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Performances & Events

Magazine article Gramophone

Performances & Events

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Presenting live music-making and reviews of archived performances available online, including a magnificent Eugene Onegin, historic Karajan and the music of Claude Vivier

Lighthouse, Poole & BBC Radio 3

Kirill Karabits conducts Britten, April 6

Tenor John Mark Ainsley and Bournemouth Symphony principal horn Nicolas Fleury are the soloists for this Kirill Karabits-conducted BSO concert featuring Britten's hauntlngly beautiful Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. Also on the programme are JS Bach's Suite No 3--the one which includes the famous 'Air on a G String'--and Mozart's Symphony No 39. bsolive.com; bbc.co.uk/radio3

Royal Festival Hall & BBC Radio 3

Kristjan Jarvi conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, April 8

It's London's turn to host the Menuhin Competition this year. More than just a competition, the 10-day event also Includes a wealth of public events, one of which is the NYO's Totally Teenage' concert. Conducted by Kristjan Jarvi, the fire-themed programme features Chad Hoopes, winner of the 2008 Menuhin Competition, as soloist In Daugherty's Fire and Blood Concerto for violin and orchestra, as well as Stravinsky's Fireworks and his complete ballet score to The Firebird. The musicians then take the programme to Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall (April 9) and Manchester's Bridgewater Hall (April 10). The Radio 3 broadcast Is on April 11. southbankcentre.co.uk; bbc.co.uk/radio3

Philharmonie, Berlin & online

Seiji Ozawa conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in Mozart and Beethoven, April 10

Conductor Seiji Ozawa's ties with the Berliner Philharmoniker go back 50 years. This concert sees him return to conduct the orchestra after a long absence due to Illness, with a programme focusing on the First Viennese School. Mozart's Serenade for 13 wind Instruments, K361, opens the evening, followed first by Beethoven's Egmont Overture, and then a work that deserves to be performed far more frequently than It Is, namely Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. For this, Ozawa and the orchestra are joined by the Rundfunkchor Berlin and pianist Peter Serkin. digitalconcerthall.com

Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, WQED and online

Organist Cameron Carpenter makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut, April 15

One can become a little weary of talking about musicians smashing classical stereotypes, but with organist Cameron Carpenter the label sticks a little more convincingly. A composer- performer (original compositions plus organ transcriptions of other composers' works) whose collaborations stretch Into the pop and jazz worlds as well as classical, he performs on the digital International Touring Organ he designed with organ makers Marshall & Ogletree. This concert sees him perform the US premiere of his own transcription of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, before the orchestra's music director Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburghers In Shostakovich's Symphony No 10. Listen live on WQED. or a few days later with Its Listen on Demand service. pittsburghsymphony.org; wqed.org

Cadogan Hall, London & Classic FM

Sir Neville Marriner conducts the ASMF, April 15 (broadcast April 22)

On the evening of his 92nd birthday, Sir Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St Martin In the Fields in an evening of Mozart and Bizet which Is then broadcast on Classic FM on April 22. The Austrian pianist Till Fellner Is the soloist for Mozart's Plano Concerto No 22, while bookending the concert are Mozart's Haffner Symphony No 35 and Bizet's sparkling Symphony In C. asmf.org; classicfm.com

Metropolitan Opera, New York & cinemas worldwide

Roberto Devereux, April 16

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky has taken on the challenge of performing all three of Donizetti's Tudor queens operas in a single season. Roberto Devereux now sees her round off the trio, singing the role of Queen Elizabeth I as she is forced to sign the death warrant of the man she loves. …

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