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World War 1 drama and Grammy-award-winner feature in Capstone new season

journeys end Tuesday 12 July 2016

First World War drama Journey’s End, Grammy-award winning musician Vishwa Bhatt and one of the world’s top drummers, Jeff Williams, are set to come to the Capstone Theatre this Autumn.

The new season includes a host of collaborations, international music and dance, and a musical storytelling performance originally commissioned by the British Museum. 

Theatre fans can experience a trip back in time and a critical analysis of today’s reality television. Immersion Theatre presents multi-award winning First World War masterpiece Journey’s End on Tuesday 18th October (evening or matinee). Based on real life experiences, the play depicts the anxiety in the trenches and the uncertainty of British soldiers as they make the ultimate sacrifice and prepare to “go over the top” in World War 1. Utterly compelling, this classic masterfully brings the courage, valour, humour and inescapable tragedy of warfare to the stage.

Fighting Fit Productions present Strictly Sickly on Wednesday 16th November. At the final of 'Britain’s Got Ballroom', the audience have the power to decide and chastise. This interactive performance combines the energy of a talent show with the fun of a tea dance. The Shakespeare Schools Festival also comes to the theatre between Tuesday 1st-Friday 4th November. 

Dance lovers can choose from a host of contemporary dance performancesHowling Into the Sun, a double-bill of butoh influenced works, comes to The Capstone on Monday 24th October. Dancer Anoikis collaborates with choreographer Melissa Pasut, electroacoustic composer/filmmaker Andrew Leslie Hooker and dancer/choreographer artist Rachel Sweeney.  The show includes a duet performance inspired by the African-American boxer Jack Johnson. On Thursday 10th November Rosie Kay Dance Company also brings two new pieces - Motel and Double Points: K. Motel is a new duet inspired by the work of artists Huntley Muir and their series of Rooms paintings, who collaborate with Kay in this work. On Saturday 12th November Milapfest’s partner dance company Apsaras Arts explores the beauty of Buddhist architecture in their latest popular dance production, Anjasa.

The Autumn music programme begins on Saturday 1st October with Grammy award winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, who will play Evening Ragas on the mohan veena, a 20 string instrument of his own creation which assimilates the styles and techniques of sitar, sarod, veena and guitar. One of Europe’s finest jazz singers, Tina May, and internationally acclaimed Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi bring their 2015 album, Home is Where the Heart Is, to The Capstone on Friday 7th October for an intimate evening of jazz.

Dean Friedman, who first delighted UK and Ireland audiences with his chart-topping hit, Lucky Stars, plays on Saturday 8th October. Friedman will be performing songs from throughout his three-decade career, including familiar, radio hits and fan favourites. Acclaimed Australian pianist Sean Foran brings his new chamber based material to Liverpool on Tuesday 11th October. His new album features a brand new ensemble of cutting edge British players and a collection of original works for a line up including piano, guitar, saxophone, cello and drums.

Classical fans can enjoy the best of German music with Liverpool Mozart Orchestra’s Germanic Greats on Saturday 15th October. Conductor Maxime Tortelier will lead pieces by Wagner, Haydn and Schubert. On Thursday 24th November classical lovers can also enjoy the music of Kurtág, Liszt, Debussy, Boulez and others, performed by pianist Lauryna Sableviciute.  

Shakespeare fans can help mark 400 years since the Bard’s death with Sound Affairs’ musical exploration of The Tempest featuring period instruments (Friday 11th November). The music is drawn from a number of productions, and includes works by Matthew Locke (in 1667), Henry Purcell (1674), and Thomas Linley (1777) as well as more recent interpretations by Michael Nyman and composer Charlie Barber. This musical voyage is accompanied by images and projections created by visual artist Andrew Bolton.

Ivo Neame Quintet brings the titular pianist’s latest project, Strata, to the Capstone on Thursday 20th October. Strata explores harmonic and textural synth and accordion layers, and dazzling flute extemporizations in depth, to forge numbers which each take on their own identity.

The Breath’s rescheduled concert will take place on Tuesday 25th October. Born out of Manchester’s fertile music scene they mix Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. Nigeria’s 10-strong Yoruba Women Choir, supported by a 7-piece band, will take audiences on an uplifting journey through the many genres of Yoruba-Nigerian music on Friday 28th October. Music for the Mind and Soul begins on Saturday 29th October, with composer and sitar player Jonathan Mayer, and presented by Milapfest. On Saturday 19th November, the next in the series sees TarangSound take to the stage.

The Shahnameh: The Epic Book of Kings (Wednesday 9th November), is a journey of storytelling and music through the history of Persia, inspired by the 1000- year-old poem by Ferdowsi. Originally commissioned by the British Library, audiences can immerse themselves in this piece which features tales ranging from the deeply loved, yet reluctant hero, Rustam, to fantastical creatures like the mighty Simorgh and its miraculous feathers.

On Thursday 17th November, guitar fans can enjoy compositions from Maciek Pysz’s debut album Insight and second album A Journey, in which he describes his feelings and emotions about the people and places he encountered on his recent travels across Europe. It will be an unforgettable evening of world music, fusion and jazz. For thirty years James Wishart has been at the centre of Liverpool’s musical life as a composer, performer, concert promoter, and teacher. His concert on November 18th is a celebration of these achievements, featuring music by James himself (including The Leaving of Liverpool) and tribute works by friends, colleagues and former students.

On Wednesday 23rd November the Capstone welcomes one of the world’s top drummers, American Jeff Williams. Jeff, who has had a 40 year career, cut his teeth backing Stan Getz, Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano and this quintet features some of the UK’s leading young players: Sam Lasserson on bass; Josh Arcoleo on sax plus John O’Gallagher, Jeff’s alto saxophonist from New York. On Wednesday 30th November Mercury join us as part of their UK album tour. Mercury blend a heavy influence of European contemporary Jazz with flavours of folk, electronic and classical music alongside nods to the alternative Indie music of their native Manchester. 

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