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Thu, 22 June 2017

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Sat, 21 May 2016

Roberto Alagna Aust Tour - 27th July Hamer Hall Melbourne

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Roberto Alagna
A rare chance to hear the world’s supreme tenor.
Melbourne performance 27 July – Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
With guest soprano Siobhan Stagg

“Alagna’s emotional performance earned ovation after ovation” –
The New York Times

Roberto Alagna, one of the greatest voices of this generation and the most charismatic artist working in opera today, will tour Australia this July performing in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This will be Roberto Alagna’s debut tour of Australia.
Alagna’s landmark Australian appearances follow on the back of a three-month season starring with the New York Metropolitan Opera in the role of Canio (Pagliacci), as Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and his debut performance in Manon Lescaut, as Chevalier des Grieux.

Set to be a highpoint on the Australian cultural calendar, Alagna will delight audiences with arias, duets and the most loved romantic classic songs at his one night only concert.

This is a rare chance to hear this magnificent Italian/French tenor, one of the most sought after opera stars in the world who performs on the world’s greatest opera and concert stages and is invited to perform at the most prestigious festivals.

Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Date: Wednesday 27 July
Time: 7.30pm
Bookings: artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183
ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Filed under: classical music, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs — site admin @ 2:24 pm

The brilliant Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) is in Townsville from July 29 to August 6. It’s the 10th under Piers’ Lane’s Artistic Directorship. It’s now acclaimed internationally. There’s a full and fantastic program with great artists (6 of the 35 artists this year are making their Australian debut no less), but I thought one which may interest you is this – DON JUAN. Created by two insanely talented artists in Tama Matheson and Karin Schaupp……

Scandalous and Steamy
Don Juan set to be a showstopper at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music
Karin Schaupp + Tama Matheson

Don Juan is a stunning theatrical and music collaboration that explores the life of one of the most magnetic and seductive fictional heroes in Western literature – Don Juan – alongside the equally outrageous real life of his creator – Lord Byron.

Created and performed by acclaimed actor/director Tama Matheson and internationally renowned guitarist Karin Schaupp, the steamy worlds of Don Juan and the scandalous life of Lord Byron (Matheson) merge. Brought to life by Schaupp through the evocative Spanish guitar music of Turina, Pujol and Tarrega, Byron and Juan become reflections of each other and it grows increasingly difficult to tell where fact ends and fiction begins. As Byron himself famously put it, ‘truth is strange, stranger than fiction.’

Set to be one of the highlights of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Don Juan made its world premiere in late 2015. The concept was born when Karin Schaupp saw Tama Matheson performing in a production with the Camerata of St John in Brisbane. She was captivated, and suggested they collaborate. From this, they workshopped their favourite writers, composers and all the ideas in between. Don Juan was the result; and audiences love it.

“Don Juan investigates the extraordinary the life of the poet, Lord Byron – one of the most scandalous, irreverent, and witty figures in all of literary history – by delving into the depths of his great comic poem, Don Juan. The poem, which is largely autobiographical, becomes, in this production, a conduit into Byron’s life, tracing the parallels between the controversial poet and his magnificent creation; the result of which is a hilarious evening of scandal, shock, delight, sadness, and lyricism – suffused throughout with some of the most beautiful and affecting music in the guitar repertoire performed by the international acclaimed, Karin Schaupp,” said Matheson.

Don Juan is unique in form, with music and words carrying equal weight in the production, each one commenting on, and uplifting the other, to create a totally original theatrical evening.

“The result is a profound and hilarious entertainment, which gives a deep insight into the mind of genius, and the response of a great man to his time.

“With some of the most beautiful English ever penned, some of the most shocking and funniest episodes in all literature, and a collection of the most beautiful music written for the guitar, Don Juan is a heady mix of theatrical delights that will leave the audience glowing with excitement and passionate inspiration.

