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Byline: PATSY FULLER

SOME of the world's top pianists are lined up for an exciting new season of concerts in the Midlands.

Murray Perahia Murray Perahia KBE (b. April 19, 1947) is a distinguished American concert pianist. He is also a respected conductor. His recordings are characterized by a consistent quality of sound, technique and interpretation and a careful attention to dynamic and stylistic details. , Lang Lang, Daniel Barenboim Daniel Barenboim (born November 15, 1942) is a pianist and conductor. He lives in Berlin and holds citizenship in Argentina, Israel, and Spain. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina; his parents were Russian Ashkenazi Jews. , Emanuel Ax and Imogen Cooper are among the big names of classical music coming to Birmingham for the 2009/10 International Concert Season at Town Hall and Symphony Hall.

Other stars taking part in the 30 concerts at the two venues include violinists Joshua Bell, Nicola Benedetti and Chloe Hanslip and celebrated singers Renee Fleming, Willard White and Ian Bostridge.

The list of maestros is equally impressive. Valery Gergiev will conduct the combined forces of Mariinsky Theatre and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is a British orchestra based in Birmingham, England.

The orchestra was founded as the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1920, with Edward Elgar conducting its first concert in September of that year.
, Daniel Barenboim will conduct the Staatskapelle Berlin - and be the soloist for Beethoven's Emperor Concerto - and Riccardo Muti will conduct the Philhamonia Orchestra.

The season opens on October 3 with the town hall's175th birthday concert, Handel's Messiah, performed by The Sixteen under Harry Christophers. The first part of the season is brimming with celebrity performers including the Gergiev/Marinsky/CBSO combination playing Prokofiev and Berlioz on October 14 and 15, Imogen Cooper's Schubert recital on October 18, Nicola Benedetti playing Tchaikovsky with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra on October 29 , Renee Fleming singing arias with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is a British orchestra based in London. It tours widely, and is sometimes referred to as “Britain's national orchestra”.  on November 2, Murray Perahia playing Bach and Mozart with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields on November 13 and Willard White in a tribute to Paul Robeson on December 9. The big names keep on coming after Christmas with tenor Ian Bostridge accompanied on piano by Royal Opera House music director Antonio Pappano on January 22, Barenboim playing Beethoven on January 30, and Chinese pianist Lang Lang giving a recital of Beethoven, Albeniz and Prokofiev on February 4. Further ahead, highlights include pianist Simon Trpceski playing Prokofiev with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is an American orchestra which plays its concerts in the Meyerson Symphony Center in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, United States.  on March 2, Muti muti (mōōˑ·tē),
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 and Bell with the Philharmonia Orchestra playing Beethoven on March 23 and Chloe Hanslip and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra on May 10.

Tickets and season details on 0121 780 3333.

BIG NAMES... Pianists Land Lang (main picture), and Murray Perahia (inset, right), violinists Joshua Bell and Nicola Benedetti, and (left) celebrated singer Renee Fleming.

CLASSICAL DIARY

SUNDAY Butlers Marston Concert Society inaugural concert - Shostakovich, Schumann, Mozart: Church of St Peter & St Paul, Butlers Marston, near Kineton, south Warwickshire, 7pm. 01926 642076

MONDAY Organists Stephen Farr (St Paul's, Knightsbridge) - lunchtime recital: Coventry Cathedral, 1pm.

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BIG NAMES... Pianists Land Lang (main picture), and Murray Perahia (inset, right), violinists Joshua Bell and Nicola Benedetti, and (left) celebrated singer Renee Fleming.
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Date:Jul 31, 2009
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