BACH: A BEAUTIFULMIND
SATURDAY 12 – FRIDAY 18 APRIL 2014
TOWNHALL & SYMPHONYHALL
• THSH’s third biennial Bach focus puts the spotlight on the composer’s keyboard works
• Discovery Day hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Lucie Skeaping
• Recitals from András Schiff, Richard Egarr and David Goode
• Concertos and suites performed by the Academy of Ancient Music
• Good Friday St John Passion from Birmingham’s Ex Cathedra Choir and Baroque Orchestra
Town Hall and Symphony Hall’s biennial exploration of the genius of JS Bach returns this April, with a focus on the composer’s keyboard works. The mini-series features a weekend of talks, solo recitals from András Schiff, Richard Egarr and David Goode and harpsichord concertos and orchestral suites from the Academy of Ancient Music, along with a Good Friday performance of the St John Passion from Ex Cathedra Choir and Baroque Orchestra.
Bach: A Beautiful Mind begins with a Discovery Day, hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Lucie Skeaping, on Saturday 12 April from 10.30am in The Studio at Birmingham REP. The day will give an insight into Bach’s mind and music with a series of talks by guest speakers and performers including David Owen Norris, Sophie Yates, Richard Egarr and David Goode. At lunchtime on the same day, Richard Egarr introduces and performs a number of Bach’s best-known preludes and fugues, in an exploration of Bach at the Harpsichord at Town Hall (1pm).
András Schiff will give a full performance of the Goldberg Variations on Saturday 12 April (8pm). Ahead of the Town Hall recital, Schiff says “It gives me immense pleasure to return to the Town Hall for a second recital, this time with Bach’s Goldberg Variations.” He describes the grade-1 listed concert hall as “an ideal place for concentrated listening and intimate music-making. Birmingham now has two excellent concert halls. A lucky city indeed!”
On Sunday 13 April, David Goode performs some of Bach’s towering organ works, along with two centuries’ worth of tributes, on Symphony Hall’s Klais organ (Bach at the King of Instruments, 2pm), and later that evening Richard Egarr directs the Academy of Ancient Music in a performance of Bach’s orchestral suites and harpsichord concertos at Town Hall (7pm).
The series concludes with a Good Friday performance of the St John Passion from Ex Cathedra Choir and Baroque Orchestra, at Symphony Hall on Friday 18 April (2pm), in what has become a Birmingham Easter tradition.
Bach: A Beautiful Mind takes place from Saturday 12– Friday 18 April 2014 at Town Hall, Symphony Hall and Birmingham REP. Tickets for all events can be purchased from 0121 780 3333 or online at www.thsh.co.uk/bach-2014
Saturday 12 April, 10.30am, The Studio at Birmingham REP
RICHARDEGARR: BACH AT THEHARPSICHORD
Saturday 12 April, 1pm, Town Hall Birmingham
Saturday 12 April, 8pm, Town Hall Birmingham
£9.50 – £35*
DAVIDGOODE: BACH AT THEKING OF INSTRUMENTS
Sunday 13 April, 2pm, Symphony Hall
BACHCONCERTOSANDSUITESFROMTHEACADEMY OF ANCIENTMUSIC
Sunday 13 April, 7pm, Town Hall Birmingham
£9.50 – £30*
5.45pm Pre-concert conversation with Richard Egarr
GOODFRIDAY ST JOHNPASSION
Friday 18 April, 2pm, Symphony Hall
£9.50 – £40*
Town Hall & Symphony Hall Box Office
0121 780 3333
*A £2.50 fee per transaction will be charged on all bookings, except purchases made in person at the Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Office. A further charge of £1 will be applied for postage if required.
Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of around 800 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.
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