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World Music

Laraaji

27 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Laraaji

Synopsis

Day of Radiance

Laraaji is a pioneering New Age musician and composer based in New York City. He performs his Brian Eno produced 1980 classic Ambient 3: Day of Radiance live on stage to coincide with the record's recent reissue on Glitterbeat Records.

Laraaji began playing music on the streets in the 1970s, where Brian Eno saw him playing one night in Washington Square Park and invited him to record an album. An uncharted synthesis of resonating zither textures, hammered rhythms and sound treatments, Day of Radiance pushed open many musical doors, mining the ethereal spiritualism of late 70’s New Age music, the harmonic and rhythmic repetitions of minimalism and traditional sounds from India and Javan gamelan. The reissue follows two All Saints/Warp retrospectives Celestial Music 1970–2011 and Two Sides of Laraaji

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) 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.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself 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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Spoken Word/Talks

Inside Opera Special: The Ring

26 May - 7 Jul 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Inside Opera Special: The Ring

Synopsis

Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner’s four-part Ring of the Nibelung. 

To accompany the performances of the complete cycle at Leeds Town HallNottingham’s Royal Concert Hall and The Lowry, Salford Quays, we present this unique exploration of Wagner’s monumental — and controversial — achievement in the company of guest contributors, with musicians from Opera North, who will provide live musical illustrations.   

Howard Assembly Room at Opera North
Thursday 26 May 2.00pm – 5.00pm
With Philip Kitcher, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and co-author of Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring
In collaboration with the University of Leeds. 

Djanogly Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham
Wednesday 8 June 2.00pm – 5.00pm
With Richard Bell, Professor of Theology at the University of Nottingham.
In collaboration with the University of Nottingham. 

Forman Lecture Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music
Friday 17 June 2.30pm – 5.30pm
With Howard Booth, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Manchester, and composer David Horne
In collaboration with the Royal Northern College of Music. 

Sage 2, Sage Gateshead 
Thursday 7 July, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
With Ian Biddle, Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University,
In collaboation with Newcastle University 

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Film

Melancholia

21 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Melancholia

Synopsis

Dir. Lars von Trier (2011) 136mins Cert 15

A beautiful movie about the end of the world.

Cannes Palme d'Or-winning Director, Lars von Trier assembles a glittering Hollywood cast in his beautifully shot apocalyptic disaster movie, underscored by the prelude to Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

As Justine (Kirsten Dunst) arrives for her wedding reception in her sister's mansion home, her big day reawakens a battle against her inner demons.

At the same time Earth is threatened by an imminent collision with Planet Melancholia – whose presence becomes increasingly ominous as the film moves towards its truly spectacular finale.

This screening

The film will be introduced by Sean Barker, Researcher at the University of Leeds Centre for World Cinemas.

DARE International Film Series in association with the University of Leeds. 

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself 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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Film

Apocalypse Now

20 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Apocalypse Now

Synopsis

Dir. Francis Coppola (1979) 153 mins. Cert 15

Apocalypse Now is Francis Ford Coppola's stunning vision of man's heart of darkness revealed through the madness of the Vietnam War.

Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) receives orders to seek out a renegade military outpost led by Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Willard's mission: ‘Terminate with extreme prejudice.’

An unforgettable, hallucinatory and harrowing depiction of men at war, the film is conceived on an epic visual scale, with legendary sequences set to music including Wagner’s 'Ride of the Valkyries'. 

Apocalypse Now was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won Two for Best Sound and Best Cinematography.

This screening

Presented in surround sound. Introduced by Alan O’Leary, Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds.

Screened to accompany Opera North’s Production of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle at Leeds Town Hall.

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Spoken Word/Talks

George Monbiot

18 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

George Monbiot

Synopsis

How Did We Get Into This Mess?

George Monbiot is one of the most eloquent critics of today.

In his latest book How Did We Get Into This Mess?, he brilliantly anatomises the state we are in:

  • the devastation of our environment
  • the crisis of inequality
  • our obsessions with growth and profit
  • and the decline of the political debate over what to do

While his diagnosis of the problems in front of us is clear-sighted, he also develops solutions to challenge this politics of fear.

Drawing from his latest work and his 2008 publication Bring on the Apocalypse, he both identifies and challenges the apocalyptic currents of contemporary times.

Part of Liberty Lectures 2016, in association with the University of Leeds.

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Classical

Kronos Quartet

17 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Kronos Quartet

Synopsis

On sale Friday 29 January 12noon

Over 40 years San Francisco’s Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet has revolutionised the musical potential of the string quartet; innovating, collaborating and commissioning music from every corner of the globe.

In their first ever performance in Leeds, they play a trademark programme of exciting new music. The programme includes Terry Riley’s One Earth, One People, One Love, the world premiere of a new piece by Martin Green of Lau, commissioned by Kronos after they saw him in Lau-Land, works by Laurie Anderson and Komitas, and arrangements including The Who’s Baba O’Riley.

