Jennifer Foong
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Jennifer learned the piano in childhood, regularly spending her school holidays at Eisteddfods. She has a rather eclectic taste in music as she loves both classical & 70s & 80s rock 'n' roll/disco/pop. She enjoys attending as many classical concerts as possible & working as a volunteer programmer for community radio station Fine Music FM102.5.

The Willoughby Symphony and guest soloist Alexandre Da Costa ended their 2019 season with a bang

As a celebratory segue to the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven‘s birth in 2020, the final Willoughby Symphony Orchestra concert for 2019 began with the instantly recognisable Egmont Overture, Op. 84. Beethoven was commissioned to compose incidental music to Goethe’s heroic play,…

 
The inaugural Eastside Sydney Music Festival finale was an all-Baroque “Stravaganza!”

The final concert of the inaugural week-long Eastside Sydney Music Festival (ESMF), curated by Professor Neal Pere da Costa and supported by Sydney University, was an all-Baroque affair held at the Paddington Town Hall. It featured musicians from three groups…

 
Anna McMichael and Daniel de Borah’s ‘In other words’

A new recording on the independent Australian label, Tall Poppies, showcasing transcriptions for violin and piano, is cleverly and most appropriately named “In Other Words“. Both violinist, Anna McMichael, and pianist, Daniel de Borah, are well-known and well-credentialled Australian musicians.…

 
Australian Haydn Ensemble’s Beethoven’s Emperor arranged by Vi King Lim

How better to spend a rather chilly, drizzly, overcast Saturday afternoon in Sydney than to attend a concert given by the Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE), a group specialising in historically-informed performances of late Baroque and early Classical music on period…

 
Australian Haydn Ensemble warmed one’s soul on a cold winter’s night

A delightful program based on Paris in the late eighteenth century sufficiently warmed one’s soul on a cold winter’s night. In the presence of their esteemed Patron, former NSW Governor, Dame Marie Bashir, the Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE), along with…

 
ThoroughBass are joined by Israeli keyboard player, Michael Tsalka

On a somewhat dull winter afternoon in Sydney, I attended a ThoroughBass concert named “Overture and Concerto” at the Mosman Art Gallery. The Grand Hall, previously a Methodist church featuring lovely stained glass windows and an expansive timber ceiling that…

 
Australian Haydn Ensemble’s Boccherini Night Streets – authentic HIPsters at atmospheric Cell Block Theatre

After a prolonged run of wet weather in Sydney, the sun shone brightly for the first concert of the Australian Haydn Ensemble’s 2017 season. It featured the works of WA Mozart, Luigi Boccherini, and Giuseppe Cambini, either arranged for or…

 
The Muffat Collective started the season with a concert filled with discoveries

I first heard the newly-formed Muffat Collective play in the Live Broadcast Studio of radio station Fine Music FM 102.5 late last year and was most impressed. They announced themselves as the latest group of historically-informed performers of seventeenth and…

 
Omega Ensemble’s debut recording on ABC Classics is interesting and polished

The famous and much-loved Clarinet Quintet of Mozart, and two contemporary pieces composed by fellow Australians, Ian Munro and George Palmer.

 
Enigma Quartet showed marvellous interplay at The Independent Theatre

A fairly young but accomplished string quartet named The Enigma Quartet presented the monthly Prelude in Tea concert at The Independent Theatre in North Sydney on a warm spring afternoon.

 
Rowden & Raspopova performed with agility a lovely balance of well and lesser known works

Sparkling Sydney Harbour on a beautiful Spring afternoon was a most appropriate backdrop. My first Omega Ensemble concert, made a most favourable impression.

 
A Prelude in Tea and Seraphim Trio provided baked and musical delights

An enjoyable and satisfying afternoon – the music and baking delights, and the drinks generously available to all post-concert while mingling with the musicians themselves.

 
Australian Haydn Ensemble at City Recital Hall was a treat

The highly-anticipated night of firsts for AHE and they did not disappoint. First performance at the City Recital Hall and launch of their first CD.

 
Ironwood celebrate their 10th birthday with Schubertiade

Historical performance practice is to be encouraged and HIP concerts provided by Ironwood can be a revelation for those seeking a more authentic sound.

 
Lachner and Beethoven out of the box with seventeen88

A historically-informed performance of two Septets pitted Lachner against Beethoven in a sumptuous performance by Orchestra seventeen88 and the incredible Jakob Lehmann.

 
SCM Early Music Ensemble celebrates the Sydney Conservatorium’s Centenary with a splendid program

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM) Early Music Ensemble played a splendid program of Baroque music.

 
Australian Haydn Ensemble with Celeste Lazarenko

I had often heard and read about AHE’s expertise in historically-informed performance since its formation in 2011. Well, they certainly didn’t disappoint.

 
Alicia Crossley’s CD Alchemy

I would recommend this CD for somebody with an eclectic musical taste looking for variety and something different.

 
Ensemble Vinifera connected Hungarian sense of fun and serious

Ensemble Vinifera is violist Ella Brinch, cellist/founder/artistic director Andrew Wilson, & clarinettist John Martin. Joined by violinists Catalin Ungureanu & Airena Nakamura.

 
The Marais Project Smörgåsbord!

This beautifully compiled CD with extensive booklet notes certainly comes highly recommended for the uninitiated who wish to learn about Swedish culture, history, & music.

 
Selby & Friends: a treat for the senses

What a brilliant way to finish the year! The last of five Selby & Friends chamber music concert Tours for 2014 was certainly a treat for the senses. Kathy introduced the program as belonging to young men, as all three…

 
Richard Strauss | Erin Wall, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

This does Richard Strauss justice. Detailed sleeve notes add to the value of this highly recommended CD.

 
Selby & Friends: Swedish Delight

On a pleasant spring afternoon in the upper North Shore of Sydney, the latest concert of the Selby & Friends Tour 4 (out of 5 for 2014) showcased renowned Swedish cellist Torleif Thedeen with pianist Kathy Selby. The concert commenced…

 
Balmain Sinfonia: Jubilee concert

The audience had certainly received their money’s worth at a concert where interesting concepts and unique programming were evident.

 
Nicholas Russoniello: Between Worlds

This debut album of the up-and-coming saxophonist, Nick Russoniello, accompanied by the Acacia Quartet, has something for everyone, especially classical, jazz and ragtime music.

 
Pacific Opera – The Gondoliers Dream Getaway

Based on Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta, Pacific Opera’s presentation of ‘The Gondoliers Dream Getaway’ at Riverside, Parramatta, is just that…a dream getaway!

 
Joseph Tawadros: Permission to Evaporate

Thirty year old oud virtuoso and two-time ARIA award winner Joseph Tawadros’ eleventh and latest CD release, Permission to Evaporate, is a credit to him, both as a performer and as a composer. This very impressive CD containing 16 tracks…

 
The Marais Project’s Rameau

A celebration of The Marais Project and Rameau with works spanning centuries. A full crowd, buzzing and learning. A pleasant relaxing afternoon.

 
Alexey Yemtsov plays Chopin and Prokofiev

On a pleasant evening on the lower North Shore of Sydney in Mosman Art Gallery, I attended a piano recital given by Ukrainian-born Alexey Yemtsov. The set-up was a little unusual in that the piano was at the back of the Grand Hall rather…

 
Selby & Friends – Collision Course

I had the privilege of attending the first of a series of concerts entitled “Collision Course” Tour 1 of Selby & Friends’ 2014 Subscription Series, chamber music provided by Kathy Selby & her colleagues playing different instruments in various combinations.…

 
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