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CLASSICAL MUSIC GROUP

2018-2019 (Sept-May) Programme 

 

 

Concerts:  By coach, visiting the City of Birmingham Symphony Hall to enjoy their Concerts. 
Booking:    Booking Forms available by email or at the monthly U3A Meetings. 
Seats:        Stall or Choir Seats (facing the Conductor).
Costs:        Matinee Performances between £33 and £42 and Evening Performances between £35 and £47.    
                 Costs are based on 24 people travelling by coach and are dependent on support and seating
                 options.     Price includes ticket, coach & driver gratuity

Payment:  A non-refundable cheque is required ... Payable to Bridgnorth U3A Activities A/c
                 
one for each Concert which MUST be received BEFORE the Closing Date prior to the event.   
             
   Please refer to the individual Booking Forms.

Tickets:     Please collect at monthly U3A Meetings or SAE or on coach.   
Pick ups:   Westgate (free parking);    High Street (Barclays Bank); 
                 Lavington Court;                Mill Street (Low Town);              Alveley (Royal Oak)

Contact:    Margaret Lomas   01746 769828   margaretlomas@btinternet.com
                 Sylvia Grant         01746 765653   sylvia_grant@tiscali.co.uk

Websites:   www.cbso.co.uk   www.thsh.co.uk             

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2018-2019 PROGRAMME       For printable leaflet please click here

Thank you to Sylvia Grant ...
who has for over three years built up and superbly organised this group, enabling
well over 100 U3A Members to thoroughly enjoy the CBSO Concerts. 
 
Welcome to Margaret Lomas ... 
who is taking over the reins as Group Coordinator from Concert No 4 in 2019

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Thursday 13th September      2.15 pm        CLOSING DATE – 25th July

(1) DVORAK'S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY & RACHMANINOV'S PIANO CONCERTO NO 2    

Some pieces are classics for a reason – and Dvořák’s symphony “From the New World” sounds as fresh, as stirring and as gloriously tuneful today as when it was first heard, 125 years ago in New York ... Guest Conductor Omer Meir Wellber makes a keenly awaited return: he’s paired it with a passionate concerto, played by one of the greatest stars on the current classical music scene.

Dvořák            Othello, 15′                                                  Conductor       Omer Meir Wellber 
Rachmaninov   Piano Concerto No. 2, 32′                             Piano              Jan Lisiecki
Dvořák            Symphony No. 9 (from the New World), 40′
 

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Friday 16th November 2018        7.30 pm       CLOSING DATE – 26th September

(2)  CLASSIC FM HALL OF FAME    

You love them, you voted for them, so we play them! … admit it, you’re humming them already ...               

Conductor       Michael Seal          Organ             Julian Wilkins
Presenter        John Suchet          CBSO              Chorus

PROGRAMME includes: 
   Orff              Carmina Burana: O Fortuna        Holst             The Planets: Jupiter
   Smetana       MáVlast: Vltava                          Vaughan Williams   The Lark Ascending
   Fauré           Requiem: Agnus Dei                    Sibelius         Finlandia 
   Elgar            Enigma Variations: Nimrod          Mozart          Requiem: Lacrimosa
   Williams       Star Wars: Duel of the Fates        Prokofiev      Romeo and Juliet: Montagues and Capulets                                  

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Tuesday, 27th November 2018       2.15pm      CLOSING DATE – 26th September

(3) BUCHBINDER PLAYS BRAHMS

The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Waltz of the Flowers… everyone loves The Nutcracker. But there’s much more to enjoy than just the famous bits, and tonight Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla presents a whole musical selection box full of fantasy, colour and irresistible tunes.   First, though, she teams up with a true keyboard legend – Rudolf Buchbinder – in Brahms’s sweetest and sunniest piano concerto.

Brahms            Piano Concerto No. 2, 50′                     Conductor       Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Tchaikovsky     The Nutcracker: Highlights, 45′             Piano              Rudolf Buchbinder
                                                                                 CBSO              Children's Chorus

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Wednesday 6th February 2019        2.15pm      CLOSING DATE – 28th November

(4) A HERO’S LIFE

“Richard Strauss liked to blow his own trumpets … and his horns, trombones and tubas ...

J. Strauss         Die Fledermaus: Overture   9’          Conductor        Nikolaj Znaider
Schumann        Cello Concerto   26’                         Cello               Steven Isserlis
R. Strauss         Ein Heldenleben    46’

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Thursday 28th February 2019              2.15pm      CLOSING DATE – 20th December

(5)  MOZART & BRAHMS

“Think of a serenade and you think of summer – warm nights, romantic melodies and relaxation ... 

Beethoven     Overture, Leonore No. 3                                       Conductor      Olari Elts
Mozart           Concerto for two Pianos in E flat major, K. 365      Pianos            Lucas and Arthur Jussen
Brahms          Serenade No. 1

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Thursday 28th March  2019       7.30pm         CLOSING DATE – 24th January

(6) RATTLE conducts BEETHOVEN’S NINTH     ​This is a Fundraising Concert

“Oh you millions, I embrace you” – and when Sir Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, it’s impossible not to sit up and listen ...

Youth & Children’s Choruses   Celebration of 25 years  20’
Beethoven Symphony No. 9    (Choral)  67’

Conductor            Sir Simon Rattle                           CBSO Chorus
Soprano               Iwona Sobotka                              CBSO Youth Chorus 
Mezzo Soprano     Chrystal E. Williams                      CBSO Children’s Chorus 
Tenor                  Joshua Stuart
Bass                    Eric Greene

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Thursday 4th April 2019               2.15 pm    CLOSING DATE – 30th January

(7)  JOHN WILSON:  A PASTORAL SYMPHONY

“Heartbreaking and sublime” was how one critic described the sound of John Wilson conducting Vaughan Williams with the CBSO ...

Copland                  Appalachian Spring: Suite   24’          Conductor     John Wilson
Barber                    Violin Concerto  25’                          Violin            James Ehnes
Vaughan Williams    A Pastoral Symphony  35’                  Tenor            James Way

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Thursday 2nd May 2019                 2.15pm      CLOSING DATE – 27th February

(8)  MIRGA conducts THE FIREBIRD   

“When Igor Stravinsky composed The Firebird, he let us hear a world of enchanted princesses, courageous heroes and green-clawed demons ...

Weinberg              Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes  13’      Conductor    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Tchaikovsky          Violin Concerto  34’                               Violin           Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Stravinsky             The Firebird   45’

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Friday 31st May 2019                  2.15 pm        CLOSING DATE – 27th March

(9)  BRAHMS’ SYMPHONY No 2

“A song of summer: Arthur Honegger steps out of his chalet and watches the morning sunlight spreading across the Swiss Alps. Johannes Brahms relaxes by a …

Honegger       Pastorale d’été  8’                              Conductor  Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla 
                     French Chamber Music   12’

Ravel             Le tombeau de Couperin   17’
Brahms          Symphony No. 2   42’

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