Good Reading : August 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 – Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem A concert of inspired writing for the voice! Hear Sydney Philharmonia Choirs perform intimate German Romantic song and the grand German Requiem contrasted with delightfully inventive pieces from Eric Whitacre, today’s leading star of choral music composition. Whitacre’s new work, little man in a hurry, which is based on a text by e e cummings, will be given an exciting Australian premiere. Two of Australia’s finest soloists, Leanne Kenneally and Michael Lewis, alongside our Symphony Chorus, take us on an evening of poetic contemplation. 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 19 October, 7pm; Thursday 25 August, 7pm vENUE: City Recital Hall Angel Place 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 – THE LENINGRAD SYMPHONY Vasily Petrenko conducts Shostakovich The Siege of Leningrad inspired Shostakovich to compose the epic Leningrad symphony. Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko, internationally renowned for his Shostakovich interpretations, joins the Sydney Symphony for this spectacular event. The concert will begin with a brilliant collaboration between soloists Karen Gomyo and Alban Gerhardt performing Brahms’s Double Concerto. DATES: 17 September 2011 – 16 October 2011 vENUE: Commonwealth Park, Canberra wEBSITE: www.floriadeaustralia.com DATES: Thursday 18 August 1.30pm, Friday 19 August 8pm, Saturday 20 August 2pm vENUE: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House TIckETS: From $35 (Booking fee of $7-$8.50 may apply). Visit sydneysymphony.com or call 8215 4600 Monday – Friday 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 Richard Glover, Hugh Mackay, and Michael Robotham in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. There’s something for everyone, including a secondhand book fair. 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 .