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American violinist Leila Josefowicz’s partnership with John Novacek has been praised for its daring spontaneity and flair.
Gramophone called the duo “an outstanding collaboration… Their rapport is stunning".
They perform a programme of works marked by dark introspection and powerful emotion, including reflective pieces by Sibelius and Mahler, Prokofiev’s wildly beautiful Sonata in F minor and the mystical Calices from contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho.
Panache and supreme technical assurance… her virtuosity is breathtaking
BBC Music Magazine on Leila Josefowicz
|Sibelius||Waltz Triste Op 44, arranged by Friedrich Hermann|
|Prokofiev||Sonata in f minor interval|
|Mahler||Adagietto (from Symphony No. 5), arranged by Otto Wittenbecher|
|Bernd Alois Zimmermann||Sonata (1950)|
With support Pan Daijing
A fog of sound fills the hall as electronic composer, producer and sound artist Tim Hecker performs his new album Love Streams.
Usually creating heavily textured, distorted sounds, here Hecker’s compositions are more melodic, using acoustic woodwind and choral parts.
Hecker’s music treads the line of post-rock and contemporary classical. Collaborations on his most recent album include Ben Frost, Kara-Lis Coverdale and Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose recordings of medieval choral works lift the record to new dimensions and present a juxtaposition between these meditative sounds and Hecker’s
Blissful, soothing, profoundly creepy, uplifting and cathartic
Orpheus’ bride Eurydice has died and been taken to the Underworld. Orpheus, heartbroken, vows to bring her back, come what may…
Opera North’s immersive installation for Light Night Leeds draws visitors into the mysterious and unsettling realm of the River Styx, the border between the living world and the Underworld below.
Based on Monteverdi’s 1607 opera, the installation combines Orpheus’ glorious song of loss and longing Possente spirto, with the hidden voices of the lost Eurydice, whispering and singing to you from all sides.
The installation runs on a loop throughout the night.
Suitable for adults with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).
This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with babies under one to come along and enjoy all the fun of singing in a group, in a warm and friendly environment.
No singing experience (or talent!) is necessary, just a desire to join in and have a go.
Sessions start on Monday 9 October; each individual session costs £6, or book all 6 sessions for the discounted rate of £30.
10 week course | Mondays from 9 October 2017 | Performance: 16 Dec 2017
Join our Christmas Chorus and learn classic festive pieces in sessions led by professional artists, concluding in a performance.
Whether you’re experienced or a total beginner, you can now improve your technique, experience the joy of singing in a group and expand your social network
The choir is open to all levels and there is no requirement to read music.
Keep an eye out for more creative arts activities for adults coming in 2018.
With support Astral Social Club
30 years on from their first collaboration, this rare live performance brings together two giants of modern composition.
Composer, performer and visual artist Charlemagne Palestine is a legend of the New York avant-garde, a peer of Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Terry Riley, and the missing link between Moondog and Sonic Youth. His music is epic, ritualistic and intense, often performed on the piano.
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Rhys Chatham helped define New York’s downtown aesthetic in the 70s and served as a mentor to Sonic Youth, Swans and more.
One of noise rock's founding fathers. Without him, there would be no Sonic Youth, no Jesus and Mary Chain, no My Bloody Valentine . . . he remains a towering figure among six-string aficionados.
— Chicago Tribune on Rhys Chatham
— The Guardian on Charlemagne Palestine
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, Carol is the story of a forbidden love affair between an aspiring female photographer (Rooney Mara) and an older woman (Cate Blanchett) going through a difficult divorce.
Part of The Little Greats
Evoking the period through homage to the great photography of the time, Carol has received critical acclaim for its beautiful cinematography and was nominated for six Academy Awards.
More than hugely accomplished cinema, it’s an exquisite work of American art
— The Telegraph
Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mandé culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians).
Their music reaches beyond fame at home to Europe and the US. Formed of voice, balafon and bass ngoni, the Trio bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires.
Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, daughter of legendary Kassé Mady Diabaté, is the singer of the Trio, and has one of the finest griot voices in Mali.
The most distinctive feature of the Trio is the balafon, and Lassana Diabaté, formerly of AfroCubism and Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, is one of Mali’s most astonishing players. Its cascading lines, rippling and percussive riffs, and buzzing gourd resonators, are a familiar element in many Malian ensembles, but here for the first time the balafon is the lead instrument.
The youngest member of the trio is bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté - the eldest son of world-renowned Bassekou Kouyaté. Still in his early 20s, he is one of the most creative of Mali’s new generation of musicians.
Despite only coming into being in 2012, Trio Da Kali has already performed at a BBC Prom, the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, and at the London Jazz Festival.
The closest I've ever got to the voice of Mahalia Jackson
— David Harrington (Kronos Quartet) on Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté
Steeped in tradition, these three brilliant musicians give a new voice to timeless sounds.
In this haunting, dramatic piece for chamber ensemble and voices, Gavin Bryars weaves his beautiful music through and around eight of Shakespeare's most meditative sonnets.
Led by Bryars himself, the ensemble includes tenor John Potter (ex Hilliard Ensemble), with narration by multi-talented Dublin singer, Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes). Influenced by early music but unmistakably modern, this is a fresh way to experience Shakespeare’s words.
Commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nothing Like The Sun has been performed at festivals around the world, and comes home to the Howard Assembly Room for the first time.
Real Time Arts magazine
Messiaen’s Harawi evokes a beautiful world of Andean mythology, cosmic mystery and birdsong through lush, pliant lyricism.
While reminiscent of Debussy, Stravinsky and Wagner, Harawi is unmistakeably by Messiaen: a twelve song cycle on love and death characteristic of his 1940s style.
Soprano Gweneth-Ann Rand is possibly the most experienced Messiaen singer of her generation and has performed this cycle with Simon Lepper all over the UK, including at the BBC Proms.
Her performance has a “brooding, animal-like intensity...her notes seemed to grow effortlessly from deep within, quite a feat as the breath control and vocal dexterity needed in this piece is truly formidable.” (Seen and Heard International).
For this special concert, projected imagery and surtitles draw you into a journey deep inside Messiaen’s myriad influences and musical world.
One of the most quietly revolutionary works in the history of cinema, Roberto Rossellini’s third feature stars Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders as an estranged English couple holidaying in Naples.
Part of The Little Greats
Within days of their arrival, the couple's relationship becomes strained and they discuss a divorce, but Rossellini’s masterpiece is more than just an anatomy of a relationship, presenting mortality, spirituality and emotion in this benchmark for modernist cinema.
Mysterious, gripping and moving… there is real greatness in this movie
— The Guardian
Dir. Godfrey Reggio; USA 1983; 85 minutes, Cert U.
GoGo Penguin perform their exhilarating new score to Godfrey Reggio’s documentary masterpiece Koyaanisqatsi.
Borrowing its title from the Hopi word meaning ‘life out of balance’, Koyaanisqatsi surveys the beauty of the natural world through slow motion and time lapse footage, documenting nature’s uneasy relationship with modern technology. With no text, narration, or dialogue, the film is driven by the interplay between image and sound.
GoGo Penguin are known for their trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, propulsive bass lines and electronica inspired drums. Acoustic jazz rubs up against visceral electronics and epic melody in this powerful score.
Rhapsodic themes and driving grooves
— The Guardian