Mar 01

Russell Maliphant Company presents Maliphantworks

The Wall, Russell Maliphant Company

Russell Maliphant Company presents Maliphantworks, a series of contemporary dance works at the Print Room, London

Russell Maliphant performs in One Part II, a solo work he created in 2002. Olivier Award nominee Tommy Franzen brings his eclectic dance style to The Wall duet, for which he was nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award in 2013 alongside Dickson Mbi.

28 February – 11 March

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Feb 23

February 1917 and the Fall of the Russian Empire

Feb Revolution 1917Clockwise from left: February 1917, caricature by the Kukryniksy © Sputnik. Emperor Nicholas II, oil on canvas, artist unknown, State Open-air Museum of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, Sergyev Possad © culture-images. Military car patrol in the first days of the February revolution © Sputnik.


In this centenary year of the Russian Revolution, next month will mark 100 years since the 1917 February Revolution and the forced abdication of Nicholas II, ending 300 years of Romanov rule.

The riots began on 8 March (23 February in the OS calendar) with mass demonstrations against bread shortages in Petrograd. The already unpopular Tsar faced growing civil unrest, calling for an end to autocracy and to Russia’s unpopular involvement in the First World War. Industrial strike action and military mutiny followed, and within 8 days, the city had fallen into chaos.

Russia’s last emperor abdicated on 15 March. The provisional government which followed would last until October: the Bolsheviks siezed control in the second revolution of the year, and the Soviet Union was born.

Lebrecht’s collections offer extensive coverage of Russia’s 20th century history, including portraits of key figures, documentary photographs, political caricatures and poster art.


Feb 21

Upcoming Anniversaries in Music & Literature

March 2017Clockwise from left: Portrait of Luigi Cherubini with the Muse of Lyric Poetry by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres © De Agostini. Anthony Burgess in Lugano, Switzerland, 1987 © Horst Tappe. Mstislav Rostropovich © Milein Cosman


The coming weeks have a host of musical and literary anniversaries in store. Important names to look out for include the likes of Toscanini and Rostropovich in music and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Anthony Burgess, and Walt Whitman in literature. Lebrecht offers comprehensive coverage of literary and musical figures, recently adding over 19,000 images to our collections of author images.

22 February – 75th death anniversary of Stefan Zweig, Austrian novelist and playwright

25 February – 100th birth anniversary of Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange

1 March – 90th birthday of Harry Belafonte, American singer, songwriter and civil rights activist

2 March – 75th birth anniversary of Lou Reed, American musician and songwriter, vocalist and guitarist with the Velvet Underground

5 March – 130th birth anniversary of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer

5 March – 70th death anniversary of Alfredo Casella, Italian composer and pianist

6 March – 90th birth anniversary of Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez

6 March – 50th death anniversary of Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Zoltan Kodaly

9 March – 90th birthday of Italian composer Franco Donatoni

11 March – 60th birthday of Tristan Murail, French composer associated with the ‘spectral’ technique of composition

12 March – 80th death anniversary of Hungarian violinist Jeno Hubay

12 March – 80th death anniversary of Charles-Marie Widor, French organist and composer

15 March – 80th death anniversary of H.P. Lovecraft, American author of horror fiction

15 March – 175th death anniversary of Italian composer Luigi Cherubini

15 March – 75th death anniversary of Alexander von Zemlinsky, Austrian composer and conductor

19 March – 100th birth anniversary of Dinu Lipatti, Romanian pianist

25 March – 150th birth anniversary of Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini

25 March – 75th birth anniversary of American singer Aretha Franklin

26 March – 125th death anniversary of Walt Whitman, American poet and essayist

27 March – 90th birth anniversary of cellist Mstislav Rostropovich

29 March – 80th death anniversary of Polish composer and pianist Karol Szymanowski

Feb 13

American composer John Adams turns 70 this week

John Adams  inIn Ojai, California, 6th June 1993 © Betty Freeman


American composer John Adams is turning 70 this week, on 15 February

Adams’ works include orchestral pieces such as Harmonielehre, Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Shaker Loops, and operas Nixon in China, Doctor Atomic and The Death of Klinghoffer. His most recent works include string quartets and Scheherezade 2, a symphony for violin and orchestra. His 2002 choral work On the Transmigration of Souls was written in commemoration of the events of 9/11 and was awarded the Pullitzer Prize for Music in 2003.

