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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Lars Vogt

22 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Lars Vogt

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

Lars Vogt’s exceptional versatility as a performer allows him to range between the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to Romantic composers Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to the dazzling piano works of 20th Century Polish composer Lutosławski. 

His programme for the Howard Assembly Room includes Beethoven’s Sonata No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata', Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 2 in F major and Schoenberg’s Six Little Piano Pieces. 

During a prestigious career Lars Vogt has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Orchestre de Paris.

He has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned conductors including Claudio Abbado, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle and Robin Ticciati.

Lars was the second-prize winner in the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition.

*Festival Pass: Book all four Leeds Piano Festival recitals and save £14. Festival Pass includes free ticket to Alessio Bax's Masterclass (available from Box Office) 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Sonata No 2 in F major
Leoš Janáček On an overgrown path Book 1
Arnold Schoenberg Six Little Piano Pieces
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Sunwook Kim

21 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Sunwook Kim

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

Sunwook Kim first came to international prominence in 2006 at just 18 years old, as the winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition.

His Leeds Piano Festival programme demonstrates the depth of his understanding across a varied programme including Schumann’s emotionally expressive Humoreske Op.20 and Bussoni’s majestic transcription of Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major.

Sunwook Kim has played with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for his BBC Proms debut in 2014. As a recitalist, he is a regular guest at the prestigious ‘Piano 4 Etoiles’ series at Salle Pleyel and Philharmonie in Paris, and is also a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall.

*Festival Pass: Book all four Leeds Piano Festival recitals and save £14. Festival Pass includes free ticket to Alessio Bax's Masterclass (available from Box Office) 

Bach-Busoni Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major
Robert Schumann Humoreske Op. 20
Claude Debussy Suite Bergamasque
Johannes Brahms Handel Variations
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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Lang Lang Foundation Scholars

19 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Lang Lang Foundation Scholars

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

The Leeds International Piano Competition’s Global Ambassador, Lang Lang, launched his International Music Foundation in 2008.

At its heart is his Young Scholars Programme. After reviewing hundreds of applicants, Lang Lang’s choice of exceptionally talented young pianists from around the world are offered mentoring, tutelage and unique opportunities for performance. 

The Leeds Piano Festival is delighted to welcome three of his Young Scholars as the first part of a new collaboration.

*Festival Pass: Book all four Leeds Piano Festival recitals and save £14. Festival Pass includes free ticket to Alessio Bax's Masterclass (available from Box Office) 

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Film

Cabaret

18 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Cabaret

Synopsis

Short musical introduction and film screening

One of the best loved musicals of all time, Cabaret tells the story of American cabaret singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) in 1930s Berlin.

When she meets British academic Brian Roberts (Michael York), the pair become lovers, but the arrival of the decadent playboy Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem) complicates matters for them both. Their love triangle plays out against the rise of the Nazi party and the collapse of the Weimar Republic.

For the full Goodbye to Berlin experience, the film screening is preceded by a short set of Kurt Weill’s darkest cabaret songs, performed live by singers from the Chorus of Opera North.

Accompanies From Berlin to Broadway at Leeds City Varieties in June

Dir. Bob Fosse, USA 1972, + 20 min concert, 123 mins. Cert 15.

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Music

Simone Felice

16 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Simone Felice

Synopsis

With support from Keto

Lights down, curtain up, flickering camera on: this is the world of Simone Felice’s new album The Projector, released in April 2018.

Playing solo, he brings to life its lone guitars echoing in the twilight and vocals in which you can hear and feel the grain: scenes and moods, interweaving narratives lovingly birthed in his native Catskill Mountain woods.

Since finding international acclaim with The Felice Brothers, Simone Felice has gone on to produce artists including The Lumineers and Bat for Lashes, and since 2005 has been releasing solo albums in which ‘Dylan and Leonard Cohen are brought to mind, such is the depth of emotion’ - BBC

In association with Hee Haw Sessions.

Each song somehow sounds like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance.

— The Guardian

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Film

Battleship Potemkin

16 May 2018

Norwich

Norwich Playhouse

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

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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Piano Masterclass with Alessio Bax

15 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Piano Masterclass with Alessio Bax

Synopsis

Following the opening recital of the Leeds Piano Festival Alessio Bax returns to the Howard Assembly Room to host a Masterclass with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholars.

