Welcome to the latest edition of the Classical Arts NI e-newsletter. As September marks the start of the new concert season this month’s newsletter features the range of exciting new events programmed for this Autumn, including the many classical events you can enjoy as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s (including the premiere of the new Brian Irvine opera), a very special evening with composer John Rutter and two events to mark the anniversary of the death of opera singer Mario Lanza. Next month’s newsletter will return to our more usual mix of events, news and reviews.
You’ll notice that this month, your newsletter looks a little different. Over the summer we have been refreshing the look of Classical Arts NI, and running alongside the new-look newsletter, we will be hosting more information and content on our website – www.classicalartsni.com. Because we are now hosting the newsletter each month on the website, we’d like to hear any comments you have about the stories or events we feature, so if you’ve got something to say, please post below!
Competition: Enjoy the Emperor
This month we are offering you a pair of tickets for the Ulster Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto (No. 5).This concerto has a distinctly Hungarian flavour, all the more appropriate to welcome the new leader of the Ulster Orchestra, Hungary-born Tamás Kocsis.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply click ‘Enter Competition’ and answer this month’s question.
Congratulations to June’s winner, Ms. E. Needham, who won tickets to the Ulster Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 at the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s.
Magnificat – A Celebration of Music with John Rutter
Down Cathedral, Downpatrick presents the prodigious musician and composer, John Rutter, who directs a musical extravaganza with combined choirs and orchestra, including the award winning BBC Songs of Praise Choirs and Waringstown and Ballyholme Primary Schools.
Many of Rutter’s most popular works will be performed, including the amazing Magnificat. Soloists include Julie Bell (violin), Jenny Heaney (flute) and Elizabeth Ross (soprano).
Proceeds will go towards Down Cathedral Restoration Fund.
Mario Lanza – The Loveliest Night of the Year
The Loveliest Night of the Year is a special celebration concert honouring the life and times of Mario Lanza.
In a short career spanning only ten years Mario Lanza became the biggest star of his generation. At the height of his career he even out-sold Elvis Presley. Lanza, an American of Italian parentage, had every interest of pursuing an operatic career, but it was the intervention of one of Hollywood’s biggest studios that resulted in Mario Lanza achieving a far wider and greater fame than the opera stage could have ever envisaged, doing more to popularise Grand Opera than any of his contemporaries.
Mulholland Grand Organ Workshop
Belfast City Organist, Colm Carey, in association with the Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters, invites you to hear and play the Mulholland Grand Organ.
If you are interested in the organ and the sounds it makes, pop in and enjoy!
Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s
From Mahler Symphony No. 5 to Dame Gillian Weir and the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, this year’s festival is a classical music lover’s paradise!
The Chopin celebration includes performances by Joanna MacGregor, Cristina Ortiz and Jan Kyzysztof Broja, while BBC Radio 3’s ‘American Exiles’ series includes Jack Liebeck & Bengt Forsberg, Lukáš Vondrácek, Badke String Quartet and Andrew Kennedy.
Popcorn and Puccini
Five years ago the Metropolitan Opera in New York relayed a performance of Mozart’sThe Magic Flute Live in High Definition to cinemas across America. The incredible immediacy of this live broadcast, with everything from backstage interviews to curtain calls, changed the way people around the world experienced opera forever.
In 2010-11 Opera Ireland will bring a third season of Met Live in HD broadcasts to Irish cinemas and theatres. It’s your chance to get to The Met without airport security, baggage fees and jet lag!
Rachmaninov Starts Orchestra Season in StylePerformances of all four of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos have set the Ulster Orchestra’s new concert season in full swing. Boris Berezovsky opened the Orchestra’s new season on Friday 17 September with the Fourth Piano Concerto. On Friday 24 September, the flamboyant First Piano Concerto is played by Steven Osborne, fresh from performing with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms in London. The following Friday Sergei Babayan takes up the challenge of the Third Piano Concerto and on 8 October Barry Douglas plays an international favourite – Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto.
Postcards From Dumbworld
Written by award winning composer Brian Irvine (BBC Radio 3 Jazz Award/British Composers Award ) and writer/director John McIlduff ‘Postcards from Dumbworld’ is simply like no other opera you have ever seen.
Combining 11 of the most dynamic opera singers working in Europe today with an explosive award winning ensemble ‘Postcards from Dumbworld’ re-imagines the form of opera. Set in a world where bingo, bubbles and giant rabbits conspire to create immeasurable happiness the opera follows the lives and struggles of several interconnected individuals.
Orion Duo Welcome Guest Soloist
Orion Duo (Ruth Bebb and Chris Blake) will be joined by Francesco Paolo Scola for an evening of music for clarinet, viola and piano. The music includes music by Mozart and Bruch for this unusual and beautiful combination of instruments. Francesco – the new first clarinet of the Ulster Orchestra – is a wonderful player, and this is your first opportunity to hear him play chamber music.
Tickets include wine in the interval.
Autumn Welcome at the Studio Symphony for Michael McHale
Belfast-born pianist Michael McHale was winner of the 2009 Terence Judd/Hallé Award and has established himself as one of the leading Irish pianists of his generation. He enjoys a busy career as solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician and has performed throughout the UK and Ireland, Europe and the USA. The Studio Symphony Orchestra are delighted he is joining them for a performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1, in a programme which also features Mozart and Beethoven.
Lanza – The Voice
What was it about Lanza that set him apart? Why is he still listened to and talked about fifty years after his premature death? The Voice, of course!
Imagine you could spend an evening with one of the greatest performers the world has ever known, and have him tell you his hopes, dreams and fears. Come and hear not only his great, heartrending songs but also the unique story of his all too short life.