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Town Hall and Symphony Hall announce Birmingham International Concert Season 2013/14

A host of exciting and celebrated stars, world-renowned ensembles and opera companies mark out the 2013/14 Birmingham International Concert Season. Town Hall and Symphony Hall’s flagship classical series is one of the largest and most important international seasons of visiting orchestras and musicians in the UK.

Making a customary grand entrance, the season opens in style with Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and continuing the Birmingham-wide centenary tribute to the composer. There are opera performances of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos from The Royal Opera and the concluding part of Opera North’s four-year Ring cycle, Götterdämmerung, as well as a new production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s chamber opera Greek.

Hotly anticipated orchestral highlights include the first visit to Birmingham since 1995 for the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, a return visit from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Sir Antonio Pappano in Verdi’s Requiem and Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, returning to the hall where he made his UK debut in 2005.

There are concerts by violinists Maxim Vengerov – making a welcome appearance following long-term injury – and Joshua Bell, pianists Evgeny Kissin and John Lill, and singers Andreas Scholl and Sandrine Piau. The programme of recitals and chamber music features Lang Lang, Ingrid Fliter (a birthday concert to Chopin), Paul LewisAndrás Schiff, and there is a three-concert residency from the the Pavel Haas Quartet.

Sir Roger Norrington holds his official 80th birthday concert at Symphony Hall with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and Thomas Trotter celebrates his 30th anniversary as Birmingham City Organist. Town Hall and Symphony Hall’s biennial survey of the music of Bach – Bach: A Beautiful Mind – focusses on the keyboard with harpsichord and organ recitals and a concert by the Academy of Ancient Music.

Commenting on the Season, Andrew Jowett OBE, Chief Executive of Town Hall & Symphony Hall said, “As Town Hall Birmingham enters its 180th year in 2014, we are proud that the city which is home to one of the world’s oldest concert halls – as well as Symphony Hall, which is universally acknowledged as one of the best concert halls of the 20th century – also presents one of the UK’s most important and influential concert series. This helps to reinforce Birmingham’s international cultural reputation as well as offering world-class musical experiences to its residents. Continuing to present such an outstanding season with affordable ticket prices is increasingly difficult in the current financial climate which makes the commitment and loyalty of our principal funders Birmingham City Council, together with Arts Council England, our sponsors and supporters more valuable than ever and we extend our gratitude to them.”

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