Hailed by International Piano as "a pianist of refreshing depth", and winner of the 2000 Leeds International Piano Competition, Alessio will share his expertise and insight with three exceptional young pianists ahead of their own recital on 19 May.

*Book all four Leeds Piano Festival recitals and attend the masterclass for free (available from Box Office only)

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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Alessio Bax

14 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Alessio Bax

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

For this programme, Alessio Bax plays pieces including Bach’s arrangement of Marcello’s Oboe Concerto, Rachmaninov’s Variations on a theme of Corelli and Liszt’s Dante Sonata.

Pianist Alessio Bax’s lyricism, insight and dazzling facility create ‘a ravishing listening experience’, with playing that ‘quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity’ (Gramophone), referred to by Dallas Morning News as ‘an out-of-body experience’. 

First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.

*Festival Pass: Book all four Leeds Piano Festival recitals and save £14. Festival Pass includes free ticket to Alessio Bax's Masterclass (available from Box Office) 

 

Alessandro Marcello Oboe Concerto in D minor (arr. J.S. Bach)
Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Dallapiccola Quaderno musicale di Annalibera
Liszt St. François d'Assise: La Prédication aux oiseaux
Liszt Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (Dante Sonata)
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Film

Salomé (1923) with live score

12 - 16 May 2018

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Salomé (1923) with live score

Synopsis

Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr performs a newly commissioned, original soundtrack to the startlingly seductive 1923 silent movie, Salomé. 

Circuit des Yeux’s sound combines fingerpicked guitar, avant-garde electronics, minimalism and song with Fohr’s otherworldly voice, which has drawn comparisons with Nina Simone, Nico and even Scott Walker.

Haley Fohr and her band perform a soundtrack to Salomé, the scandalous 1923 film based on the story of Herod’s stepdaughter.

Conceived, produced, and starring the stupendous Russian actress Alla Nazimova, Salomé was a resounding flop on release, with its story and rumours of debauched parties at Nazimova’s mansion on Sunset Boulevard causing it to be shunned by the major studios.

In the years since, its weirdly beautiful atmosphere and aesthetic – combining Art Nouveau, modernism and the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age – have led to its growing recognition as an exotic gem, and a cornerstone of camp.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects for Leeds International Festival. 

Dir. Charles Bryant; 1923; 75 mins; USA

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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: The Damnation of Faust

12 May 2018

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: The Damnation of Faust

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North
Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Opera North Children's Chorus
Opera North Young Voices

Simon Wright - conductor
Rachel Kelly - mezzo soprano
David Butt Philip - tenor
David Soar - baritone
Ashley Riches - bass

Berlioz The Damnation of Faust

This marvellous book fascinated me from the first. I could not put it down. I read it incessantly, at meals, in the theatre, in the street!

— Berlioz on Goethe's Faust: Part One

Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm
George Kennaway discussing the evening's works
Entry is free to ticket-holders, but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disapointment.

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Music

Anna & Elizabeth

10 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Anna & Elizabeth

Synopsis

With support — Benjamin Lazar Davis

Anna & Elizabeth are two truly inspiring artists with a deep and shared love of the musical traditions of America’s Appalachia region. 

Their music combines old stories of love, loss and intrigue with new arrangements that utilise the spartan simplicity of their voices and the sounds of acoustic instruments, synths, woodwinds and field recordings.

Their captivating performances integrate visual art, movement and experiment film with breath-taking harmonies, including the use of ‘crankies’ – Cloth and cut paper scrolls depicting scenes from their ballads, unfurled to musical accompaniment. 

The sound is pure Appalachian mountain music, so completely in tune with its roots that, were it not for the clarity, you’d think you were listening to a long-lost, century-old recording

Folkradio.co.uk

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Family

Keepy Uppy

5 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Keepy Uppy

Synopsis

From renowned children’s theatre company tutti frutti, Keepy Uppy tells an extraordinary tale of love, devotion, family and the power of team spirit, set in the world of football.

Illustration by Jacky Fleming

By Writers’ Guild award-winner Evan Placey, Keepy Uppy is a play for the 2018 World Cup year, for football fans, children and families. Join tutti frutti as they celebrate the joy of the beautiful game and ignite children’s imagination with visual and physical storytelling, live music and fab footie moves.

For children aged 3 - 7 and their families. One hour running time. 

Those looking for a magical and thought-provoking early experience of the wonder and power of theatre should treat themselves to tutti frutti.

- British Theatre Guide

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