The world premiere of a performance inspired by Picasso’s celebrated painting of The Three Dancers will be among the highlights of the fourth International Wimbledon Music Festival.
This year’s event starts on Saturday 14 November when Robert Holmes & Co sponsors a performance by the Academy Choir and Baroque Players at Sacred Heart Church.
Other festival dates have dance as their theme, including live tango dancers performing to Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and Russian pianist Mikhail Rudy returning with a danced production of Petrushka.
Sir Andras Schiff will also perform a recital of the last sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, Zuill Bailey plays the last cello sonatas of Beethoven, Prokofiev and Chopin and the Emerson Quartet include Last Quartets in their programme.
St Cecilia’s Day on 22 November will be marked by a family concert featuring a musical survey of the animal world. And the day before, there is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.
The International Wimbledon Music Festival takes place at various venues in the area between 14 and 29 November when The Philharmonia Orchestra team up with Zuill Bailey for a performace at Trinity Church.
But before the festival gets underway, families will gather in Wimbledon Park for one of two fireworks events taking place in Merton. On Thursday 5 November, the gates will open at 5.15pm before a children’s display takes place at 6.45pm. Adults and older children get their own display at 8.30pm.
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