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Arvo Pärt & JS Bach
Estonian Choir
ACO
Sir András Schiff
Gala recital
Sydney Opera House
Sir András Schiff
Gala recital
Hamer Hall
Lixsania Fernandez
viola da gamba
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Rossini - Otello
Melbourne Opera
Athenaeum Theatre
Lorelei
Victorian Opera
Malthouse Theatre
Pelleas and Melisande
Victorian Opera
Palais Theatre
Beethoven
Symphony No. 5
Violin Concerto

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Events, attractions & activities added (or details altered) in the week beginning Monday 1st October 2018:

Pelleas and Melisande

Victorian Opera present Debussy's  Pelleas and Melisande with Samuel Dundas as Golaud,  Angus Wood as Pelleas, David Parkin as Arkel, Siobhan Stagg as Melisande, Liane Keegan as Genevieve, Sophia Wasley as Yniold and Stephen Marsh as Shepherd/Doctor with Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Orchestra conducted by Richard Mills.

Debussy's only opera is a masterwork of tonal colour and sensitive setting of the French language. White Hat strongly recommends going out of your way to see this great work which is rarely performed in Australia.

Sung in French with English surtitles. Running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, plus interval.



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Rossini - Otello

Otello

Melbourne Opera's new production, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Rossini’s death, will be directed by the legendary film and opera director Bruce Beresford (one of White Hat's 200 Significant Australians) conducted by Greg Hocking and Raymond Lawrence and sung in a new English translation by Geoffrey Harris.

Rossini’s Otello is immensely influential in the history of opera as, particularly in the 3rd act (the murder of Desdemona), Rossini breaks new ground in operatic drama and sets the stage for Bellini, Donizetti and early Verdi. The score is packed with exciting ensembles arias and duets featuring duelling tenors.

The work features no less than 6 demanding tenor roles. The cast is led by Stephen Smith in the demanding title role, with popular international soprano Elena Xanthoudakis returning to debut as Desdemona. Other cast members include Henry Choo, Boyd Owen, Jason Wasley, Roger Howell and Michael Dimovski.



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Sir András Schiff Gala Piano Recital

Appearing in Australia for the first time in over 20 years, Musica Viva presents legendary pianist Sir András Schiff in two piano recitals of great beauty - one in Melbourne and one in Sydney.

As always with this artist, Bach is at the heart of everything: his ingenuity and virtuosity, as well as his deep faith and humanity, shine through the music of the famous 19th-century composers who followed in his steps.

  • Mendelssohn Fantasy in F-sharp minor, op 28 
  • Beethoven Piano Sonata no 24 in F-sharp major, op 78
  • Brahms Eight Piano Pieces, op 76 
  • Brahms Seven Fantasias, op 116 
  • J. S. Bach English Suite no 6 in D minor, BWV811

Please note: there is a strict lockout in place for this event. Latecomers will only be allowed into the venue at interval.



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Sir András Schiff Gala Piano Recital

Appearing in Australia for the first time in over 20 years, Musica Viva presents legendary pianist Sir András Schiff in two piano recitals of great beauty - one in Melbourne and one in Sydney.

As always with this artist, Bach is at the heart of everything: his ingenuity and virtuosity, as well as his deep faith and humanity, shine through the music of the famous 19th-century composers who followed in his steps.

  • Schumann Theme and Variations in E-flat major, WoO 24 ‘Ghost Variations’
  • Brahms Three Intermezzi, op 117 
  • Mozart Rondo in A minor, K511
  • Brahms Six Piano Pieces, op 118 
  • J. S. Bach Prelude and Fugue no 24 in B minor, BWV869
  • Brahms Four Piano Pieces, op 119
  • Beethoven Piano Sonata no 26 in E-flat major, op 81a ‘Les Adieux’

Please note: there is a strict lockout in place for this event. Latecomers will only be allowed into the venue at interval.



