Celebrating five years of bringing internationally acclaimed artists and performers to Liverpool, The Capstone Theatre has announced its new Autumn 2015 Season, which boasts a diverse collection of the finest cutting edge jazz, contemporary dance, gripping theatre, and film classics plus the return of the Cornerstone Arts Festival
The new season commences on Thu 24 September with the return of the popular Capstone Classics series, which screens a different classic movie each month. The first in the series Salaam-e-Ishq follows six different couples all with one common problem – love. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast, a super-hit musical score and plenty of fun, drama and laughter. This continues on Thu 22 October with the award winning Indian comedy Lage Rago Munha Bhai which sees light-hearted gangster Munna Bhai fall for Radio DJ Jhanvi. Along with his partner in crime Circuit, see the lengths Munna will go to in order to win Jhanvi’s heart. Bringing the series to a close on Thu 19 November is Om Shanti Om a tale of tragedy, betrayal, hope, perseverance and timeless love as Om Prakash Makhija a Bollywood Artiste, and Bollywood actress Shantipriya fight through generations – for their love.
The venue continues to bring the very best offerings from the Jazz and contemporary music scene throughout the season. Starting with one of the brightest talents on the UK music scene, Manchester based trumpeter, composer, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra will present music from the new album Into Forever as well as works from When the World Was One and Fletcher Moss Park.
After their incredible performance at 2013’s Liverpool International Jazz Festival, Mercury Prize and MOBO Award nominees Roller Trio return on Fri 23 October. Propelled to fame in 2012 with their visceral stew of thrashy rifts, tricksy time signatures and rollicking melodies, the trio will be performing tracks from their highly acclaimed second album Fracture.
Audiences can expect uplifting melodic jazz with hypnotic swirling melodies, Afrobeat, township rhythms and gospel-fired hymns with the Philip Clouts Quartet on Fri 30 October. Then UK composer, saxophonist and band-leader Julian Argϋelles proves why he is so influential to a new generation of British jazz musicians, when his band come to The Capstone on Wed 4 November as part of an extensive UK tour to promote their new album Tetra. Grew Quartet will take listeners on a musical journey on Tue 10 November with their music ranging from cool, reflective lyricism, high velocity intensity, through to more playful, jazz influenced melodic and rhythmic areas.
World class pianist and composer Yaron Herman completes the season’s jazz line-up on Sat 14 November. Widely regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation, he brings his unparalleled style of ‘real time composition’ and wild improvisational flare which culminates in a rare music form that is playful, cinematic and stunning.
There is also a superb array of classical concerts from world class musicians including Stephen Hough who performs at The Capstone on Tue 20 October in a spellbinding programme of romantic preludes and eludes as part of Rainhill Music Festival. This is followed with the renowned Liverpool String Quartet who present Classical Beatles on Fri 13 November. Fall in love again with the Beatles classics as they are expressed in exquisite string quartet and piano arrangements. The leading artists from the British Horn Society Festival perform on Sun 15 November including Jean-Pierre Dassonville, Timothy Jackson, Roger Montgomery and players from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra with a morning recital and early evening Gala concert. Italian composer Alessandro Stella brings the classical programme to a close with his concert White Sceneries on Thu 3 December which centres upon contemporary music for solo piano, and draws on elements of minimalism and new simplicity styles as featured in his last 2 albums The Chain Rules and Midwinter Spring.
Other musical highlights throughout the season include Liverpool Hope’s Sonic Interactions concert on Mon 2 November. Now in its sixth edition, it joins forces with the University of Liverpool to showcase new and innovative electroacoustic works from staff and student composers from both institutions.
Then, following the success of his Unity Theatre show last year, Andy Frizell presents a remarkable concert which includes music spanning 30 years and is once again joined by illustrious Theatre Orchestra on Thu 12 November. Finally, Allerton Brass return to The Capstone on Sat 12 December for their third consecutive festive concert Christmas Crackers featuring a selection of festive music with something for all ages.
Immersion Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet on Wed 14 October for the first in this season’s theatre productions. Boldly relocating the action to 1980’s England this tragic story of forbidden love and bitter rivalry promises to be a gritty, visceral and highly accessible spectacle. Then on Tue 27 October half-way between dance and drama, Sweetshop Productions present I Loved You and I Loved You which tells the true story of gifted composer Morfydd Owen whose life was emotionally complex, yet her art remains rapturous and transporting. I Burn for You, an atmospheric new musical theatre work based on Bram Stokers Dracula comes to the Capstone on Wed 28 October. Created by composer Ian Wilson the show features renowned Hungarian metal vocalist Attila Csihar in the lead role of the Vampyre.
The Capstone’s partner organisation Milapfest also returns this season with a selection of free events delivering a wonderfully diverse celebration of the finest Indian music, dance and culture. Highlights include Sur Sangam on Sat 26 September with beautiful Indian music from the incredibly skilled sarod player Pandit Ranajit Sengupta, versatile Khayyal siger Shirin Sengupta, virtuoso percussionist Kousic Sen and Rakesh Chauhan. Then Tabla Tarana on Sat 31 October an Indian percussion concert celebrating the music of one of the UK’s most admired musicians, Kousic Sen, a tabla player whose intense and energetic performances add a new dimension to the traditional concert experience.
2015 marks the fifteenth annual Cornerstone Arts Festival which returns from Fri 20 – Sat 28 November and as ever brings together music, drama, dance and art in a series of events, performances and workshops featuring world class artists as well as rising talents.
Meet the Grand Dame of anarchic dance in an irreverent and glorious solo show; Liz Aggiss is The English Channel opens the festival on Fri 20 November. On Sat 21 November Fallen Angels Dance Theatre take audiences on a roller-coaster of emotions with Upon Awakening which explores a real life story of adversity on a journey from addiction. Recently selected BBC Music Magazine’s ‘rising star’ pianist Clare Hammond presents an imaginative and enterprising programme with Hände on Mon 23 November. The year is 2093 in a world where libraries and books have long been forgotten until Roberta Price is desperate for adventure and to rediscover the power of imagination in Take a Hint Theatre Company’s Tales That Time Forgot on Tue 24 November. Also on Tue 24 November is Poles Apart the scorching new comedy written and directed by John Godber which examines the role of the theatre in the life of the working man and the role of the working man in the life of the theatre.
The festival continues on Wed 25 November as the Cornerstone Graduate Company present UNIT a collection of interlocking solos, duets and group pieces all centred on the exploration of relationships inspired by superheroes and villains of comic strips. New keyboard sextet Grand Band perform on Wed 25 November. Featuring six of New York City’s top pianists Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell this stunning collection of performers create a powerful sonic force. Born of classic Gothic novels and visually inspired by early silent films Tooth and Nail Theatre Company present Parlour Games on Thu 26 November an inventive, funny, playful and disturbing work of physical theatre. On Thu 26 November actor and art historian Paul O’Keefe recreates John Ruskin’s celebrated lecture as it was first delivered at the Philosophers Hall in Ruskin on Turner. Enjoy an evening of music from around the globe on Fri 27 November with Cornerstone Festival’s Ensembles in Residence featuring the string orchestra Gli Archi del Cherubino, St Paul’s Chapel Choir, and the Jazz musicians Craig Hamilton and Sim Flora. Bringing the festival to a close Milapfest presents Ramprapanna Bhattacharya and Kousic Sen on Sat 28 November with captivating, energetic and vibrant music from the two performers.