CULTURE: A treble bill of top music attractions.Byline: chris morley
Avery busy few days kicks off tonight with three major events all vying for attention within less than a square mile of each other.
The fun begin with the latest production from Birmingham Conservatoire's School of Operatic and Vocal Studies. This year it's Mozart's The Magic Flute, directed by Michael Barry and conducted by Stephen Barlow, with designs by Colin Judges. As usual, the show is double-cast, spread across four performances at the Crescent Theatre in Sheepcote Street (tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm: 0121 643 5858).
Just across Broad Street and down Berkley Street, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, commonly known as BCMG, is a chamber orchestra based in Birmingham, England specialising in the performance of new and contemporary music. is in action tonight at the CBSO Centre, where Oliver Knussen conducts a colourful programme. His own Songs Without Voices and Coursing are joined by Khorovod and Alhambra Fantasy by former CBSO composer-in-association Julian Anderson, as well as Leo by the Catalan composer and pupil of Schoenberg, Roberto Gerhard (7.30pm, 0121 767 4050).
There is also a free pre-concert taster at 6.30pm, when the Royal Academy of Music The Royal Academy of Music is a constituent college of the University of London, and is one of the world's leading music institutions. It was founded by Lord Burghersh in 1822 with the help and ideas of the French eccentric harpist and composer Nicolas Bochsa and in 1830 was Manson Ensemble is conducted by Franck Ollu in music by Knussen and American composer Elliott Carter.
There is also a third temptation, down beyond the end of Broad Street in Victoria Square, when Peter Donohoe gives a celebrity piano recital in Birmingham Town Hall This article is about Birmingham Town Hall, a concert venue. For the seat of Birmingham City Council, see Council House, Birmingham.
Birmingham Town Hall is a Grade I listed concert and meeting venue in Victoria Square, Birmingham, England. . His programme features Brahms and a Busoni arrangement of Bach's Toccata, Adagio and Fugue and ends with Liszt's revolutionary B minor Sonata (7.30pm 0121 780 3333; pre-concert conversation between Donohoe and Lyndon Jenkins at 6.15pm).
Tomorrow evening, the Birmingham Conservatoire Wind Orchestra is in action at the Adrian Boult Hall The Adrian Boult Hall is the main concert hall of the UCE Birmingham Conservatoire in central Birmingham, England. It is named after the conductor Adrian Boult.
Situated in the Birmingham Conservatoire main building in Paradise Circus, it is used for public concerts by , where Guy Woolfenden conducts a contemporary programme with more than a strong whiff of Cornwall about it, not least with the references in David Bedford's Ronde for Isolde.
These variations on Susato's Rondo aresuperimposed with chord sequences from Wagner's Tristan und Is olde, an opera based largely in Cornwall, then are followed by A Name Perpetual by Conservatoire graduate Eseld Pierce. The programme is completed with Bill Connor's Tails aus demVood Viennoiseand Kit Turnbull's Time Lines, playing inventively with sub-Saharan polyrhythms (7pm, 0121 303 2323).
Across the road, in Birmingham Town Hall, Russian Pictures highlights the University of Warwick's Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a colourful programme of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (in Ravel's orchestration), Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms The Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky was written in 1930 and was commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. and Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto (7.30pm, 0121 780 3333).
On Saturday night, the CBSO repeats last night's Viennese Masters concert (reviewed tomorrow) under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras.
His programme begins with Haydn's La Reine Symphony and ends with Beethoven's Symphony no7 (7pm, 0121 780 3333).
Also on Saturday, Birmingham Festival Choral Society performs at St Paul's Church in Hockley. Patrick Larley's programme begins with Faure's Requiem and concludes with the Westminster Mass by Roxanna Panufnik (7.30pm, 0121 202 5000).
The English Concert Singers, Chorus and Orchestra per form Brahms' A German Requiem in Birmingham Town Hall on Sunday afternoon.
The Brahms is preceded by Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music Serenade to Music is a setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams for 16 vocal soloists and orchestra. The composer drew the text from the discussion about music and the Music of the Spheres in Act V, scene 1 of the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. and the Fingal's Cave Overture by Mendelssohn (3pm, 0121 780 3333).