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Leading Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra begins its 2022 Concert Season with a sublime program that speaks to music lovers through masterpieces of the Romantic string repertoire.

The Northern Serenades tour will take the orchestra from Kenthurst, NSW (20 March) via Newcastle (22 March) and Sydney (23 March) to Brisbane (26 March) and, finally, Melbourne (29 March).

For connoisseurs and lovers of string music, “Northern Serenades” is a dream come true. In the late-19th century, the serenade was the vehicle for exquisite writing by some of the biggest names of the era, including Edward Elgar and Hugo Wolf. These relatively brief pieces, among them some very well-known works, are filled with tuneful music that highlights the expressive way that string players were performing at the time. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC AND CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA : NORTHERN SERENADES


Mar’yana Sywak

Muzyka Vechna…Music is Forever! A ‘banquet’ of Russian music, a mix of old and new music, is being livestreamed from performances taking place at the Nasha Kazka Ukrainian restaurant in Bondi on Thursday 17th December, 2020 at 7pm in an event hosted by Angela Gadaev.

The performers already listed to appear include Elena Kats Chernin, Chutney, Ilan Kidron, Eddie Bronson Trio, Eleanor Lyons and Vladimir Fanshil, Sophia Markovtzev, Zorik Komm, Gennadi Dubinsky, Alex Parkmen, Mar’yana Sywak and Zulya Kamalova with more artists to be announced. Continue reading MUZYKA VECHNA…MUSIC IS FOREVER! : A CELEBRATION OF RUSSIAN MUSIC


When performing his own piano concertos, the great showman Frédéric Chopin preferred dark and smoky salons to the grand concert halls of Paris. As a matter of practicality, Chopin arranged his own concertos for small ensembles, often performing with string quartets in the private apartments of friends and patrons.

In this tradition, Omega Ensemble’s 2021 Season opens with a program of stunning “quin-certos”, including Chopin’s first piano concerto performed by acclaimed pianist Clemens Leske in an intimate arrangement for piano quintet. Continue reading OMEGA ENSEMBLE: NIGHT AND NOW @ THE UTZON ROOM SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE


Placemakers* Gold Coast is pleased to announce the return of Bleach* Festival in 2020, taking place in springtime at the new time of 12 – 22 November. Over 11 days, the Gold Coast’s beaches, parks, gardens and abandoned buildings, will become a spectacular backdrop for contemporary art. The much-loved and wildly diverse festival has been reimagined to suit the times, but it will continue to present cutting-edge art and music framed by the magnificent coastline of Southern Queensland.

Bleach* 2020 invites audiences to experience the coast through great storytelling, contemporary art, music, cabaret and dance. Whether that be watching an artwork unfold on the edge of the shoreline or in backyards and balconies of soon-to-be demolished houses. In 2020, Bleach* is unashamedly local, celebrating the city’s best artists, showcasing renowned Queensland musicians and one-of-a-kind contemporary arts experiences.

The program features work by 204 artists and more than 214 unique arts experiences presented in surprising locations across the green and the gold. Expect a neighbourhood street party that’s wildly colourful and a little cheeky; a block party on the beachfront that’s urban and gritty; and a magnificent concert at sunset framed by beautiful gardens. There will also be an impressive line-up of First Nations artists and a space for deep listening and conversations, all connected to place.  Continue reading GOLD COAST BLEACH ARTS FESTIVAL RETURNS IN 2020


Leo Sayer

The live, online concert is an initiative of The Dunera Project – the hugely popular online platform conceived in the shadow of COVID to bring music, laughter, arts and culture to people in isolation.

The site at www.dunera.org.au delivers original local and the best of international live, on-demand content from all over the world.

This free, special event will feature performances by Dan Rosen, Elena Kats-Chernin, Nadav Kahn, Old Man River, Glassbreakers, Shai Shriki, Nicky Kurta, Amir Paiss, Bette Medley, Baby et Lulu, Simon Tedeschi and more. Plus special appearances from David Broza, Marcia Hines, Shannon Noll, Emma Pask, George Smilovic, Leo Sayer, Mark Lizotte (Johnny Diesel), Continue reading TO MELBOURNE WITH LOVE : A MUSICAL LOVE LETTER


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


Elena Kats-Chernin
Photo: Bruria-Hammer

A fairy-tale beginning inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale, WILD SWANS IN CONCERT this Saturday will star Elena Kats-Chernin, Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Jane Sheldon.

The breathtaking music of WILD SWANS IN CONCERT is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans. A young girl Eliza is driven from her home by her wicked stepmother who turns her eleven brothers into wild swans.  To break the spell, Eliza must knit eleven coats out of stinging nettles, find the swans and dress them in their jackets – all while keeping silent.

Elena Kats- Chernin found her voice in music at a young age and has been captivating audiences for decades. Even if you don’t know her name, you’re bound to have heard her music, whether on the radio, online, at the Olympics or in the Sydney Opera House.  Recently celebrating her 60th birthday, both stage and auditorium were packed for this much loved performer’s birthday concert. So if you weren’t at the birthday party now is your chance to hear her work.

On Saturday, The Joan proudly presents Kats-Chernin’s breath-taking piano and vocal score in concert format, with two of Australia’s most outstanding pianists – Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Elena Kats-Chernin – playing live on stage, joined by New York based Australian soprano Jane Sheldon, who is described by the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘superb, with a voice of penetrating beauty, precision and variegated colours’.

