Room soon.

Synopsis

Support: Dennis Ellsworth

John Smith has had an incredible year (culminating in a sell out show at Union Chapel in London) touring his most recent album Great Lakes. He is a dazzling and inventive guitarist and possessor of an unforgettable honeyed gravel growl of a voice that belies his age.

John Smith is a firm favourite at the Howard Assembly Room having first performed in the venue supporting Iron and Wine in 2010.

“He possesses a common name but a rare talent”  The Independent

“His performance was an object lesson in how taste and imagination always outweigh mere musical virtuosity…unexpected and daring” - The Sunday Times

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.

 
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Angela Hewitt

Classical

19 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Angela Hewitt

Synopsis

Bach, Beethoven and Liszt

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt is particularly known for her thoughtful and commanding playing of JS Bach. In a nod to his 330th anniversary Hewitt performs his Partita No. 5 in G Major BWV829.

‘Marvellous. The variety and beauty of tone alone make compelling listening, bringing contrasts, clarity and warmth to Bach’s intellectual marvels‘ The Times

The evening is completed by Beethoven’s tender Les Adieux Sonata No.2 in E Flat Major Op. 8a and Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième année, Italie and Après une Lecture du Dante. Perhaps less well known as part of her repertoire, Hewitt’s interpretation of Liszt has been described as ‘exquisite in its subtlety’ and ‘admirable in its lucidity’ by 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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A Beautiful Death

Spoken Word/Talks

18 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

A Beautiful Death

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To coincide with Opera North’s revival of Christopher Alden’s acclaimed production of La vida breve, leading thinkers and artists explore the relationship between violence and its artistic representation in film, opera and the visual arts. This fascinating afternoon of talks and discussion includes speakers Professor Griselda Pollock, Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art at Leeds University, and the Director of La vida breve, Christopher Alden.

“Pollock draws on psychoanalysis and deconstruction to explore searingly insightful and important  questions of sexuality and cultural difference.” Foreword Reviews

A Beautiful Death is a wonderful complement to La vida breve (a highlight of Opera North's award-winning Eight Little Greats season in 2004) which is performed in a double-bill with Gianni Schicchi at Leeds Grand Theatre in February.

Presented by DARE in association with the University of Leeds

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Kathryn Tickell & The Side

Folk

17 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Kathryn Tickell & The Side

Synopsis

Support: Gilmore & Roberts

 

World-renowned Northumbrian piping virtuoso Kathryn Tickell is joined by her new band The Side, a super group of musicians featuring Amy Thatcher on accordion and clog dancing, Ruth Wall on harps and Louisa Tuck on cello.  

‘Britain’s most celebrated traditional musician and the world’s foremost virtuoso on the Northumbrian pipes... I can’t remember feeling so exhilarated by such a match of music and landscape.’ The Times

Deeply rooted in the history of Northumbria, their music takes inspiration from traditional songs and the landscape itself. The result is a tour de force of rich textures, stark lines and stunning musicianship. The new blend of pipes and strings reaffirms Tickell’s place at the forefront of contemporary British folk music.

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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Blood Wedding

Film

14 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Blood Wedding

Synopsis

Blood Wedding is screened in conjunction with Flamenco Twilight.

Carlos Saura’s flamenco dance film masterpiece completes our Spanish evening. The film captures the rehearsal of a dance piece based on Federico García Lorca's play. A treat for lovers of Spanish music and dance, the evening accompanies Opera North’s production of La vida breve.

The film will be introduced by Duncan Wheeler, Associate Professor in Spanish Studies.

Dir Carlos Saura; 1981; Spain; Cert U; 68mins

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Flamenco Twilight and Blood Wedding on Sat 14 February for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

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Flamenco Twilight

World Music

14 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Flamenco Twilight

Synopsis

Flamenco Twilight is performed in conjuction with the film Blood Wedding

Fall in love with Spain on Valentine’s Day in a two-part evening of flamenco music and dance on film. The Howard Assembly Room transforms into an intimate flamenco bar for the early evening with a glorious hour of vocals and guitar from Seville born singer Chico Pere and guitarist Glenn Sharp.

‘…flamenco at it’s finest’ Folkworld.com

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Flamenco Twilight and Blood Wedding on Sat 14 February for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

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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Doric String Quartet

Classical

12 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Doric String Quartet

Synopsis

With Andreas Haefliger

The Doric Quartet was described by Gramophone Magazine in 2010 as being ‘one of the finest young string quartets’ in the world. Since then their style has continued to mature through insightful interpretations and sparkling playing. The Quartet is particularly lauded for their portrayal of the works of Haydn. Here they play his String Quartet Op. 76 No. 1 in G Major, followed by Britten’s Second String Quartet in C Op. 36.

‘The way they blend the sound is flawless in every dynamic, in every colour, and in every style, there is a unity which makes the music making seem so effortless’ Bachtrack

They are joined by the ‘serene, consummately lyrical’ (International Record Review) pianist Andreas Haefliger for an unmissable rendition of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet.

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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Quercus

Folk

7 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Quercus

Synopsis

June Tabor joins forces with pioneering jazz musicians Iain Ballamy (saxophone) and Huw Warren (piano) under the name Quercus. The three internationally celebrated musicians create lyrically harmonious and intriguing music that effortlessly moves between folk and jazz.

‘[June’s] voice wins you over... Unafraid, unadorned and completely beautiful’ BBC Music

Tales of courtship, both loving and cruel, are scattered through many traditional songs, from As I Roved Out to a beautifully tender version of Robert Burns’ Lassie Lie Near Me. Together the trio create quietly emotional music that puts June Tabor’s earthy vocals centre stage to tell life’s bittersweet tales.

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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Festive Grandeur

Orchestral

7 February 2015

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Festive Grandeur

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Dmitri Shostakovich may be best known for his intensely serious symphonies and string quartets, but there was a lighter, more carefree side to his musical personality, and it is given free rein in the predominantly cheerful Second Piano Concerto. The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt has, for the past few years, been the most frequently performed contemporary composer in the world, a fact which comes as no surprise when you hear a piece as beautiful as his Fratres.  This evening’s concert closes with Mozart’s last symphony, the ‘Jupiter’.  The composer could hardly have known, when he put pen to manuscript paper in the summer of 1788, that this would be his last essay in the form, but it’s hard to imagine a more fitting climax to his symphonic career than this grand and festive work.

Brahms | Tragic Overture                        

Shostakovich | Piano Concerto no.2  

Pärt Fratres  

Mozart | Symphony No.41, K551 ‘Jupiter’

Alexandre Bloch | Conductor

Ian Buckle | Piano

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
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Amjad Ali Khan

World Music

5 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Amjad Ali Khan

Synopsis

with Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan

The sixth generation of an illustrious Bangash lineage, Amjad Ali Khan is a renowned maestro of the sarod. The ‘Indian string superstar’ (The Times-Picayune) is celebrated both internationally and at home, and in 2001 was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, one of the highest Indian civilian awards.

'The finest living exponent of the sarod' The Guardian

This concert is a special chance to see Amjad Ali Kahn in one of only a few shows in the UK. Appearing with his two sons, both virtuosos in their own right, Amjad Ali Khan’s skill in classical Indian music and delicate and expressive performance will make this a night to remember.

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.

In assocation with the Asian Arts Agency

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