Music Event Calendar
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Wesley Music Centre

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Wesley Music Foundation

*Saturday 29 April 4pm "Barbershop meets Gospel" Under the musical direction of Daniel Bennett, and the combined talents of the Canberra Chordsmen & Strange Weather Gospel Choir, the best of barbershop a cappella harmony and the stirring sounds of gospel music will come together for one show only! Tickets available from www.trybooking.com/PCNO   or at the door. *A$25, Youth (10-17) $12, child U/10: FREE. Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. * FoWM discount applies. Ask for promo code.

Sunday 30 April 5pm "CYO Concerto Competition Finalists". Six finalists from the CYO will perform the 1st movement from their chosen concerto. The winner will then perform their entire concerto with CYO on Saturday 26 August. Tickets: A $15, Concession, f/t student $10  & Youth 16 years & under, and current CYO players, Free.

Wednesday 3 May 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live” is delighted to welcome the return of the superb young guitarist Andrew Blanch, performing works from Venezuela, Paraguay (Mangoré), Australia (Ross Edwards) and Spain (Tárrega). Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

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 Wednesday 10 May 12.40pm “Lunchtime Live”. Minor Pleasures - Sarahlouise Owens, soprano with Ariana Odermatt, harpsichord performing songs & sonatas from works by Cavalli, Rameau, Couperin, Gretry & Vivaldi. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

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Wednesday 17 May 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Jonathan Lee in Recital The amazing young pianist Jonathan Lee in a recital of piano works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms & Claude Debussy. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

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*Saturday 20 May 7pm Rumsey and Friends- New Directions. Sydney-based pianist Andrew Rumsey returns to Canberra with a collection of esteemed colleagues for an evening of unforgettable music. Joining him will be Mia Stanton (violin), James Larsen (cello), Tom Azoury (clarinet), Laura van Rijn (flute)& Matt Withers (guitar).Pieces will include works by Rachmaninov, Debussy, Williams, Kovacs, Piazzolla, Edwards, Clarke and more. This concert will also include the WORLD PREMIERE of Michael Dooley's Piano Concerto No.1. This concert will be Rumsey's final engagement in the ACT before he begins his tour of the USA, starting with an appearance at Carnegie Hall on the 3rd of June, 2017. Tickets: *A $30; *C $25; F/t student $15; child U/12 free.*FoWM discount applies. www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rumsey-friends-new-directions-tickets-33241354787  www.gofundme.com/andrew-performs-at-carnegie-hall

Sunday 21 May 3pm Art Song Season of Song Concert 3: The Voice of Heroic Love Louise Page soprano, Phillipa Candy piano & Rachel Best Allen clarinet. “The clarinet can express most poetic ideas or sentiments but really it’s the voice of heroic love” – Hector Berlioz. This recital will feature a selection of rich and passionate songs for the wonderful combination of clarinet, voice and piano by composers such as Chausson, Mahler and John McCabe, including Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock”. Admission to the concert includes a complimentary program and light refreshments. A $35; snr/pnsr, Friends of ArtSound FM, FoWM & Musica Viva subscriber $30; Art Song Canberra member $25; f/t student $15. www.artsongcanberra.org

Sunday 21 May 2pm Wesley Scholars Autumn Concert. Talented Wesley Scholars present beautiful music for voice, cello, violin, piano and organ.  Tickets at the door. A $25; C $20 f/t student 10, child U12 free. www.wesleycanberra.org.au/index.php/scholarships Donations gratefully accepted.

*Sunday 28 May 3pm The Sydney Consort,Concert 2:   1+2+3+4   (Bach’s Concerti) Following a widespread interest in last year’s multi-harpsichord performance, the ensemble will present Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerti for 1, 2, 3 and for 4 harpsichords. The Sydney Consort welcomes back international keyboard virtuoso, Dr Michael Tsalka, who as part of this program will also perform Bach’s masterful concerto for a single harpsichord. Please Join Us For An Evening With This Magnificent And Rarely Performed Music! Tickets at www.trybooking.com/OOKH or at the door 30 minutes before the concert. *FoWM discount applies. Wesley Uniting Church. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday 15 June 7pm "Duo Blockstix". To celebrate the release of their debut album, Duo Blockstix will be performing works for recorder and percussion by Australian composers, including works by Mark Oliveiro, Paul Cutlan, Daniel Rojas, Tim Hansen and Peter McNamara. Tickets www.trybooking.com/PBUN or at the door. A$40; C$30; f/t student $25, child $20, family (2 Adults, 2 children) $100.

