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Philharmonia Orchestra 2017/18
Welcome to the Philharmonia Orhcestra's 21st season in residence at De Montfort Hall. Returning to Leicester, principal conductor and Aritistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, will be conducting Mahler; the first performance in Leicester of new music strand, Music of Today; and performances from some of the finest visiting artists, including violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Trpceski.  

SMETANA, MÁ VLAST: Saturday 7 October

Jakub Hrusa conductor
Hilary Hahn violin
DVORAK Violin Concerto in A minor
SMETANA Má Vlast (complete)

Violinist Hilary Hahn has been called "America’s best classical musician", and tonight she brings all her world-class
artistry to a very Czech masterpiece: the lovely Violin Concerto by Antonin Dvorak. The title of Smetana’s Má Vlast meanwhile, simply means "My Country". But this isn’t just a series of colourful postcards from Bohemia. It’s an adventure, too — a tale of battles, warrior-maidens, and a nation awakening to freedom.

Jakub Hrusa is one of the Philharmonia's two newly announced Principal Conductors. Find out more here. 

6pm, pre-concert talk, FREE entry.
Jakub Hrusa in conversation with John Florance.


BRAHMS & TCHAIKOVSKY: Wednesday 1 November

Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor
Esther Yoo violin
BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont
TCHAIKOVKSY Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No 4

The great romantic composers did every-thing on a grand scale, and from the jubilant trumpets of Beethoven's Egmont overture to the storm clouds that tower over Brahm's fourth and final symphony, this concert is filled with emotions at their most uninhibited. So it's the perfect setting for the bewitching young violinist Esther Yoo.

This concert is supported by Friends of the Philharmonia Orchestra.


ROMEO & JULIET: Saturday 2 December

Krzysztof Urbanski conductor
Simon Trpceski piano
TCHAIKOVKSY Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet
TCHAIKOVKSY Piano Concerto No.1
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

Two houses, both alike in dignity... and two unashamedly melodious takes on Shakespeare's greatest love story. Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet redefined musical romance, and gave us one of the most celebrated love themes in all music. And with his impassioned melodies, bittersweet harmonies and taut, angular rhythms, Sergei Prokofiev brought the star-cross'd lovers dancing into the 20th century. In between, superstar pianist Simon Trpceski brings his "phenomenal technique" (Daily Telegraph) to Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto.


BARTOK MEETS BEETHOVEN: Wednesday 7 February
THE DMU CHANCELLOR'S CONCERT

Juraj Valcuha conductor
Evgeni Bozhanov piano
KODALY Dances of Galanta
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.3
BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra

Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra isn't just a magnificent showpiece for 80 world-class musicians. It's a salute to the human spirit by a composer in exile: filled with bold colours, supercharged dance-tunes and moments of piercing emotional honesty. This is music with a dash of paprika: an intoxicating climax to a concert that begins with the untrammelled joie de vivre of Zoltan Kodaly's riotous Hungarian dance suite, and the stars the award-winning Evgeni Bozhanov as soloist in Beethoven's darkest piano concerto.


LOVE STORIES FROM THE SILVER SCREEN: Thursday 8 March

Carl Davis conductor

Programme to include music from: Love Story, Gone with the Wind, La La Land, West Side Story, Dr Zhivago, Mamma Mia, Star Wars, James Bond, Romeo and Juliet, among many more.

Conducted by Carl Davis, Philharmonia at the Movies returns with a concert of some of the most iconic film scores and unforgettable love songs from the greatest romantic films of all time. The themes of love, passion and romance shine through in the instantly recognisable yearning melody to 1970 film Love Story and the soaring notes that set the tone to Margaret Mitchell's sweeping emotional epic Gone with the Wind, heard alongside soundtracks to Dr Zhivago, La La Land and the most tragic love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.

6.15pm, pre-concert talk, FREE entry.
Carl Davis in conversation with John Florance.


