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World Music

Claudia Aurora

14 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Claudia Aurora

Synopsis

Porto-born fadista Claudia Aurora’s second album, Mulher Do Norte, translates from Portuguese as ‘Woman of the North’.

Written with the clarity of distance, it is a homage to the city, the way of living, that make her the woman she is. Infused with the tingling beauty so peculiar to fado, her performance of classics and original songs (written with Portuguese guitarist Bernardo Couto) are by turns nimbly lyrical and gorgeously melancholic.

Guitar, strings, bouzouki, accordion, and above all Claudia’s voice, combine to create fado with arms open wide to embrace nuances of the other grand traditions of the Iberian Peninsula: flamenco, tango and chanson.

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Classical

Steven Osborne

13 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Steven Osborne

Synopsis

Scottish pianist Steven Osborne makes his long awaited debut at the Howard Assembly Room with a glorious Late-Romantic programme.

The programme includes Ravel’s Menuet Antique, Debussy’s Children’s Corner and music by Poulenc.

Having recorded the complete solo piano works of Ravel and Debussy’s Preludes, he deeply inhabits both the music’s technical and formal complexities, and its emotional depths of clarity, colour, and feeling. The result is an interpretive approach that is both technically brilliant and deeply affecting.

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Classical

Light Night 2016

7 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Light Night 2016

Synopsis

Entranced

A sea of tiny lights, music on all sides. At this year’s Light Night, enter a world in which music has the power to bewitch, enthral and soothe your spirit.

From Sufi devotionals to JS Bach, for kora and oud, violin and cello, Entranced threads together transformative music that comes to life all around you.

Sit or lie where you like, stay as long as you like and enjoy a unique Light Night experience as performance steps down from the stage and takes over the Howard Assembly Room.

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Film

On the Waterfront

30 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

On the Waterfront

Synopsis

In the electrifying performance that would define his career, Marlon Brando plays Terry Malloy, a one time prize-fighter resigned to backbreaking work as a longshoreman on docks ruled by a ruthless union boss.

Nominated for twelve Oscars and winning eight, including Best Actor for Brando and Best Director for Kazan, On the Waterfront remains a haunting portrait of life on the margins.

This thought-provoking, expertly constructed melodrama is illuminated by Brando’s central performance, which redefined the possibilities of acting for film and helped permanently alter the cinematic landscape.

Dir. Elia Kazan, USA 1954, 103 mins. Cert PG.

Shown to accompany Puccini’s Il tabarro on Opera North’s main stage, with an introduction before the film by Professor Paul Cooke, Centenary Chair in World Cinemas from the University of Leeds.

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Folk

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

29 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Synopsis

Founder of Irish super-group The Gloaming, Martin Hayes’ nuanced and profound approach to the Irish fiddle draws inspiration from many genres, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in East County Clare.

He plays with long term collaborator and fellow member of The Gloaming, virtuoso guitarist Dennis Cahill. 

Together, their music represents the vitally beautiful traditional element of The Gloaming’s sound, found in haunting melodies and rousing medleys, whilst creating an alchemy all of their own.

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World Music

The Master Musicians of Jajouka Led by Bachir Attar

28 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Master Musicians of Jajouka Led by Bachir Attar

Synopsis

Originating from a village in northern Morocco, the music of Jajouka has been described by William S. Burroughs as “the 4,000-year-old rock ‘n’ roll band”.

Championed by artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones and Ornette Coleman, the propulsive grooves and trance-like melodies of the Attar family preserves one of the oldest known musical traditions on the planet.

"This is a living music," says film director Jarmusch, "and whenever I listen to its hallucinogenic properties, (I believe) that if The Master Musicians of Jajouka were to ever stop the flow of their magic, the earth might well stop rotating on its axis".

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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

28 Sep 2016

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

David Greed, Violin
Jessica Burroughs, Cello
Anthony Kraus, Piano

Featuring the Opera North Piano Trio - David Greed, very familiar to Dewsbury audiences and a stalwart of the Dewsbury Chamber Concert Series since the early 1980s, is joined by Jessica Burroughs, Principal Cellist of Opera North and Anthony Kraus, Assistant Head of Music, to perform works by Beethoven and Dvořák.

