A Hollywood Christmas: Saturday 12 December, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 7.30pm
Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, The Lady is a Tramp and more!
Timothy Henty conductor
Claire Martin OBE singer
Tickets £18, £24, £31, £36, £43
Call it nostalgia, call it festive cheer, but you know it when you feel it, and tonight the Orchestra transforms itself into a seasonal time machine, with star vocalist Claire Martin singing the songs of Christmases gone by – the classics, old and new, which still touch the heart at this most wonderful time of the year.
Spirit of Christmas: 17, 19, 20, 22, 23 December, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 7.30pm
Christmas begins at home, and as we gather our whole wonderful family of musicians for our traditional Christmas concerts we’d like to invite you into our home, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, for an evening of festive music old and new. There’ll be classic carols and seasonal readings from our host – Classic FM’s John Suchet, back by popular demand. Folk star Kathryn Tickell brings the timeless magic of the Northumbrian pipes to the sound of our choruses and full orchestra, and conductor Ian Tracey adds a stocking-full of good cheer. And of course, be ready to join in – because this is a Christmas treat for everyone to enjoy.
Messiah: Saturday 9 January, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 7pm
Even Handel couldn’t quite believe the popularity of his Messiah – and nearly three centuries on, it’s more than just one of the greatest of all choral works: it’s a national institution. everyone knows the tunes – Ev’ry Valley, For Unto Us a Boy is Born, The Trumpet Shall Sound, not forgetting the most famous of them all, Hallelujah! As a singer himself, conductor Matthew Best knows Messiah inside out; he’ll bring a special insight and understanding to our traditional annual performance of a masterpiece that still sounds newly minted.
Petrenko’s Shostakovich: Friday 22 January Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 2.30pm
Prokofiev Classical Symphony
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1
Khachaturian Gayane Suite No.3
Vasily Petrenko conductor
Boris Giltburg piano
Sensational’. ‘Delectable’. ‘Smashing and spectacular’. Critics are running out of adjectives for the young Russian piano virtuoso Boris Giltburg and when he teams up with Vasily Petrenko in Russian music, something very special happens. Don’t miss this chance to hear this dynamic duo in both of Shostakovich’s piano concertos: the cheerful, romantic Second and the brilliantly witty First. And stand back as Petrenko lights two more Russian firecrackers: Prokofiev’s zingy little Classical Symphony, and Khachaturian’s high-kicking balletscore.
Dances and Variations: Sunday 31 January Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 2.30pm
Bartók Dance Suite
Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Dvořák Symphony No.8
Vasily Petrenko conductor
Dvořák simply couldn’t stop writing good tunes, and his Eighth Symphony begins with a hymn and ends with an all-out kneesup. In between, you’ll hear birdsong, thunder, village bands and graceful waltzes; folk music turned to symphonic gold, while Bartók gives Hungarian folksong a generous dash of paprika in his fiery Dance Suite. The Orchestra goes back a long way with this music: Vasily Petrenko supercharges it tonight.
There are group discounts are available for most concerts and standby tickets on the day (limited to 2 per person, subject to availability).
For more information go to www.liverpoolphil.com or call the Box Office on 0151 709 3789