Liszt and Wagner were on one side of a progressive/conservative split in late 19th-century German musical circles. The Ulster Orchestra explore this divide in a performance themed on the Music of the Future.
The evening begins with the first strains of what Wagner called the “music of the future,” and an opportunity for audiences to recall last season’s acclaimed performance of The Flying Dutchman with NI Opera.
Conducted by Alan Buribayev, local soloist Michael McHale plays the Piano Concerto No. 2 by the great innovator Liszt, and the concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s mighty Symphony No. 5.
Under the baton of Principal Conductor JoAnn Falletta, local musical hero Barry Douglas makes a welcome return for this opening concert.
Barry will play Tchaikovsky’s passionate, ever-popular Piano Concerto No. 1. Just as popular but passionate in a slightly different idiom, are the works by Brahms either side of it: an enthusiastic overture and his majestic Symphony No. 1.
Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonerry
Wed 11 Sept, 8pm
£10 – £19.50 Click here to book online or call box office on 028 7125 4455
Writing in a minor key had great significance for Mozart and the resulting piece was always special. So it is with one of his greatest works played by Ulster Orchestra conductor/ soloist, Howard Shelley.
Setting the scene for an evening of heroism and passion is the equally dramatic overture Beethoven wrote as part of his incidental music for Goethe’s play Egmont and closes with his Eroica, originally to be dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, before he proclaimed himself Emperor. Angry, Beethoven rededicated it ‘to celebrate the memory of a great man’ the term heroic could equally well apply to the work itself.
Nikolai Demidenko makes a welcome return for Grieg’s Piano Concerto under the baton of the Estonian conductor Olari Elts. With its famous Largo, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 closes the concert and hardly needs any introduction. Soulful and nostalgic, we hear the yearnings of the homesick composer during his stay in the United States.
The Overture to his opera, The Bartered Bride, is one of Smetana’s most vivacious pieces for orchestra and gets the concert off to an exhilarating start. Nikolai will also give a piano Masterclass in the Ulster Hall on Thursday 2 May at 7.30pm..
The City of Belfast School of Music Concerts at the Ulster Hall boast a wide and varied programme, showcasing the main groups of the Belfast School of Music.
The concert on Tuesday night features Symphonic Brass, Junior Band, Divertimenti, Intermediate Band, Junior Strings and Concert Orchestra. Wednesday night’s concert features A-Freek-A!, String Orchestra, Harp Ensemble, Big Band, Junior Winds, Cantanti and Concert Band.
Some of the best loved family films of all time feature in the Family Film Favourites concert. Movies such as Fantasia, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Sound of Music, The Lion King and much more. Join in some sing-a-longs and a quiz. You will also be asked to vote for your favourite movies revealing the audience’s top 10 family films during the concert.
A memorable and magical movie experience for all the family – why not dress up as a character from your favourite film?
Special Offer:1/3 off family tickets. Was £30, now £20. To claim offer, please call 028 9023 9955 and quote ‘Classical Arts NI’.
Finghin Collins plays Britten’s Diversions. Originally commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein, a fine concert pianist himself who lost his right arm during the First World War and was determined to continue his career as a soloist.
Alongside Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, a towering work in the Russian symphonic repertoire, Britten’s piece displays with aplomb what can be achieved when the pianist is faced with such a challenge. Mozart’s Paris symphony provides an effervescent opening to the evening.Ulster Hall, Belfast.
An evening of vintage world-class cinema and incredible live music in an authentic 1920’s setting!
This unmissable screening of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s much-celebrated 1928 movie The Passion of Joan of Arc is accompanied by a live score on the world renowned Mulholland Grand Organ, performed by acclaimed organist, Martin Baker.
Dress for the occasion in 1920′s style! Ulster Hall, Belfast Tue 12 Mar, 7.30 pm £10
Fauré’s suite of four movements, from his incidental music for Maeterlinck’s play, is hallmarked by its subtle harmonies, gentle melodies and rapt emotion.
The French connection is continued by Édouard Lalo, whose fine Cello Concerto is performed by Natalie Clein.
Richard Strauss closes the concert with a suite that is refined, elegant and graceful, and captures perfectly the French Baroque style, even though it was written a couple of hundred years later. Ulster Hall, Belfast Fri 8 Mar, 7.45 pm
£8 – £22