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THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN @ THE NEW HALL SYDNEY GRAMMAR SCHOOL DARLINGHURST

Inset pic- Ela Ray Marstein who plays Terynka. Featured pic-
Inset pic- Ela Ray Marstein who plays Terynka. Production photography by John Kilkeary

Czech composer, musical theorist and folklorist Leos Janácek’s (1854-1928) THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, first performed in 1924, features a huge, lush, romantic  score.

This work  tells the story of a beautiful, glorious vixen and the Forester who tries to tame and contain her.

Pacific Opera ‘s current impressive revival, performed in English, sees Michael Campbell directing with the very accomplished Alexander Briger conducting an outstanding Sydney Youth Orchestra. Continue reading THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN @ THE NEW HALL SYDNEY GRAMMAR SCHOOL DARLINGHURST

THE MARAIS PROJECT PRESENTS MARAIS AND THE OPERATIC MUSE @ SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC

Inset pic- Soprano Belinda Montgomery sang works by Monteclair and Marais. Featured pic- Composer Marin Marais 1656-1728
Inset pic- Soprano Belinda Montgomery sang works by Monteclair and Marais. Featured pic- Composer Marin Marais 1656-1728

The Marais Project, Sydney-based collective of musicians and musicologists, has had an aim for the past sixteen years to perform in concert the entire oeuvre of Marin Marais.

Currently over eighty percent successful in the achievement of this goal, the group presented operatic music by Marais for the first time in its concert MARAIS AND THE OPERATIC MUSE.

Just as many composers’ creative talents and tools of their trade are expanded through opera, so too the dramatic focus and immense charm of Marais’ music was heightened on exposure to his opera Sémélé (1709). The nature of Marais’ musical language achieved greater clarity. Continue reading THE MARAIS PROJECT PRESENTS MARAIS AND THE OPERATIC MUSE @ SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC

SONGS OF ENGLAND AND RUSSIA

Pianist Chris Cartner was in scintillating form at this Pitt Street Uniting Church recital
Pianist Chris Cartner was in scintillating form playing the songs of England and Russia

On a wet and miserable night those who braved the conditions were treated to a delightful concert at Pitt St Uniting Church (now over 180 years old and renowned for its historical organ).

This short exciting concert was the second Resonance has held at the church and it is hoped that this will become part of an established, continuing series. The two very exciting performers were Chris Cartner on piano and baritone Alexander Knight.

Chris Cartner, who moved to Australia in 2008 is currently a pianist with Opera Australia, Sydney Philharmonia and Sydney Chamber Choir among others, and has a busy schedule of concert engagements, as well.

Alexander Knight is in his final year of an Advanced Diploma of Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has already performed with prestigious orchestras such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Chamber Opera and the Sydney Philharmonia.

The piano was shifted so it could be used (not the organ) and the church was decorated with a ‘ Reconciliation’ banner and a huge rainbow of colours was overhead in preparation for Sunday ‘s Pentecost service. (In some ways this affected the lighting – it was quite difficult to see Knight’s face at times) .

The concert, that took place on Thursday 5th June, was entitled ‘Songs From England and Russia’ and featured some quintessentially British and Russian pieces. We began with Cartner on piano with Elgar’s ‘Salut D’Amour’ op12 . Extremely British and sounding quite ‘school of Sullivan’, Cartner’s playing was magnificent and inspired, elegant and quite Romantic. Cartner wore orchestral black and was quite imposing. After the Elgar he welcomed us, spoke further about the concert and introduced special guest artist baritone Alexander Knight.

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FAURE’S REQUIEM

The Sydney Chamber Choir performing at their first concert for the year at the City Recital Hall,  Martin Place
The Sydney Chamber Choir performing at their first concert for the year at the City Recital Hall, Martin Place

The first Sydney Chamber Choir concert for 2014 collaborated with fine soloists and The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) to present musical ingenuity from over the past four and a half centuries. Guest conductor Richard Gill was faithful to every ground-breaking composer from each era. He wrought intelligent and measured performances not lacking in resounding climaxes and a wealth of nuance. The architecture and choices for instrumentation of each work were allowed to express themselves with clarity.

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