Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is a global leader in the performance of innovative new music and BCMG Artist-in-Association Oliver Knussen leads the Group in a program that showcases the Library’s rich commissioning and presenting legacies. Knussen’s Ophelia Dances, commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation, will be on display alongside the manuscript for Schoenberg’s Serenade.
Igor Stravinsky: Septet
Oliver Knussen: Ophelia Dances
Niccolò Castiglioni: Tropi
Ruth Crawford Seeger: Three Songs *
Oliver Knussen: Ophelia’s Last Dance ~
Arnold Schoenberg: Serenade #
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
Mezzo-soprano: Lucy Schaufer *
Baritone: Andrew Sauvageau #
Piano: Huw Watkins ~
There will be pre-concert conversation at 6.30pm in the Whittall Pavilion with BCMG Artistic Director Stephen Newbould and Executive Producer Jackie Newbould – no tickets required.
Tuesday’s program, certainly, was a thoughtful, intelligent presentation of a wide and disparate group of pieces, representing no single school or point of view but with clear ties to the players, the hall, the audience and each other.
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