Sunday 18 June 3pm.This collaboration from two of Australia’s finest classical musicians, Slava & Sharon Grigoryan, combines their formidable talents to present a concert for guitar and cello with works by Vivaldi, Granados, Piazzolla and more. Tickets at https://www.trybooking.com/PURG    A $40; C $35; f/time student $20. Venue: Wesley Uniting Church

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Friday 23 June 7pm The Song Company: Forward and Bach - Martin Luther’s Legacy ...With guest artistsDaniel Yeadon (cello); Neal Peres Da Costa (organ); Tobias Cole (Countertenor); Richard Butler (tenor). Tickets: Book at www.songcompany.com.au  A$65; C$60; U/30yo $40.

*Friday 30 June 7pm "Bach to the Bush", Anthony Albrecht (Juilliard M.M.) baroque cello, performing a selection of J.S. Bach's Suites for Solo Cello and other early repertoire. "Fluent and virtuosic..." The Sydney Morning Herald, 2016. Tickets available online at https://anthonyalbrecht.yapsody.com/event/index/63456 or at the door. *A$30, *C$25; f/t student $10; child U/12: free.*FoWM discount applies to these prices. Enquiries: www.anthonyalbrecht.com http://www.anthonyalbrecht.com/cv

 

Saturday 8 July 3.30pm “Marcela Fiorillo Students - Piano Recital” J.Chia, J. Zheng, D. Hongoc, N. Wang, M. Nguyen, A. Wang, Crony Zhou,J. Chia, E. Wang, F. Bian, L. Nguyen, I. Bian, D. Nguyen, I. Stening, A. Choy, S. Kan, D. Douglas-Smith, B. Cummins, C. Thompson and N. Wang, performing works by J.S.Bach, WA Mozart, L.V.Beethoven, F. Chopin, F. Mendelssohn, J. Brahms, P.I.Tchaikowsky, D. Kabalevsky, M. Ravel, A. Scriabin, S. Prokofiev and C. Guastavino. Free entrance

Wednesday 12 July 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Eloise Fisher: a recital of unaccompanied music for clarinet highlighting a world premiere performance of "A Day in the Life" by American composer Bretton Brown.  Other composers include J.S. Bach, Bela Kovacs, and Serban Nichifor.Entry $5 or donation.  Refreshments $2

Sunday 23 July 3pm Art Song Season of Song Concert 4: In an Elemental Mood. Sonia Anfiloff soprano, Ben Connor baritone & Alan Hicks piano. Songs by Barber, Wolf, Fauré, and Tchaikovsky which are linked by the poetic imagery of the four natural elements Earth, Fire, Air and Water. The “fire of desire” and “Love’s ardent gale that blows to your beloved’s door” are depicted in beautiful settings by these composers. “Elemental” becomes “Sentimental” as we are taken to the 1930s with classics by Porter, Romberg, Herb Brown, Weill and Novello bringing nostalgia and scandal to the elemental theme. Admission to the concert includes a complimentary program and light refreshments. A $35; snr/pnsr, Friends of ArtSound FM, FoWM & Musica Viva subscriber $30; Art Song Canberra member $25; f/t student $15. www.artsongcanberra.org

Sunday 3 September 3pm Art Song Season of Song Concert 5: Songs Jessye’s Sung Julia Wee soprano & Lucus Allerton piano. Inspired by the great American soprano Jessye Norman, Julia will sing from Ms Norman’s repertoire, including African-American spirituals, Mahler and Strauss. The program is informed by Ms Norman’s 2014 autobiography ‘Stand Up Straight and Sing!’ and touches on the themes of personal journeys, freedom and liberty. Admission to the concert includes a complimentary program and light refreshments. A $35; snr/pnsr, Friends of ArtSound FM, FoWM & Musica Viva subscriber $30; Art Song Canberra member $25; f/t student $15. www.artsongcanberra.org

Saturday 9 September 2pm Masterclass for Performers of Art Song. Yvonne Kenny, patron of Art Song Canberra, will give a masterclass for singers and accompanists. Audience will be very welcome. More details will be announced nearer the date. The masterclass is kindly and generously sponsored by the Wesley Music Foundation.

