Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY & CONCERTO CYCLE III

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Thursday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 980980 or www.oxfordphil.com

Marios Papadopoulos by Chris Gloag.

Oxford Philharmonic’s exploration of Beethoven’s symphonies and concertos continues with the contrasting pairing of the Symphony No.7 in A major Op.92 and the Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op.37. The dark, brooding nature of the piano concerto, composed in 1800 and premiered three years later, reflects Beethoven’s mood at a time when he was in poor health and his hearing was deteriorating. A decade later, relaxing in the spa town of Teplice, he produced the joyful seventh symphony, notable for its dance-like rhythms. With pianist/conductor Marios Papadopoulos.

Witney Music Society

MARK TAYLOR (FLUTE) & GABRIELLA JONES (HARP)

High Street Methodist Church, Witney

Friday, 7.30pm

Tickets: www.witneymusicsociety.org.uk

Prize-winning duo Mark Taylor and Gabriella Jones have been performing together since their student days at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, back in 2013, and have since toured extensively with repertoire that pushes the boundaries of their instruments. Their concert in Witney features an eclectic selection of pieces including Piazzola Histoire du Tango, Bartok Romanian Folk Dances, Scarlatti Sonata in A Major and more.

Orchestra of St John’s

VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Friday, 7.30pm

Tickets: www.osj.org.uk

Hannah Davey

Join soprano Hannah Davey, pianist Derek Paravicini and the OSJ Ashmolean Voices for an evening of romantic songs among the ancient Greek and Roman statues at the Ashmolean Museum. This varied selection includes English madrigals, folk songs, jazz and songs from the shows, including Fair Phyllis, Bobby Shafto, Danny Boy, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I Got Rhythm and many more. Tickets are selling fast, so grab yours now!

JDP Concert Series

VILLIERS QUARTET

JDP Music Building

Saturday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

The JDP’s ensemble-in-residence, the Villiers Quartet, returns with two pieces by Purcell, Fantasias and Chacony (arr. Britten), both of which inspired the other half of the programme: Britten’s String Quartet No.2, which he wrote in 1945 to mark the 250th anniversary of Purcell’s death, and Fantazia by Robert Saxton, one of Britten’s students and currently Professor of Composition and Tutor in Music at Worcester College. With James Dickenson (violin), Tamaki Higashi (violin), Carmen Flores (viola) and Nick Stringfellow (cello). 

Oxford Coffee Concerts

TIM HORTON, PIANO

Holywell Music Room

Sunday, 11.15am

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

Pianist Tim Horton – a founder member of the Leonore Piano Trio – makes a welcome return to Oxford to perform four Chopin Ballades and, in a nod to Beethoven’s anniversary year, the Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor Op.90, written in the summer of 1814 and dedicated to Beethoven’s friend and benefactor Prince Moritz von Lichnowsky. Pre-concert coffee is available from The Vaults and Garden Café and The King’s Arms.

Oxford Chamber Music Society

ATÉA QUINTET: FROM BACH TO NIELSEN

Holywell Music Room

Sunday, 3pm

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

A leading UK wind ensemble, the Atéa Quintet has achieved international acclaim since forming in 2009 and was a double prize winner at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music competition in Denmark in 2015. This lively and eclectic programme includes Zemlinksy  Humoresque, Bozza Divertimento, Tuur Arkitektoniks, Briccialdi Quintet in B flat, selections from Bach Goldberg Variations and Nielsen Wind Quintet. With Alena Walentin (flute), Anna Hashimoto (clarinet), Ashley Myall (bassoon), Chris Beagles (horn) and Philip Haworth (oboe). 

Opera Up Close

PUCCINI: MADAM BUTTERFLY

Oxford Playhouse

Monday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.oxfordplayhouse.com

In a typically bold re-imagining from this award-winning company, Puccini’s classic tragedy is transported to 1980s Japan, at a time when traditional culture was colliding with the new digital age. The opera features a new libretto by Poppy Burton-Morgan, who also directs, a cast of eight singers and a new orchestration for keyboard, shakuhachi, flute, cello and viola. 

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