Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

LISA BATIASHVILI, VIOLIN

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Friday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 980980 or www.oxfordphil.com

Glamorous German violin virtuoso Lisa Batiashvili makes her Oxford Philharmonic debut in this treat-filled concert, playing the Violin Concerto by Vienna-born composer Alban Berg. He was inspired to write this tender piece after the death of Manon Gropius, the 18-year-old daughter of Gustav Mahler’s widow, Alma, and her second husband, Walter. The piece was dedicated to “the memory of an angel”. Completing the programme are Schubert’s Symphony No.8 in B minor, D759, the famous ‘Unfinished’, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op.98.

Fiori Musicali

NEW YEAR CONCERT

The Great Barn, Aynho

Friday, 7.30pm

Tickets: www.fiori-musicali.com

Banish the post-Christmas blues with this wonderful New Year concert of baroque delights, including Haydn’s Symphony No.104 in D major, the ‘London’. There is an optional pre-concert supper. With Eva Caballero (flute), Kerstin Linder-Dewan (violin), Penelope Rapson (harpsichord) and the Fiori Musicali Chamber Ensemble. 

Jonathan Powell, Piano

PROKOFIEV & JANACEK

JDP Music Building

Saturday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

In this contrasting programme, Jonathan Powell explores Janáĉek’s melancholy piano cycles On An Overgrown Path and In the Mists, both written during the first twelve years of the 20th century, and Prokofiev’s Sonatas Nos. 5 and 6, the former inspired by his time in France in the 1920s and the latter written in 1940 in response to the outbreak of the war. 

Winter Recitals Wallingford

THE FOUR SEASONS

St Mary-le-More, Wallingford

Saturday, 7.30pm

Tickets: www.anitapiano.com/wrw2020

This lovely Wallingford-based chamber music series returns for a third season, starting with this themed concert featuring Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Frank Bridge’s Four Miniatures for Piano Trio and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op.49. With Peter Davis (violin), Bryony Moody (cello) and pianist Anita D’Attellis, who founded the series. All proceeds go to the St Mary’s Church Organ Appeal and Sue Ryder. 

City of Oxford Orchestra

VIENNESE NEW YEAR CONCERT

Sheldonian Theatre

Saturday, 8pm

Tickets: 01865 744457

Tom Poster

Another post-Christmas blues buster, the COO’s joyous traditional New Year concert – now in its 47th year – features Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro overture, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Suppé’s Morning, Noon and Night in Viennaoverture, Lehár’s Gold and Silver Waltz and a thrilling mix of Strauss waltzes, polkas and marches as well as his Die Fledermaus overture. Featuring pianist Tom Poster and conductor Stephen Bell.

Conductor Stephen Bell

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

INTIMATE LETTERS

TS Eliot Theatre, Merton College

Sunday, 3pm

Tickets: 01865 980980 or www.oxfordphil.com

Alexander Ullman

Join the Oxford Philharmonic for this lovely concert, in the appropriately intimate setting of Merton College’s TS Eliot Theatre. Rising star Alexander Ullman, an alumnus of the Oxford Piano Festival, is the soloist for Dvorak’s haunting Piano Trio No.3 in F minor, Op.65, which is followed by Arvo Pärt’s Fratres and Janáĉek’s most famous string quartet, the passionate Intimate Letters. With Natalia Lomeiko (violin), Yuri Zhislin (violin), Jon Thorne (viola) and Mats Liström.

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