Sydney-based guitar duo Andrew Blanch and Arial Nurhadi bring their newest program Alchemy to the stage for 2019. The included pieces span the globe, coming from composers from France, Spain, Brazil, USA, Argentina, and Australia. The duo demonstrate a wide range of playing styles and tones for the classical guitar in this program, named after one of the first pieces the pair learned together from the Australian composer Phillip Houghton.
To close out their 2018 program, the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra decided to put a spotlight on some of their outstanding talents. The Spotlight concert comprised four concertos for four different instruments making for a varied and unusual mix of sounds and styles.
Streeton Trio regulars Emma Jardine and Benjamin Kopp were joined by cellist Trish O’Brien to play two classic pieces acknowledged as two of the best chamber music pieces ever composed. While both composed for piano, violin, and cello, the pieces varied greatly in style and formed a charming pair for a concert.
The first Christmas concert of the season comes from the Australian Chamber Choir with the direction of Douglas Lawrence. Combining a selection of shorter Baroque pieces celebrating Christmas and the festive spirit, the choir filled the crypt of St Mary’s Cathedral for an afternoon.
Seraphim Trio with two special guests bring some little-played 19th century pieces to the stage for a concert about collaboration and celebration. This Sydney concert featured three pieces, a short Schubert and then the title pieces from Korngold and Schumann.
Closing their tour to launch their newest album titled Snow in Summer, Evergreen Ensemble played a concert of the same name at the Independent Theatre on a muggy Sunday afternoon. Playing a mix of Scottish and Scandinavian styles and songs with some Italian influence thrown in, the program meandered through melancholic Highland ballads and joyous dance numbers.
Shir Madness, Sydney’s Jewish Music Festival returned on a damp Sunday to the Emanuel Synagogue for a day of music, food, and community in celebration of the contributions Jewish composers, musicians, and writers have made and continue to make to the music industry. With musical acts from across the country and across the world, the day was packed with all sorts of genres and styles to enjoy.