Filomena Campus marks the centenary of the jazz legend at EFG London Jazz Festival and on tour
To mark Thelonious Monk’s Centenary, EFG London Jazz Festival hosts a new edition of Filomena Campus’ critically acclaimed Monk Misterioso at Kings Place on Saturday 18 November, sponsored by Arts Council England and marking the 30th anniversary of Black History Month. With a revised script by renowned Italian writer Stefano Benni, a new selection of arrangements by Rowland Sutherland and new video design by SDNA, this dramatised jazz production explores the revolutionary jazz legend who lived his last seven years in silence. Prior to the UK tour of Monk Misterioso -Colchester, Milton Keynes and Portsmouth - there will be a launch at the British Library on 11 October to mark Monk’s Centenary exploring his legacy not just as a jazz musician or composer but as a modernist
Jessica Duchen brings her latest novel Ghost Variations to life
Author Jessica Duchen presents her latest novel “Ghost Variations” - about the mysterious rediscovery of Schumann’s suppressed Violin Concerto - in a series of concerts with violin and piano duo David Le Page and Viv McLean. Marking the 80th anniversary of the modern premiere of Schumann’s Violin Concerto, the tour kicks off in London at the cabaret venue Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel off Piccadilly Circus on 23 October, followed by intimate salon concerts at Burgh House in Hampstead and Lampeter House in Pembrokeshire alongside concert venues in Bromsgrove and Leicester
Pianist Paul Berkowitz makes returns to London after 25 years to release new Schubert CD and perform at St. John’s Smith Square
Canadian pianist Paul Berkowitz makes his return to the London stage after 25 years to celebrate the culmination of a 30-year Schubert cycle project. Berkowitz will perform Schubert’s 19th, 20th and 21st piano sonatas at St. John’s Smith Square on 9 November to mark the release of his latest CD on Meridian records. Berkowitz has chosen the final three sonatas for this concert, as they are the works he began his Schubert recording cycle with. This concert will be the first time Berkowitz will have performed the last three Schubert sonatas all in one concert, having been playing them his whole life.
In the long shadow of revolution: Mariinsky Orchestra return to the UK
The Mariinsky Orchestra returns to the UK for a series of concerts at the BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall, Birmingham and Belfast with music of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich composed in the shadow of the Russian Revolution, now 100 years ago. At Cadogan Hall on 8 and 9 October, Valery Gergiev presents a programme in which he couples the music of Stravinsky with that of his teacher and mentor, Rimsky-Korsakov.
Christophe Rousset & Les Talens Lyriques announce a celebration of the senses for their 2017/2018 Season
Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques launch their new 2017/2018 season glorifying the senses with music by Lully and Couperin evoking the aromas of French Royal Court under Louis XIV. Marking Couperin Le Grand’s 350th anniversary, Rousset will complete the discography of the composer’s chamber music, which he will tour to Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice, Reggio Emilia’s Teatro Valli and the Barbican. The dualities of light and dark, scent and sound, life and death take centre stage throughout the season, not least through the many renditions of the Orpheus tale. Lully’s opera Alceste and Gounod’s Faust carry the ever-present whiff of the underworld whether in Versailles or at the Theatre des Champs- Elysées, while their Wigmore recital entitled Love and Death in Venice will be no less redolent of the stench of decay and the perfume of youth. Also, before his return to the UK in January, Christophe Rousset replaces Ivor Bolton for two performances of Handel’s Semele at the Musikverein on the 11 October 2017 and at Royal Festival Hall on the 18 October 2017 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Louise Alder as the title role.