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Lixsania and the Labyrinth

Lixsania Fernandez

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra with Paul Dyer (Artistic Director), Lixsania Fernandez (Cuba) viola da gamba and  Shaun Lee-Chen baroque violin perform

  • Corelli, A. Scarlatti, Marais Folia pasticcio
  • Locatelli Violin Concerto in D 'Il laberinto armonico', Op. 3 No. 12
  • Vivaldi Concerto for 2 violins & viola da gamba, RV 578
  • Graun Concerto for Viola da Gamba in G Major
  • Vivaldi Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro, RV 169
  • Duchiffre Tango from Concerto for 2 Violas da Gamba

Charismatic Lixsania Fernandez’s energetic viola da gamba leads the Brandenburg in this tantalizing twist on the baroque. Her passionate performances on this iconic baroque instrument bring a vibrant energy to Vivaldi and Graun before detouring for a spirited Tango. Brandenburg's Concertmaster Shaun Lee-Chen performs Locatelli’s infamous Violin Concerto in D, The Harmonic Labyrinth. The immense technical challenge of this work was hinted at by the composer when he inscribed the score with ‘easy to enter, difficult to exit’.

White Hat suggests that if you think of baroque music as being stuffy and boring, this could well be the concert to change your mind.

Sydney - City Recital Hall - 7pm 31st Oct, 2nd, 3rd, 7th & 9th Nov; 2pm 3rd November 2018
Melbourne - Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, 7pm 10th Nov & 5pm 11th November 2018



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Lorelei

Opera meets cabaret in this new show created from a concept by Ali McGregor with music by Julian Langdon, Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff and libretto by Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff.

This show presented by Victorian Opera features Ali McGregor, Dimity Shepherd and Antoinette Halloran as the three Lorelei (or sirens) whose mission is to seduce men onto the rocks of their destruction.

Sung in English, this production contains coarse language and adult themes. Recommended for ages 15+.


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Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio

Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio

Musica Viva present the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio with Nicola Benedetti (violin), Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) and Alexei Grynyuk (piano).

In a break with conventional piano trio ensembles, these busy soloists often include works for accompanied violin and cello in their recitals. White Hat suggests that aficionados of the piano trio repertoire will not be left out and will feel well rewarded by their rendition of the Brahms Piano Trio no 2.

Melbourne Recital Centre, 7pm, 3rd November 2018
Brisbane - Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, 7pm, 7th November 2018
Sydney - City Recital Hall, 2pm, 10th November 2018
Newcastle Conservatorium, 7.30pm, 17th November 2018



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Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio

Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio

Musica Viva present the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio with Nicola Benedetti (violin), Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) and Alexei Grynyuk (piano).

In a break with conventional piano trio ensembles, these busy soloists often include works for accompanied violin and cello in their recitals. White Hat suggests that aficionados of the piano trio repertoire will not be left out and will feel well rewarded by their rendition of the Ravel Piano Trio.

Perth Concert Hall, 7.30pm, 5th November 2018
Sydney - City Recital Hall, 7pm, 12th November 2018
Canberra - Llewellyn Hall, 7pm, 15th November 2018
Adelaide Town Hall, 7.30pm, 19th November 2018
Melbourne Recital Centre, 7pm, 20th November 2018



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Tognetti's Beethoven

Richard Tognetti has been  chosen by White Hat as one of our 100 Important Living Australians. To find out why, we suggest you make your way to this concert.

For this performance of Beethoven's Fifth, the ACO will expand its forces, and also showcase another outstanding signature work, Beethoven’s mighty Violin Concerto. 

It has been some 25 years since Richard Tognetti gave his first performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the ACO back in 1993, and he last performed it with the Orchestra 11 years ago.

7.30pm, Thu 8 November 2018 - Newcastle City Hall
8pm, Sat 10 November 2018 - Canberra, Llewellyn Hall
2.30pm, Sun 11 November 2018 - Melbourne, Arts Centre – Hamer Hall
7.30pm, Mon 12 November 2018 - Melbourne, Arts Centre – Hamer Hall
7.30pm, Tue 13 November 2018 - Adelaide Town Hall
7.30pm, Wed 14 November 2018 - Perth Concert Hall
7pm, Sat 17 November 2018 - Sydney, City Recital Hall
2pm,Sun 18 November 2018 - Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
7pm, Mon 19 November 2018 - Brisbane, QPAC Concert Hall
8pm, Tue 20 November 2018 - Sydney, City Recital Hall
7pm, Wed 21 November 2018 - Sydney, City Recital Hall



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Sonatas for Strings

Australian Chamber Orchestra

The Australian Chamber Orchestra with Richard Tognetti (director and violin) perform:

This program unites a collection of pieces that forego an explanatory narrative in return for a rich vein of timeless beauty.

