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Top musicians as promised.

Byline: VAL JAVIN

OPERA North promised to bring top artists to Huddersfield during the concert season and it is certainly living up to that.

The next concert in the Kirklees orchestral season, managed by Opera North, is next week and it features two top-line musicians. The Orchestra of Opera North returns to Huddersfield Town Hall where it will be conducted by Maestro Matthias Bamert in a programme which will also feature the skills of young German cellist Alban Gerhardt.

Internationally-acclaimed Swiss conductor Matthias Bamert makes a welcome return to Huddersfield. He stepped in early last year to conduct a Town Hall concert when the distinguished Austrian maestro, Dietfried Bernet, had to withdraw from the engagement due to illness. Matthias Bamert has served as principal guest conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, chief conductor of West Australian Symphony Orchestra and most recently at the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also made more than 60 classical recordings.

The soloist, Alban Gerhardt, has been acclaimed over the last 10 years as one of the most accomplished cellists of our time. He has been awarded three 'Echo Klassik' Awards, a 'Midem Classic Award' in 2006 for his Hyperion debut recording and two 'Echo Classics' Prizes.

After early successes at competitions and his debut as a 21-year-old with the Berlin Philharmonic under Semyon Bychkov he started a solo career which has led him to play with more than 180 different orchestras worldwide, among which are most of the top European and American orchestras.

Alban Gerhardt's repertoire is extensive. He has played about 60 different cello concerti, among them some new work which underlines his interest in enlarging the cello repertoire.

Douglas Scarfe, concerts director for Opera North, said: "Alban Gerhardt works with all the top orchestras. "He's a major guy. I'm delighted that we've got him. We have two top artists for this concert on Thursday." David Greed, leader of the Orchestra of Opera North, and a familiar face to concertgoers across Kirklees will also feature as a soloist in this top-line concert.

The programme will feature Beethoven's sunny Symphony No. 2 in D alongside the most popular of his Romances for violin and orchestra, Romance No.2 in F. Dvor[sz]k's rousing and spirited Carnival Overture features, as does the Cello Concerto, which is considered his most popular masterwork of the Romantic era.

The concert resumes the Beethoven Symphony and Concerto cycle which completes later this year.

There will be a Talking Music session at 6.40pm. Tickets from Kirklees Booking Offices, ticket hotline 01484 223200 / 01484 222444 / 01924 324501 or book online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls.

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* MAJOR PLAYER: Cellist Alban Gerhardt who will play in Huddersfield Town Hall next week
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Mar 16, 2012
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