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April 2015

7.30pmThursday 23rd April

ELGAR'S CELLO CONCERTO

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Gardner, Gerhardt

Elgar, Bridge, Tippett

"Stout and steaky" was how Elgar described his Cockaigne overture - and this uproarious portrait of Edwardian London is a far cry from the heartbreak and poetry of his famous Cello Concerto, written in the aftermath of the Great War. Edward Gardner joins Alban Gerhardt to dig deep into this very British masterpiece - and then offers a joyous cure for melancholy: the "abounding, generous, exuberant beauty" of Tippett's vibrant Second Symphony. ...

2.30pmSunday 26th April

FAMILY CONCERT: BITE-SIZE CLASSICS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Phillips, CBSO Children's Chorus

Bite-size Classics II

You don't have to be old to make great music - in fact, you don't have to be grown up at all! As the CBSO Children's Chorus celebrates its 20th birthday, this fun family concert features music by and for children - from Britten and Elgar, to Mozart and Holst. Former Children's Chorus member Jamie Phillips is back for the day to conduct, and whether you're young or just young at heart, you're invited to the party! FREE workshops in the foyers from 1pm. Repertoire: Stravinsky Infernal Dance from Firebird Suite (1919) 4' Elgar Wand of Youth:...

7.30pmWednesday 29th April

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Znaider, Wang

Dvorak, Berlioz

All you need is love! When Hector Berlioz couldn't get the girl of his dreams, he wrote her a symphony: a huge, crazy, opiumfuelled riot of supernatural fantasies and star-crossed passion. It's quite simply... well, fantastic! And Dvorák took a boyhood romance and a vision of Niagara Falls, and poured them into the most ardent cello concerto ever written. Jian Wang tells the story tonight. ...

2.15pmThursday 30th April

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Znaider, Wang

Dvorak, Berlioz

All you need is love! When Hector Berlioz couldn't get the girl of his dreams, he wrote her a symphony: a huge, crazy, opiumfuelled riot of supernatural fantasies and star-crossed passion. It's quite simply... well, fantastic! And Dvorák took a boyhood romance and a vision of Niagara Falls, and poured them into the most ardent cello concerto ever written. Jian Wang tells the story tonight. This concert is followed by a Members' Afternoon Tea with Nikolaj Znaider. For information, contact Claire Watts on 0121 616 6533. ...

7.30pmFriday 1st May

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: CHARLIE CHAPLIN

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Davis

Davis, Chaplin

Behind the Screen 20' Modern Times 80' Until you've heard a symphony orchestra accompanying a film live, you've never experienced the ultimate in movie sound. Veteran movie maestro Carl ("Cranford") Davis conducts the CBSO in a live soundtrack to one of Hollywood's all-time comedy classics, Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times - humour that never gets old, with Chaplin's wonderful score sounding as good as new. He also gives us his own music with one of Chaplin's funniest shorts, a satire on the business of making movies. You can't hire this on Netflix! Special seating plan applies Chaplin Image Modern Times © Roy Export S.A.S Music for Modern Times Copyright © Roy Export Company Establishment...

2.15pmWednesday 6th May

HAYDN IN LONDON

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Skride

Haydn, Mozart, Prokofiev

No two great composers were ever closer than Mozart and Haydn, and there's a smile in every bar of this delightfully entertaining concert. Two of the wittiest and warmest symphonies ever written frame lively concertos by Haydn's best friend, and his biggest 20th century fan. Andris Nelsons' schoolfriend Baiba Skride is the soloist. This is going to be fun: this spring, put a spring in your step! ...

7.30pmThursday 7th May

HAYDN IN LONDON

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Skride

Haydn, Mozart, Prokofiev

No two great composers were ever closer than Mozart and Haydn, and there's a smile in every bar of this delightfully entertaining concert. Two of the wittiest and warmest symphonies ever written frame lively concertos by Haydn's best friend, and his biggest 20th century fan. Andris Nelsons' schoolfriend Baiba Skride is the soloist. This is going to be fun: this spring, put a spring in your step! c.9.45pm: Post-concert chat Stay late for a post-concert conversation with Andris Nelsons and Stephen Maddock. ...

