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Sydney Youth Orchestra & Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra Joint Concert

Tuesday 23 April 19:30pm. Sheldonian Theatre

Our own fabulous Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra are joined by the wonderful Sydney Youth Orchestra on the last concert of their UK tour. Hear some of the best young musicians from the UK and Australia play a stunning programme of rich orchestral music in the historic surroundings of the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.

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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra – Yefim Bronfman

Tuesday 30 April 19:30. Sheldonian Theatre

To those who asked where the symphony could go after Beethoven, Louise Farrenc offered the most striking of answers. Her third symphony of 1847 is a masterpiece of symphonic design and emotional power, a work of feverish wildness, songful intensity and filigree beauty. Before it, we hear from Beethoven himself, courtesy of a giant among pianists Yefim Bronfman.

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Natalie Clein & Doric Quartet

Friday 10 May 19:30. Sheldonian Theatre

Cellist Natalie Clein and the celebrated Doric String Quartet join forces for a special evening of collaborative music-making. Their programme will culminate in a performance of Schubert’s awesome String Quintet: a pinnacle of the chamber music repertoire.

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Joanna McGregor

Friday 17 May 19:30. Sheldonian Theatre

Joanna MacGregor’s eagerly awaited return to Music at Oxford is an offering of Romantic masterpieces from the Austro-Germanic tradition. His Four Impromptus – so named by his publisher – each display the lyrical melodies for which he is revered, while his B flat sonata is now a core work of the piano repertoire.

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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra – Krzysztof Penderecki

Saturday 18 May 19:30. Sheldonian Theatre

Krzysztof Penderecki's musical and personal journey has produced some of the most remarkable music of the last 70 years. Across strikingly different musical styles, he seeks 'to collect and transform the experience of the entire century' and often succeeds. Under Penderecki's baton, our own concertmaster Yuri Zhislin plays the elegiac viola concerto first performed by his father, Grigori Zhislin, while Gabor Boldoczki brings us the work for trumpet and orchestra written for him by the Polish composer in 2015.

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Oxford University Orchestra Trinity Term Concert

Saturday 25 May 20:00pm. Sheldonian Theatre

The Oxford University Orchestra and conductor Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey perform a concert of R. Schumann - Manfred Overture, Clara Schumann - Piano Concerto (soloist Carson Becke) and Brahms - Symphony No. 4.

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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra – Steven Osborne

Friday 14 June 19:30. Sheldonian Theatre

'One of the very finest of pianists' (The Guardian) Steven Osborne makes his debut with the Orchestra in a concert that springs with freshness and joie de vivre. Stravinsky sought to capture the ordered instrumental bustle of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos in his own 'Dumbarton Oaks', while Bizet also took classical ideals of good, clean fun to heart while writing his graceful Symphony in C. Preceding the austere beauty of Ravel's Pavane, Osborne is the soloist in Shostakovich's most bejeweled creation: the playful, tender Piano Concerto No. 2, a gift from the composer to his son.

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Beethoven Symphony no. 9 with Oxford Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 22 June 19:30pm. Sheldonian Theatre

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with its choral finale is renowned as an affirmation of the ideals of freedom, hope and universal brotherhood. The concert opens with Janáček's celebratory Sinfonietta. The sound and spectacle of its fanfares for 14 trumpets is awe-inspiring.

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