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Thursday
05
March
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: Thursday Series - Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: Thursday Series - Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky

Rimsky-Korsakov Overture: The Tsar’s Bride 7'
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2 44'
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 46'

Vasily Petrenko conductor | Nikolai Lugansky piano

The Hallé gives a warm welcome to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and its charismatic Russian Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko. They are joined by Petrenko’s compatriot Nikolai Lugansky who brings his immense technical and musical gifts to bear on Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto. The work might not be as well-known as its hugely famous forerunner, but it equals the First Concerto in its profusion of great melodies and its stunning virtuoso pianism. 

Before this, we are treated to the wonderfully boisterous and melodic overture Rimsky-Korsakov wrote for his opera The Tsar’s Bride. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony is dominated by a recurring ‘fate motif’ and while its composer admitted to being ‘down in the dumps’ when he wrote it, it ends in a blaze of joyful celebration.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm - free to concert ticket holders
Vasily Petrenko and Sandra Parr
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s dynamic Russian conductor discusses tonight’s programme of Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky and working with the orchestra he has headed for nine years in concert and in the studio. Music will be provided by musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music.


Ticket prices and booking fees

Full price tickets from £11 + booking fee
£3 student tickets are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket. A limited number of stalls seats, usually worth up to £27, are being offered at half price.

A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees see The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.
Thursday
19
March
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Hallé: Thursday Series - Shostakovich and Mahler

Hallé: Thursday Series - Shostakovich and Mahler

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.2 30'
Mahler Symphony No.5 70'

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Alisa Weilerstein cello

Few cellists could be more suited to the broad expressive palette of Shostakovich’s Second Concerto than the young American Alisa Weilerstein, winner of the BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year 2014. More intimate and enigmatic than its predecessor, the piece is full of beautiful and engaging ideas, all of which are organised with quite remarkable invention.

Like the Shostakovich, Mahler’s extraordinary Fifth Symphony was written while its composer was recovering from a potentially fatal health condition. Its ravishing slow movement – the musical backdrop to Luchino Visconti’s classic film Death in Venice – was an extended love song to Mahler’s new wife Alma. And though it opens with a sombre (and at times quite terrifying) Funeral March, the symphony’s ultimate message is unmistakably hopeful and life-affirming.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm - free to concert ticket holders
Sir Mark Elder
As this season’s Shostakovich concerto cycle reaches mid-point, Sir Mark Elder considers the wide range of the composer’s output in this form.  He looks forward to joining Alisa Weilerstein in the Second Cello Concerto later tonight, and also talks about Mahler’s towering Fifth Symphony.


Ticket prices and booking fees

Full price tickets from £11 + booking fee
£3 student tickets are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket. A limited number of stalls seats, usually worth up to £27, are being offered at half price.

A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees see The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.
Thursday
16
April
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Hallé: Thursday Series - Brahms, Tarik O’Regan and Holst

Hallé: Thursday Series - Brahms, Tarik O’Regan and Holst

Brahms Academic Festival Overture 10'
Tarik O’Regan A Celestial Map of the Sky: 1515 15'
Holst The Planets 50'

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Ladies of the Hallé Choir  | Hallé Youth Choir  | Manchester Grammar School Choir




A very special event celebrating the 500th birthday of Manchester Grammar School. How better to begin than with Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, his cheerful medley of student songs?

To mark its quincentenary, the school has commissioned an exciting new work from one of the UK’s leading composers, Tarik O’Regan. A setting of poems inspired by the stars, his fast-paced A Celestial Map of the Sky: 1515 not only has MGS’s year of foundation in its title but will also be performed by massed vocal forces, including the school’s choir. The cosmic theme continues with a great masterpiece by a schoolteacher, Gustav Holst’s The Planets. From the apocalyptic brutality of Mars to the mysterious light of Neptune, Holst’s music is simply out of this world!

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO PRE-CONCERT EVENT. 

Ticket prices and booking fees

Full price tickets from £11 + booking fee
£3 student tickets are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket. A limited number of stalls seats, usually worth up to £27, are being offered at half price.

A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees see The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.
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Thursday
07
May
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Hallé: Thursday Series - Ives, Grime and Walton

Hallé: Thursday Series - Ives, Grime and Walton

Ives The Unanswered Question 6'
Helen Grime Concerto for clarinet and trumpet 25'
Walton Symphony No.1 43'

Markus Stenz conductor | Lynsey Marsh clarinet | Gareth Small trumpet 

Charles Ives was a visionary, an astonishingly original musical voice. Inspired by the poetry of Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Unanswered Question is a fascinating study in contrasts in which a solo trumpet poses ‘The Perennial Question of Existence’ yet fails to get an answer from the rest of the players. 

Next in this enthralling programme, Markus Stenz conducts a much-anticipated new work by Helen Grime, the Orchestra’s gifted Associate Composer who was so inspired by the Hallé’s Lynsey Marsh and Gareth Small that she wrote them a double concerto. The second half features Oldham-born William Walton’s riveting First Symphony, a score of volcanic power and near-overwhelming dramatic intensity.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm - free to concert ticket holders
Markus Stenz and Helen Grime
Inspired by the playing of Hallé soloists, Helen Grime, the Hallé’s Associate Composer, chose to write a concerto for clarinet and trumpet as her major Hallé commission, which is to be performed in tonight’s concert by Lynsey Marsh and Gareth Small. She discusses the genesis of her new work with Markus Stenz, who also looks ahead to performing Walton’s First Symphony, one of his favourite symphonies from the English repertoire. With music from students at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Ticket prices and booking fees
Full price tickets from £11 + booking fee
£3 student tickets are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket. A limited number of stalls seats, usually worth up to £27, are being offered at half price.

A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees see The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.
Thursday
21
May
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Hallé: Thursday Series - Janácek arr. Mackerras, Shostakovich and 
Britten

Hallé: Thursday Series - Janácek arr. Mackerras, Shostakovich and 
Britten

Janácek arr. Mackerras The Cunning Little Vixen: Suite 22'
Shostakovich Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet and strings 21'
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 20'
Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra 18'

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Benjamin Grosvenor piano | Gareth Small trumpet | Actors from Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre

Benjamin Grosvenor is one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world. Tonight he joins Sir Mark to complete the Hallé’s cycle of Shostakovich concertos. Shostakovich rightly claimed that his First Piano Concerto is ‘heroic, spirited and joyful’ but it also humorously deconstructs some traditions with a revolutionary zeal and relish. The cheerful Second Concerto was written as a birthday present for the composer’s son Maxim. Like its predecessor, it is full of boyish cheek and musical mischief, though its gorgeous slow movement reveals Shostakovich at his most unashamedly romantic.

The concert opens with the attractive orchestral suite Charles Mackerras drew from Janácek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen, a work of great humour and humanity. Finally, actors from Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre guide us through Britten’s homage to the music of Purcell which informs, inspires and makes for a thrilling finale to a glittering concert.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm - free to concert ticket holders
Actors from the Manchester School of Theatre 
Tonight’s concert opens with the striking suite from Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. The most colourful of his operatic works, inspired by a comic-strip about animals, it brings together the composer’s fascination with the sounds of nature, his unrequited love for an unattainable woman, and philosophical reflections on life and death. Young actors from the Manchester School of Theatre help to throw some light on how he achieved this with readings from the composer’s own libretto. With music played by pupils from Chetham’s School of Music.

Ticket prices and booking fees

Full price tickets from £11 + booking fee
£3 student tickets are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket. A limited number of stalls seats, usually worth up to £27, are being offered at half price.

A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees see The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.
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