ESA-PEKKA SALONEN: MAHLER 1: Tuesday 10 April

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
David Fray piano
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.2
MAHLER Symphony No.1

A magical spring dawn - or the creation of the universe itself? One thing's for sure: the opening of Mahler's first symphony is the start of a thrilling journey, and from the extraordinary beginning right through to the roof-raising finish, there's no more dynamic guide than the great Esa-Pekka Salonen - the Philharmonia's principal conductor and artistic advisor, and one of the finest living Mahler interpreters in the world today. Beethoven's wittiest piano concerto should make a delightful complement.

6.15pm, pre-concert talk, FREE entry.
An introduction to the evening's programme.


PASSION & POETRY: Tuesday 8 May

Christoph Altstaedt conductor
Singers to be announced
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
MASSENET Cendrillon (arias and excerpts)
VERDI La Traviata (arias and excerpts)
LISZT Les preludes

Rising star conductor Christoph Altstaedt brings a programme of romantic 19th century story-telling - both peratic and symphonic - to the De Montfort Hall stage. The evening opens and closes with two symphonic poems: Liszt's lushly scored Les preludes and Wagner's Siegfried idyll. The music for the idyll - later used in Wagner's opera Siegfried - was composed for Wagner's wife Cosima's birthday, and first performed as a surprise for her on the stairs of their villa in Lucerne. In between themes of love and heartache in two of the most popular operas of the romantic era: Massner's Cinderalla and the tragedy of Violetta in Verdi's La traviata. 


 

 

 

 

 

01/11/2017 To 08/05/2018
Leicestershire Chorale 40th Anniversary Concert
Leicestershire Chorale celebrates its 40th anniversary in style with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's epic setting of the Requiem. Once again in collaboration with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra, we are joined by a cast-list of internationally renowned soloists. 

Tickets £11 16 18 Senior citizens £9.50 £14.50 £16.50
NUS £5 18 and under £1

19/11/2017 15:00
Leicester Symphony Orchestra 2017/18 Season
The Leicester Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1922 by Dr (later Sir) Malcolm Sargent, then a local parish organist and chorus master. The orchestra continues the Sargent tradition of recruiting talented local players and bringing to Leicester soloists of international calibre and fame, to give the people of Leicester symphonic music of the highest possible standard. 


LEGACY OF A MAESTRO: Saturday 25 November

James Oldfield soloist

SARGENT Impressions on a Windy Day
GILBERT & SULLIVAN Song selection with James Oldfield (including The Policeman’s song, Major General and Pirate King from Pirates of Penzance and When I went to the Bar as a very young man from Iolanthe)
SULLIVAN Overtures
BORODIN/SARGENT Nocturne
BACH/SARGENT Air on a G String
BRITTEN (Purcell Variations) the Young Persons's Guide to the Orchestra

Pre-concert talk with Sam Dobson, LSO, and Sir Malcolm Sargent.

There will be an opportunity to attend an open rehearsal for this concert at Stamford Barn Hill Methodist Church on Sunday 24 September from 4pm to 5pm and join the LSO for tea – (Supported by Big lottery celebration fund). See the LSO website for more details: http://www.leicestersymphonyorchestra.co.uk/index.htm


ANIMAL ANTICS: Sunday 25 February

In association with John Ghent and The Little Theatre.

A family concert featuring:
Peter and the Wolf
ROSSINI William Tell Overture
GRIEG In the Hall of the Mountain King
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Flight of the Bumble Bee

Plus music from films and TV, including Jaws, Harry Potter, Born Free and Paddington.


REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIANS: Saturday 19 May

Concert sponsored by Chris Shrawley

Simon Callaghan soloist

SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
MUSSORGSKY Night on a Bare Mountain
MEDTNER Piano Concerto No.3
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.3

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

25/11/2017 To 19/05/2018
Christmas with Katherine Jenkins

Start your Christmas celebration in style with singing sensation Katherine Jenkins, as she performs a magnificent concert of seasonal music and songs.

Mark Vincent special guest
Anthony Inglis conductor
London Concert Orchestra

Tickets £29.50 £46 £56

01/12/2017 19:30
Bardi Symphony Orchestra 2017/18 Season
Welcome to The Bardi Orchestra's 2017/18 season. Formed in 1986 by founder Dr Andrew Constantine the Bardi Orchestra derives its name from the Italian Count Giovanni Bardi who was associated with new ideas and approaches to the performance of music in the sixteenth century.


VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, SYMPHONY NO. 5: Sunday 8 October

Claus Efland Conductor
Isata Kanneh-Mason Piano

DVORAK Carnival Overture
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No.5

The main work in the first concert of the new Bardi season is Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No.5. It was premiered in 1943 during the dark days of World War 2 and yet is one of the composer’s most pastoral works. Young British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason performs Schumann’s romantic Piano Concerto with Dvorak’s vibrant Carnival Overture opening proceedings.


BEETHOVEN, EROICA: Sunday 4th February

Claus Efland Conductor
Tamsin Waley-Cohen Violin

MOZART Overture to the Magic Flute
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’

February’s concert features the first of Beethoven’s great romantic symphonies, the ‘Eroica’ and a performance of Sibelius’s virtuosic Violin Concerto by rising star Tamsin Waley-Cohen. The afternoon gets off to a rousing start with Mozart’s overture to his opera ‘The Magic Flute’.

THE MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS: Sunday 18 March

Claus Efland Conductor

Join the Bardi Symphony Orchestra and guest vocal soloists to hear music from a fabulous selection of musical blockbusters including Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma, Cats, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story and of course The Sound of Music!


A Hero’s Life: Sunday 13 May

Claus Efland Conductor
Marina Chiche Violin
Guy Johnston Cello
Tom Poster Piano

Three top-flight international soloists join the Orchestra for Beethoven’s joyous and rarely heard Triple Concerto, followed by Richard Strauss’s mighty Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) to bring the Bardi’s season to a dazzling and heroic close.

04/02/2018 To 13/05/2018
La Traviata
Starring the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova* and the Korean soprano Maria HeeJung Kim*

A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi's outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame aux Camelias.

Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate loves and life of the consumptive courtesan, Violetta. There are many echoes of Verdi's own life in Traviata and he threw himself into the music. The highlights include the Brindisi, the best known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and Violetta's haunting aria Addio Del Passato.

This magnificent production boasts sumptuous sets and costumes.

"First-rate singing." The Stage

"Uplifting, charming, heroic and finally tear-jerking." Liverpool Echo

"Alyona Kistenyova has a lovely soprano voice and sang with precision and excellent tone." Manchester Theatre Awards

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
*Cast subject to change

Tickets £36 £29 £21 Concessions £34 £27 £19
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11/04/2018 19:30
Madama Butterfly
Introducing the celebrated soprano Maria HeeJung Kim* from the Korean National opera, Seoul and the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova*

Back by overwhelming public demand, this award winning opera returns with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.

One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.

"This is a Butterfly to cherish." Manchester Evening News

"Kistenyova played the tragic Japanese heroine with unforgettable grace and poignancy." Oxford Prospect, Spring 2015

"The set and costumes were intricate and magnificent to behold. All the beauty of Japan was made real on stage, which added to the overall exquisite tragedy of the performance." Manchester Magazine, Autumn 2014

Sung in Italian with English surtitles
*Cast Subject to Change

Winner of the "The Best Opera Award" Liverpool Daily Post Theatre Awards

Tickets £36 £29 £21 Concessions £34 £37 £19
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12/04/2018 19:30
Leicester Philharmonic Choir: Samson

Stephen Bullamore conductor
Musica Donum Dei

Samson is a three-act oratorio by George Frederick Handel which is considered to be one of his finest works. It was written by Handel in the month between finishing composing Messiah and going to Dublin for its first performance.

The libretto is based on Milton's poem, Samson Agonistes and the biblical story of Samson in Chapter 16 of the book of Judges. It includes the well-known aria Let the Bright Seraphim which was sung at Prince Charles' wedding to Diana by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

This will be the first time that Samson has been performed by the Leicester Philharmonic Choir.

Tickets £24 £20 £10 Under 25s £5 Over 60s £21.60 on top price ticket only

21/04/2018 19:30