3.00pmSunday 17th May

PARSIFAL

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Burkhard, Zeppenfeld, Rutherford, Fujimura, Bankl, Wilson-Johnson, CBSO Chorus

Wagner

"In this realm, time becomes space". Wagner's Parsifal tells of the knights of the Holy Grail: a story of truth, suffering and redemption, set to music so beautiful that it pierces straight to your very soul. Andris Nelsons has been hailed around the world as one of the finest Wagner conductors of our time: this concert performance of Wagner's final opera should be transcendent. Full list of Performers Andris Nelsons Conductor Burkhard Fritz Tenor (Parsifal) Georg Zeppenfeld Bass-baritone (Gurnemanz) James Rutherford Baritone (Amfortas) Mihoko Fujimura Mezzo-soprano (Kundry) Wolfgang Bankl Bass (Klingsor) David Wilson-Johnson Bass (Titurel) Alexander Sprague Tenor (First Knight / 3rd Esquire) Andrew Greenan Bass-baritone (Second Knight) Edward Harrisson Tenor (4th Esquire) Erica Eloff Soprano (1st Flowermaiden, Group 1) Katharina Persicke...

10.30amFriday 5th June

NOTELETS: UNDER THE SEA

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO String Ensemble, Arlidge

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for this special toddler-friendly mini-concert. Dive into action for an under the sea musical adventure and let members of the CBSO string section transport you into an amazing underwater world (with just a little help from some of their percussion friends - they don't like to stray too far from their tank!). Each concert lasts 45 minutes and FREE craft activities take place from an hour before each concert. At the end there is also a chance to meet the musicians and see their instruments close up. In association with ...

1.30pmFriday 5th June

NOTELETS: UNDER THE SEA

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO String Ensemble, Arlidge

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for this special toddler-friendly mini-concert. Dive into action for an under the sea musical adventure and let members of the CBSO string section transport you into an amazing underwater world (with just a little help from some of their percussion friends - they don't like to stray too far from their tank!). Each concert lasts 45 minutes and FREE craft activities take place from an hour before each concert. At the end there is also a chance to meet the musicians and see their instruments close up. In association with ...

11.00amSaturday 6th June

NOTELETS: UNDER THE SEA

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO String Ensemble, Wright

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for this special toddler-friendly mini-concert. Dive into action for an under the sea musical adventure and let members of the CBSO string section transport you into an amazing underwater world (with just a little help from some of their percussion friends - they don't like to stray too far from their tank!). Each concert lasts 45 minutes and FREE craft activities take place from an hour before each concert. At the end there is also a chance to meet the musicians and see their instruments close up. In association with ...

1.30pmSaturday 6th June

NOTELETS: UNDER THE SEA

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO String Ensemble, Wright

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for this special toddler-friendly mini-concert. Dive into action for an under the sea musical adventure and let members of the CBSO string section transport you into an amazing underwater world (with just a little help from some of their percussion friends - they don't like to stray too far from their tank!). Each concert lasts 45 minutes and FREE craft activities take place from an hour before each concert. At the end there is also a chance to meet the musicians and see their instruments close up. In association with ...

3.30pmSaturday 6th June

NOTELETS: UNDER THE SEA

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO String Ensemble, Wright

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for this special toddler-friendly mini-concert. Dive into action for an under the sea musical adventure and let members of the CBSO string section transport you into an amazing underwater world (with just a little help from some of their percussion friends - they don't like to stray too far from their tank!). Each concert lasts 45 minutes and FREE craft activities take place from an hour before each concert. At the end there is also a chance to meet the musicians and see their instruments close up. In association with ...

7.30pmThursday 11th June

SCHUBERT, STRAUSS AND DVORAK

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Dutch

Schubert, Strauss, Dvorak

If you enjoy Dvorák's New World symphony, just imagine the music he wrote when he was happily at home! Dvorák's Seventh is stormy, passionate and filled with the kind of tunes you just can't stop humming. Andris Nelsons loves it, and tonight he serves it up with Strauss's bubbly second horn concerto (starring the CBSO's own Elspeth Dutch), and Schubert's Eighth: a symphony that couldn't be more perfect even if he'd finished it. ...

7.30pmWednesday 17th June

ANDRIS NELSONS' FAREWELL CONCERTS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Schuster, CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus, CBSO Children's Chorus

Ešenvalds, Mahler

All good things come to an end. And on what are sure to be emotional evenings, Andris Nelsons has chosen to say farewell to Birmingham with Mahler's huge, rapturous hymn to nature - both unchanging, and forever renewing. A beautiful new choral work by Andris's fellow-Latvian Eriks Ešenvalds - jointly commissioned (thanks to support from the Feeney Trust) with Andris's new orchestra in Boston - brings our orchestra, choruses, audience and conductor together to celebrate seven inspirational years. The annual Members' Reception takes place after this concert. For information about how to join, contact Claire Watts on 0121 616 6533. ...

