Good Reading : July 2011
GOLDNER STRING QUARTET & PIANIST IAN MUNRO Encounter piano quintets like you have never heard before when five dynamic Australian musicians unite. The Goldner String Quartet is renowned internationally, having appeared regularly at London's Wigmore Hall. In 2009 BBC Music Magazine judged their recording of Ernest Bloch 'one of the year's top three releases' and the International Society for Contemporary Music refers to them as 'Australia's greatest string quartet'. They have toured extensively to the USA, Korea, Finland, France, Italy, New Zealand and across Australia. On this tour they will be performing Beethoven, Dvoˇrák, Brahms, Szymanowski and the World Premiere of a Piano Quintet by Ian Munro himself. SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIRS -- A NIGHT OF FRENCH MUSIC Sydney Philharmonia Choirs presents a night of sublime French music to delight your ears. The reflective quality of the Fauré Requiem will be exquisitely contrasted with the opulence of de Lalande's De profundis clamavi. Fauré's Requiem captivates listeners with its purity, simplicity and ethereal elegance. Evoking all the power and elegance of long-ago Versailles, Sydney Philharmonia's Chamber Singers and Orchestra will eloquently capture de Lalande's gifts for melody, harmony and nobility of expression. DATES: 22 August -- 8 September TOURING TO: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Newcastle TICKETS: from $31 BOOKINGS: www.musicaviva.com.au/goldner or call 1800 688 482 DATES: Friday 22 July 7pm and Saturday 23 July 7pm VENUE: City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney TICKETS $30 - $80 BOOKINGS: 02 9251 3115, 02 8256 2222 or www.sydneyphilharmonia.com.au or www.cityrecitalhall.com What's on this month gr event guide gr promotion FLORIADE 2011 Indulge yourself in 2011 as Floriade transforms Commonwealth Park into a melting pot of delectable experiences set among a million blooms, from 17 September to 16 October 2011. Take in Australia's celebration of spring as the aromas waft from the garden beds and beyond. This year's theme, Floriade -- A feast for the senses, will set the scene for sizzling entertainment, horticultural delights and a smorgasbord of activities for the whole family. As the sun goes down, Floriade NightFest invites you to the table for five enchanting evenings of spectacular lighting, movies under the stars and non-stop entertainment. SYDNEY SYMPHONY -- PROKOFIEV'S ROMEO & JULIET Young American talent James Gaffigan conducts his own selections from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Sibelius's thrilling violin concerto is played by Sergey Khachatryan,the youngest winner of the Jean Sibelius Competition. SYDNEY SYMPHONY -- ROMANTIC RHAPSODY Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Brahms: Every piece a winner in an inspiring program of Romantic masterpieces! DATES: 17 September 2011 -- 16 October 2011 VENUE: Commonwealth Park, Canberra WEBSITE: www.floriadeaustralia.com DATES: Thu 14 July 1.30pm, Fri 15 July 8pm, Sat 16 July 2pm VENUE: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House TICKETS: from $35* (booking fee of $7-$8.95 may apply) BOOKINGS: sydneysymphony.com or call 02 8215 4600 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm DATES: Wed 27 July 8pm, Fri 29 July 8pm, Sat 30 July 8pm VENUE: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House TICKETS: from $35* (booking fee of $7-$8.95 may apply) BOOKINGS: sydneysymphony.com or call 02 8215 4600 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm SELBY & FRIENDS Selby & Friends presents Australia's acclaimed piano trio, TRIOZ, in an engaging and variety-filled program of great piano trios, large and small! From Beethoven's charming Without Opus we move to our own Nigel Westlake's iconic trio which began its popular life as Urban Myths and has since moved on to an exalted place in the repertoire. Lalo's melodious and passionate trio is followed by the great Brahms B major trio which also began its life under a different guise. Enjoy the warmth of an S&F concert during winter! MUDGEE READERS' FESTIVAL Mudgee Readers' Festival will celebrate the joy of reading on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August. Featured authors include Thomas Keneally, Hugh Mackay, and Michael Robotham in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Something for everyone including a secondhand book fair. Full program released 1 July. DATES AND VENUES: Bowral Saturday 30 July 5pm Twilight Series; Adelaide Sunday 31 July 2:30pm; Canberra Monday 1 August 7pm; Sydney Tuesday 2 August 7pm; Melbourne Wednesday 3 August 8pm; Turramurra Sunday 7 August 2pm TICKETS: $40 - $68, children 12 and under free BOOKINGS: www.selbyandfriends.com.au or call 02 9969 7039 DATES: Saturday 20 August -- Sunday 21 August 2011 VENUE: Quality Parklands Resort & Conference Centre, Ulan Rd, Mudgee TICKETS: from $10 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: www.mudgeereadersfestival.com.au.