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HADYN’S FAREWELL -Erin Helyard directs an orchestral program of Haydn, Mozart and J.C. Bach.

The Australian Hadyn Ensemble concludes the year with regular collaborator Dr Erin Helyard, director of Pinchgut Opera, performing a wonderful orchestral program inspired by the Enlightenment.

J.C. Bach was an important influence on the young Mozart. His Symphony in G minor Op. 6 No. 6 is a signature work of the 18th century. Perhaps his darkest piece, it bursts with the essence of Sturm and Drang.

The program features Helyard as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, an early work that pays homage to his influence by quoting J.C. Bach’s overture to La Calamita de Cuori and also his Rondo for piano and orchestra K. 386, written around the same time.

The program closes with Haydn’s dramatic Farewell Symphony, a work in which Haydn displays his classic ability to marry great humour with great beauty, perhaps rather fittingly, getting his point across to Prince Esterhazy that it was time to go home for the holidays!

J.C. Bach. Symphony in G minor Op. 6 No. 6
Mozart. Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major K. 414
Mozart. Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in A major K. 386
Haydn. Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor (The Farewell) 

Guest Director and Fortepiano - Erin Helyard
Skye McIntosh - Artistic Director
Australian Haydn Ensemble

HAYDN’S FAREWELL from The Australian Hadyn Ensemble [Facebook Event] is Sunday December 16 @ 2.30pm at Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.