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Wesley Music Centre, Forrest

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20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia

June 2017

Anthony Albrecht | Bach to the Bush

30 June 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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Novocastrian cellist Anthony Albrecht performs at Warrnambool's Mozart Hall as part of his ongoing 'Bach to the Bush' concert series. An outstanding young musician of international renown, Anthony is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School's prestigious Historical Performance program which he attended on full scholarship, and is currently based in London as a Guildhall School of Music and Drama Research Scholar. Anthony returns to Australia regularly for performances with Pinchgut Opera and the Australian Haydn Ensemble, and has recorded…

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November 2017

Remember Bach Festival | AUSTRAL HARMONY

4 November 2017 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm AEDT
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia

TICKETS (including refreshments) link in details section below, also available on the door unless sold out AUSTRAL HARMONY hosts REMEMBER BACH FESTIVAL featuring Baroque Double Reeds, Harpsichord & and all-BACH ORGAN RECITAL. PROGRAM: 11am - 12.30pm : Double Reed Ensemble Class 1.15 - 2pm : ORGAN RECITAL by DAVID McFARLANE 2.30 - 3.30pm : AUSTRAL HARMONY CONCERT 3.30 - 4pm : afternoon tea & discussion PERFORMERS: Jane Downer - baroque oboe, oboe d'amore & oboe da caccia Peter Madigan - baroque oboe,…

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December 2017

Song Company: Lully Lulla

9 December 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia

Tickets: $65 Adult | $60 Concession | $40 Under 30 The final program in the 2017 season The Attraction of Opposites is set within the narrative framework of mediaeval English verse, with seasonal music old and new that touches both on the joy of a young mother giving birth to the King of the Ages, and on the hard-hitting realities of exile, refugee status, and the ‘slaughter of the innocents’. The ‘Coventry Carol’ Lully, lulla is one of three songs…

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March 2018

Song Company: Byrd Round Table

16 March 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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Imagine a dinner party where your host passes round antique leatherbound music manuscripts and says, “You’re singing tenor!”

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October 2018

The Sydney Consort: Papa and Sons

14 October 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
$25 – $35

TICKETS: Visit our website or purchase at the door 30 minutes before the concert. Bach's fame certainly did not fade in the generations that followed, with his four sons growing up to be outstanding musicians in their own right. Come and see the Papa and his sons have their say. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the beautiful combination of harpsichord, viola d’amore & baroque violin with a woodwind instrument – the recorder, creating unique sound and colours. In the…

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November 2018

Song Company: One Equal Music

9 November 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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Memory eternal in music of our century from Russia, England, and Australia.

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The Sydney Consort | Venetian Masters

11 November 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
$25 – $35

TICKETS: Book online or purchase at the door 30 minutes before the concert. The Sydney Consort is delighted to present for the first time the inspiring English soprano Amy More and renowned cornettist Matthew Manchester to perform an array of early Venetian compositions. Join the ensemble on a musical journey through musica Veneziana and all its evocative arias, supported by strings, continuo and cornetto. The Sydney Consort will perform music by Venetian composers: Castello, Marini, Monteverdi, Merul and naturally -  Antonio Vivaldi Hope…

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February 2019

Australian Haydn Ensemble: Haydn’s Nature

14 February 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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AHE opens its 2019 season with a string quartet program that celebrates Haydn’s love of the natural world.

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March 2019

Musical Friends

10 March 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
$25 – $35

TICKETS: Buy online or purchase  at the door 30 minutes before the concert. The ensemble’s 2019 concert season opens with a program Musical Friends. The Sydney Consort’s programme, Musical Friends, presents a reunion of musical composers, colleagues and friends. The concert features the two most predominant musical figures of the eighteenth century - contemporaries Telemann and Handel, and pinpoints their association and friendship. The Sydney Consort welcomes back our soloists: soprano Josie Ryan, and based in London, Jane Downer on baroque…

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Van Diemen’s Band: Breathtaking

17 March 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEDT
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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For a night of Baroque splendour, don’t miss Breathtaking with Van Diemen’s Band. Appearing with the acclaimed early music ensemble are cornetto superstar Bruce Dickey and dazzling Czech soprano Hana Blazikova. Together, they breathe life into 17th-century music of rare and exquisite beauty. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the cornetto was fabled for its ability to imitate the human voice. This encompassed not only its clear and bright sound, but also its agility, range, dynamic flexibility, and articulation, making…

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May 2019

Scottish and Irish Baroque

5 May 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
$25 – $35

TICKETS: Please go to our website or at the door 30 minutes before the concert. The Sydney Consort welcomes to a concert of Scottish & Irish Baroque classical music and folk tunes. In the 18th century Scotland, the traditional instrument, the bagpipe gradually languished from centre stage and gave its place to the Violin. The instrumental challenge of two fiddles and combination with voice was very typical for both Scottish and Irish folk music. The dance rhythm of the Scottish…

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Artsong Canberra: Russian Lullaby

