What’s On: September

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Genevieve Lacey and James Crabb Bellingen Music Festival
24 September, 7.30pm
Venue: Bellingen Memorial Hall Tickets: $15-$35
Information: http://www.bellingenmusicfestival.com.au/

Genevieve Lacey (recorder) and James Crabb (classical accordion) are two internationally acclaimed soloists with a passion for chamber music and imaginative collaboration. Recorder and classical accordion are perhaps an unlikely pairing, but in the hands of these two musicians it becomes a magical one. Their CD – Heard This and Thought of You – presents music written across half a millennium and two hemispheres. A number of Australian writers were sent an early edit of the album, and invited to re ect on the music with a letter to anyone – real or imagined – using the idea ‘heard this and thought of you’. The response was overwhelming, the music inspiring contributions from cartoonist Michael Leunig, journalist Jana Wendt, poet Luke Davies, theatre director and author Scott Rankin, and novelists Helen Garner and Chloe Hooper.

Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 2.26.34 PM.pngMusica Viva presents The Jerusalem Quartet
Alexander Pavlovsky, violin
Sergei Bresler, violin
Ori Kam, viola
Kyril Zlotnikov, cello
19 September, 7pm
24 September, 2pm
Venue: City Recital Hall
Tickets: $30-$109
Bookings: musicaviva.com.au/Jerusalem or 1800 688 482

The internationally acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet returns to Australia this September to perform two glowing programs of classical masterworks at the City Recital Hall in Sydney. With three members of the quartet having played together since their youth, there is a confidence and ease on stage which allows them to capture the depth and beauty of great classic works by Beethoven, Haydn and Dvořák. For this tour they have chosen exquisite pieces highlighting their musical authority. Program one perfectly pairs Beethoven Op 18 No 6, perhaps the most ‘Haydnish’ of his quartets, with Dvorák’s Quartet No 13, tinged with Bohemian tunefulness. Program two is full of equal delights; opening with Haydn’s well-loved ‘Lark’ Quartet, and closes with the 1st of Beethoven’s ‘Razumovsky’ Quartets. At the heart of each program lies Ross Edwards’ String Quartet No 3, Summer Dances.

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Australia Ensemble @UNSW
10 September, 8pm
Venue: Sir John Clancy Auditorium Tickets: $30-$50
Bookings: 02 9385 4874 or Australia.ensemble@unsw.edu.au Information: http://www.ae.unsw.edu.au

We may well have titled this E=MC2! The mysteries of light, time and gravity (as principles of physics and the secrets of the universe) are fascinating to scientists and artists alike. Such enigmatic themes act as a starting point, with Australian composer Matthew Hindson’s septet Light is both a particle and a wave written especially for the Australia Ensemble in 2010. Also indulging in the warmth and richness of light are Samuel Barber’s Summer Music for Wind Quintet and three movements from Ravel’s exquisite solo piano work, Miroirs, in which we hear the oating sounds of bells across a village square. Messiaen’s profound Quatour pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) written while interned in a Nazi prison camp is an ecstatic religious expression of the end of all things, inspired by the Book of Revelation. With a pre-concert talk from composer Matthew Hindson at 7pm.

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The Concord of Strangers
The Song Company
9 September, 7.30pm
10 September, 3pm
Venue: Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House Tickets: $20-$65
Bookings: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/ whatson

In 1616, the same year that Shakespeare died, Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog in his ship Eendracht (the Concord) landed off the coast of Shark Bay and became the 1st European to leave a record of his visit to the Australian continent. Hartog met no Indigenous Australians, and the only direct imprint of his visit was a pewter plate left as a record, rather like the golden discs sent out of the solar system with the Voyager spacecraft. Terra Australis Incognita (the Unknown South Land) was replaced on maps by a major landmass called Landt van de Eendracht (the Land of the Eendracht). Just as the spelling of Hart’s name varied, so did early European attempts to write down Indigenous names. The Song Company embarks on a vocal voyage contrasting Renaissance music from Hartog’s musical DNA in the Low Countries with a soundscape of contemporary Australia, including motets from Sweelinck’s Cantiones Sacrae of 1619 and new works from our 2016 Call for Scores.

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Huntington Estate Music
Carl Vine, artistic director
Opening Weekend: 19-20
Full Festival: 23-27 November
Venue: Huntington Estate,
Mudgee NSW
Tickets: Packages vary
Bookings: http://www.huntingtonestate.com.au or 1800 995 931 Information: info@huntingtonestate.com.au

The Huntington Estate Music Festival is held each year in the Barrel Room of the winery in Mudgee, an annual celebration of great music with a unique and warm atmosphere. Artistic Director Carl Vine devises the musical content and, in keeping with the long and distinguished history of the Festival, each year features a stunning collection of prominent international artists and outstanding brilliant young artists alongside Australia’s nest musicians in stimulating programs that run the full gamut of the chamber music experience. All concerts include generous interval refreshments and are followed by gourmet meals and a selection of the best Huntington wines. Evening concerts are  preceded by a choice of aperitifs, with the full wine service continuing through the concert interval and afterwards. The 27th Huntington Estate Music Festival celebrates everything audiences have come to love about this event: an exclusive and exciting mix of artists from around the world and across Australia, performing favourite pieces and delicious new discoveries, all paired with glorious food and wine and a beautiful country estate.

Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 2.34.30 PM.pngORCHESTRAL MAGIC: Willoughby Symphony

Paul Fitzsimmon Som Howie
Sarah Kemeny
17 September, 7pm
18 September, 2pm
Venue: The Concourse, Chatswood
Tickets $10.50-$47 Bookings: 8075 8111 or theconcourse.com.au Information: http://theconcourse.com.au/ magic

Exotic rhythms and brooding intensity will rouse your passion and ignite your soul in this Spanish-themed concert program. Under the baton of outstanding Australian conductor, Paul Fitzsimon, the elegant Clarinet Concerto No. 1 by Carl Maria von Weber will receive a breath-taking performance by Australian clarinettist Som Howie, who returns from a sterling London career with the Southbank Sinfonia to perform as guest soloist. The Orchestra will also perform Matthew Hindson’s Bright Red Overture, followed by the impossibly colourful Capriccio Espagnol by Russian master, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert will conclude with the brooding and enigmatic Love, the Magician (El Amor Brujo) by Manuel de Falla, a beautiful work that effortlessly combines tender subtlety with glowing re, all avoured with the warmth of mezzo-soprano Sarah Kemeny’s glorious voice. The concert will also feature the world premiere of the winning composition from the2016 Willoughby Symphony/Fine Music 102.5 Young Composers Award.

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Elgar’s Cello Concerto Omega Ensemble with guest artist Teije Hylkema | 5 September 7:30pm | Venue: City Recital Hall | Tickets: $29-$94 | Bookings: cityrecitalhall. com or 8256 2222 | Information: omegaensemble.com.au

In 1919, in the aftermath of the Great War and as Elgar’s health began to fail, the composer poured his feelings into this haunting lament for a lost world. Poignant and restrained, the Cello Concerto is interpreted with maturity by Dutch cellist Teije Hylkema. The Concerto is set against the assured sophistication of fellow Englishman Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonietta, a work that belies the age of its creator – for Britten was just 18 when it was composed. Mozart’s Fantasia in F minor showcases Omega Ensemble’s musical precision, while contemporary works by French composer Guillaume Connesson and Australia’s own Mark Grandison are delivered with characteristic air.

Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 2.36.44 PM.pngThis article appeared in the September edition of Fine Music Magazine – you can subscribe to our monthly magazineand have it posted to your home or business or click the link here to read online.


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