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Hallé Orchestra

Music Director: Mark Elder CBE
Conductor: Edward Gardner;

Associate Composer: Colin Matthews.

The Hallé Concerts Society
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester M1 5HA

Telephone :0161 237 7000

Fax: 0161 237 7029




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Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream- 3rd April 2003

City of London Sinfonia / Richard Hickox /
cast from the RSC / City of London Sinfonia Voices

City of London Sinfonia with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company
Richard Hickox conductor
Jonathan Best director
Cast includes Ian Hughes Puck; Trevor Cooper Bottom
City of London Sinfonia Voices
semi-staged performance with complete incidental music

Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy meets Mendelssohn’s elfin music as we welcome the City of London Sinfonia and actors from the RSC. Mendelssohn’s delightful score sets the stage for Shakespeare’s enchanting plot of lovers’ intrigues and misunderstandings, supernatural elements, and earthy rustics. The story is matched by music of miraculous deftness, delicacy and humour. Shakespeare’s words and Mendelssohn’s notes – both well known in their own right yet so rarely presented together – combine to produce an evening of unforgettable entertainment.

The Hallé Patrons Concert - 10th April

Kodály Háry János Suite
Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2
Liszt Hamlet
Janácek Taras Bulba

Mark Elder conductor
Viktoria Mullova violin

“Not only an astonishing violinist and probingly individual musician but an unsurpassed communicator...” (Daily Telegraph). On this welcome return, Viktoria Mullova joins the Hallé in Bartók’s exuberantly melodious Second Violin Concerto. In Liszt’s radical and menacing overture we follow Hamlet on his journey from confused contemplation to psychotic rage, revenge and death. With its opening gigantic musical “sneeze”, Kodály’s gently humorous tale of the soldier-who-never-was couldn’t be more different in character from Janácek’s stunning portrayal of battles, betrayal and murder in Taras Bulba.

Tchaikovsky Overture: The Tempest
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25
Shostakovich Hamlet: Suite (1932)
Stravinsky The Firebird: Suite (1919) Lu Jia / Ivan Moravec

24th April 2003
Lu Jia conductor
Ivan Moravec piano

After the icy chill of Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Tempest Overture, a whipping and stinging maelstrom, we hear Shostakovich’s fascinating early incidental music for Hamlet, which veers towards the grotesque and comic. A pupil of Michelangeli, the legendary Czech pianist Ivan Moravec plays one of Mozart’s most ambiguous and complex concertos, light alternating with shade, cheerfulness with a darker expression. In Stravinsky’s most popular ballet, The Firebird, a battle rages between good and evil, the glittering firebird versus the green-taloned ogre Kashchei.

Gilbert and Sullivan Iolanthe - 26th April 2003

performed in concert

Following the success of The Mikado and HMS Pinafore, Carl Davis leads another concert performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan classic – Iolanthe. This timely presentation takes a wonderfully comic look at Parliament, and with reform of the House of Lords in the air, our leaders could do worse than heed the warnings of this tale of politicians, peers and fairies!

An all-star cast will once again include John Savident, famous for his role as the Mikado (and for keeping a certain butcher’s shop in Coronation Street), returning to narrate G & S’s best-loved fantasy.

Carl Davis conductor
John Savident narrator
Hallé Choir


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