Don Juan will be performed on Saturday August 6 at 2.30pm at the Townsville Civic Theatre.
“Karin Schaupp’s playing is so perfect, so complete, that it seems like a miracle.” Badische Zeitung Germany
“Don Juan was a tour-de-force for both Karin Schaupp and Tama Matheson.” 4MBS-FM

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is extraordinary, not just as a leading musical event in Australia, but for its place on the world calendar; artists and guests alike attend from all over the globe because of the incredible fusion of music, friendship, experience and celebration the event creates. It will be the 10th under the leadership of acclaimed Artistic Director Piers Lane AO.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music
29 July – 6 August 2016 | Townsville, North Queensland
www.afcm.com.au | Facebook | Twitter | #afcm16

Mon, 25 April 2016


Filed under: classical music, contemporary music, General — site admin @ 9:55 am

Featuring guest artist singer/songwriter Lior,
with a reimagining of Compassion for Quartet and Voice by
Nigel Westlake, works by Ravel, Dvořák, Barber and the world premiere of Song Cycle written by Ade Vincent and Lior
May 2 & 3 Sydney Opera House | May 4 Melbourne Recital Hall
Ravel String Quartet in F major
Ade Vincent/Lior Song Cycle (World Premiere)*
Dvorak Cypresses 2, 3 & 4 for String Quartet
Lior My Grandfather
Barber Adagio from String Quartet Opus 11
Nigel Westlake/Lior Sim Shalom from Compassion for String Quartet & Voice#
*Commissioned by Melbourne Recital Centre
# Commissioned by Julian Burnside QC

2 & 3 May 2016, 7.30pm Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
Bookings - 02 9250 7777 or sydneyoperahouse.com
Cost - Adults $60 · Concession $50 · Under 30 $30

4 May 2016, 7.30pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
Bookings - Ph. 03 9699 3333 or melbournerecital.com.au
Cost: Adults $50 · Concession $40 · Under 30 $30


Filed under: classical music, contemporary music — site admin @ 9:38 am

Tues 3 May 7.30pm CAROLINE ALMONTE Gold through Glass
Tues 7 June 7.30pm STEFAN CASSOMENOS Cassomenos plays Beethoven
Tues 21 June 7.30pm ANDREA KELLER Solo Piano & Loops
Thur 14 July 7.30pm SIMON TEDESCHI Tedeschi plays Gershwin
Tues 9 Aug 7.30pm LISA MOORE Soft/Loud
Thur 1 Sept 7.30pm TAMARA SMOLYAR Premieres

Where: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Clayton
Tickets: Adults - $25.00, Concession - $20.00, Student - $15 for single performance
Discounts apply for ticket purchases to multiple performances. 30% discount on subscription purchases (6 concerts).
Bookings: To reserve a seat call MAPA Box office 9905 1111 and online - www.monash.edu/mapa

Thu, 17 March 2016

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Filed under: classical music — site admin @ 11:09 am

Australian Festival of Chamber Music unveils 2016 program. World’s best chamber musicians set to perform in Townsville
Music from the greatest composers, performed by the world’s finest chamber musicians will take over Townsville in North Queensland when the 26th Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) is staged from 29 July to 6 August this year, under the baton of acclaimed Artistic Director Piers Lane AO.

Internationally famed for its musicality, programming, headline artists and stunning location, the 2016 AFCM stars a marquee lineup of 35 individual artists from all over the world, six of whom will make their Australian debut, and three famed ensembles. Importantly, this will be the 10th AFCM under the artistic leadership of Lane and will be staged in churches, theatres, galleries, gardens and the stunning Orpheus Island.

“The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is extraordinary, not just as a leading musical event in Australia, but for its place on the world calendar; artists and guests alike attend from all over the globe because of the incredible fusion of music, friendship, experience and celebration the event creates,” said Artistic Director Piers Lane AO in announcing the program. “This year we celebrate Paul Stanhope as our Composer-in-Residence; our artists love playing his music! At the Families’ Concert, we’ll present Oscar Wilde’s enchanting fairytale The Happy Prince in its musical realisation by the late Malcolm Williamson, his inspired response to Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, which was such a hit three years ago, and we are thrilled to stage another free concert in Queens Gardens, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Townsville being declared a municipality. It’s titled The 1812 Again!” he said.

