Great new 2012/13 Classical Season ahead at Middlesbrough Town Hall
Classical music fans have no fewer than eight great nights to look forward to as part of Middlesbrough Town Hall’s newly announced 2012/13 Classical season.
Three eagerly anticipated shows by Northern Sinfonia are sprinkled alongside five very welcome visits by a select line-up of world-class international orchestras; The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra and the Chamber Philharmonic Europe Orchestra.
The new season adds to the Town Hall’s growing reputation as one of the best Classical music venues in the country, with audiences increasing by 15% over the last couple of years alone.
Here’s a brief look at what’s ahead this season:
Tuesday 9 October: St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
The new season opens in style with the distinguished Russian Orchestra, with UK pianist Freddy Kempf as special guest. Tonight’s programme includes Glinka’s Overture to Russlan & Ludmilla, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5, and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3
Wednesday 7 November: Prague Symphony Orchestra
Another of Europe’s finest orchestras is joined by brilliant young pianist Igor Tchetuev as special guest. Igor will be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4, with other works tonight including Smetana’s scintillating Bartered Bride Overture, Janacek’s rarely performed Adagio, and Dvorak’s Symphony No.8.
Thursday 29 November: Northern Sinfonia
A great chance to hear one of Classical music’s most popular works tonight, with a special performance of Handel’s Messiah. Conductor Matthew Halls leads soloists Joanne Lunn, Christopher Ainslie, Thomas Hobbs and Matthew Brook in this majestic work of art.
Thursday 14 February 2013: Polish National Radio Orchestra
Renowned Polish conductor Jacek Kaspszyk and violinist Agata Szymczewska are special guests on this romantic evening, with a programme including Bernstein’s effervescent Candide Overture, Penderecki’s Chaconne, Mendelssohn’s wonderfully exuberant Violin Concerto, and Mahler’s vast musical canvas, his Symphony No.5.
Wednesday 6 March 2013: Northern Sinfonia
Led by the ever popular Bradley Creswick, tonight features an interesting mix of works by Schnittke, Albinoni, Hubay, Ungar and Handel, before closing with Vivaldi’s much-loved Four Seasons – perhaps the most popular music ever written for chamber orchestras.
Wednesday 27 March 2013: Chamber Philharmonic Europe Orchestra
One of Europe’s newest and finest orchestras brings an evening of popular works by composers including Vivaldi, Ponchielli, Bach, Lorelli, Faure and Grieg.
Wednesday 3 April 2013: Northern Sinfonia
The Sinfonia’s third visit of the season includes two great works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn, and Scandinavian masterpieces by Grieg and Sibelius. Beethoven’s dramatic Overture to Leonora No.3 is followed by Grieg’s romantic Piano Concerto in A Minor Op.16 and Sibelius’ lyrical Rakastava. Mendelssohn’s sunny Italian Symphony No.4 in A Major closes the evening in fine style.
Thursday 23 May 2013: Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Our classical season ends in great style, with this incredible Russian Orchestra. Conducted by Pavel Kogan, with outstanding cellist Nina Kotova as special guest, tonight’s programme features two works by Khachaturian, plus Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6.
Tickets for all the above shows start from £12.50 / £11.50 concs. Family tickets from £18.00. School tickets: £3 each for groups of 10+, plus one teacher free. Box Office: www.middlesbroughtownhallonline.co.uk or 01642 729 729 / 01642 81 51 81.
Subscribers can save 10% if booking four concerts, or 15% if booking seven concerts. Subscribers can also enjoy incentives including ‘refer-a-friend tickets,’ and other special offers including a chance to win trips to see world-class orchestras around the country.