Elena Kats-Chernin’s haunting and evocative music to Meryl Tankard’s ballet Wild Swans captivated audiences around Australia when it was first performed by The Australian Ballet and broadcast on ABC TV.

This incredible piano score will be played by four hands on one piano with Sheldon’s spectacular soprano voice rising above the music, and will be accompanied by photographic images created and curated by the extraordinary photographer and visual designer Regis Lansac.

Elena Kats-Chernin is one of the most cosmopolitan composers working today and her love of extreme and dramatically vivid music – from joy to thunder; whimsy to roar – takes audiences on a journey of exquisite beauty in Wild Swans.

WILD SWANS IN CONCERT, Saturday 11 November 7.30pm, is a must for all lovers of fine music – finishing The Joan’s 2017 Fine Music series on a high note, in the hands of a musical dream team.

Tickets (Adult $65 Concession $60) available at the Box Office 47237600 or online


Live At Lunch : Russian Rhapsodies – Four Hands and a Flute @ The Concourse

Jane Rutter Flautist at Elydene Gardens, Gordon NSW for ABC CD cover 2014

Above Jane Rutter. Featured photo- Elena Kats-Chernin and Tamara Anna Cislowska.

This concert was latest in the terrific series Live at Lunch, as coordinated by Jane Rutter.

Rutter’s guests this time were renowned pianist Tamara Anna Cislowska and composer Elena Kats-Chernin. Russian classic favourites arranged for four hands and flute were interspersed with works by Kats-Chernin. The majority of the works were played as a four-handed version on the shiny black Steinway gleaming lustrously on the platform as Rutter accompanied on the flute.

Rutter was in white with a red stole , Kats-Chernin wore a black outfit with bronze detail and Cislowska wore a wonderful outfit of black velvet trousers Russian in style and with gold detail and a black top. All three took turns introducing the various works to the audience.

The concert opened with the slinky, fiery Slicked Back Tango by Kats-Chernin, followed by her rippling, delicate, crystalline and sparkling Dance of the Paper Umbrellas. At one point, the piece sounded like raindrops were dancing.

We were then treated to a powerful, sultry and hypnotic version of Ravel’s Bolero with its relentless repeated rhythm. It felt a bit like Rutter was drowned out a little  towards the end with the rather overwhelming piano.

Next piece was a suite of three dances from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, – a sharp, spiky version of The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy,  a slow, languidly flowing and pulsating Arabian dance, and a breathlessly fast tumbling and cascading Russian Dance with Rutter accompanying on piccolo and not the flute.

Next came Kats-Chernin’s shimmering, tumultuous Vocalise that surged, ebbed and flowed like the sea.

Rachmaninov’s piece, however, as played by Cislowska and Rutter, was lyrical, featuring a dialogue between the two instruments with the flute soaring.

Cislowska then talked a little about Lizst’s Hungarian Rhapsody No 6 which apparently has the largest passage of octaves in the classical repertoire, and is renowned for being fiendishly difficult to play. Cislowska gave an exceptional, powerful and passionate performance that culminated in a fiery conclusion.

Kats-Chernin’s Russian Toccatta had a quiet, contemporary sound with its rippling cascades, very fast passages and a breathless finish. Her exquisite Eliza Aria twinkled like stars and was performed with enormous heart.

The Russian Rag, also by Kats-Chernin, followed, with its striking rhythms, and a hint of a Gershwin influence.

The audience reaction was such that an encore was demanded – a very fast exuberant version of Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers, again from The Nutcracker suite. We then had to leave for lunch, and to buy  the new Kats-Chernin CD entitled Butterflying.

The Live At Lunch concert Russian Rhapsodies : Four Hands and The Flute took place at the Concourse  Chatswood on Wednesday 11th May.




TMO principal flautist Svetlana Yaroslavskaya with chief conductor Sarah-Grace Williams
TMO principal flautist Svetlana Yaroslavskaya with chief conductor Sarah-Grace Williams

From chamber music which re-works a Baroque master’s keyboard pieces to a masterful interpretation of a titan amongst the orchestral repertoire, The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) presented yet another inspiring concert in the 2015 Met Concert series.

This concert opened with Elena Kats-Chernin’s innovative musings on JS Bach’s Two Part Inventions for keyboard. The work transforms selected inventions into a chamber music treat for wind soloist and strings. Originally conceived for recorders and strings, this Met Concert version premiered the works performance on piccolo, flute and alto flute by TMO principal Svetlana Yaroslavskaya. Continue reading TMO MET CONCERT #4 @ EUGENE GOOSENS HALL

Between Worlds

Brilliant saxophonist Nick Russoniello
Brilliant saxophonist Nick Russoniello

Heavily attended by a mixed audience of all ages from small children to grandparents this was a sensational concert to launch the new CD of the same title by Nicholas ( Nick) Russoniello .The warm acoustics of the converted church with luminous stained glass windows were splendid and it was a fine performance of virtuoso playing .

Russoniello was supported by the magnificent Acacia Quartet who were in splendid form .It is a rather unusual combination , string quartet and saxophone soloist but it works brilliantly . Continue reading Between Worlds