Music

SALVE REGINA FROM BEL A CAPPELLA: WE HAVE A GIVEAWAY

Join Bel a cappella and Musical Director Anthony Pasquill for the second concert of their 2018 season SALVE REGINA.

Francis Poulenc is considered to be among the most important composers of choral music of the 20th Century. Bel a cappella has presented most of his dazzling unaccompanied choral music over the years and is delighted to be performing his Mass in G, a work that demonstrates the fusion of playfulness and devotion which characterises Poulenc’s sacred music. Continue reading SALVE REGINA FROM BEL A CAPPELLA: WE HAVE A GIVEAWAY

Dance Chant: The Sydney Chamber Choir and Ross Edwards at 75

 

Music lovers will enjoy the piece below written by Sydney Chamber Choir founder Nicholas Routley giving readers a bit of the background to the Choir’s upcoming concert with percussion virtuosi Synergy, DANCE CHANT – CELEBRATING ROSS EDWARDS at the City Recital HalL.

Dance Chant : The Sydney Chamber Choir and Ross Edwards at 75 by Nicholas Routley

I taught historically informed performance at the University of Sydney for many years. In this discipline we learn to make an effort to understand what composers long dead meant by their musical notation, and what they might have expected to hear in a contemporary performance. Perhaps my most important lesson in this was given me by Ross Edwards. Continue reading Dance Chant: The Sydney Chamber Choir and Ross Edwards at 75

FAULTLINE: JEFFREY CHAN ALBUM LAUNCH IN SEPT

Jeffrey Chan will be playing a special album launch show in September.  Jeffrey will be debuting tracks from his sophomore record FAULTLINE, set for release on August 31st 2018.

Having worked on FAULTLINE for almost two years (working in and collaborating with creatives in Los Angeles, New York and Sydney) the album is an adventure into new sounds, themes, and visuals. Accompanied by a live band, Jeffrey will be playing both new material from FAULTLINE along with tracks from his debut album SPECTRUM.

Jeffrey Chan [Facebook] launches his new album,  FAULTLINE on 29th September, 8pm at Brighton Up Bar (77 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst 2010 ). Tickets here.  See more of Jeffery Chan on his YouTube channel.

And watch this space as we have a double pass to the Album Launch and a copy of the FAULTLINE to give away in September.
SPECTRUM: A previous album

OPERA AUSTRALIA’S RIGOLETTO: AN EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER

This image: Dalibor Jenis as Rigoletto
Featured image: Dalibor Jenis as Rigoletto and Irina Lungu as Gilda
Production photography: Prudence Upton

From the opening dramatic chords we know we are in for an emotional roller-coaster ride in this gripping revival of the Elijah Moshinksy production of RIGOLETTO for Opera Australia , first seen in 1991 .

Updated a bit, it is set in Italy in the 1950’s or thereabouts so think Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ … the land of omerta, hidden secrets, revenge, curses, disguised identities and powerful ( if very restricting ) familial love.

This production is directed by revival director Hugh Halliday and features magnificent leads and arresting chorus performances , while concentrating and accenting its dramatic core . Continue reading OPERA AUSTRALIA’S RIGOLETTO: AN EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER

ACO MESMERISES WITH ‘STEVEN ISSERLIS PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH’

Steven Isserlis and the Australian Chamber Orchestra

The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s STEVEN ISSERLIS PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH would have to be one of the most mesmerising and intense concerts by the ACO in a long while. Under Tognetti’s stylish leadership the Orchestra was in magnificent form , and the Cello Concerto No.1 in E-flat major by Shostakovich as played by guest artist their old friend Steven Isserlis was absolutely amazing .

First we heard the world premiere Samuel Adams Movements (for us and them) which featured fast furious dazzling playing in the first Movement.  The second movement was pulsating and slower.  Tognetti stated the melody the Orchestra embroidered upon that with some sharp spiky comments. The third movement was shimmering and whirling with unusual use of the cellos and the main melody theme held and ‘sung’ like an extra long breath .The last tumbling insistent movement made me think of darting fish underwater.  The work included slow chromatic ascents and sections where the strings were rather fractured and yet interwoven.   Continue reading ACO MESMERISES WITH ‘STEVEN ISSERLIS PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH’

LOVE: WEBER AND FRANCK – NEXT UP FROM OMEGA ENSEMBLE

This image: Guest Artist – Lloyd Van’t Hoff
Featured image: Omega Ensemble (Photo credit: Keith Saunders)

Music inspired by romance, created with love, and presented with passion, LOVE: WEBER AND FRANCK is next for the Omega Ensemble.

Where words have failed, music has been the language of friends, lovers and admirers from afar.

From Franck’s endearing Sonata for Violin and Piano, composed for and performed at a friend’s wedding to Elgar’s lyrical Romance for Bassoon and Strings, these are works created out of great love, filled with passion, tenderness and musical friendship.

Also featured in the program is young-blood clarinettist (and winner of the Young Performer of the Year Awards in 2015) Lloyd Van’t Hoff who will be joining Co-Artistic Director David Rowden in a performance of Australian composer Gerard Brophy’s new work ‘We Two Boys Together Clinging.’

