Thursday, 7 September 2017

Looking ahead: Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra starts the new season with a bang

Marios Papadopoulos and Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra at the Sheldonian, © Chris Gloag
The 2017/18 season is the 15th anniversary of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, artistic director Marios Papadopoulos, becoming Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford, and the orchestra launches its new season with a bang on Friday 13 October 2017 when Valery Gergiev conducts it in a concert at Oxford Town Hall, performing Rossini, Stravinsky and Mendelssohn.

Other distinguished visitors during the season include Khatia Buniatishvili in Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto,  Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting a programme of Borenstein, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov, Lars Vogt directing a programme of Beethoven and Schumann, including directing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 from the keyboard, Anne-Sophie von Otter and Pablo Ferrandez performing Brahms' Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor 'Double Concerto', Yuri Temirkanov conducting a programme of Glinka, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov, and Steven Isserlis in Elgar's Cello Concerto,

On a smaller scale, Avi Avital plays Vivaldi concertos with members of the orchestra,
and Maxim Vengerov joins with Marios Papadopoulos and members of the orchestra for a chamber concert including Mendelssohn's Octet.

The 15 years being Orchestra in Residence is celebrated with a concert with the choirs of Merton College and The Queen's College in a programme of Parry, Handel, Faure, Robert Saxton and a new work from Sturdivant Adams. The orchestra will also be joining with the Choir of New College Oxford under conductor Robert Quinney for Bach's Christmas Oratorio, whilst the Schola Cantorum of Oxford will be performing Handel's Messiah on Maundy Thursday with soloists Robyn Allegra Parton, Carris Jones, Nick Pritchard and David Shipley, conductor Steven Grahl.

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