Festival of the week: Bath International Music Festival, various venues, Bath
Saturday 26 May 2012
Signing off after seven years as Bath MusicFest's Artistic Director, the once-dreadlocked pianist-composer-conductor Joanna MacGregor is enlivening the obligatory nods at the Olympics and her Maj's interminable reign with restorative doses of magic and circus.
Bookended by stagings of Vivaldi's 1734 opera L'Olimpiade, about athletic and amorous rivalries at the ancient Olympics, and Mozart's Magic Flute, offering a family-friendly take in MacGregor's new chamber arrangement (both directed by her husband, Richard Williams), the programme also includes a tribute to the "Dark Magic" of Nights at the Circus author Angela Carter, including MacGregor's settings of recently rediscovered Carter poems, and a realisation of John Cage's crazily cornucopian Musicircus.
There's also jazz from Tord Gustavsen and Courtney Pine, plus a Gaelic folk evening celebrating the poetry of Sorley MacLean.
(01225 463362; www.bathmusicfest.org.uk) Wed to 10 Jun
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