What’s On: July

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Willoughby Symphony Orchestra
Dr Nicholas Milton, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director
Harry Bennetts, Violin
30 July, 7pm
31 July, 2pm
Venue: The Concourse
Tickets: $10-$47
Bookings: (02) 8075 8111 or theconcourse.com.au

The Willoughby Symphony’s fourth concert of the year, DESTINY, will open in an exhilarating eruption of sirens as an expanded percussion section performs Matthew Hindson’s explosive fanfare, Boom Box. Rising star Harry Bennetts will appear as guest soloist in a spectacular rendition of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, under the baton of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton, who has performed the piece countless times as a violinist himself – a musical collaboration not to be missed under any circumstances. The orchestra will then perform one of Tchaikovsky’s most compellingly beautiful symphonic utterances, his heartwrenching Symphony No. 5, a work of the deepest emotive power combining soaring melodies with richly imaginative orchestration.


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Haydn & Mozart
Australian Haydn Ensemble
Erin Helyard, Director and Fortepiano
Daniel Yeadon, Cello
16 July, 7pm
Venue: City Recital Hall
Tickets: $30-$75
Bookings: (02) 8256 2222 or australianhaydn.com.au or purchase at City Recital Hall Box Office
Information: australianhaydn.com.au

One of Australia’s finest keyboard players, expert in historically- informed performance, respected musical director and co-director of Pinchgut Opera, Dr Erin Helyard, leads this jubilant concert of classical masterworks and is soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.14. World-leading exponent in historical cello playing, Daniel Yeadon, joins AHE again as soloist following his brilliant performance of CPE Bach’s A minor Concerto last year. Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major, despite being one of his most performed works for the cello, is rarely heard on period instruments. This will be a treat for audiences to hear this beloved work performed as it might have been in Haydn’s time. Helyard’s “energetic and inspiring leadership” combined with the “precise and elegant playing” of the AHE in two early Haydn symphonies should make for exciting listening.


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Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Final
North Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Steven Hillinger, conductor
24 July, 5pm
Venue: The Concourse Concert Hall
Tickets: $33-$90
Bookings/information: sydneyeisteddfod.com.au/aria 

Eight Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship finalists and the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra promise a night of fine classical music like no other. The concert presents a rare opportunity for audience members to see some of the country’s best up and coming opera singers perform under the same roof. Now in its 83rd year, the Scholarship will carry a prize pool of more than $57,000 for singers under the age of 35. Accompanying the finalist on the night and performing under the baton of Maestro Steven Hillinger, is the NorthSydney Symphony Orchestra. Last year mezzo-soprano Eleanor Greenwood (pictured) said she thought she was dreaming when announced the winner against seven outstanding singers after her performances of Sein Wir Wieder Gut from Richard Strauss’ opera Ariadne auf Naxos and Non Più Mestam from Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Adjudicators Margaret Baker Genovesi, Deborah Humble and Tahu Matheson will have the seemingly impossible task of selecting a winner while Sydney Eisteddfod alumni and previous Scholarship winners Amelia Farrugia and Damian Whiteley will host the event.


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The Simon & Garfunkel Story
19-20 July
Venue: The State Theatre
Tickets: $80-$121
Bookings: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au
Information: http://www.thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com/australiantour-dates

Following a sold-out season on London’s West End and various cities across Europe, Phil Bathols and Tim Woods announce the UK production of The Simon & Garfunkel Story will be touring Australia in July. This acclaimed production tells the fascinating tale of how two young boys from Queens, New York went on to become one of the world’s most successful music duo of all time. Starting from their humble beginnings as 50s rock n’roll duo Tom & Jerry, The Simon & Garfunkel Story takes you through all the songs and stories that shaped them, the dramatic split, their individual solo careers and ending with a stunning recreation of the legendary 1981 Central Park reunion concert. Over the course of their career, Simon & Garfunkel’s music gradually moved from a very basic, folk rock sound to incorporate more experimental elements for the time, including Latin and gospel music.


