Summer Festivals Part III
The BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London
is surely one of the best know festivals in the whole world.
I have not come across anyone who would not
(secretly) love to attend the
Last Night of the Proms at least once.
It is great fun - I did it in 2011!
Also when I first moved to London 20 years ago,
I had a season ticket and was
'proming' almost every night with my friends
- it was a fantastic experience!
This weekend sees the
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
at the Royal Albert Hall for three concerts
(July 23rd,24th and 26th).
These concerts are the final stop of their
Beethoven Journey - a monumental four-year project,
illuminating the composer’s works for piano and orchestra.
Previous stops of the project included
Paris, Boston, Vienna, New York as part of
the 70 live performances across 15 countries on
3 continents with Leif Ove Andsnes
- spiritus rector of the project -
leading the MCO from the keyboard.
For everybody who won’t make it to London,
BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting all concerts
live which you can catch world wide.
If you find yourself in the UK
you can also watch the performance of
the 24th broadcasted live on
BBC Four TV (and afterwards on the BBC iPlayer).
It is not until much later in
the 3 month festival that
you will be able to catch
performances both in the Royal Albert Hall and
the Cadogan Hall.
On Aug 10th
she will be the soloist in Korngold’s Violin concerto
together with the Bournemouth SO
And on Monday Sep 7 she will appear together with the
pianist Alexei Grynyuk and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich
pairing the Brahms Piano Trio No.1
with Butterflies Remember a Mountain
by the American-born composer Arlene Sierra.
As part of the 150th-anniversary celebrations of
Sibelius, the audience will have a treat in
hearing our founding member
returning to the Proms with the much loved
Hurry, when I had a look there were a
few tickets left for this concert together
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra!
The UK will be seeing much more of
Julian as he is starting as
Principal Guest conductor with the
Royal Northern Sinfonia
at the beginning of the 15/16 season.
Two more of our Orchestral members will be stopping at the Proms:
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe
are bringing Bernhard Haitink and Maria João Pires
to the Royal Albert Hall on August 28th.
Together they will already have performed their
Schubert-Mozart cycle at the Lucerne Summer Festival.
Luckily for all of us,
the BBC Four will broadcast the sold out
concert on Friday Sept. 4th.
After the Proms the COE is taking September off
and will embark on a busy season mid October in Lisbon.
Afterwards they are reunited with
Bernhard Haitink (this time for a Schumann cycle)
in Amsterdam and Vienna in November.
For more details look here.
A the end of August, the
San Francisco Symphony
embark on their European festival tour.
After stopping at the
they are in London for two concerts at the
Proms, bringing Mahler’s First Symphony
as well as soloist Yuja Wang
(the next stops of the tour are Wiesbaden, Berlin, Bucharest,
Lucerne, Luxembourg, Amsterdam and Paris).
Bettina Mehne manages
the relationships with Artists, Ensembles,
their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE.
She toured Orchestras around the world,
worked for London and Germany based Managements,
took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
as their Artistic Manager and headed
the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons.
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