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MUSICON – Music Department

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October 2019

£2 – £16

Ives Ensemble – New Music Focus 1 | Lines and Shadows

26 October 4:00 pm
Music Department, Palace Green, Durham. DH1 3RL

The Ives Ensemble will be celebrating MUSICON's fiftieth anniversary with a series of concerts that express their affinity with and deep commitment to music in and from Durham. As many know, our city has a strong and rich musical history, spanning throughout the ages. In the recent past, Durham has also become a centre for contemporary music – more composers in this versatile and pioneering field are based here than anywhere else in the North-East. Over three concerts this internationally…

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£1 – £16

Ives Ensemble – New Music Focus 2 | Matter and Motion

26 October 7:30 pm
Music Department, Palace Green, Durham. DH1 3RL

The Ives Ensemble will be celebrating MUSICON's fiftieth anniversary with a series of concerts that express their affinity with and deep commitment to music in and from Durham. As many know, our city has a strong and rich musical history, spanning throughout the ages. In the recent past, Durham has also become a centre for contemporary music – more composers in this versatile and pioneering field are based here than anywhere else in the North-East. Over three concerts this internationally…

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£1 – £16

Ives Ensemble – New Music Focus 3 | Reflections and Space

27 October 7:30 pm
Durham Town Hall, Durham. DH1 3NJ United Kingdom

The Ives Ensemble will be celebrating MUSICON's fiftieth anniversary with a series of concerts that express their affinity with and deep commitment to music in and from Durham. As many know, our city has a strong and rich musical history, spanning throughout the ages. In the recent past, Durham has also become a centre for contemporary music – more composers in this versatile and pioneering field are based here than anywhere else in the North-East. Over three concerts this internationally…

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November 2019

£1 – £10

John Snijders (piano) – Flexibility and Freedom | Hensel-Mendelssohn, Hummel, and Schubert

19 November 7:30 pm
Music Department, Palace Green, Durham. DH1 3RL

Throughout the classical and romantic eras, music was often characterised by a pronounced use of rubato and the freedom, when appropriate, to add embellishments not included in the score. In fact, until the early 20th century, any idea of maintaining a steady tempo for longer periods of time would be seen as unmusical. This freedom is beautifully reflected in the lyricism of one of Schubert’s great masterpieces, the Piano Sonata in B-flat major, a grand work that was to be…

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December 2019

£1 – £10

Kim Dongeon (voice) | Freeing the Spirit | Shaman Ritual Music from South Korea

3 December 7:30 pm
Music Department, Palace Green, Durham. DH1 3RL

In South Korea's East Coast region, there are still some communities that hire hereditary shamans to perform lengthy health-restoring rituals. These events are remarkable for their Buddhist-infused polytheistic folk belief, colourful paper flowers, lengthy mythic songs, elegant dance, and exuberant percussion-based music played on janggo drum, gongs and cymbals. When in full flow, the ritualists' music is perhaps the most rhythmically complex, improvisatory and virtuosic music in the whole of East Asia. This concert features the three most celebrated hereditary…

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February 2020

£1 – £10

EXAUDI – Gesualdo | Cruel Ecstasy

4 February 2020 7:30 pm
Durham Cathedral, Chapter House, Palace Green, Durham. DH1 3RL

Internationally renowned for its performances of the radical edges of vocal chamber music – from the Renaissance avant-garde to the music of today – EXAUDI brings to MUSICON a programme focused on the extraordinary madrigals of Carlo Gesualdo. Expressively extreme, technically adventurous and vocally virtuosic, Gesualdo’s last two books of madrigals are astonishing in their shocking harmonic language, disorientating juxtapositions of mood and intense emotional impact. EXAUDI’s decade-long exploration of this music seeks to bring these qualities to vivid life, alongside…

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£1 – £10

Alpaca Ensemble – New Sounds | Nordic Spaces

19 February 2020 7:30 pm
Music Department, Palace Green, Durham. DH1 3RL

The Norwegian Alpaca Ensemble devote themselves to uncovering new ground in contemporary music; from reimagining the ideas of David Bowie and Artonin Artaud, to suspending themselves high up in the air on mechanical cello strings, for the Trondheim chamber music festival. For this concert, however, they will be performing a series of works that in some way or other reimagine the space of the concert hall. Each of the pieces was written for the group, with whom the composers worked…

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£1 – £16

Apoorva Gokhale – Indian Spring 1

29 February 2020 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Music Department, Palace Green, Durham. DH1 3RL

As we approach Holi, the Indian spring festival of colours, join us to mark the season with a series of concerts bring you the best of Hindustani classical music. The spring is celebrated in the Indian arts as a time of new life, playfulness and the appreciation of beauty, and Indian music is perfectly adapted to capture these moods. Whatever the weather outside, immerse yourself in our celebration of the coming spring with superb exponents of the classical raga tradition.…

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March 2020

£2 – £16

Chiranjeeb Chakraborty with ‘Swar-Taal Samvaad’ – Indian Spring 2

1 March 2020 11:00 am
Music Department, Palace Green, Durham. DH1 3RL

As we approach Holi, the Indian spring festival of colours, join us to mark the season with a series of concerts bring you the best of Hindustani classical music. The spring is celebrated in the Indian arts as a time of new life, playfulness and the appreciation of beauty, and Indian music is perfectly adapted to capture these moods. Whatever the weather outside, immerse yourself in our celebration of the coming spring with superb exponents of the classical raga tradition.…

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£1 – £16

Roopa Panesar with Bhupinder Chaggar – Indian Spring 3

2 March 2020 7:30 pm
St Chad’s College Chapel, 18 North Bailey, Durham. United Kingdom

As we approach Holi, the Indian spring festival of colours, join us to mark the season with a series of concerts bring you the best of Hindustani classical music. The spring is celebrated in the Indian arts as a time of new life, playfulness and the appreciation of beauty, and Indian music is perfectly adapted to capture these moods. Whatever the weather outside, immerse yourself in our celebration of the coming spring with superb exponents of the classical raga tradition.…

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May 2020

£1 – £10

The Brodsky Quartet – Schubert, Webern, Zemlinsky

4 May 2020 7:30 pm
Music Department, Palace Green, Durham. DH1 3RL

Now in their 45th year, and with a vast and diverse wealth of experience behind them, the Brodsky Quartet continues to strike that perfect balance between being masters of their craft, whilst keeping things fresh with ground-breaking and innovative programmes and projects. Each season, their performances span the globe, taking them to places such New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands on a regular basis. Their notable discography features many of the core classics, as well as an…

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