Warwick Arts Centre has announced its Concert Series for 2019 – 2020. This year’s series features classical music for all ages, as the venue welcomes award-winning young musicians as well as world-renowned orchestras and soloists.
Shakespeare’s star-cross’d lovers will bookend this year’s series, as the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra open with Tchaikovsky’s version in October 2019, before the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra’s famous version by Prokoviev closes the series in May 2020.
Opening the series on Sat 12 Oct, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra will be led by Yuri Botnari. Featuring John Lill as the soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.1, the orchestra will also play Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony.
Flanders Symphony Orchestra follows on Thu 31 Oct with Miloš Karadaglić, the young Montenegrin classical guitarist. In a Latin-themed evening, Karadaglić will lead a popular programme of Rossini, Rodrigo, Villa Lobos and de Falla, before culminating with extracts from Bizet’s Carmen.
The Hallé makes a welcome return to Warwick Arts Centre on Thu 28 Nov with an enchanting programme featuring Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, before Warwickshire-based ensemble Armonico Consort celebrate the festive season with a performance of Handel’s Messiah on Thu 5 Dec.
Warwick Arts Centre will celebrate the New Year with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain on Sat 4 Jan following a residency at the University. The most talented young musicians from across the country will be conducted by Jaime Martinez and play an eclectic repertoire of Hanns Eisler, Britten and Shostakovich.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on Wed 26 Feb, showcasing the BBC’s New Generation Artist Mariam Batashvili in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2. Then, on Fri 6 Mar the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra present a striking programme of Šerkšnytė and Brahms under the inspired direction of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
On Wed 22 Apr, the penultimate concert is an Easter treat from the Siberian Symphony Orchestra, a hidden-gem of an orchestra based in Omsk and championed by one of the country’s most popular pianists, the inimitable Freddy Kempf. Warwick Arts Centre’s Concert Series draws to a close on Thu 21 May with the majestic St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, whose programme includes Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto performed by Jennifer Pike.
This year, Warwick Arts Centre also presents a special Family Concert from the Orchestra of the Swan on Sat 7 Dec, entitled Snow Ride! it offers the perfect opportunity for families to enjoy the most well-known classical music together and imbibe the Christmas spirit.
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.
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