Music

SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR : BEHOLD – THE SEA!

Choir takes to sea from depths to stars

Sydney Chamber Choir embarks on Behold – the Sea!, a choral voyage through maritime disaster, epic adventure and revelation, island magic and a reverence for sea coasts and depths, in a panoramic concert devised by one of the world’s leading choral conductors, Jonathan Grieves-Smith.

Leading with Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s stirring requiem to the hundreds drowned in the 1994 sinking of the passenger ferry Estonia, Behold – the Sea! will be performed at Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on Saturday October 6 at 7.30pm. Continue reading SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR : BEHOLD – THE SEA!

AN DIE MUSIK PRESENTS: BELOVED SONGS – A SAMPLER

This image: Warwick Fyfe
Featured image: Louise Scott

BELOVED SONGS – A SAMPLER. This concert features Art Song and other Lieder by composers including Schubert, Schumann and others.  Warwick Fyfe, baritone, is the featured performer and there is a surprise artist as well.

“Want to be inspired? Want to be entertained? Come along!”

An die Musik [Facebook] presents BELOVED SONGS – A SAMPLER on Sunday 30 September 2018 at 2 pm

SARAH GRUNSTEIN IN RECITAL @ THE UTZON ROOM

I have just returned from hearing Sarah Grunstein play Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann at the Utzon room in the Sydney Opera House.

There is no nicer venue than this room, with its panoramic vista of Sydney harbour and intimate atmosphere. To sit back in the beautiful afternoon light, unique to Sydney and luxuriate in the tones of the Steinway piano is surely one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Sarah Grunstein is one of our most seasoned performers. She grew up in Sydney but is now resident in New York. A graduate of Juilliard, she has had a long career in teaching and performing  and recording in the United States , Europe and Australia. Continue reading SARAH GRUNSTEIN IN RECITAL @ THE UTZON ROOM

DANIEL ROJAS & ORQUESTA LA LUNA TANGO: SULTRY AND PULSING

 

Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, and the passionate tango of Daniel Rojas & Orquesta La Luna Tango is pulsing through Foundry 616 in Ultimo. The sultry music of Latin America fills the packed out venue with love songs and dance rhythms.

The opening set features Daniel Rojas solo on piano performing a variety of songs from Argentina, Peru, Chile and Cuba and excerpts from a Bach prelude. Songs included Consuelo Velázquez’s Bésame Mucho, Piazzolla’s Libertango and Resurrection of the Angel, Mambo Influenciado, the classics Guantanamera and El Cóndor Pasa and an evocative 17th Century liturgical composition. Daniel also played his new composition, Idillico, an expressive song about love. Daniel shared some of his extensive knowledge the indigenous, folk and popular music of Latin America with brief and informative comments on the history or context of the song. Continue reading DANIEL ROJAS & ORQUESTA LA LUNA TANGO: SULTRY AND PULSING

TRANSFORMING STRAUSS AND MOZART – AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

This particular concert by the ACO, as curated by cellist Timo-Veikko Valve,  with various arrangements for a string septet , developed themes expressing desire and aching loss spanning centuries .

The first half began with DOWLAND’s exquisite ,refined and flowing Lachrimæ Antiquæ a variation on his much loved  Lachrymae pavane. It was pure but cold with intensely woven harmonies .

WAGNER’s (arr. Sebastian Gürtler) romantic, swirling, passionate Prelude to Tristan und Isolde came next with its lush multilayered opening , use of portamento (sliding the finger to glide from one pitch to another shimmering fluttering strings and delicate cello all full of rich tension . Continue reading TRANSFORMING STRAUSS AND MOZART – AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

UNSENT LOVE LETTERS: MEDITATIONS ON ERIK SATIE – DELICIOUS

Elena & Tamara
This image: Photo Credit Stephen Godbee                                                                                                               Featured Image: Photo Credit: Chris Donaldson 2017

The latest in the delicious series of Live at Lunch concerts under the artistic direction of internationally renowned flautist Jane Rutter was entitled UNSENT LOVE LETTERS: MEDITATIONS ON ERIK SATIE for all us romantics at heart.  This time the two friends joining her were Tamara – Anna Cislowksa and Elena Kats-Chernin both on pianos.

The opening bracket consisted of , firstly , Russian Rag by Kats- Chernin for two pianos . It was seemingly joyous but with hidden turbulent undercurrents . Continue reading UNSENT LOVE LETTERS: MEDITATIONS ON ERIK SATIE – DELICIOUS

WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY: PASSION – MARVELLOUS!