*Sunday 1 October 3pm The Sydney Consort, Concert 3: The Telemann Project Some works of the baroque’s most notable composer, Georg Philipp Telemann are very much neglected still today.  Tonight, the ensemble performs Telemann’s works from 1734, which appear to have never enjoyed a modern edition, including works from his collection of six concertos for harpsichord, obbligato and flute, as well as Trio Suites and Sonatinas for violin and continuo.  In this concert, recorder virtuoso, Hans-Dieter, will show how such a little instrument can make a big statement.  PLEASE COME AND CELEBRATE TELEMANN’S WORKS IN THE COMPOSER’S 250 ANNIVERSARY YEAR OF HIS DEATH! Tickets at www.trybooking.com/OOLA or at the door 30 minutes before the concert. *FoWM discount applies. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday 15 October 3pm Art Song Season of Song Concert 6: Night Songs. Jill Sullivan mezzo-soprano, Robert Harris viola & Alan Hicks piano. From the very earliest times, humans have looked up and gazed in wonder and awe at the night sky. This program explores the beauty and mystery of ‘Night’, its associations with sleep, rest, dreams, the world of magic and its symbolism of the world beyond. The differing attitudes to ‘Night’ across the musical ages are explored in this program of songs that spans the late eighteenth to early twentieth centuries. The audience is invited to join in the sleep of night and is then taken on a journey that begins in the early romantic Viennese world of Schubert and Brahms. As Vienna approaches the fin de siècle, the excesses of its late musical flowering contrast with the intimacy of the songs of Hugo Wolf. And so to Paris with the music of Camille Saint-Saens, Caesar Franck and Reynaldo Hahn where the audience is transported into a sound-world that depicts the sensual beauty of ‘Night’. The journey concludes in Rome in the early twentieth century with songs that derive much of their beauty from Ottorino Respighi’s admiration of composers from earlier eras. Admission to the concert includes a complimentary program and light refreshments. A $35; snr/pnsr, Friends of ArtSound FM, FoWM & Musica Viva subscriber $30; Art Song Canberra member $25; f/t student $15. www.artsongcanberra.org

*Sunday 12 November 3pm Sydney Consort, Concert 4: Baroque Cuisine The last concert of 2017 features a selection of baroque masterpieces. The Sydney Consort welcomes back international baritone virtuoso, David Greco for this special performance. Love, desire and humour will be on show in these baroque compositions full of extraordinary musical vitality. GET READY FOR A SHOWCASE OF BAROQUE MUSICAL POETRY BY EUROPEAN MASTERS! Tickets at www.trybooking.com/OOLIor at the door 30 minutes before the concert. *FoWM discount applies. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday 26 November Art Song Season of Song Concert 7: Why did They Shut Me Out of Heaven? Susan Ellis soprano & Dianna Nixon piano. In the nineteenth century Mary Gilmore and Emily Dickinson, two strangers from distant lands, fight to have their voices heard. Women who dreamt of creating an idyllic land, who championed for the underdog, who refused to allow themselves to fall into step with conventional piety. Women who used the power of word and song to invoke change. Admission to the concert includes a complimentary program and light refreshments. A $35; snr/pnsr, Friends of ArtSound FM, FoWM & Musica Viva subscriber $30; Art Song Canberra member $25; f/t student $15. www.artsongcanberra.org

Saturday 9 December 7pm The Song Company: Lully Lulla – Rocking The Cradle Of History...The Pageant Of The Shearmen & Tailors ...it’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. A program set within the narrative framework of mediaeval English verse, with seasonal music old and new that touches both on the joy of a young mother giving birth to the King of the Ages, and on the hard-hitting realities of exile, refugee status, and the ‘slaughter of the innocents’.  The ‘Coventry Carol’ Lully, lulla is one of three songs (transcribed, arranged, or composed by Thomas Mawdycke in 1591) from the Shearmen and Tailors’ Pageant and is justly famous for its chillingly evocative tale of Herod’s rage.  Woven into The Song Company’s telling of the story are new Australian and English carols, as well as a Gloria in excelsis from the first part of the 15th century with upbeat syncopations and happy harmonies that could have been written yesterday. Program includes Australian folksong coll. Sally Sloane (arr.)  Christ was born in Bethlehem  Anonymous (15th century) Alleluya – a nywe werke Basque carol (arr.) The Angel Gabriel William Byrd (arr.) A Carowle for Christmas Day (An Earthly Tree A Heavenly Fruit)William Byrd This day Christ was born Anna Fraser: soprano. Tickets: Book at www.songcompany.com.au  A$65; C$60; U/30yo $40. Wesley Uniting Church

Sunday 10 December 2.30pm "Chamber Music Festival" Enjoy an afternoon of beautiful chamber music performed by pianists from ACT Suzuki Piano & string players from Canberra Symphony Orchestra & Limestone Consort. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/chamber-music-festival-tickets-31576952515 or at the door. A$20, child U/12: free. Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.