Music at Oxford

A LIFE IN MUSIC – CELEBRATING SUSAN WOLLENBERG’S 70TH BIRTHDAY 

Holywell Music Room

Thursday, 7.15pm

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

Professor Susan Wollenberg, Fellow and Tutor in Music at Lady Margaret and Lecturer at Brasenose College, is joined by baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and pianist Paula Fan in a recital of music to celebrate a milestone birthday. The programme will include Wollenberg’s own song cycle Alles auf der Welt ist Wandelwhich was premiered in Oxford by Kathryn Whitney in 2006 and 2007; her set of variations for piano solo, Für Fanny Hensel, which premiered in 2008, and Schumann’s Dichterliebe. Before the recital, Professor Wollenberg will talk to Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey about her academic and music career.

Welsh National Opera

THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN

New Theatre, Oxford

Thursday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 0844 871 3020 or www.atgtickets.com/oxford

This charming, playful, feel-good opera is one of Janacek’s most popular works, and WNO’s colourful production, directed by David Pountenay, does the piece full justice. The title role is sung by award-winning Northern Irish soprano Aoife Miskelly, and Tomáš Hanus, WNO’s Musical Director since 2016, conducts

Welsh National Opera

RIGOLETTO

New Theatre, Oxford

Friday, 7.15pm

Tickets: 0844 871 3020 or www.atgtickets.com/oxford

Photcredit-Richard-Hubert-Smith

Verdi’s classic opera, based on Victor Hugo’s play Le roi s’amuse, is given a makeover in this revived WNO production by director James Macdonald, with the action moved from 16th century Italy to the White House in the 1960s, during John F. Kennedy’s presidency. Mark S. Doss returns to the company to sing the title role, with Jessica Nuccio as Gilda and David Junghoon Kim as the Duke. Alexander Joel conducts.

Music at Oxford

PERCUSSION AND PIANO

JDP Music Building

Friday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 244806 or www.musicatoxford.com

George Barton, percussion, and Siwan Rhys, piano, bring an unusual programme of music by 20th century American composers and living British composers as part of the Presteigne Festival tour, including works by Reich, Boden, Antheil, Feldman, Lang, Ives, Rose and Skempton, as well as a special Prestigne Festival commission, Adulthood by Liam Mattison.

New College Organ Recitals 

ROBERT QUINNEY

New College

Friday, 8.30pm

Admission free

Professor Robert Quinney, Organist and Tutorial Fellow in Music at New College, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the college’s Grant, Degens and Bradbeer organ with a special recital of music by Byrd, Bach, de Grigny, Heiller and Scheidemann. The organ was installed in 1969 and restored in 2014.

Welsh National Opera

CARMEN

New Theatre, Oxford

Saturday, 7.15pm

Tickets: 0844 871 3020 or www.atgtickets.com/oxford

Photo-Credit-Bill-Cooper

WNO’s Oxford season ends with a second performance of Bizet’s ever-popular Carmen in Jo Davies’ bold new production set in 1970s Brazil. It may look a little different, but the familiar numbers – Carmen’s Habanera and the Toreador’s song – are untouched. French mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez makes her role debut as Carmen, Dimitri Pittas is Don Jose and Philip Rhodes sings the role of toreador Escamillo. Tomáš Hanus conducts.

Orchestra of St John’s

MAKI SEKIYA, PIANO

Dorchester Abbey

Saturday, 7.30pm

Tickets: www.osj.org.uk

Popular Japanese virtuoso Maki Sekiya returns to the OSJ to perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 as part of an eclectic programme that also includes Mascagni’s ‘Intermezzo’ from Cavalleria Rusticana, Rosauro’s Marimba Concerto (with soloist Gregor Thomson), Verdi’s ‘Prelude’ from La Traviata and Bizet’s Carmen Suite. OSJ’s Associate Conductor Cayenna Ponchione conducts the Rosauro piece, with the orchestra’s founder John Lubbock wielding the baton for the remainder of the concert.

John Luddock

Oxford Coffee Concerts

MARMEN QUARTET

Holywell Music Room

Sunday, 11.15am

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

Recently awarded first prize in the Banff International String Quartet competition and Grand Prize in the Bordeaux International String Quartet, the Marmen Quartet return to Oxford for to perform a pair of Beethoven string quartets, the No.11 in F minor Op.95, ‘Serioso’ and the No.7 in F major, Op.59 No.1. With Johannes Marmen, Ricky Gore, Bryony Gibson-Cornish and Steffan Morris.

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY

Sheldonian Theatre

Sunday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 980980 or www.oxfordphil.com

Legendary Russian pianist, conductor and Oxford Philharmonic Patron Vladimir Ashkenazy is guest conductor at this concert, which includes Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C majorOp. 48, Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11 (with Vienna horn soloist Pip Eastop) and Elgar Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, ‘Enigma’.

NICOLA LISLE

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