Wednesday 13 July 2022

Autumn season at Stoller Hall: from Steven Isserlis to Mozart Made in Manchester to Azeri composer and pianist Isfar Sarabski

Main entrance at The Stoller Hall

Stoller Hall in Manchester's Autumn season features an eclectic mix of events including cellist Steven Isserlis, making his Stoller Hall debut as part of the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society Series, the latest instalment of the Manchester Camerata's Mozart made in Manchester series, solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and even the 1970s folk-rock pioneers Lindisfarne!

Manchester Camerata return with conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy for their series exploring Mozart's piano concertos. With soloist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet they perform numbers 26 and 27, along with a trio of Mozart's operatic overtures, and there is a pre-concert talk by Professor Simon Keefe of the University of Sheffield.

Steven Isserlis is joined by pianist Alasdair Beatson for a programme of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Moscheles and Chopin, and Italian neo-classical composer and pianist Fabrizio Paterlini will be performing a programme of his own music. Contralto Jess Dandy and pianist Martin Roscoe will be performing music by Amy Beach, RVW, De Falla, Ravel and Strauss. Pianist James Willshire is performing a nature-inspired programme (as part of the hall's Sounds of Nature programme) with Couperin, Debussy, Messiaen, Ravel and Liszt.

The Heath Quartet performs music by Purcell, Britten and Schubert, whilst the Brodsky Quartet will be performing Borodin, Shostakovich, and Barber. Clarinettist Emma Johnson and friends including Martin Roscoe and horn player Ben Goldscheider will be performing RVW, Beethoven and Brahms.

Isfar Sarabski is an Azeri composer and pianist, currently studying at Berklee College of Music, will be exploring the relationship between jazz and mugham, Azerbaijan’s traditional music. Sarabski is the great-grandson of Huseyngulu Sarabski, the celebrated Azerbaijani opera singer, actor and one of the founders of Eastern opera. Evelyn Glennie will be joining forces with Scottish improvising ensemble Trio HLK, whose music pulls apart jazz standards into fragments that are at times shimmering and cerebral, at others thunderous and visceral. 

The musicians from Chetham's School of Music put in a number of appearances, not only the Chetham's Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Timothy Redmon in Walton's Henry V, Shostakovich's Cello Concerto and Dani Howard's Coalescence, but there are concerts from the Chetham's Big Band and the Chetham's Chamber Choir, who are directed by Marcus Farnsworth in a programme for Armistice Day. And musicians from the orchestra will be participating in Professor Lightbulb's Marvellous Inventions, a family programme exploring inventions of the last 50 years.

Full details from the hall's website.

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