Works to be performed at iconic North East venue

The Sage Gateshead
The Sage Gateshead

As part of John Casken’s 65th celebrations, some of his work will be performed at The Sage Gateshead.

These include The Knight’s Stone for choir and solo flute on February 15, and Shadowed Pieces and Winter Reels on April 8.

Casken’s Maharal Dreaming, a Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, will be performed on April 25.

On August 30, the world premiere of a new work setting sea poems by Katrina Porteous (title tbc) by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain will be performed at the venue.

On June 11, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Thomas Zehetmair will give the world premiere of That Subtle Knot, a double concerto for violin and viola which was jointly commissioned by Zehetmair and Sage Gateshead.

It will be performed by Thomas Zehetmair, who will play and direct, and his partner, violist Ruth Killius.

There will be a second performance a few days later in London at the Guildhall School’s new Milton Court Concert Hall.

It will receive its European premiere at the Salzburg Festival on August 6 with Zehetmair, Killius and the Camerata Salzburg.

That Subtle Knot paints a picture of human love and togetherness.

The title comes from a poem by John Donne entitled The Ecstasy in which two lovers sit on the banks of a river.