It’s an honour to have the Kronos at the Howard Assembly Room for the most intimate date of their short national tour.

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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Exhibitions

The Water Sinks Down With Them

16 May - 26 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

The Water Sinks Down With Them

Synopsis

by Emma Critchley

The water sinks down with them is a new film and sound installation by visual artist Emma Critchley, inspired by the opening bars of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle.

The installation acts as an immersive metaphor for the evolution of life itself, a journey from a pre-conscious golden age to conscious humanity.

The film is set in the Rhine, the underwater space where Wagner chose to open and close his epic work. A timeless, unending yet ever changing cosmos unfolds where the Rhine provides the fundamental rhythmic pulse of nature.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects

Opening times of Leeds Central Library: 

Monday 12 noon - 6.45pm 
Tuesday 12 noon - 6.45pm 
Wednesday 12 noon - 6.45pm 
Thursday 12 noon - 5.45pm 
Friday 12 noon - 4.45pm 
Saturday 12 noon - 4.45pm 
Sunday 12 noon - 2.45pm
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Jazz

Cory Henry

14 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Cory Henry

Synopsis

Revival Project

Multi-instrumentalist and organist Cory Henry has a back catalogue worthy of a man twice his age and has recently stepped firmly into the limelight as the funkiest of Grammy-award winning jazz-funk band Snarky Puppy.

Known for harmonically rich organ playing, he seems to capture the breadth of the jazz and gospel idioms and produce something altogether new through his unique blending of the two.

He has also worked with a host of stars, often at their request, including P. Diddy, Kenny Garrett, Bruce Springsteen and Robert Glasper.

His second album The Revival, an ode to New York sound, is out in March.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) 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.

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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Folk

Teddy Thompson

12 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Teddy Thompson

Synopsis

With Kelly Jones & Sunny Ozell

On their debut Cooking Vinyl album, Little Windows, Teddy Thompson and American singer Kelly Jones give audiences engaging views of the joys and sorrows of love and the vagaries of the human heart. Longtime mutual admirers, Teddy and Kelly first sang together at LA's Club Largo in 2011.

The songs that they’ve written since, capture complex emotions with simple honesty. You can hear the give and take, the dynamics, the beguiling imperfections, the deep human soul of performances. After their first London show sold out in eight minutes and their Celtic connections concert in Glasgow had to transfer from a small theatre to the 2,000 capacity Royal Concert Hall, Teddy and Kelly are looking forward to their first national tour together.

An opening set from American singer-songwriter Sunny Ozell, is followed by Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones' "glorious country-edged duets that have the easy charm of the Everly Brothers" (The Guardian).

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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Jazz

Arve Henriksen

11 - 13 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Arve Henriksen

Synopsis

Places of Worship

Norwegian jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen’s exploration of the instrument's possibilities shows no limits. Premièred at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, this special UK tour sees Arve bring the improvising spirit of his album Places of Worship to life, alongside long-term collaborators Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset and visual artist Anastasia Isachsen.

His improvising style is rooted both in the glorious geography of his native natural habitats and his hybrid, cosmopolitan environments of the 21st century. In Places of Worship he inhabits the space between these two worlds, in a series of pieces taking inspiration from religious buildings and ruins. Anastasia Isachsen's beautiful and responsive architectural lighting and projection will be mapped live onto the performance spaces.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects in association with Sound UK.

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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Family

Come & Sing: a Fairy Tale Adventure

7 May 2016

Leeds

Linacre Studio, Opera North

Come & Sing: a Fairy Tale Adventure

Synopsis

Enter the magical world of castles and dragons, giants and gingerbread men and explore songs from some of the best loved fairy tales.

​Sign up for one of our two 'Come and Sing' workshops and we'll take you on a musical adventure, learning fairy tales from well-known operas, musicals and much more. No singing experience necessary, just bring your voice (and some breadcrumbs... to find your way home!) and have some fun! 

10.30 - 11.30am Early Years (0-5 yrs + parents/carers
12.30 - 2.00pm All ages welcome (5-90 yrs!) 

How to book

Please contact Opera North Education to book a place:

Email: education@operanorth.co.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 113 223 3520

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Jazz

Courtney Pine

4 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Courtney Pine

Synopsis

Song (the Ballad Book)

Featuring Zoe Rahman

With his latest project, drawn from his 16th studio album, the great British jazz musician Courtney Pine plays the most intimate shows of his long and celebrated career. 

He takes to the stage playing bass clarinet, drawing magic from its ‘low-register purrs and ship’s-timber creakings, lustrous mid-tones and whistling upper range’. (The Guardian).

He is accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman, whose subtle and highly individual collaboration is the perfect pairing for this celebration of timeless ballads.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) 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.

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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