Dvorak Symphony No.8
Wednesday 1 April, 2.15pm
Thursday 2 April, 7.30pm
Sunday 5 April, 4pm 

R. Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier: Suite
Tchaikovsky – Variations on a Rococo Theme
Dvorák – Symphony No.8

Conductor
Dalia Stasevska

Featuring:
Kian Soltani, cello

Two more brilliant young artists make their Hallé debuts. Hailing from a family of Persian musicians, the playing of Austrian cellist Kian Soltani, has been described in Gramophone magazine as ‘sheer perfection’. He performs Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, the composer’s lovingly crafted homage to the Classical era, which is preceded by Richard Strauss’s Suite from his most popular opera, Der Rosenkavalier, bringing all the highlights of this ‘comedy with music’ to life. To end, Dvorák’s genial, most Bohemian symphony, a work which he said must be ‘capable of stirring the world’. Conducting is the young Finn, Dalia Stasevska, the newly appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, whose performances have been described as ‘bursting with musical knowledge and energy’.

Listen on Soundcloud: Dvorak Symphony No.8 1st movement

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Beethoven 250 – Christ on the Mount of Olives
Thursday 9 April, 7.30pm

Beethoven  Symphony No.2
Beethoven – Christ on the Mount of Olives

Conductor
Sir Mark Elder

Featuring:
Jennifer France, soprano
Neal Davies, bass
Toby Spence, tenor

Choir:
Hallé Choir
Gentlemen of the Manchester University Chorus
Gentlemen of the RNCM Chorus

In Sir Mark’s final appearance in the Beethoven cycle, he combines the Second Symphony with the choral cantata, Christ on the Mount of Olives, which was premiered in the same concert in 1803. The oratorio portrays, in music that is by turns dramatic and reflective, Christ’s agony in the garden of Gethsemane, his arrest and the triumph of the Resurrection, with impressive writing for the soloists representing Jesus, Peter and a Seraph. Although performed widely in Germany, performances in the UK are rarer, making this a special opportunity to hear a fascinating work which concludes with an exultant chorus of angels as Christ is revealed in his Heavenly glory.

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Elton John – 50 Years of ‘Your Song’
Saturday 18 April, 7.30pm

Programme to include:
Rocket Man; Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; Your Song; Candle in the Wind; Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word; I’m Still Standing; Part-Time Love; Something About the Way You Look Tonight; Don’t Go Breaking My Heart; Philadelphia Freedom; Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me; Circle of Life and Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting

Conductor
Richard Balcombe

Featuring:
Graham Bickley, vocalist
Stuart Matthew Price, vocalist
Patrick Smyth, vocalist
Abbie Osmon, vocalist
George King, piano

In October 1970, Elton John released ‘Your Song’, written with his long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin, which has since been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 50 Years of ‘Your Song’ is a symphonic celebration of the subsequent years of music-making by the multi-award-winning singer, pianist and composer. Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, had more than 50 Top 40 hits, won five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards and is an Academy, Golden Globe and Tony Award winner.
Presented by GRB Concerts

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Beethoven 250 – Beethoven Symphony No.1
Thursday 23 April, 7.30pm

Beethoven – Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Beethoven – Violin Concerto
Beethoven – Elegischer Gesang
Beethoven – Symphony No.1

Conductor
Alondra de la Parra

Featuring:
Antje Weithaas, violin

Choir:
Hallé Choir
Hallé Youth Choir

In the Hallé’s final contribution to the Beethoven cycle, the young American/Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra makes her debut. Already well established through visits to major orchestras in the States and Europe, she’s Music Director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Antje Weithaas’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto is renowned for its wonderful artistry: ‘virtuosic and animated, technically flawless, with breathtakingly intensity’ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Another choral rarity, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, sets Goethe’s verses, and was dedicated to the towering man of letters. Although the First Symphony reveals Beethoven’s indebtedness to Haydn and Mozart, its fusion of lyricism and propulsive energy is indelibly stamped with his personality.

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Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased online at halle.co.uk, on the phone on 0161 907 9000 or by post or in person at The Box Office, The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St., Manchester M2 3WS.

The Bridgewater Hall applies a booking fee of £2.50 per ticket to telephone and online transactions. No fee applies to tickets bought in person and paid for by cash or cheque or purchased as part of a fixed or personal subscription.

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