Sat 20 January • A Viennese Whirl • Swansea City Opera

A VIENNESE WHIRL!

 

The acclaimed Swansea City Opera presents a captivating production – A Viennese Whirl, evoking the magic and music of Vienna and transporting audiences to the banks of the dreamy Danube River. Enjoy an enchanting evening of singing and soaring violin melodies from some of the most popular Viennese composers including Kreisler, Lehar, Kalman and Johann Strauss, as well as operettas such as ‘The Merry Widow’, ‘Die Fledermaus’ and ‘The Gypsy Baron’.

Echoing the wonderful voices of the era and including songs by Richard Tauber, a carefully selected cast of tenor, soprano, violin and piano accompanist has been assembled for this amusing and entertaining evening hosted by the charismatic Artistic Director of SCO, Brendan Wheatley, who introduces the music of the Viennese greats in his own inimitable style.

A Viennese Whirl is certain to delight and enthral its audiences.

 

 

 

 

Programme includes such gems as:

Adele’s Laughing Song (Die Fledermaus) – Johann Strauss
Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss (Paganini) – Franz Lehár
Vilja Song (The Merry Widow) – Franz Lehár
Love Unspoken (The Merry Widow) – Franz Lehár
Roses from Tyrol (Der Vogelhändler) – Carl Zeller
Vienna Blood (Wiener Blut) – Johann Strauss
Annen-Polka – Johann Strauss
Song and Czardas (Zigeunerliebe) – Franz Lehár
Vienna, City of my Dreams – Rudolf Sieczynski
Czardas, for Violin – Vittorio Monti
Liebesfreud – Kreisler

A Viennese Whirl (Swansea City Opera)
Saturday 20 January
OPERA – Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£16 / £14 members & concessions

Wed 14 February • John Hudson, Mario Lanza and Me

Valentine’s Special! John Hudson, Mario Lanza, and Me

It’s 1973. I’m a boy living in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and we’re going through another bloomin’ power cut.

My life is about to change completely and forever. Sitting in the candle lit gloom with nothing but a wind up gramophone, I decide to play a record. Not wanting to ruin one of my own LPs, I try one of my parent’s – some geezer called Mario Lanza. Two things happened. Firstly, I discovered that you can’t play modern vinyl on a wind up gramophone – trust me, my backside still hurts, and secondly, I don’t know how to describe it, a miracle? Corny old songs from the 40s and 50s, but that voice…that absolutely electrifying voice…

Twenty years later and I’m singing Rodolpho in la Boheme at the Coliseum for ENO and it’s Mario Lanza’s fault. Well now I’m returning the favour.

In this loving tribute to one of the world’s greatest voices, by, if I may say so, a half decent tenor, let me introduce you to Mario Lanza. To that voice.

Stolen from the opera world by Hollywood, he became the world’s first “crossover” artist. In this modern age of Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, the X Factor and the Voice, we have become accustomed to classical voices in the charts. Well, come and meet the Daddy of ’em all.

Whether an old friend, or someone you’ve never heard of, allow me to show you how he changed not only MY life, but the lives of many more.

With songs such as Be My Love, Serenade, Because and I’ll Walk With God, he captured the hearts of a generation.
Come and meet him. I’ll give you an evening you’ll never forget.”

Wednesday 14 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions

Wed 14 March • Martin James Bartlett

Martin James Bartlett wowed us with this superb talent in 2016 at the Corn Exchange. He returns by popular demand this spring with a new programme including works by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. Having won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, Bartlett has gone on to perform with major orchestras in the UK and Europe and in 2017 was a finalist at the prestigious Van Cliburn Competition in the USA.

The concert will open with a short performance by Hannah McFarlane, a tremendously talented young cellist from Dorchester.

 

‘The wit and colour in pianist Martin James Bartlett’s playing was thrilling.’ The Times

Programme

J S BACH: Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV.826
BEETHOVEN:  Sonata in E flat, Op.31 No.3
RACHMANINOV: Prelude in B minor Op. 32 No. 10
RACHMANINOV: Prelude in G major Op. 32 No. 5
RACHMANINOV: Prelude in G Sharp minor Op.32 No. 12
PROKOFIEV: Sonata No.7 in B flat, Op.83

Wednesday 14 March
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

 

Thur 15 March • Dorchester Piano Quartet

Dorchester Piano Quartet

We are delighted to welcome The Dorchester Piano Quartet for their first lunchtime concert at the Corn Exchange. The programme is: Schumann – Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano and Brahms – Piano Quartet in C minor.

Schumann completed this well-received piece at a time in his life when he was particularly happy with his work.  After he died, the complex relationship between Brahms and Schumann’s widow, Clara, continued, and often found expression in works such as the Piano Quartet in C minor, written in a way to express his love for Clara.

Thursday 15 March
Dorchester Corn Exchange
1pm (doors 12.30pm)
FREE (donations for Dorchester Arts & Dorchester Piano Quartet welcome)

Sun 29 April • Bach Before Leipzig • Elicia Silverstein & Christopher Bucknall

Bach Before Leipzig
Elicia Silverstein and Christopher Bucknall

Two rising stars on the European early music scene, Italian-based American violinist Elicia Silverstein and British harpsichordist and conductor Christopher Bucknall, team up to present a recital of some of Bach’s most varied, nuanced and fascinating instrumental music. The works on the programme, which range from intimate and conversational to dramatic and toccata-like, from dance music to intense counterpoint, were all composed during Bach’s time in Weimar and Cöthen, prior to his famed stay in Leipzig.

Sunday 29 April
Dorchester Corn Exchange
3pm (doors & bar 2.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions / £5 live for 5