19 May 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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Individual tickets: $15 - $35 Concert in the Season of Song series of Artsong Canberra, with Songmakers Australia with Merlyn Quaife (soprano), Christina Wilson (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Goodwin (tenor) and Andrea Katz (piano). Nursery rhymes and lullabies are insightful windows into the parent-child relationship. Love and death, desires and fears are reflected in the lyrics, some of them allegoric, some outright confronting. Songs and duets by Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Mussorgsky and Kabalevsky frame the centrepiece of this program, Shostakovich’s most touching, unusual…

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June 2019

Art Song Canberra: Venus Unwrapped

23 June 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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Individual tickets: $15 - $35 A concert in Art Song Canberra's the Season of Song series, with Sarahlouise Owens (soprano) and Natalia Tkachenko (piano). An exploration through the largely overlooked repertoire of female composers throughout history… A slice of what women have created, and are only now being increasingly acknowledged. Works from the 18th century onwards, featuring works by Lang, Rich, Greenaway, Viardot, Malibran, Tailleferre, Boulanger, Chaminade and Mendelssohn.

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July 2019

The Song Company Solo | Songs Before Sleep

12 July 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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Tickets: Adult $60 | Concession $55 | Under 30 $30 “Twinkle, twinkle, little star...” This new intimate mini-series, SongCo Solo, gives you the chance to hear individual singers from The Song Company as soloists. Andrew O'Connor (Bass-Baritone) and Anna Rutkowska-Schock (Piano) perform music of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Ivor Gurney, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Iain Grandage, Martin Wesley-Smith and Eric Whitacre - in a recital program that centres around Nocturnes, Nature, and Nursery Rhymes. Andrew O’Connor was born in Perth,…

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August 2019

Art Song Canberra | Iconic Inspiration

18 August 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm AEST
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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Tickets: Adult $35 | Concession $30 | Full time student $15 | Groups of 8 $240 Art Song recital with Lisa Cannizzaro (soprano), Jeremy Tatchell (baritone) and Elena Nikulina (piano). If you could have only one song on repeat, what would it be? Join Art Song Canberra for a recital filled with music that influenced some of history’s most iconic figures. It will be an afternoon of true inspiration, both sublime and absurd!

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Simone Slattery & Anthony Albrecht | Where Song Began

22 August 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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Tickets: Adult $35 | Concession $30 | Under 18 $5 Two of Australia's most adventurous classical musicians, Simone Slattery (violin) and Anthony Albrecht (cello), are performing their beautiful multimedia show, Where Song Began in Canberra and Yass. Based on Tim Low's bestselling book, this performance tells the story of the evolution of song, featuring music spanning 300 years, stunning visual projections and an immersive soundscape. The experience has been described as "like being sung to by the country". Where Song…

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September 2019

Phoenix Collective | Freedom & Equality

19 September 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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$15 – $35

Freedom & Equality - Phoenix Quartet: A concert of identity, balance and harmony. Presenting the string quartets of cutting-edge American composer, Jennifer Higdon, alongside masters Haydn, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Music from a time when life seemed straightforward; from deceptively simple arrangements to more complex structures that assign parts equal importance. Music to release a woman driven by a man to acts of insanity; music that liberates closet homosexuality and unacceptance; and melodies that brought Tolstoy to tears amid depression. What…

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October 2019

SongCo SOLO | Schubert Winterreise

6 October 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEDT
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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Tickets: Adult $60 | Concession $55 The Song Company presents Soprano Susannah Lawergren in SongCo SOLO. Susannah and guest pianist Bradley Gilchrist perform together one of the greatest song cycles of all - Schubert's 24-song 'Winterreise'. Winterreise for soprano is a rare event, especially in Australia, making these very special inaugural SongCo Solo shows. “I dreamt of flowers blossoming in May, but when the cocks crowed my eyes flew open. On the windowpanes, who painted leaves there? Go, laugh at…

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February 2020

Song Company | Cries Of Justice

13 February 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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$60

Ancient songs from the heart in the Book of Psalms sound out across the centuries against oppression and injustice 3000 years ago, 150 songs were gathered together to become the Hebrew Bible’s Tehillim, the Tanakh or Old Testament’s Book of Psalms. These Jewish Psalms have been a daily source of personal solace and the inspiration for composers from the Renaissance until today. We sing settings from Josquin des Prez and Robert Parsons to Benjamin Britten and beyond in this intimate…

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Phoenix Collective – Intricate Machines

23 February 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEDT
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 20 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT 2603 Australia
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$15 – $35

Concerts that excite and inspire “Exquisite translucence” - Limelight Magazine | “Dynamic… captivating” – City News | “Triumphant” – Canberra Times In the first of its 2020 concert series showcasing classical music with a uniquely Australian edge, THE PHOENIX COLLECTIVE presents “Intricate Machines” – a concert inspired by mechanics, wheels, cogs, precision, construction and repetition. Audiences will experience the complexity of Reich's 'Different Trains' for CD and live quartet, Pärt's mesmerizing 'Fratres', Bach's 'Art of Fugue' and Dvořák's masterpiece 'The…

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