…a smorgasbord of chamber music…played by first-rate musicians.” Sydney Arts Guide

The Omega Ensemble [Facebook] with  LOVE: WEBER AND FRANCK [Facebook Event] will play City Recital Hall [Facebook] Wednesday 18 July @ 7.30pm.  See more of the Omega Ensemble on their YouTube channel.

Program
Elgar Romance for Bassoon and Strings in D minor, Op. 62 arr. Cramer
Weber Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B flat Major, Op. 34
Brophy We Two Boys Together Clinging (2017)
Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major

THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE: A SOMEWHAT WILD EVENING

The Spooky Men’s Chorale joyously took over the theatre at the Concourse at Chatswood for one night only, June 30 2018 in a stellar performance . It was their debut performance at this particular venue.

Sixteen men in assorted black outfits with hair and hats invaded the Concourse to provide an awesome performance of mansinging that had the audience dancing in the aisles. Musically this was sensational, ranging from church like Georgian music to a Sufi inspired Bee Gees tribute and everything in between . Continue reading THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE: A SOMEWHAT WILD EVENING

SALVE REGINA: AUGUST CONCERT FROM BEL A CAPPELLA

Join Bel a cappella and Musical Director Anthony Pasquill for the second concert of their 2018 season SALVE REGINA.

Francis Poulenc is considered to be among the most important composers of choral music of the 20th Century. Bel a cappella has presented most of his dazzling unaccompanied choral music over the years and is delighted to be performing his Mass in G, a work that demonstrates the fusion of playfulness and devotion which characterises Poulenc’s sacred music. Continue reading SALVE REGINA: AUGUST CONCERT FROM BEL A CAPPELLA

OPERA AUSTRALIA : LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR @ THE DAME JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE

Above : Giorgio Carduro as Enrico and John Longmuir as Arturo with the Opera Australia chorus. Photo: Prudence Upton                                                      Featured image : Jessica Pratt as Lucia and Michael Fabiano as Edgardo. Photo credit: Prudence Upton.

Opera Australia’s current production of the Italian opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti is a focussed and brooding affair. It is a triumph of the genre’s potential for tension and emotional tortures packaged in a visual, vocal and atmospheric spectacle. This is a co-production with Houston Grand Opera, where it was first performed in 2011, and Teatro La Fenice. The opera is performed in a revival production with hypnotic tableaux and a rich musical interaction between orchestra and powerhouse voices.

It is a dark and dramatically delectable serving up of Donizetti’s streamlined retelling of the grisly tale of feuding Scottish clans and a manipulated female caught in the centre of family machinations. Such ominous themes and tales are taken from Sir Walter Scott’s novel ‘The Bride of Lammermoor’ from 1819. Salvatore Cammarano’s opera libretto was first heard in Donizetti’s work in 1835 and are here chillingly realised on our 2018 stage. Continue reading OPERA AUSTRALIA : LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR @ THE DAME JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE

ACCLAIMED CROATIAN PIANIST TO TOUR SYDNEY IN SEPTEMBER

Croatian pianist Maksim Mrvica is coming to Australia this September for his debut tour. A world renowned live performer, Maksim is an exciting performer..

Maksim started to play piano when he was nine and held his first concert by age 11.

“I pushed my parents to enrol me in music school – in most cases it’s the other way around.”

“Especially because of the fact that neither of my parents, my brothers, my friends ever had any contact with classical music. They never listened to classical music. Continue reading ACCLAIMED CROATIAN PIANIST TO TOUR SYDNEY IN SEPTEMBER

‘A VOICE FROM ABOVE’ : SUMI JO TO PERFORM AT CITY RECITAL HALL

Grammy-award winning coloratura soprano Sumi Jo is returning  to Australia for a series of performances across the country, including a recital at Sydney’s City Recital Hall on July 19.

Sumi Jo is amongst the highest-selling classical artists in the world, with over 50 recordings to date and recent performances for the Pope and at the Winter and Summer Olympics.

Opera lovers will be in for a treat with the concert set to feature an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary pieces, tango and a hauntingly beautiful folk song from Sumi’s Korean heritage. Sumi will be joined on stage by  Argentine-born baritone José Carbó (Opera Australia), and will be accompanied by popular pianist and conductor Guy Noble.

I had a chance to ask Sumi a few questions before she  embarks on her Australian tour :

Q. Sumi, you are renowned for your interpretations of the bel canto repertoire. This repertoire relates to an Italian way of singing. A South Korean soprano goes on to mastering an Italian way of singing?! How do you feel about this journey? 

A. I like the idea that I learned something from where it has been born. In operatic singing, you have to experience Italy to learn how to sing the Bel Canto way. When I started to sing in Korea, I had a feeling that something was not quite right, even though I was able to sing an entire opera within a few months. What I missed were those elements that were born with the opera, the language, culture and tha way that Italian people live and love. Bel Canto contains not only the technique of vocalising but also all those elements that define the pattern of life that Italian people have. Even though I have sung over 30 years of Italian and other Opera Arias, I’m always learning more. It is an endless learning curve. Continue reading ‘A VOICE FROM ABOVE’ : SUMI JO TO PERFORM AT CITY RECITAL HALL