David Fung – Piano

PASSION : This latest marvellous concert by the Willoughby Symphony was passionately , energetically conducted by Dr Nicholas Milton was unusual as it began with the encores ( because of the atmosphere of  Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6 which was the second half of the concert).

So to start with , we heard a zippingly breathlessly  fast trepak from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at breakneck speed ( impossible to dance to at that tempo – almost impossible to play ! ) hugely enjoyed (and repeated) .

First was Shimmering Blue by this year’s Composer in Residence Nigel Westlake. It was written in 2003 for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s 75th birthday celebrations. It has a glittering pulsating opening , becomes turbulent and swelling , volcanically crashing towards the explosive finish. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY: PASSION – MARVELLOUS!

BILLIE HOLIDAY TRIBUTE SHOW: PERFORMANCE AND VENUE RECOMMENDED

Passionate performances of songs associated with the marvellous Billie Holiday made for a great night’s entertainment at Foundry 616. The Rodric White Septet and singer Lana Nesnas presented the songs made famous by Billie Holiday or that have a connection to her and her contemporaries.  Rodric White’s arrangements allowed the talented six piece band to display their considerable skills.

The show opened with a three piece instrumental version of How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky), before Lana Nesnas joined the trio for Them There Eyes. Lots of great songs followed with the size of the band growing or shrinking to suit the song and the arrangement. What A Little Moonlight Can Do was followed by Don’t Explain and They Can’t Take That Away From Me allowing the musicians to entertain and display their skills as soloists and as an ensemble. Continue reading BILLIE HOLIDAY TRIBUTE SHOW: PERFORMANCE AND VENUE RECOMMENDED

FAULTLINE: JEFFREY CHAN. ALBUM AND LAUNCH PASS GIVEAWAY

Jeffrey Chan will be playing a special album launch show in later this month.  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.

With thanks to Jeffrey Chan, Sydney Arts Guide has a  copy of the new album FAULTLINE and double pass to the album launch to give away.  The album must be collected in person at the launch 29th September, 8pm at Brighton Up Bar.

To be in the running, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) 
with FAULTLINE as the subject, along with your full name.

Competition closes COB Wednesday 26th September, 2018 when the winner will be drawn. Only winners will be notified and the winner's name will be at the box office on the night.

ALED JONES IN CONVERSATION ABOUT HIS NEW ALBUM AND AUSTRALIAN TOUR

 Chart-topping Welsh singer ​Aled Jones​ opens up to Sydney Arts Guide about that time he was in a pop band, ‘infuriatingly’ talented son Lucas, and his enduring passion for choral music.

SAG: Tell me about the song ‘​Believe’ ​ that you wrote yourself.

ALED:  I really did wake up with the melody already in my head. By the end of that day, the whole thing was done, really. My first study at the Royal Academy of Music in London was Voice and my second was in commercial music, so writing jingles, adverts and so on. Continue reading ALED JONES IN CONVERSATION ABOUT HIS NEW ALBUM AND AUSTRALIAN TOUR

JOY : FARRENC AND BEETHOVEN FOR OMEGA ENSEMBLE

Featured Image: Veronique Serret

JOY: is next up for Omega Ensemble, Co-Artistic Directors David Rowden and Maria Raspopova with Featured Artist: Veronique Serret.

Works of new beginnings.

Acclaimed violinist Veronique Serret and Clemens Leske join forces for a powerful presentation of Beethoven’s ‘Spring’ Sonata. This work for violin and piano celebrates new directions in music bridging the Classical and Romantic periods.

Included also is the exuberant Nonet by nineteeth century composer Louise Farrenc, a trailblazer for female composers to come, and Schubert’s Notturno, a gift of melody in all its glory. The evening concludes with one of Australia’s favourite composers, Elena Kats-Chernin and one of her most treasured works, Russian Rag, in a very special arrangement by the composer for Omega Ensemble.

JOY : FARRENC AND BEETHOVEN [Facebook Event] from Omega Ensemble [Facebook] plays September 25, 7.30pm at City Recital Hall.

Program
Franz Schubert: Notturno in E flat major, Op. 148
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.5 in F major, Op. 24, “Spring”
Louise Farrenc: Nonet in E flat Major, Op. 38
Elena Kats-Chernin: Russian Rag (Nonet arrangement by the composer for Omega Ensemble)