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Colin Currie: London, New York, Munich…. Percussionist Colin Currie gives performances this month at Alice Tully Hall in New York with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a mixed chamber music programme heavily influenced by percussion. He also appears as concerto soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia with Marin Alsop. The Birmingham performances mark the 300th performance of MacMillan’s seminal percussion concerto Veni, Veni Emmanuel, taking Currie’s personal total to over 50 performances of this major work. Currie ends the month giving a solo percussion recital at the Guildford Festival, as well as performing in Munich with the Labeque sisters.

This month, Paul McCreesh is on a four-week tour with the Gabrieli Consort and Players. They start off in Spain performing Victoria's Requiem and then travel to Norway for 6 performances of Handel's Acis and Galatea, followed by performances in Lucerne and across Holland and Belgium.

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski returns to the Halle Orchestra for a performance of Bruckner's great 8th Symphony. He then conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in a programme featuring his own Piano Concerto for Left Hand which will be performed by Gary Graffman, and Brahms' 4th Symphony. The following week he will record with the Minnesota Orchestra the Left Hand Piano Concerto and also his Concerto for Orchestra.

Leonidas Kavakos makes his debut with the orchestra of La Scala in Milan with two performances of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto conducted by Kitaenko. Later in the month he makes his debut with the Orchestre National de France with Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto conducted by Yutaka Sado, before returning to Italy to play with the orchestra of Maggio Musicale in Florence.

Following a last-minute cancellation, Baldur Brönnimann conducted the Iceland Symphony Orchestra last month in a programme including Ravel's La Valse and La Mere l'Oye and Barber's Violin Concerto. The concert was a great success.

Richard Goode finishes off a major recital tour across the USA including Carnegie Hall, Cleveland, Boston and Philadelphia. He will continue in Europe next month including London, Birmingham, Munich, Venice and Bergen. “Goode has rethought his approach to the keyboard, and his characteristically thorough explorations in the worlds of Chopin and Debussy, “pianistic” composers, have made his playing of his central repertoire of Mozart and Beethoven all the more assured and convincing.” (Boston Globe, 24 Feb 2003).

Ewa Kupiec performs Chopin's 2nd Concerto on tour across Southern Germany with Grant Llewellyn and the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz.

Matthias Bamert conducts Mahler's glorious Resurrection Symphony in his opening concert as Principal Conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth. This month also sees concerts in the US, Switzerland (RSI Lugano) and a return to the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast.

Richard Hickox celebrated St David's Day (1 March) with a stupendous performance of Mahler's 8th Symphony, filling St David's Hall in Cardiff with 8 soloists, choruses, and an augmented BBC National Orchestra of Wales, all totalling 625 performers! Mid-month he whizzes off to Milan to work with the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi, and returns to the UK for 2 concert performances of Strauss' Salome with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, starring Jane Eaglen.

James MacMillan conducts the London Symphony Orchestra this month to celebrate the opening of the orchestra’s new eductaion and rehearsal space, St Luke’s. He will conduct the world premiere performance of his latest work A Deep but Dazzling Darkness specially commissioned by the LSO for this event.

Heinrich Schiff played the Schumann Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony last month in Glasgow and Aberdeen under their new Principal Conductor, Ilan Volkov. They pair up again for a Prom in the Royal Albert Hall this Summer, and in 2003/4 Schiff returns to Scotland, this time to conduct the orchestra. On 13 and 14 March, Schiff combines both roles when he plays the Haydn C major Concerto with the Northern Sinfonia and conducts them in Mozart's Symphony no.40 and Schreker's Kammersinfonie. He will repeat the programme with the Northern Sinfonia at the Bath Festival in May.

Marin Alsop and Colin Currie get together with the City of London Sinfonia (Marin's last concerts as their Principal Guest Conductor) in an exciting programme at the Barbican Centre and on tour featuring works by Shehedrin, Rosauro, Panufnik and Bartok. They also team up for James MacMillan’s famous Concerto Veni Veni Emmanuel with the City of Birmingham Symphony this month, preceded by Vaughan Williams' Tallis Fantasia and followed by Brahms Symphony no.4.

The Chilingirian Quartet return to the Wigmore Hall this month (in William Lyne's last season as Director) for a concert including Arensky's rarely-heard Quartet for violin, viola and 2 celli on 7 March. Later in the month they fly to Canada for concerts in Toronto and Montreal.

Thierry Fischer continues his Schubert cycle with the Ulster Orchestra this month, and has invited Amanda Roocroft to sing Britten's Les Illuminations in the same programme. He then conducts in Copenhagen for the first time - Dvorak 7 and the Khatchaturian Violin Concerto.

This month Simon Halsey conducts performance of Bach’s B minor Mass with the Northern Sinfonia and Chorus in Newcastle and Sheffield. This follows on from a stunning late-night last month concert with the chorus singing an a cappella programme including music by Gabrieli and Tallis.

This month Claus Peter Flor conducts the Dutch Radio Philharmonic in Beethoven's little-performed oratorio Christ in the Olive Grove, coupled with a Mozart Missa Brevis. He also spends a week with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and finishes the month with the Berlin Symphony conducting Schubert's Unfinished Symphony coupled with Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony (which he recorded some years ago for BMG with the NDR Symphony).

This month Ingo Metzmacher guest conducts in Amsterdam with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in a VARA matinee at the Concertgeouw. He also returns to the Gewandhaus Orchestra with Ewa Kupiec as soloist and will fly straight to Boston for his third consecutive season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in a programme that includes the world premiere of Elliot Carter’s Boston Concerto.

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge complete their 2002/3 concert series at St John’s Smith Square with a performance on Wednesday 19 March, The Great Romantics. They sing a programme featuring richly expressive choral music written by some of the great composers of the Romantic era, including works by Brahms, Bruckner, Mendelssohn and crowned by Dvorák’s Mass in D.

This month Andreas Haefliger performs at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St Lukes/Conlon in Bartok’s Piano Concerto no. 3, as well as in recital across the USA including Cleveland & Toronto.

HK Gruber will conduct at the Vienna Konzerthaus this month to celebrate his 60th birthday, in a programme with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Gruber has just been awarded the 2002 Greater Austria Culture Prize, which since 1950 has been given by the Austrian government to major artists and prominent cultural figures in Austria.

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