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Australian Festival of Chamber Music
29 July-6 August
Venue: Townsville, Queensland
Tickets: Packages or individual events available from $10
Bookings: http://www.afcm.com.au/festival/buy-tickets
Information: For full festival program visit www.afcm.com.au/festival/festival-program

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is a friendly, unique and internationally acclaimed event presenting a nine-day program of concerts and special events. Experience the world’s finest chamber musicians performing in various combinations exclusively in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland. In total, 34 outstanding soloists and five acclaimed ensembles will head for the winter sun. This year, the program is headlined by two world-renowned British stars: violin virtuoso Tasmin Little and baritone Roderick Williams. Joining Little and Williams on the festival program are award-winning Chinese pianist Sa Chen, French master of the French Horn Hervé Joulain, Irish pianist and chamber music specialist Finghin Collins, and principal violist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Paul Silverthorne; just to name a few.


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Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II
With the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
George Daugherty, conductor
George Daugherty & David Ka Lik Wong, creators
13 July, 1pm
13 July, 7pm
14 July, 1pm
Venue: Sydney Opera House
Tickets: $49-$109
Bookings: http://www.sydneysymphony.com 

Join the world’s most recognisable rabbit in a 25th Anniversary celebration of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II performed live at the Sydney Opera House by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Emmy Award winner George Daugherty, and created and produced by Daugherty and Emmy Award winning producer David Ka Lik Wong, this event is a spectacular fusion of classical music and timeless Warner Bros. Looney Tunes animations. Classic Bugs Bunny cartoons − including two brand-new 3D Loony Tunes will be projected on-screen in the Concert Hall backing the SSO as they perform the original Carl Stalling scores including Chuck Jones’ inspired What’s Opera, Doc?, Friz Freleng’s Rhapsody Rabbit, and the virtuoso orchestral roller coaster ride, Zoom and Bored. Bugs will be joined on-screen by his popular cohorts, including Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.


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Choir of Trinity College,
Cambridge
Stephen Layton, Director
for Musica Viva
25 July, 7pm
30 July, 2pm
Venue: City Recital Hall
Tickets: $30-$117
Bookings: http://www.cityrecitalhall.com
Information: http://www.musicaviva.com.au

Stephen Layton is one of the leading choral directors of our time. His ‘home’ choir is at Trinity College, Cambridge, where the fresh young voices of male and female undergraduates are carefully auditioned for sought after places in what was recently named one of Gramophone magazine’s 20 Greatest Choirs. For this tour they will perform one of the 20th century’s most beautiful choral works: the 1922 ‘Mass for Unaccompanied Double Choir’ by Frank Martin. The composer regarded it as an intensely personal spiritual expression – it took 40 years for him to allow it to be heard – and it has never left the spotlight since. Surrounding Martin’s masterpiece is a rich cache of smaller pieces. Of special note are two new works: one by the choir ’s Organ Scholar, Owain Park; and another by Australian Joe Twist, commissioned especially for this tour. See page 2-3 for interview with Stephen Layton.


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Blazing Baroque
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Paul Dyer, Artistic Director and Conductor
Shaun Lee-Chen, 2016 Concertmaster
27, 29 July, 7pm
3, 5 August, 7pm
6 August, 2pm and 7pm
Venue: City Recital Hall
Tickets: $32-$173
Bookings: http://www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/blazing-baroque 

Paul Dyer says: “Sometimes ABO audiences just want the Brandenburg. They are devoted to the players and they love pure baroque music with a passion. This is the perfect program for our loyal and cherished fans”. Their unique flair, dynamic playing, and exciting and challenging exploration of period music really make our musicians modern baroque stars. They sweep onto the stage with a vibrant energy, instantly engaging the audience with an intimacy as if they were in the salon in a great house of the 18th century – a wonderful opportunity to hear stunning baroque concertos and rare combinations of instruments. Modern and edgy in their time, Telemann, Vivaldi, Conti and Fasch produced the most sensational instrumental music. This concert is a celebration of everything the Brandenburg – one of the world’s finest period instrument orchestras – does so well.


This article appeared in the July edition of Fine Music Magazine – you can subscribe to our monthly magazine and have it posted to your home or business or click the link here to read online.

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