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Film

GoGo Penguin: Koyaanisqatsi

28 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

GoGo Penguin: Koyaanisqatsi

Synopsis

Dir. Godfrey Reggio; USA 1983; 85 minutes, Cert U.

GoGo Penguin perform their exhilarating new score to Godfrey Reggio’s documentary masterpiece Koyaanisqatsi.

Borrowing its title from the Hopi word meaning ‘life out of balance’, Koyaanisqatsi surveys the beauty of the natural world through slow motion and time lapse footage, documenting nature’s uneasy relationship with modern technology. With no text, narration, or dialogue, the film is driven by the interplay between image and sound.

GoGo Penguin are known for their trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, propulsive bass lines and electronica inspired drums. Acoustic jazz rubs up against visceral electronics and epic melody in this powerful score.

Rhapsodic themes and driving grooves

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Sat 28th Oct
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Jazz

Uri Caine

2 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Uri Caine

Synopsis

Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Uri Caine uses classical music as a ‘springboard for improvisation’.  

His collaborations extend from the Beaux Arts Trio to John Zorn and from the Woody Herman Band to the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

In this rare UK solo concert, he returns to some of the seminal recordings he made of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as reimaginings of pieces by Mozart and Mahler, mixed up with jazz standards and his own original compositions.

In the course of a single piece….Caine's playing is alternately delicate and reflective, then vivid; vibrant; careening though never chaotic.

— BBC Music Magazine

Next Performances
Thu 2nd Nov
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Music

ONCC: The Spiders’ Revenge

4 - 5 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

ONCC: The Spiders’ Revenge

Synopsis

ONCC Leeds and ONCC Newcastle join forces to perform Peter Maxwell Davies’s short music-theatre work The Spiders’ Revenge.

Come and hear about ladybirds, snails, spiders and other living creatures…

This event is free and open to all. This will be part of a day of activity organised by the Discovery Museum as part of The Great Get Together.  

Next Performances
Sat 4th Nov
Sun 5th Nov
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Music

Bill Frisell

4 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bill Frisell

Synopsis

Master guitarist Bill Frisell brings his very own all-star string quartet to the north of England for the first time. 

Music for Strings features violinist Jenny Scheinman, violist Eyvind Kang and cellist Hank Roberts

They take music from Electricity, Frisell's new collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison; pieces from their Woody Guthrie project and Frisell’s albums Big Sur, Richter 858, Unspeakable and History, Mystery.

The evening also includes music inspired by Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish and Hunter S. Thompson's Kentucky Derby.

Early booking strongly recommended.

Next Performances
Sat 4th Nov
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Music

Valgeir Sigurðsson

9 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Valgeir Sigurðsson

Synopsis

Infused with the ethereal workings of electronics and sound manipulation, Valgeir Sigurðsson’s Dissonance is an experimental exploration of orchestral sounds.

Full of ecstatic joy and deep sorrow, it is haunted by the Western classical tradition, distorting and subverting the sounds of conventional instruments to mesmerising effect.

His first solo release since 2012, Dissonance is performed live with Liam Byrne on strings and visuals created by the Antivj collective.

A masterful piece of work.

— Mary Anne Hobbs on Dissonance 

Next Performances
Thu 9th Nov
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World Music

Taksim Trio & Dorantes

11 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Taksim Trio & Dorantes

Synopsis

Mediterranean Gypsies 

Created at the legendary Flamenco Biennale in Seville, Mediterranean Gypsies brings together two stunning groups.

Flamenco legend David Peña Dorantes is joined by his trio Dorantes, who weave around his rich and hugely influential language of flamenco piano. He’s joined by Taksim Trio, the great Turkish group who play Ottoman instruments such as the duduk, the bağlama and above all the kanun. The two groups don’t play separate sets – Mediterranean Gypsies flows between the two groups. Sometimes they play separately, and at points they come together, making rich music together that explores the Roma links between their cultures.

Next Performances
Sat 11th Nov
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

15 Nov 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

David Greed, Violin
Jessica Burroughs, Cello
Annette Saunders, Piano 

Opera North's Assistant Head of Music, Annette Saunders joins Orchestra Leader, David Greed and Principal Cello, Jessica Burroughs to perform Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor and other works.

Subscription packages now on sale.
​To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755

Kirklees Concert Season 2017/18 Brochure (PDF)

 

 

Audio brochure

Next Performances
Wed 15th Nov
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World Music

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita

16 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita

Synopsis

Transparent Water

Cuban jazz pianist and composer Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player and singer Seckou Keita perform music from their first collaborative album together, Transparent Water.

Full of serenity and a sense of gentle elation, the album brings together influences from across five continents. Having grown from a chance musical encounter, it’s an album born largely out of improvisation – unlocking a deep exploration of tone. 

Sosa and Keita are both acclaimed musical adventurers with a rich global heritage that spans jazz, latin and African influences. Seckou Keita first performed at the Howard Assembly Room in 2015 with harpist Catrin Finch, and returned to the venue for a magical Light Night last year.

He recently won the Songlines Best Album Award 2016 for his last solo album 22 Strings.

Transparent Water is where world music meets world jazz, where tradition meets improvisation and where the lines of spiritual and earthy meet. The result is stunningly evocative.

— World Music Central

Next Performances
Thu 16th Nov
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Film

Battleship Potemkin

18 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Battleship Potemkin

Synopsis

With live score 

It's 1905 and the crew of the Potemkin are electrified by news of a revolution; the lower decks strive to replicate it in a mutiny against their brutal officers.

As word of their revolt spreads, the people of nearby Odessa gather to show their support for the crew. The ensuing chaos has become one of cinema’s most iconic sequences, as peaceful protesters are gunned down on the steps leading into the city. Technically virtuosic, visually epic and intense, Battleship Potemkin is given a propulsive new score to match by Norwegian composer and electronic musician Jan Bang and Matt Calvert from Three Trapped Tigers.

Potemkin is a vital viewing experience that transcends its landmark / milestone status. 

—The Guardian

Next Performances
Sat 18th Nov
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Family

Little Listeners

21 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Listeners

Synopsis

Players from Opera North's renowned symphony orchestra create a specially designed concert for parents, carers and children.

Relaxed and full of energy, this interactive concert will give you and your child the chance to hear wonderful music close up, move around with the music and even join in with songs. 

Suitable for 0-5 years

Next Performances
Tue 21st Nov
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Classical

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

22 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

Baritone Benjamin Appl (Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year 2016) performs Schumann's Romantic masterpiece Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love), with Leeds Lieder Director and pianist Joseph Middleton.

The best-known song cycle by Schumann, Dichterliebe takes you on a musical journey from the most delicate descriptions of nature to heart-breaking cries of longing; from a joyful wedding dance to twelve giants casting a coffin into the sea.

The programme also includes Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved) and three settings of Yeats by Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby.

“the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists”

Financial Times

Schumann Dichterliebe
Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte
Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby Settings of Yeats

In association with Leeds Lieder

Next Performances
Wed 22nd Nov

Orchestra of Opera North: Arnold, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Howells

Synopsis

Booking for New Subscribers: Monday 17 July
**General on Sale: Saturday 19 August**

Orchestra of Opera North
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Leeds College of Music Student Chorus
St Peter's Singers

David Hill - conductor
Sarah Fox - soprano
Ben Hulett - tenor

Arnold Peterloo Overture
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Elgar In the South
Howells Hymnus Paradisi

Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is 

— Arnold

Pre-concert talk 6:45pm
Peter Whitfield discusses this evening's works.
Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Next Performances
Sat 25th Nov

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