Most early music fans are aware that the viola da gamba is also known as the bass viol. It is less well known, perhaps, that there is also such an instrument as the bass violin, also known as the ‘basse de violon’. The bass viol and bass violin were mainstays in French baroque music and featured in the Court orchestra of King Louis XIV. For this concert The Marais Project welcomes Tim Blomfield, one of Australia’s finest bass violinists and co-founder of Sydney’s long standing and highly respected early music ensemble, Salut! Baroque. The Sunday afternoon program will feature a cantata by Montéclair, music by Marais – with the bass violin providing the continuo – and other works that show off the complementary and contrasting aspects of the two instruments. Continue reading THE MARAIS PROJECT PRESENTS ‘A BASS AFFAIR’→
In early April, good friends and very talented musicians, violinist Lawrence Lee and pianist Siang Ching Ngu, will present a charity concert entitled TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH MUSIC during which they will play works by Brahms, Kreisler, Tchaikovsky, Falla, Sarasate and Piazzolla at the Concourse.
All proceeds from the recital will go to a very good cause, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia; a not-for-profit organisation providing Clinical Musical Therapy and Community Music Programs.
Nordoff-Robbins runs numerous programs aimed at transforming people’s lives through music including musical therapy for special needs schools and aged care facilities, running music clubs for people with a disability, as well various training and education programs to spread the influence of music through the broader community.
CONCERT DETAILS :
The concert TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH MUSIC will take place onWednesday 5th of April, 7:30 pm at the Concourse Chatswood.
“A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate; it goes on to become.” W.H. Auden
Each art has a language of its own that can ’speak’ to us. Poetry can resonant within us, its chosen words honed into crystalised form. Music, wordless, can stir, move, shake or provoke us. In song, these two powerful languages are synthesised, the poet’s and the composer’s voices intertwining, shining new light on the words while drawing out fresh musical ideas. Yet no one song or poem speaks in the same way to us all; our responses are as diverse as our human experience.
The songs and cycles in THE POET’S VOICE are the work of contemporary Australian composers, inspired by Australian poets and writers, who explore their shared understanding of our world, our environment and our everyday life with works spanning a period of almost 50 years. Features the poetry of Judith Wright, David Malouf, Michael Leunig, Ern Malley, Christopher Wallace-Crabbe and Andrew Schultz and songs and song cycles by Margaret Sutherland, Brett Dean, Elliott Gyger, Andrew Schultz and Katy Abbott Kvasnica, Roger Smalley’s Piano Trio and the world premiere of Three Malouf Songs by Gordon Kerry.
Artists: Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Alison Morgan soprano, Ewan Foster violin, Geoffrey Gartner cello, Daniel Herscovitch piano
For more information go to www.halcyon.org.au
Halcyon’s concert THE POET’S VOICE will be performed at St Bede’s Church, Drummoyne on September 10 at 5 pm.