We are delighted to announce our Concert Series for 2018-2019. This year’s series celebrates youthfulness, welcoming a host of excellent, award-winning young musicians, as well as internationally renowned orchestras.
The series opens on Fri 5 Oct in the Butterworth Hall with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by rising star Valentin Uryupin. Featuring Barry Douglas, a giant amongst British pianists, as the soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.1, this magnificent programme also includes Khachaturian’s deliciously tuneful Masquerade Suite.
Young Montenegrin guitarist Miloš Karadaglić follows on Wed 7 Nov with an exploration of the musical universe of the classic guitar, featuring an eclectic programme ranging from Bach to The Beatles, and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra will be playing a selection of pieces by legendary composers, including Dvořák, Strauss, Elgar and Tchaikovsky on Wed 28 Nov. Conducted by Kirill Karabits, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain will showcase some of the world’s leading teenage musicians on Fri 4 Jan as they open 2019 with an otherworldly programme full of energy and pure joy.
Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder with Stephen Hough on piano, is set to triumph on Fri 1 Feb with a dynamic programme of Wagner, Saint-Saëns and Berlioz. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla visited Warwick Arts Centre last November for the first time, and will be welcomed for her return on Wed 13 Feb, in a concert which includes Grieg’s incidental music to Peer Gynt.
This is followed by the Carducci Quartet on Thu 28 Feb, featuring Emma Johnson on the clarinet, who will be playing pieces by Brahms and Mozart, as well as a characterful new composition by Stephen Johnson. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are set to capture the imagination on Thu 14 Mar with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinarily emotive Swan Lake Suite, whilst the European Union Chamber Orchestra – united by the sheer joy of making music together – will be playing a passionate programme under the direction of Hans-Peter Hofmann on Fri 26 Apr.
The Russian Philharmonic (of Novosibirsk) will be closing the series in style on Tue 14 May with a programme that will take audiences from the Mediterranean sunshine of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol to the streets and countryside of Russia in Rachmaninov’s emotionally-charged Symphonic Dances.
As ever, the Concert Series is complemented by a programme of intimate chamber concerts by the Coull Quartet, Artists in Residence at the University of Warwick, and the very best of New York’s opera, presented by Met Opera Live.
All concerts are on sale for subscribers from Wed 16 May and general booking will open on Mon 13 Aug.