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AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA : ‘MOUNTAIN’ @ THE CITY RECITAL HALL

This event, a collaboration between the ACO and Jennifer Peeedom , will leave you overawed and breathless at the savage beauty of nature and music. It is in a similar vein to the ACO’s 2012 multimedia project The Reef it is full of stunning visuals (the film is directed by Peeedom with Renan Ozturk as principal photographer) and also features bravura playing by the ACO in dazzling form as led by Tognetti, who has some dramatic , shimmering and fiery solos.

The work is an epic exploration of the often fraught relationship between humans and mountains which really began with the Romantics. The film is narrated by Willem Dafoe, with text written by Robert Macfarlane – whose book Mountains of the Mind inspired Peedom’s approach to this project.

The film itself is a poetic rumination on humans’ relationship with mountains and explores the nature of our modern fascination with mountains – WHY are we so captivated by them? but there is little detail conveyed in the narration – Although some of the issues explored in Peedom’s 2014 film Sherpa are briefly mentioned – instead , Dafoe asserts broad ideas for which the film provides breathtaking images. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA : ‘MOUNTAIN’ @ THE CITY RECITAL HALL

RICHARD TOGNETTI AND POLINA LESCHENKO IN RECITAL @ CITY RECITAL HALL

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Above: Richard Tognetti played  Sculthorpe’s Irkanda I for solo violin. Featured image: Pianist Polina Leschenko and Richard Tognetti

This recital was a commanding display of musicianship and instrumental skill. Works from the early to late Romantic period contrasted with compositions from the second half of the twentieth century.

At all times the expressive power of instrumental music was celebrated in the four programmed works. Vivid scenes were created in solo or ensemble moments with impressive technical prowess to the fore. A sensitive blend was present in all communication. Continue reading RICHARD TOGNETTI AND POLINA LESCHENKO IN RECITAL @ CITY RECITAL HALL

KURANGAI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONCERT TO HONOUR THE ANZAC SPIRIT

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On Saturday, November 14th, a truly unique Remembrance Day concert will commemorate the ANZAC spirit with a piece of work called ‘Remembrance Odyssey’ that has been created by Brendan Collins and Justin Fleming  as well as a programme of music used in films about war.

The concert is being presented by the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO) – https://www.kpo.org.auSet up in 1971, this beautiful orchestra boasts 150 musicians from all walks of life and all ages, brought together through their love of musicContinue reading KURANGAI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONCERT TO HONOUR THE ANZAC SPIRIT

Acacia Quartet: Love Notes @ Australian Hall

The lovely and historic Australian Hall provided a fine and understated location for the Acacia Quartet’s presentation of LOVE NOTES, a program of works for string quartet under the loose umbrella of love in its many guises. It follows their ongoing quest for versatile and innovative presentations of classical string quartet music in a new, unusual and challenging format.

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