Lebrecht’s collections include portraits of him from the Los Angeles Betty Freeman archive.

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 John Adams conducting Prom 4, 2012Conducting the Juillard Orchestra and Orchestra of the Royal Academy in Respighi’s Roman Festivals. Prom 4 of the BBC Proms 2012, Royal Albert Hall © Chris Christodoulou

John Adams - working on his compositions using computer technologies, Los Angeles, USA, 18 November 2001.

John Adams in Los Angeles working on his compositions, 18 Nov 2001 © Betty Freeman


John Adams. American composer© Betty Freeman

Feb 13

Jazz legend Al Jarreau died yesterday aged 76

Al Jarreau performing, Copenhagen, October 2004. American jazz vocalistPerforming in Copenhagen, 2004 © JazzSign


Jazz legend Al Jarreau died yesterday aged 76

A versatile artist, Jarreau was awarded seven Grammy Awards in jazz, pop and R&B categories, and was nominated for over a dozen more.

12 March 1940 – 12 February 2017

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Feb 10

Swedish Tenor Nicolai Gedda has passed away

Nicolai Gedda in The Gypsy BaronAs Barinkay in the Gypsy Baron by Johann Strauss II. 1959 production at the New York Metropolitan Opera © Metropolitan Opera Archives


Nicolai Gedda died on 8th February 2017. One of the great tenors, he mastered 70 roles and made more than 200 recordings.

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Nicolai Gedda , Swedish tenor, and Hanny Steffek recording Franz Lehar 's The Merry Widow at Kingsway Hall, London.With Hanny Steffek recording Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow at Kingsway Hall, London © Godfrey MacDomnic

  VanessaAs Anatol with Rosalind Elias as Erika in Vanessa, opera by Samuel Barber. Premiere production at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 1957 © Metropolitan Opera Archives


Feb 08

Danish jazz violinist Svend Asmussen passed away yesterday aged 100

Svend AsmussenSvend Asmussen performing at Tivoli Concerthall Copenhagen February 1970 with Philip Catherine © JazzSign


Danish jazz violinist Svend Asmussen, known as “The Fiddling Viking”, passed away yesterday aged 100.

28 February 1916 – 7 February 2017

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Feb 08

Celebrating the long operatic career of Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price - portrait of the American soprano© Siegfried Lauterwasser


Leontyne Price, American soprano, born 10 February 1927, will be 80 years old this week. She has had a long and distinguished career singing many of the great operatic roles in the world’s opera houses.

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Leontyne Price as LeonoraAs Leonora in La Forza del Destino by Giuseppe Verdi, 1984 production at New York Metropolitan Opera. Photo by James Heffernan © Metropolitan Opera Archives


Leontyne Price in farewell performance of AIDAIn farewell performance of Aida, 1984-85 season © Metropolitan Opera Archives


Leontyne Price at a recording of Mozart'sAt a recording of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Sofiensaal, Vienna, 1959 © Decca/Hanak


PRICELeontyne rehearsing with Herbert

Rehearsing with Herbert von Karajan © Siegfried Lauterwasser


Feb 06

Gervase de Peyer, English clarinettist and conductor, has died 4 February 2017

Gervase de Peyer

Gervase de Peyer, English clarinettist and conductor has died 4 February 2017.

He was a founding member of the Melos Ensemble and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as the principal clarinettist at the London Symphony Orchestra.

11 April 1926 – 4 February 2017

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Gervase de Peyer



Feb 02

Jonathan Miller’s iconic Mafia production of Rigoletto opens tonight

RigolettoNicholas Pallesen as Rigoletto, Sydney Mancasola as Gilda.


Jonathan Miller’s iconic Mafia production of Rigoletto by Verdi opens tonight with the English National Opera at the London Coliseum.

Nicholas Pallesen as Rigoletto, Joshua Guerrero as the Duke, Sydney Mancasola as Gilda.

Running 2 – 28 February 2017

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