To the music makers of 2016 … two celebrated Chinese artists in the charismatic pianist Sa Chen, and the superb cellist Trey Lee lead the artists making their debut in Australia at the AFCM. Others who have never before performed in Australia include Irish superstar pianist Finghin Collins, famed French horn player Hervè Joulain, multi-award winning German violinist Indira Koch, and the acclaimed German cellist Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt.

Returning to what promises to be rapturous applause is Tasmin Little, the effervescent violinist from the UK who so impressed audiences in 2014. She will perform in eight events throughout the festival.

Joining her in returning to the AFCM is internationally acclaimed percussionist and co-artistic director of Sydney’s Ensemble Offspring Claire Edwardes, together with the communicative clarinetist David Griffiths in company with his trio Ensemble Liaison, and one of Australia’s favourite bassists Kirsty McCahon. Bassoonist Andrew Barnes, flautist Bridget Bolliger, violinist Michele Walsh, the gifted and versatile soprano Valda Wilson and one of the most sought after oboists of his generation, Australia’s Nick Deutsch are among other marquee artists.

One of the highlights of pianist Andrew West’s festival program will be his performance with one of the greatest British baritones, Roderick Williams, in Schubert’s masterpiece Winterreise (Winter Journey), while acclaimed guitarist Karin Schaupp will collaborate with the very provocative and charming Australian actor Tama Matheson in the musical adventure special event, Don Juan.

Program highlights include the Opening Night Concert The Trout on Friday 29 July, which promises a musical feast of Ravel, Chopin, Mozart, Haydn and Schubert, followed by the famed Governor’s Gala the following evening, this year titled The Surprise!

Winter Journey, Don Juan, Opus 127 and the exquisite beach concert on Orpheus Island - a stunning tribute to the festival’s place on earth – are all standouts along with the two church concerts, while AFCM’s famed Winterschool concerts and masterclasses ensure the festival involves, engages and celebrates young talent.

The much-loved signature series Concert Conversations, hosted by Piers over six mornings, will give audiences the rare opportunity to engage in chats with many festival artists. Added to this in 2016 is a concert featuring the winner of the prestigious *2016 Sydney International Piano Competition together with AFCM artists.

The most recent festival creation and hit event, The Concert Crawl features three concerts at three different venues, the School of Arts Theatre, The Old Courthouse Theatre and the Supreme Court. It includes a performance of the AFCM co-commissioned piece, The Three Dancers by Elena Kats-Chernin, this time presented as music and dance.

Executive Director of the AFCM, Justin Ankus said he was thrilled to be managing the event in its 26th year and his first. “The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is fiercely loved by artists and guests alike and it’s an honour to be at the helm, guiding it forward and working alongside Piers Lane and an extraordinary team of artists and supporters. This is truly a world class event that puts not only Townsville and Queensland, but also Australia, firmly on the world music map.”

Tickets on Sale:
The AFCM program is unveiled today, Tuesday 15 March.
Tickets go on sale to AFCM Members on Wednesday 16 March, along with Festival holiday packages.
General Public ticket sales commence on Monday 11 April.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music
29 July – 6 August 2016 | Townsville, North Queensland
www.afcm.com.au | Facebook | Twitter | #afcm16

Sun, 4 October 2015

Woodford Welcome Orchestra Project Audition Call Out

Filed under: classical music, Auditions, Gigs, General — site admin @ 3:10 pm

Woodford Welcome Orchestra Project
Audition Call Out
Come and join the Woodford Folk Festival as the festival celebrates it’s 30th birthday. You are invited to be part of a 40 piece orchestra and perform with 4 x aria award winner Katie Noonan. Performances will be held on the Sunshine Coast and in the WFF Welcome Ceremony in front of an amphitheatre audience of 10,000.

All are invited to audition for the Welcome Orchestra which will consist of local Sunshine Coast community members of all ages and skill levels. The Welcome Orchestra will perform music composed by Andrew Veivers - acclaimed composer, director, musician. The event will feature a Festival Song composed by Katie Noonan.

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