Manchester’s very own Hallé Orchestra who earlier this week celebrated their hundred and sixtieth anniversary will be playing three concerts around the City during the first two weeks of February.

This Saturday Craig Ogden joins the  Hallé to perform Rodrigo’s matchless guitar concerto, for an evening of Spanish-inspired warmth and passion at the Bridgewater Hall.

Next Thursday also at the Bridgewater Hall, an evening of Russian inspired music.

Mussorgsky is a huge figure in Russian musical history. Tonight features one of his finest works, Songs and Dances of Death, sensitively orchestrated by his admirer Shostakovich and sung by the superb Brindley Sherratt.

The theme of mortality continues with a rare performance of Mahler’s beathtaking Totenfeier, a work that became the opening movement of its composer’s Second Symphony, ‘The Resurrection’.

Stravinsky’s game-changing ballet score Petrushka is a wonderfully graphic affair that tells of the life, death and ghostly reappearance of its eponymous puppet hero; while Oliver Knussen’s The Way to Castle Yonder, music drawn from his opera Higglety, Pigglety, Pop!, starts the evening with equal poignancy, imagination and humour.

While its Lover’s Night on the 14th, an opera extravaganza features a wonderful collection of world-famous arias, duets and grand orchestral interludes.


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