Following their visit to Dorchester last Christmas, Joglaresa, Belinda Sykes’ groundbreaking medieval music ensemble, return to explore the roots of Iberian song – motets from the Convent of Las Huelgas, Arab-Andalusian ballads and Judeo-Spanish romanzas. With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Joglaresa perform songs kept alive through centuries of tradition – a colourful and timeless kaleidoscope connecting the Occident to the Orient, and the 11th to the 21st century.
Sunday 26 November
CLASSICAL MUSIC – Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors & bar 2pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions
Stef Conner – A Young Person’s Guide to the String Quartet
Fodé Lassana Diabaté – Sunjata‘s Time
Adam Caird and Charlotte Caird – A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, with narrator Mark Tattersall
A festive musical treat from one of the UK’s leading contemporary string quartets. This wonderful adaptation for strings and narrator of A Child’s Christmas in Wales chronicles Dylan Thomas’s own childhood memories and remains one of his most popular and loved works. Stef Conner’s new piece is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s much-loved work of a similar name. In the extraordinary Sunjata’s Time Malian composer Diabaté magically blends the rich musical heritage of West Africa with the sounds of the western string quartet.
Sunday 17 December
CLASSICAL MUSIC / SPOKEN WORD – Corn Exchange
3pm (doors & bar 2.30pm)
£16 / £14 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5
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