New season of classical music treats

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CLASSICal fans are in for a real treat thanks to some attractive concerts that have been lined up as part of the Nottingham Classics season.

On February 4, the Royal Concert Hall plays host to the Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra, conducted by Andres Orozco-Estrada.

The concert begins with Weber’s Oberon Overture, followed by Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 1, with soloist Natasha Paremski, and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

The Halle return to the venue on February 18 under the baton of Sir Mark Elder with performances of the Four Sea Interludes from Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy – Valeriy Sokolov is the soloist in this work – and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6, the Pathetique.

Another top UK orchestra – the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – will be led by conductor Carlos Kalmar in performances of Adams’s The Chairman Dances, Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Falla’s Nights In The Gardens Of Spain – with pianist Steven Osbourne – and Gershwin’s An American In Paris.

The concert is on March 2.

The Halle return on March 12 to play Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korskov and Mussorgsky, and then for the season finale on May 27 in a concert featuring Sibelis, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky.

In between, star trumpeter Alison Balsom teams up with conductor Vassily Sinaisky and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra to play Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto. The rest of the concert is made up of Dvorak’s Three Slavonic Dances and Mahler’s First Symphony.

Derby-based Sinfonia Viva will drop in on April 14 when conductor Andre De Ridder leads them through performances of works by Faure, Mozart, Ravel and Brahms.

For ticket details of these concerts, call the box office on 0115 9895555.