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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Music and Maths

Saturday 27 January 7.30pm. Sheldonian Theatre

Exploring the nature of inspiration and the role of mathematics in our understanding of the great composers, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, Marcus du Sautoy joins us to present a multimedia lecture that will astound music-lovers and mathematicians alike. With visual projections above the orchestra, discover the numerical blueprint that lies beneath the surface of celebrated scores before hearing how these patterns unfold in a concert performance of masterworks by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra with Lars Vogt

Saturday 10 February 7.30pm. Sheldonian Theatre

A pianist and conductor renowned for his versatility and dazzling technique, Lars Vogt has built a prestigious career with leading orchestras across the globe. In his debut with the Oxford Philharmonic, Vogt directs Beethoven’s elegant third piano concerto from the keyboard, following a performance of the composer’s overture from his 1801 ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus.

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New Chamber Opera: Igor Stravinsky – A Rakes Progress

Wednesday 14 February 7.30pm. Sheldonian Theatre

Stravinsky’s neo-classical opera The Rake’s Progress tells the story of Tom Rakewell, who, at the behest of Nick Shadow (the Devil), abandons his intended, Anne Trulove, for the dubious delights of the city. Shadow leads him into a variety of scrapes, including a scheme to turn stones into bread, a visit to a brothel, and marriage to a bearded lady. He ends up in Bedlam, the Devil having stolen his reason. The Moral? ‘For idle hearts and hands and minds the Devil finds work to do.’ The tale, loosely based on William Hogarth’s series of pictures, is by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman.

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New Chamber Opera: Igor Stravinsky – A Rakes Progress

Thursday 15 February 7.30pm. Sheldonian Theatre

Stravinsky’s neo-classical opera The Rake’s Progress tells the story of Tom Rakewell, who, at the behest of Nick Shadow (the Devil), abandons his intended, Anne Trulove, for the dubious delights of the city. Shadow leads him into a variety of scrapes, including a scheme to turn stones into bread, a visit to a brothel, and marriage to a bearded lady. He ends up in Bedlam, the Devil having stolen his reason. The Moral? ‘For idle hearts and hands and minds the Devil finds work to do.’ The tale, loosely based on William Hogarth’s series of pictures, is by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman.

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OU Jazz Orchestra

Friday 16 February Time TBC. Sheldonian Theatre

The Oxford University Jazz Orchestra is the university’s premier big band, bringing twenty of the university’s best jazz musicians together into one ensemble to perform modern, demanding, exciting big band jazz to the highest level of musical excellence.

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2018 ICCA Quarter Finals

Saturday 17 February 7.00pm. Sheldonian Theatre

The 22nd ICCA season is right around the corner, and it’s shaping up to be the biggest and best yet! This year, there are over 6,000 performers in over 400 groups representing over 250 different colleges and universities across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom!

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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: The Genius of Mozart

Sunday 25 February 7.30pm.

In this concert dedicated to the mastery of Mozart, Music Director Marios Papadopoulos is joined by soprano Rebecca Evans for one of the composer’s greatest concert arias. Mozart’s tenth piano concerto for two pianos features the young prize-winning Taiwanese pianist Szuyu Su, an Oxford Piano Festival alumna making her debut with the Oxford Philharmonic. To close, a concerto which both Beethoven and Brahms admired greatly, the latter declaring it a ‘masterpiece of art and full of inspired ideas.’

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