The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra 2015-16 Season
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra begins a season-long celebration of the violin and its rich repertory with the highly anticipated visit by Michael Barenboim to perform Mendelssohn’s much-loved Violin Concerto (10 October 2015)
Russian virtuoso Vadim Repin performs Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (23 January 2016), a work for which he has become world famous. The Orchestra welcomes back the celebrated Nicola Benedetti once again for concerts at Cheltenham Town Hall (26 November 2015) and a 28 November 2015 performance in Oxford of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. The phenomenal Pinchas Zukerman will also grace the Sheldonian stage playing and conducting the Orchestra in a beautiful programme of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky on 1 April 2016.
Elsewhere in the season, the Orchestra welcomes soprano superstar Renée Fleming to Oxford for Strauss’s sublime Four Last Songs (8 April 2016). It will host its festive Handel’s Messiah on 12 December 2015 at the Sheldonian Theatre – where Handel himself conducted in 1733, and a spectacular evening out at its Grand Viennese Ball at Oxford Town Hall on 13 February 2016.
There will be opportunities to hear the Oxford Phil’s players in a variety of musical configurations, in chamber recitals (8 October 2015 at New College, 24 January 2016 at Merton College, and 3 May 2016 at the Ashmolean Museum), plus choral offerings with the world-famous choirs of New College (24 March 2016) and Christ Church (16 June 2016). The ever-popular FUNomusica concerts held at Oxford Town Hall have something for all the family – join them on 25 October 2015, 31 January 2016 and 13 March 2016 for craft activities and audience singalongs.
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