17th August 2009, 11:37am
World class line-up for new season of classical concerts
International Concert Series programme cover Stars from the classical music world will again illuminate the stage at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) as an exciting new programme of international concerts is announced.

The LPAC, the state-of-the-art performing arts venue on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford campus, has revealed the line-up for its International Concert Series (ICS) 2009-10 season.

And new for this year is the International Piano Series, which will run alongside the well-established ICS, bringing some of the world’s finest pianists to the city.

In total 14 major concerts will be staged between September 2009 and June 2010, offering audiences the chance to see a wonderful choice of outstanding international artists performing great music.

Last season’s International Concert Series brought luminaries including world-class cellist Steven Isserlis, renowned pianist Paul Lewis and a capella greats the King’s Singers to the LPAC, as well as rising stars such as violinist Nicola Benedetti.

Led by Artistic Director Graham Oppenheimer, the new season line-up includes highly-rated cellist Matthew Barley and jazz pianist Julian Joseph, award-winning Canadian ensemble, Trio Hochelaga, and operatic star Dame Felicity Lott, accompanied by Roger Vignoles.

Graham Oppenheimer said: "I am looking forward to the start of the series with great excitement. Building on the success and momentum from last season we have what is undoubtedly our best programme so far.
“The University has continued with its commitment to the arts across the region and created a series of outstanding international quality and appeal. I'm looking forward to welcoming audiences new and old to the wonderful experience of LPAC and to this world class series."

The popular Lincoln Stradivarius - an instrument made by the greatest violinmaker of all time, Antonio Stradivarius in 1695 - will again return to its adopted home city of Lincoln. The Lincolnshire Youth Chamber Orchestra will accompany Halle leader Paul Barritt (violin), Robert Cohen (cello) and Graham Oppenheimer (viola) for Lincoln Strad Plus Plus!

The International Piano Series will see piano prodigies such as Jin Ju, Noriko Ogawa and Martin Roscoe take to the LPAC stage.

The curtain goes up on Sunday 6 September when eminent British pianist John Lill will perform classics by Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven, among others, in the first concert of the International Piano Series.
The first date in the International Concert Series will bring the Carducci String Quartet to the LPAC on Sunday 27 September. This UK quartet has established an enthusiastic international following and has won a selection of major accolades, including the Atlantic of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition.

Tickets for both the International Concert Series and the International Piano Series are available from the Engine Shed and LPAC Box Office, which is open Monday to Friday from 10am-4pm and situated in the foyer of the Engine Shed, Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln. They are also available by phoning 0844 888 4414 or visiting www.lpac.co.uk.

Prices range from £12-£15 (£10-£12 Concessions) or people can take advantage of the Ticket Offer: buy five tickets, get one free or buy eleven tickets, get three free. The offer is redeemable only at the Engine Shed and LPAC Box Office and applies only to tickets bought within the same price bracket.
Anyone wanting to be kept up to date with what’s on at the LPAC can join the mailing list by visiting: www.lpac.co.uk/site/Mailing_List.
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