7.30pmThursday 18th June

ANDRIS NELSONS' FAREWELL CONCERTS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Schuster, CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus, CBSO Children's Chorus

Ešenvalds, Mahler

All good things come to an end. And on what are sure to be emotional evenings, Andris Nelsons has chosen to say farewell to Birmingham with Mahler's huge, rapturous hymn to nature - both unchanging, and forever renewing. A beautiful new choral work by Andris's fellow-Latvian Eriks Ešenvalds - jointly commissioned (thanks to support from the Feeney Trust) with Andris's new orchestra in Boston - brings our orchestra, choruses, audience and conductor together to celebrate seven inspirational years. ...

2.15pmThursday 25th June

SUMMER SHOWCASE

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Chauhan

Strauss, Shostakovich, Reich, Cage, Mussorgsky (arr. Howarth)

Our orchestra is made up of 83 extraordinary artists, and today they step into the limelight. The CBSO woodwinds share Strauss's delightful Suite, and our strings play their hearts out in Shostakovich's white-hot Chamber Symphony. Then the percussion section sets up a rhythm in two stunning contemporary classics - and a spectacular, all-brass version of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition proves that a great orchestra is the sum of some seriously impressive parts! This concert is followed by a Members' Afternoon Tea with CBSO players. For information, contact Claire Watts on 0121 616 6533. ...

11.30amThursday 2nd July

SCHOOLS CONCERT: BITE-SIZE CLASSICS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Leach

Bite-size Classics

Join presenter Rachel Leach, conductor Michael Seal and the CBSO as they explore the exciting world of classical music and the instruments of the orchestra through a range of repertoire spanning from Baroque to Contemporary. All the pieces are drawn from the BBC Ten Pieces, providing a unique opportunity for children to hear these works performed live. These concerts offer children a wonderful introduction in one of the world's greatest concert halls. ...

1.30pmThursday 2nd July

SCHOOLS CONCERT: BITE-SIZE CLASSICS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Leach

Bite-size Classics

Join presenter Rachel Leach, conductor Michael Seal and the CBSO as they explore the exciting world of classical music and the instruments of the orchestra through a range of repertoire spanning from Baroque to Contemporary. All the pieces are drawn from the BBC Ten Pieces, providing a unique opportunity for children to hear these works performed live. These concerts offer children a wonderful introduction in one of the world's greatest concert halls. ...

7.30pmFriday 3rd July

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: THE ELLA FITZGERALD SONGBOOK

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Cottle, Martin

The Ella Fitzgerald Songbook

Lerner & Loewe Almost Like Being In Love Rodgers & Hart The Lady is a Tramp Manhattan • With A Song In My Heart Arlen This Time the Dream's On Me • That Old Black Magic Gershwin Ambulatory Suite • S'Wonderful Three Preludes • But Not For Me Berlin Cheek to Cheek • Blue Skies Kern I Won't Dance • Pick Yourself Up Duke Ellington All Too Soon Swan When Your Lover Has Gone Cole Porter Too Darn Hot • Every Time We Say Goodbye They called her the First Lady of Song, and no-one's ever sung the Great American Songbook with more style - and joy - than Ella Fitzgerald. Tonight's show brings together one of the most...

7.30pmThursday 23rd July

Summer Concert

Birmingham, Symphony Hall.

Gražinté-Tyla

Tchaikovsky, Barber, Beethoven

Tchaikovsky's tuneful ballet, Barber's nostalgic memory of another summer's day 100 years ago, and Beethoven's most energized symphony: perfect music for a summer evening. Tonight the CBSO is joined by an outstanding young conductor, fresh from her recent appointment as Assistant Conductor at the LA Philharmonic, for a programme sure to warm you up whatever the weather! ...

7.00pmSunday 26th July

Brahms' Fourth Symphony: CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy

Town Hall, Birmingham. 0121 345 0603

Seal, CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy

Brahms, Strauss, Magnus Lindberg

"Astonishing" was one critic's verdict on the CBSO Youth Orchestra's recent 10th anniversary concert. Now the superb young players bring the birthday celebrations to a close with a concert that looks both forwards and back. Brahms's mighty Fourth Symphony draws its strength from Bach, while Richard Strauss's delicious Le Bourgeois gentilhomme brings the baroque spirit dancing into the 20th century. First, though, take a joyride through four centuries of orchestral favourites with one of our most brilliant living composers. ...