In 1990 composer Hilary Tann spent four months in Japan studying traditional
music, particularly that for the bamboo flute, the shakuhachi. An orchestral
work 'From Afar' based on that experience was premièred in 1996 by
the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and will now receive its UK première
by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on 12 January in St David's Hall
in Cardiff conducted by Charles Hazlewood.
Andreas Haefliger replaces pianist Maria Joao Pires in engagements in
January and February with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam (26 January at
the Concertgebouw) and London, playing Mozart's K488 concerto, and Stafan
Valdar will now play in Japan.
The orchestra's performances of Mahler's 8th Symphony (14 and 16 January)
are sold-out, but there's still chance to hear Mahler's 4th Symphony, two
pieces by Ligeti (Lontano and Atmosphères) and Tuning
Up (in the Chou Wen-chung performing version) by Varèse on 21
January, 8.15pm in the Concertgebouw (conductor - Riccardo Chailly, soprano
soloist Ruth Ziesak).
Instrument petting zoo
Performances on 20, 21 and 22 January by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Music Director
Stephen Gurzenhauser) feature Samuel Rhodes playing a viola concerto ('Do
not go gentle') by Wernick (winner of the duPont award to a living American
composer). The third of these performances on 22 January is Educator's night,
during which the orchestra honours the areas teachers with a reception after
The orchestra's family concerts on 29 and 30 January ('Beethoven Lives
Upstairs - a Tale of Genius and Childhood', featuring Susan Hammond's Classical
Kids) are preceded by an 'instrument petting zoo' (one hour before the performances).
Details of further concerts in their 1999-2000 season are available on the
The Millenium Songbook for soprano and chamber ensemble has been commissioned
from five Scottish and Scottish-based composers for première on 2
and 3 February in Glasgow (Royal Concert Hall) and Edinburgh (Queens Hall)
respectively. This is presented in the Hebrides Ensemble Concert Series,
and the composers involved are David Horne, Lyell Cresswell, Sally Beamish,
Craig Armstrong, and Helen Grime.
The Chamber Orchestra
of Europe is directed by Heinz Holliger for a concert in St John's Smith
Square, London on 11 February presenting three works: Haydn's Symphony 44
in E minor Trauer, the Sinfonia Concertante in B flat, and Mozart's
Symphony 38 in D Prague. Soloists for the Sinfonia are from the orchestra:
Lukas Hagen (violin), William Conway (cello), Douglas Boyd (oboe), and Matthew
Toronto on tour
From 25 February for 14 days, Yukka-Pekka Saraste and Canada's Toronto Symphony Orchestra are on
tour in Europe - the orchestra's first overseas tour since 1991, and will
be playing in Stuttgart's Liederhalle, Berlin's Philharmonie, The Jahrhunderthalle
in Frankfurt-Höchst, Cologne's Philharmonie and Budapest's Patria Hall,
before beginning a three day residency at the Vienna Musikverein - the first
such residency by any Canadian orchestra. Many of the concerts are already
sold out. New Canadian music - Gary Kulesha's The True Colour of the
Sky and Fire by Peter Lieberson - will be performed alongside
music by Beethoven, Dvorák, Rachmaninov and Bartók.
You can hear the Toronto orchestra with Saraste (the orchestra's Music
Director) on two new recordings from Finlandia Records - the Symphony No
2 by Dutilleux and the Sibelius Lemminkäinen Suite.
Where the world comes to play ...
Concert-goers in Glasgow, Scotland, have a chance to hear pianist Evgeny
Kissin in recital on 15 March, 7.30pm, at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Tickets: +44 (0)141 287 5511.
Future recitals include Murray Perahia on 29 March and Emanuel Ax on 11
April. Orchestras appearing in Glasgow include the Academy of St Martin
in the Fields (18 and 26 April) and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
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