For Christmas, there’s a double helping of festive enchantment with a screening of The Snowman with a live soundtrack from the Orchestra, and the story of The Nutcracker told through Tchaikovsky‘s twinkling music, live narration and captivating illustrations.
Dewsbury Town Hall is the venue for the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North’s traditional Christmas Gala, with another debut from Music Director of the Salzburg Landestheater Leslie Suganandarajah, conducting the ensemble in a selection of carols and Christmas favourites.
The Radetzky March and other Strauss essentials herald the New Year under the baton of Christoph Altstaedt in Viennese Whirl, complemented by more waltzes, polkas and galops from Vienna and beyond, with guest soprano Jennifer France.
Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg follows his triumphant Huddersfield performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto as soloist in Prokofiev’s brilliantly inventive Third, with Antony Hermus back on the podium and Shostakovich’s gripping Tenth Symphony closing the evening.
Picking up from last season’s magnificent Enigma Variations, Garry Walker conducts another of Elgar’s enduring mysteries, his haunting Violin Concerto, famous for its incomplete dedication. Mexican-American violinist Elena Urioste returns to Huddersfield as soloist; Sally Beamish’s 1999 The Day Dawn opens the evening, and Nielsen’s Second Symphony, ‘The Four Temperaments’, concludes.
Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza, former First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin, makes his Kirklees Concert Season debut alongside remarkable Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth in Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto. Another pivotal early-career work, Strauss’ tone poem Don Juan captures the mythic libertine’s hot-blooded lust for life – and his submission to a melancholy end. Brahms’ First Symphony draws the orchestral season to an elegant close.