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Music

Tubular Brass Plays Tubular Bells

24 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tubular Brass Plays Tubular Bells

Synopsis

One of the most iconic albums of all time, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells is performed live by Tubular Brass, a specially formed 28-piece brass band made up of some of the UK’s leading players.

Released in 1973, Tubular Bells famously stayed in the UK charts for 273 weeks, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time. This re-imagining of the pioneering sonic masterpiece for brass band is an experience not to be missed. 

In the first half of the concert the ensemble presents Mary Casio, a new commission for brass band and analogue synthesisers by Hannah Peel, electronic composer, John Foxx collaborator and member of The Magnetic North, who grewup playing in colliery brass bands.

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Spoken Word/Talks

Nicholas Wolpe

23 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Nicholas Wolpe

Synopsis

​A Better Life for All? Power, Politics and the Past in South Africa. 

On 11 July 1963, police raided Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, South Africa and arrested the high command of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.

At the resulting Rivonia Trial, eight men, including Nelson Mandela, were sentenced to life in prison.  

Nicholas Wolpe is the founder of the Liliesleaf Trust and son of prominent anti-apartheid activist Harold Wolpe, who was arrested at Liliesleaf. This autumn, he offers his powerful insight on both this decisive era for South Africa and the political crisis the country finds itself in today, more than 20 years after the first free elections.

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

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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Fantastic Dreams and Visions

22 Sep 2016

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Fantastic Dreams and Visions

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Aleksandar Markovic, Conductor
Pavel Kolesnikov, Piano

Opera North’s new Music Director Aleksandar Markovic is an ardent fan of Scriabin’s music. The colourful, eerie and almost ethereal soundscapes evident throughout Nuances fit perfectly with the dream-world created by Berlioz in his ‘Symphonie Fantastique: An episode in the Life of an Artist.’ From pastures to lavish ballroom and from the guillotine to the intoning bells heralding the Day of Judgement, there is no work like this iconic symphony. 

Also based on the Dies Irae, Rachmaninov’s iconic Variations feature one of the most enduring pieces of classical music. They are performed here by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, pianist Pavel Kolesnikov.

Scriabin (orch Nemtin)

Nuances

N°1 Poème languide - Pas vite 
N°2 Poème - Allegretto 
N°3 Con delicatezza 
N°4 Poème ailé - Vivo 
N°5 Con delicatezza cristalina 
N°7 Allegro fantastico 
N°9 Fier, belliqueux 
N°10 Fantastique
N°11 Prélude – Sauvage, belliqueux 
N°12 Masque – Allegretto
N°13 Etrangeté – Gracieux délicat 
N°14 Molto vivace 

Rachmaninov Variations on a theme of Paganini
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

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Installation

Tragedy

15 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tragedy

Synopsis

Free, but please book tickets in advance
Duration: 140 mins

Filmed during live performances of Opera North’s recent production of Verdi’s La traviata, Lynne Marsh’s film installation turns the camera’s gaze onto the theatre that exists around the stage itself.

Guided by the music, the film keeps true to the ‘real-time’ of the opera, producing a new narrative composed of its backstage routines.

Tragedy observes stage managers, technicians, costume dressers, props personnel and performers; revealing the choreography of behind-the-scenes workings, the cultures of the workplace and the ‘grand narratives’ of the opera.

Lynne Marsh

Lynne Marsh’s practice is situated on the threshold between documentary and staged events, and recently concentrates on the interrogations around sites of cultural spectacle such as the studio and the concert hall.

Marsh’s videos and installations have been exhibited and screened extensively including: The Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Toronto International Film Festival; Kunsthalle Memmingen, Germany; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; 10th Istanbul Biennial and Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels.

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World Music

Souad Massi

11 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Souad Massi

Synopsis

Raised in pre-civil war Algeria, playing guitar in jeans and trainers, Souad Massi was going to get noticed: firstly for fronting a political rock band, then performing solo in Paris after fleeing death threats. 

Following a sold-out concert at the Barbican in 2015, she comes north for a long-awaited duo show, exposing the lyricism and warmth of her extraordinary voice at close quarters.

This performance interprets the music of her album El-Mutakallimûn (Masters of the Word), based on a millennium of Arabic poetry mixed with musical influences that include fado and African soul. 

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