Classical music fans have four more fantastic nights to look forward to at Middlesbrough Town Hall in the first half of 2012.
The Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the Halle are all part of the Town Hall’s tempting 2011/12 Classical Season, thanks to funding from Arts Council England.
Here’s a quick look at what’s ahead:
The Russian State Philharmonic and their musical director Valery Poliansky are the second great Russian Orchestra to visit the Town Hall this season.
The night begins with two great works by Tchaikovsky, opening with his grand Coronation March followed by his Second Piano Concerto - performed by Tatyana Polianskaya.
Rachmaninov’s glorious Symphony No.2 – which many music lovers regards as his greatest work – closes the night in fine style.
The last of Northern Sinfonia’s three Town Hall shows includes Mendelssohn’s youthfully exuberant E-flat Octet, which the composer wrote at the age of 16.
Orchestra leader Bradley Creswick and viola section leader Michael Gerrard are soloists in Mozart’s ravishing Sinfonia Concertante, and Mozart’s Symphony No.39 closes a fine evening.
An eagerly anticipated visit by one of Europe’s most distinguished orchestras, with outstanding young Chinese-American pianist Kit Armstrong as their special guest.
Tonight’s programme includes Beethoven’s dramatic Egmont Overture, plus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 – otherwise known as the Elvira Madigan and often described as his most popular piano Concerto.
Beethoven’s mighty Symphony No.3 brings the night to a thrilling close.
In the ten years since their last Town Hall visit, the oldest orchestra in the country has been enjoying a golden age with a host of accolades and awards.
Conductor Andrew Gourlay brings Mozart, Shostakovich and Mahler, whose wonderfully lyrical Fourth Symphony gives us visions of life & death, purgatory and, finally, of heaven – all through the eyes of a child and with the wonderful voice of North Yorkshire soprano Sarah Fox.
Martin Roscoe and Gareth Small are the soloists in Shostakovich’s spiky and scintillating First Piano Concerto – and a flash of Mozart’s graphic image of Don Giovanni’s colourful life and death raises the curtain on what promises to be an unforgettable evening.
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: 01642 729729.
Fabulous comedians including Omid Djalili, Sarah Millican, Reginald D. hunter, Rich Hall, Jimmy Carr and Love Middlesbrough ambassador Patrick Monahan, The Band of the Yorkshire Regiment in a free performance, gorgeous world-class classical music, our coverboys The Maccabees, a roof-raiser from the Wildcats of Kilkenny and Cattle & Cane, Shelby Lynne, Bob Geldof, Brendan Cole: live & Unjudged for you Strictly fans, Hansel & Gretel and so much more!
Enjoy the 2011/12 Middlesbrough Classical Concert Series, bringing you the finest classical sounds from some of the worlds’ greatest orchestras!
The Victorian Gothic Town Hall is one of Middlesbrough's most distinctive buildings, providing an ideal-sized setting for big name, mainstream live acts and productions from across the UK.
The Town Hall's typical programme includes something for everyone from classical music to pop and rock, comedy's top stars and craft fairs.
Middlesbrough Town Hall is located on Albert Road in Middlesbrough Postcode: TS1 2QQ, Tel: 01642 729729.
The Main Hall can accommodate up to 10 wheelchairs and the Crypt up to 6 wheelchairs. One free ticket is available for each companion. Please inform the Box Office at time of booking. Please note that the lifts will only hold 330 pounds. Please bear this in mind if you are the owner of a heavy wheelchair.