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AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA : AYRES AND GRACES

Celebrating chamber music from the English and French Baroque, ‘Ayres & Graces’ by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra featured striking images curated by Australian designer Silvana Azzi Heras projected as background on a stage-wide LED screen behind the musicians with a period music program that spans both sides of the English Channel. We travel to the court of the Sun King Louis XIV in France and Charles 11 in London. The concert was curated and directed by Principal Baroque Flute and Recorder Melissa Farrow. (Artistic Director Paul Dyer was in the audience.)

This performance saw both the audience, heavily reduced in number, temperature checked and Covid spaced and the Orchestra also affected – here reduced to Farrow and Mikaela Oberg on flute and recorders, Rafael Font on violin, Marianne Yeomans on viola, Anton Baba on baroque cello and viola da gamba, and Tommie Anderson on theorbo, baroque guitar and archlute – and spread evenly across the stage. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA : AYRES AND GRACES

DIDO AND ANEAS BY THE OTHER THEATRE COMPANY

A thrilling, passionate production by The Other Theatre Company that was exquisite musically and vocally , featuring a splendid cast with a fine performance by all the ensemble and some stunning costumes.

Ably , thoughtfully directed by Euegene Lynch this production of Purcell’s 17th century opera has been updated to now and packs a great emotional punch . It is a somewhat simple staging but extremely effective .The set features a back drop of glittering long swishy black shimmering curtains , which the Orchestra led by Su Choung is hidden behind and as we enter the eye is drawn to the long table at which Dido’s court is having a feast with champagne and nibbles. It should be mentioned that at one point there is strobe lighting used. Continue reading DIDO AND ANEAS BY THE OTHER THEATRE COMPANY