The Venue is the newest addition to performing arts and theatre in Milton Keynes. Situated in the South East of Milton Keynes near Central Milton Keynes, and close to the M1, The Venue is set to become a landmark within Milton Keynes and the surrounding area, supporting both community, professional and corporate use.
Saturday 14 November 2015
Pelleas and Melisande
Piano Concerto No. 21
Symphony No. 1
This concert marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, who once wrote “ Music begins where the possibility of language ends” . Under the baton of Damian Iorio MKCO will perform the incidental music from Pelleas and Melisanda.
We are also delighted to welcome an amazing pianist, Giulio Biddau, to play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 (which featured in the film Elvira Madigan ) as a centrepiece to this concert. Giulio was born in Cagliari and his musical studies have taken him around Europe to Rome, Berlin and currently Paris. He has performed with orchestras worldwide. We look forward to his debut in Milton Keynes.
During this very special evening, MK Community Foundation will be presenting the Christopher Hopkinson Memorial Bursary to the winner of the 2015 award for musical excellence in classical music. MKCO has partnered with MK Community Foundation once again in 2015 to find a talented winner.
Friday 8 January 2016
La Scala di Seta Overture
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Soloist
Pas de Six from William Tell
Symphony No. 6
Milton Keynes City Orchestra is delighted to welcome back Tamsin Waley- Cohen to perform the Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Tamsin opened our 2013-2014 season in style and returns to perform this much-loved piece, under the baton of Damian Iorio.
Tamsin is an extremely gifted violinist with an adventurous and varied career and we are thrilled that she will appear on stage with us again.
Together with music from two of Rossini’s operas and a Schubert symphony, there is drama and extreme beauty in this concert, something warming on a cold January night.
Friday 4 March 2016
Photo: Annalise Photography
I Traci Amanti Overture
Symphony No. 45 (Farewell)
Symphony No. 40
This concert is a showcase of the imagination and creativity that our Music Director Damian Iorio brings to creating this season for Milton Keynes City Orchestra.
At first, a wonderful operatic Overture from Cimarosa, which may be new to some, followed by the unexpected in a somewhat eccentric piece from Haydn, where the composer subtly ‘gets his own way’ in a composition for his Patron.
Finally, the familiar and powerful Symphony No.40. by Mozart. This concert, performed in the more intimate auditorium of The Venue, promises to provide a musical memory to cherish.
Thursday 21 April 2016
Symphony No. 103 (Drum Roll)
To be announced
The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe winner
Symphony No. 1
Another treat in store for concert goers as, once again, MKCO, though our partnership with Yamaha, will showcase the talent of the winner of the 2016 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe scholarship. This year’s competition is for string players and the concerto will be announced once the winner has been chosen in February.
In the last two years this concert has brought exceptional young talent to Milton Keynes at the very start of their careers. Brilliance in performance and musicality, a joy to watch and listen to.
Haydn features again in this concert, with his ‘Drum Roll’ Symphony, and the finale is a little more challenging - Prokofiev’s Symphony No 1, his Classical Symphony.
Thursday 19 May 2016
Overture in the Italian Style
Piano Concerto No. 3
Symphony No. 4 (Italian)
The second of our International pianists of the season, Russian born Vitaly Pisarenko, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, under the baton of Damian Iorio.
Damian conducted Vitaly with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra when he won 1st Prize at the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in the Netherlands in 2008. This success led to a packed tour schedule of world-wide engagements.
Now Vitaly will perform with Damian once again and MKCO is delighted to reunite such a successful international pairing.
The concert also plays to Damian’s own Italian roots with Shubert’s Overture in the Italian style and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.4 , The Italian.