Performances & Events: Presenting Live Music-Making and Reviews of Concerts Available Online, Including Nielsen from Sweden, Mozart from Berlin and the Music of the Polymath Anthony Burgess

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Performances & Events: Presenting Live Music-Making and Reviews of Concerts Available Online, Including Nielsen from Sweden, Mozart from Berlin and the Music of the Polymath Anthony Burgess


St John's College Chapel, Cambridge & BBC Radio 3

Evensong from St John's, Cambridge, April 27

The Choir of St John's, Cambridge, webcasts its services every week, and a couple of them are broadcast each year on BBC Radio 3, too. This service is rather a special one because the singers will be celebrating the 80th birthday of their former Director of Music, Christopher Robinson, by singing his introit Jesu, grant me this, I pray. Also on the service order is WH Harris's Faire is the Heaven. sjcchoir.co.uk; bbc.co.uk/radio3

Metropolitan Opera, New York & cinemas worldwide

Richard Strauss's Elektra, April 30

Nina Stemme takes on the title-role in Strauss's modernist masterpiece in the last production created by the late Patrice Chdreau. Stemme is joined by the Wagnerian mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier, singing Klytemnestra for the first time at the Met, along with other cast members Adrienne Pieczonka, Burkhard Ulrich and Erich Owens. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts. metopera.org

Lighthouse, Poole; Colston Hall, Bristol; Exeter Cathedral & BBC Radio 3

Kirill Karabits conducts Mahler and Brahms, May 4, 5 & 7

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is led by its Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits in Mahler's Symphony No 1 alongside Brahms's Violin Concerto. The soloist for the concerto is Guy Braunstein, who in 2000 became the youngest person to be appointed Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. BBC Radio 3 broadcasts the concert live from Poole Lighthouse on May 4. The concert is then repeated in Bristol on May 5 and in Exeter on May 7. bsolive.com; bbc.co.uk/radio3

Stadthalle Gottingen; Berlin Konzerthaus; Forum of Music Wroclaw & NDR Kultur

Laurence Cummings directs Handel's Susanna, May 5, 7, 8 & 22

Under the artistic direction of Laurence Cummings, the International Handel Festival is one of the absolute highlights of the musical calendar for anyone with a love of the Baroque. Their oratorio for 2016 is Handel's Susanna, with American mezzo-soprano Emily Fons in the title-role, offering a rare chance to hear in Europe the singer for whom Jennifer Higdon created the role of Ruby Thewes in her 2015 Santa Fe Opera commission Cold Mountain (newly issued on Pentatone and to be reviewed next month). Also in the cast are countertenor Christopher Lowrey and tenor John Mark Ainsley. Cummings leads the FestspielOrchester Gottingen and the NDR Choir. After the May 5 festival performance they take it to Berlin's Konzerthaus (May 7) and Poland's National Forum of Music in Wroclaw (May 8). NDR Kultur will broadcast the Gottingen performance on May 22. haendelfestspiele.de; ndr.de/kultur

The Hug and Pint, Glasgow & online

Electric Clarinet, May 10

This pub concert is part of a new series called The Night With ...', programmed by composer Matthew Whiteside, which aims to present old and brand-new classical music through informal, salon-style concerts. Joanna Nicholson is the clarinettist, joined by Whiteside on electronics, and their programme will predominantly feature new music for clarinet with electronics, including Three Pieces for bass clarinet and electronics from Whiteside's recent disc 'Dichroic Light'. thenightwith.co.uk

National Centre for Early Music, York, BBC Radio 3 and online

The 2016 NCEM Young Composers Award finalists concert, May 12

The 2016 NCEM's Young Composers Award, held in partnership with BBC Radio 3 and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny's early music ensemble Theatre of the Ayre--with mezzo-soprano Anna Starushkevych and tenor Nicholas Mulroy--is open to young composers resident in the UK aged between 18 and 25. They are invited to write a new work for lute and either tenor or mezzo soprano which sets one of four selected poems by William Shakespeare and Carol Ann Duffy. The concert, which presents the finalists' works to a panel of judges who will announce the winners, is streamed live and will be recorded for broadcast at a later date on BBC Radio 3. …

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