Season’s Greetings

December 13, 2016

Enjoy something seasonal with Nicholas Kraemer and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductor“There is no finer Haydn conductor before the public and Kraemer, likewise, infused Handel’s music with a delightful lilt and infectious energy  … Leading stylishly from the harpsichord, Kraemer elicited a performance with a consistent, engaging smile much like the ebullient English conductor himself” Chicago Classical Review.  “The brisk British maestro happens to be one of today’s most respectable Handel interpreters … His Handelfest at Symphony Center on Thursday night was another reminder that he can be as lively and stylistically savvy when playing baroque music with modern symphony orchestras as he is with period-instrument ensembles.” Chicago Tribune

Robert HowarthConductor Robert Howarth makes his debut appearance with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra  conducting Messiah. Rob is joined by soloists Carolyn Sampson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, John-Mark Ainsley and Matthew Brook for performances at the DR Konserthuset, Copenhagen on December 2 and 3.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorConductor Nicholas Kraemer appears with the Chicago Symphony  on December 1, 2 & 3. Kraemer returns to the orchestra following successful collaborations with the group directing Bach, Telemann, Haydn and Richard Strauss. This time he leads an all-Handel programme including the Music for the Royal Fireworks and Silete Venti with soprano Amanda Forsythe.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorOpening Music of the Baroque’s season with Alexander’s Feast Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer  “has the most engaging Handel style… tempos were lively but never breathless, with lithe, springy rhythms throughout. Kraemer’s blancing of the large forces was impeccable.” Chicago Classical Review. Read in full here.

Robert Howarth, conductorConductor Robert Howarth will be jumping in to direct The English Concert at The Wigmore Hall on April 26 with Marais, Haydn, Rameau and Mozart. Full details. Howarth last conducted the group for several programmes during their 2015 Buxton Festival residency.

 

Robert HowarthReturning to the company after previous collaborations with The return of Ulysses and Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda conductor Robert Howarth directs Dido & Aeneas with Graham’s Vick’s Birmingham Opera Company for performances on March 18, 19, 21, 22 & 23 in Birmingham. There are two performances per evening at a ‘secret venue’.

Wigtastic HandelHarry Fehr’s new production of Handel Ariodante conducted by Nicholas Kraemer  for Scottish Opera opens at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow on February 16. There with further performances on February 18, 20 – Glasgow and February 24 & 27 –  Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. Yannis Thavoris designs this second Handel opera to a text by Ariosto that Harry has directed for the company, following the great success of Orlando.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorHandel expert conductor Nicholas Kraemer makes his Houston Symphony début directing Messiah on December 17 at Sugar Land Baptist Church and 18, 19, 20 (mat & eve) at Jones Hall. More info.

Wigtastic HandelDirector Harry Fehr and conductor Nicholas Kraemer join forces for a new production of Handel’s Ariodante in Scottish Opera’s 2015/16 season, details just announced. They last collaborated on the critically acclaimed Buxton Festival production of La Finta Giardiniera in 2013.