Music Event Calendar

Wesley Music Centre

22 National Circuit, Forrest ACT 2603

“Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts” 5 October 12.40-1.20pm. Bach and Beethoven. Charles Huang, piano. Wesley Music Centre presents the extraordinary young pianist Charles Huang in his sixth recital in the Lunchtime series. Charles will perform Bach's English Suite No. 2 in A minor, a consummate example of Baroque virtuosity, sophistication, and elegance, followed by a pair of sonatas by Beethoven, the intimate Op. 49 No. 1 in G minor and the exquisite, sunny, and humorous Op. 14 No. 2 in G Major. Entry $15 (includes program & refreshments). Additional donations welcome. BOOK HERE or ph. 6232 7248

“Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts” 12 October 12.40-1.20pm. Music in their Veins – The Spina & Benignetti Piano Duo. Wesley Lunchtime concert series is delighted and honoured to celebrate the return (after three years) of the acclaimed Italian piano duo Eleonora Spina & Michele Benignetti, who will perform works by Schubert (Fantasia in F minor D940), Franck (Prelude, Fugue and Variation op. 18 transcribed for piano four hands by Abel Marie Decaux) and Poulenc (Sonate for piano four hands). Entry $15 (includes program & refreshments). Additional donations welcome.  BOOK HERE or ph. 6232 7248

Sunday 16 October 3pm  – “THE TIME OF ROSES” – Jill Sullivan (mezzo-soprano) & Donna Balson (piano). “The Time of Roses" explores the flowering of the Romantic Lied, through the imagery of the rose in song. From a first budding in Beethoven’s “Adelaide” to the full bloom of Brahms to its autumn flowering in works by Richard Strauss and Jean Sibelius, the rose weaves through this program in romantic notions of loss, passion, dedication and devotion. Tickets: Admission including program:  *A $40; *C incl. FoWM $35; *Art Song Canberra members $30; f/t student $20.   Enq. 0434 813 354

“Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts” 19 October 12.40-1.20pm. “Two Dreams of Peace in Time of War” pianist Robert Schmidli, in his second Lunchtime concert for 2022. His exciting and challenging program features the first three of Bortkiewicz’s Fantasiestϋcke Op. 61 followed by Prokofiev’s Sonata no 8 in B flat Major Op. 84. Entry $15 (includes program & refreshments). Additional donations welcome. BOOK HERE or ph. 6232 7248

*Sunday 23 October 6.30pm. Schubert and Ravel – The Spina and Benignetti Piano Duo Concert. The Wesley Music Centre is delighted to present a second concert in the Australian tour of the acclaimed Italian piano duo, Eleonora Spina & Michele Benignetti. This concert consists of Schubert’s Piano Quintet D667 (“Die Forelle”), transcribed for piano four hands by Hugo Ulrich and Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales and La Valse (both transcribed for piano four hands by Lucien Garban). Book: *A$40; *C$35; Full time student $20; Child U/12 free. *FoWM discount on these tickets.

*Sunday 23 October 3pm Canberra Strings present Mendelssohn’s Octet. Written as a gift for his music teacher when Mendelssohn was just 16, the octet has deservedly become a firm favourite in the chamber music repertoire. Mendelssohn’s captivating melodic writing and skilful interweaving of the eight instrumental voices has delighted audiences since its premiere in 1836. *A$35; *C $25; child U12 $20 * FoWM discount applies. BOOK

“Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts” 26 October 12.40-1.20pm. The Irrepressible Life Force.  The Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Concert series is delighted to present a second recital for this year by one of the most gifted and talented performers in our series, pianist Stuart Long. Stuart will continue the exploration of Russian piano music that Robert Schmidli has begun the previous week, offering a second powerful and evocative work by Prokofiev, his “Stalingrad” Piano Sonata, together with a number of exquisite Scriabin miniatures. Entry $15 (includes program & refreshments). Additional donations welcome. BOOK HERE or ph. 6232 7248

Sunday 30 October 3pm Duncan n. Sargeant and friends: "Three Guitars, No Vocals" This recital brings together 3 formidable guitarists, performing individually in different genres. Duncan n. Sargeant - contemporary acoustic guitar; Sam Roberts - classical guitar; Trilce (Rey Castro on guitar & Ginette Carrard on flute) - music from Latin America. We are raising money for the ACT Mental Health Foundation. This will prove to be a rare and fantastic event. Don’t miss it! Tickets: A$20; C$15; f/t student $15; Child U/12: $10. BOOK HERE

Friday 11 November Agnikana’s Group – an all-female vocal and instrumental ensemble from the Czech Republic – perform songs and music for meditation by Sri Chinmoy. Free admission. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Sunday 20 November 3pm “Primavera!”.   Sarah Mann (soprano) & Ella Luhtasaari (piano) with Milan Kolundzija (clarinet). Sarah & Ella will perform a sumptuous range of life-celebrating songs at this spring concert.  Among sets of Ravel, Strauss and Granados, they'll sing Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock and Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, joined by Canberra clarinettist Milan Kolundzija. Stay tuned! BOOK HERE Admission including program:  *A $40; *C incl. FoWM $35; *Art Song Canberra members $30; f/t student $20. Enq. 0434 813 354  

Saturday 26 November 4pm “Marcela Fiorillo Studio Piano Recital” Performers: Emily Xue, Janelle Chia, Lumina Lin, Anh Bao Pham, Ryan Huang, Justin Chan, Sanara Hannedege, Johanna Chia, Tarinya Hannedege, Emily Wang, Ingrid Stening, Aaron Choy, Emma Zhang, Evan Zhang,  Andrew Jee, Michael Anthrak, Matthew Crafter, performing J.S.Bach,  W.A. Mozart, J. Haydn, L.V.Beethoven, F. Chopin, S. Heller, F. Mendelssohn, D. Kabalevsky, C. Debussy, M. Ravel and others. FREE entrance.  BOOKINGS & INFORMATION Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday 4 December 3pm Phoenix Collective – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons A perennial favourite, Vivaldi’s classic work is performed in its entirety by soloist Dan Russell and PCQ. From the icy winds of winter to the tempestuous summer storms, these works carry the listener on a journey full of extremes. Informed by the poems that originally inspired Vivaldi’s composition, PCQ’s performance is full of character, nuance and expression. All tickets $44 @ BOOKINGS &FURTHER INFO

Friday 17 MARCH 7pm "Traversing the Void" a new chamber oratorio by Icelandic composer Hildigunnur Runarsdottir & librettist Josephine Truman, performed by the Kanimbla Quartet (+2) and visiting award-winning soprano Hallveig Runarsdottir. "Blue Mountains Suite” in three movements. 1. Mountains Ablaze. 2. Lament for the Joeys.3. Rain on a Tin Roof by Rebecca Daniels (Director and First Violin of Kanmbla Quartet.) SCUNA will perform Performance of three choral pieces - 'Gluna', 'Psalm 150' and 'Vorlauf' by Hildigunnur Runarsdottir, ‘Gloria’ by Penelope Thwaites (from Missa Brevis) and ‘Requiem, by Eliza Gilkyson. A $35; C$30; f/t student $15; U/12 free. BOOK HERE