After founding the Marais Project in 2000, viola da gamba player Jennifer Eriksson is still leading the charge for the instrument as the only electric viola da gamba player in Australia as a member of Elysian Fields. This concert brings together the classical and contemporary tones of this unique instrument in celebration of the Marais Project’s 20th anniversary and the launch of their latest album.
In their 2019 return to the Independent Theatre, Acacia Quartet offered of program of tonal variety in the concert Testament. Balancing classic string composers against untested contemporary pieces made for an afternoon of pleasant playing and peppery moments.
For their first concert of 2019, Sydney’s Bel a cappella performed a wide ranging program of pieces from familiar composers and some unusual outliers. Performing in the quaint Victorian St Augustine’s Catholic Church, the choir were additionally joined by AirCon, a whistling group, to add another flair to typical choral singing.
In a charming genre mash-up double bill at the Independent, the String Contingent performed their last concert for the promotional tour of their new album with opening duo Blue and Sentimental. Written during a tour of northern Australia, From Here or Somewhere Else is an album celebrating the unique physical and social landscape of Australia.
After a somewhat delayed foray into professional singing, Evelyne Weltlinger launched her debut album Songs of My Heart on a beautiful autumn night at Camelot Lounge’s Django Bar. With four accompanying musicians, including her violinist son Daniel Weltlinger, Evelyne shared a selection of songs from the album and some additional pieces for a supportive and enthusiastic audience.
For their inaugural performance, the newly formed Bel a consort presented a program centred on “Requiem Mass, 1605 from composer Tomás Luis de Victoria as well as contemporaries Alonso Lobo and Jacob Clemens non Papa. The three pieces formed a harmonious concert of Renaissance sacred music.
Bringing together two of the most well-known composers of the Romantic era, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra showcased their exceptional talent for another program. When coordinating this concert program, Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen wanted to recreate an 18th Century concert, mixing styles and genres to keep the performances dynamic.