A host of star soloists and world-leading conductors will take to the stage at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall to perform with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from January – July 2022.
After kicking off the New Year in style with a glittering selection of Viennese waltzes, the Orchestra’s January - July Season frames the symphonic blockbusters of Mahler, Brahms and Berlioz with the lesser-known works of Robert Nathaniel Dett and Florence Price, and sees internationally renowned soloists and young emerging talent perform with the 90-strong symphony orchestra. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla also conducts her final concerts as CBSO Music Director and the Orchestra welcomes back Kazuki Yamada, its Principal Guest Conductor and Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor designate.
From hidden musical gems to orchestral blockbusters
Shining a light on rarely performed works, the CBSO gives the first UK performance of Canadian-American composer Robert Nathaniel Dett’s oratorio The Ordering of Moses. The CBSO also joins forces with the University of Birmingham Voices to perform Stanford's Requiem and the CBSO Chorus give their first performance of Handel's Messiah. The Orchestra will also perform a new reconstruction of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Solemn Prelude, and three CBSO Centenary Commissions. Well-known symphonic blockbusters include Sibelius’ Symphonies No. 1 & 2, Mahler’s Symphonies No. 2, 4 and 5, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies No. 4 and 5.
Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja returns to Birmingham twice this Season performing Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla whilst other returning guest artists include cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and pianists Gabriela Montero and Paul Lewis. Soloists performing for the first time with the orchestra include violinists Clara-Jumi Kang, Daniel Lozakovich and Daishin Kashimoto, soprano Fatma Said, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, and pianists Sunwook Kim, Jeneba Kanneh-Mason and Clare Hammond.
In her final concerts as Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts repertoire ranging from Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky to Weinberg and Shostakovich. Mirga will also conduct one of Mahler’s most popular works, his Resurrection Symphony, in her last concert of the Season. You can also catch the CBSO's Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor designate Kazuki Yamada in action as he performs with soprano Fatma Said and violinist Daishin Kashimoto. Conductors making welcome returns to the Symphony Hall podium include Ryan Bancroft, Joshua Weilerstein, Fabien Gabel, Ludovic Morlot, Christoph Koenig, Richard Egarr, Martyn Brabbins and CBSO Associate Conductor Michael Seal, whilst Lionel Bringuier, Delyana Lazarova and Matthew Kofi Waldren make their CBSO debuts.
Friday Nights, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games & The Queen’s Jubilee
The hugely popular Friday Nights return in 2022. The CBSO will team up with West End vocalists to present a symphonic tribute to Stephen Sondheim, and a celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein. 100 Years of Movie Magic will bring to life scores from Star Wars, Vertigo, The Lord of the Rings, Titanic and ABBA: Thank You For The Music will see the CBSO present a symphonic tribute to the Swedish pop group’s greatest hits. After recording the national anthems for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and performing in The Queen’s Baton Relay, the Orchestra will mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a special concert featuring a selection of works from throughout her 70-year reign.