William Walton’s Sonata for Strings is a seemingly effortless interweaving of parts, while fellow Brit, Sir Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings holds a special place in the heart of the ACO and it remains a favourite for musicians and audiences alike. 

Peter Sculthorpe’s first Sonata for Strings, Ravel’s Two Hebrew Melodies and Debussy’s The Girl with the Flaxen Hair and The Interrupted Serenade complete this offering of music for string orchestra



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Arvo Pärt & JS Bach

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

 The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir with the  Australian Chamber Orchestra (Richard Tognetti director) perform:

White Hat strongly recommends that anyone interested in choral music (or classical music in general) should go out of their way to hear this excellent programme. The world-renowned Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir together with the  Australian Chamber Orchestra alternate the mystical minimalism of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt with the intricate and muscular polyphony of Bach's motets. Combing these two world's is Pärt's Toccata for strings from his Collage on B-A-C-H. The programme is rounded up with an offering form contemporary Estonian composer Galina Grigorjeva and Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe's Djilile, inspired by Indigenous song.

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Sydney – City Recital Hall Saturday 2 February 7pm
Sydney Opera House Sunday 3 February 2pm
Sydney – City Recital Halll Tuesday 5 February 8pm
Sydney – City Recital Hall Wednesday 6 February 7pm
Canberra – Llewellyn Hall Saturday 9 February 8pm
Melbourne – Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday 10 February 2:30pm
Melbourne – Arts Centre Melbourne Monday 11 February 7:30pm
Adelaide Town Hall Tuesday 12 February 7:30pm
Perth Concert Hall Wednesday 13 February 7:30pm



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Beethoven & Prokofiev

Australian Chamber Orchestra

The Australian Chamber Orchestra with Lorenza Borrani (director & violin) perform:

Over the years, White Hat has found that the Australian Chamber Orchestra has consistently brought us some of the most thoughtfully constructed and thought-provoking concerts on the Australian scene. This concert is no exception.

Beethoven's late string quartets strain to break the limitations of their limited forces and gain a useful new perspective when occasionally heard in arrangement for string orchestra. Similarly Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No.1 provides different insights when the piano is replaced by string orchestra. As an interlude between these powerful works, Bulgarian-British composer Dobrinka Tabakova’s Such Different Paths offers a radiant interlude evoking life’s journey.

Fiery and charismatic Italian violinist Lorenza Borrani, who delighted audiences on her last tour here in 2016, returns to lead this program of emotionally rich music.

Newcastle City Hall Thursday 7 March 7:30pm
Canberra – Llewellyn Hall Saturday 9 March 8pm
Brisbane – QPAC Concert Hall Monday 11 March 7pm
Sydney – City Recital Hall Tuesday 12 March 8pm
Sydney – City Recital Hall Wednesday 13 March 7pm
Sydney – City Recital Hall Friday 15 March 1:30pm
Sydney – City Recital Hall Saturday 16 March 7pm
Melbourne – Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday 17 March 2:30pm
Melbourne – Arts Centre Melbourne Monday 18 March 7:30pm
Adelaide Town Hall Tuesday 19 March 7:30pm



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Free Tour of Federation Square
Free Tour of Federation Square. No need to book, just turn up on time at the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags in the Swanston Street Forecourt. ..

Heide Makers' Market

For those who enjoy browsing handcrafted art and design goods in the pleasant surroundings of a wonderful outdoor sculpture park, White Hat can thoroughly recommend the Heide Makers’ Market. It is a collaboration between the Heide Museum of Modern Art and The Rose St. Artists' Market.  Full details at Heide Makers’ Market >>


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