Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham have unveiled their 2009/10 Birmingham International Concert Season, the largest international classical music series in the UK, outside London.
The flagship series presents over 30 concerts at the city’s two premier venues and opens with the first of four concerts celebrating the heritage of the Town Hall to mark its 175th anniversary in October.
Over the course of the season, Birmingham welcomes a host of internationally renowned musicians including the combined forces of the Mariinsky Theatre and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Staatskapelle Berlin with Daniel Barenboim, and Riccardo Muti conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra.
The line-up of celebrity recitalists and chamber musicians includes the soprano Renée Fleming, pictured, baritone Willard White, tenor Ian Bostridge, pianists Lang Lang and Emanuel Ax, city 0rganist Thomas Trotter and Sir James Galway.
There are visits by the Czech Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Symphony Orchestra and period performance ensembles Amsterdam Baroque Soloists, the Academy of Ancient Music and Ex Cathedra.
The 2009/10 Birmingham International Concert Season opens on Saturday 3 October with the Town Hall 175th Birthday Concert: Handel’s Messiah, performed by The Sixteen under Harry Christophers.
At the same venue Ex Cathedra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment give two performances of one of Town Hall’s most significant premieres – Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius – commissioned for the 1900 Birmingham Triennial Festival. This period instrument rendition aims to return to the score as Elgar conceived it.
For more details of the sseason, visit www.thsh.co.uk or call 0121 780 3333.