After a very successful festival in 2018, the team behind Caldera Festival have returned with another unusual, immersive arts experience. This time Caldera 360° is entirely online with three performances and two installations to explore from within your own four walls.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Obbligato Sonatas are an exploration of the various styles of Baroque music and the emotional resonances of genres from joyful to melancholic. In this concert series, a trio of performers reawakened five of the six sonatas for an easy-listening afternoon.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach are two of the most grand, well-known composers of the 18th century but they also had frivolous, comic sides. In Double Trouble, Endangered Productions brings together two short operas to laugh at some of the unchanged tropes of humour and human nature.
For a program inspired to evoke, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra paired two Romantic European composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Adolf Berwald for a performance of three of their early 19th century pieces. Rather than evoking drama or great action, these quieter and more reserved compositions are about great emotions, sombre moments, and pretty rhythms.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an incredibly challenging experience and, for a lot of young people especially, the crisis also compounded other fears about employment, climate change, and the general confusion of figuring out who you are. In Not Today, Ally Morgan explores her mid-20s with a new original song cycle.
Endangered Productions is a new Sydney-based music theatre company dedicated to bringing together artists of all experiences and abilities to perform overlooked theatre pieces. After a sell-out run in 2020, their program from the far north Nordic Noir returns with its Norwegian stories both old and new.
The classroom is a powerful space for its connections to knowledge, growth, and freedom. In Dances of Passion, the Song Company uses the classroom as an arena for youthful innocence, or ignorance, and the students’ engagement with critical lessons on life and love in three composers’ works.
Kathryn Selby welcomes audiences back to her Selby & Friends concert series for 2021 with a mish-mash program of piano trios. Named after the strudels of Selby’s childhood with various unnameable but delicious ingredients, Exotic Strudel takes an eclectic approach to the early 20th century.
For the first in-person concert from Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra in nearly a year, the strings performed a selection of European pieces from the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries with shared themes of beauty and folk influences. Set between World War I and World War II, the program captures a continent holding its breath.
To round out the year of online performances, Selby & Friends presents their final concert consisting of pieces composed as the “last of” the respective forms for each composer. From Schubert to Schumann, A Final Offering takes on the highs and lowest lows in tone and inspiration.