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Evergreen Ensemble: High Heels and Ghillies
27 May 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Tickets: Adult $45 | Senior $35 | Concession $30
FRENCH AND SCOTTISH BAROQUE MUSIC
- Shane Lestideau: Baroque violin, direction
- David Rabinovici: Baroque violin & viola
- Natasha Kraemer: Baroque cello
- Myriam Arbouz: Soprano (France)
- Fiona Garlick & John Barnard: Baroque dance
Evergreen Ensemble presents dance music from 18thC Scotland and France. Beautiful instrumental and vocal works from the French Baroque period, Breton circle dances, Highland airs, and Scottish baroque jigs and reels. With special guests Fiona Garlick and John Barnard – baroque dancers & directors of Australia’s Early Dance Consort.
Dance in 18thC Scotland was strongly influenced not only by its own traditional dance repertoire, but by the French court. Dances such as the Sarabande, Corrente and Minuet were coupled with Scottish jigs and reels to form sonatas or suites. In France itself, a huge diversity of dance styles could be found between the balletic fashions of the royal courts of Louis XIV and the popular dances of the country villages. Evergreen Ensemble, with violins, cello, and the glorious voice of Myriam Arbouz, invite you to follow the intricate steps of these marvellous dancers as they wind their way down from the Highlands to Edinburgh and Versailles, Brittany, and the Centre of France.
The baroque dancers, Fiona Garlick and John Barnard, have delighted Australian audiences for many years with their costumed presentations, accompanied by leading early instrumental ensembles including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. They have collaborated previously with Shane Lestideau in 2016, creating a fascinating choreography to an 18thC Scottish sonata which contained elements of both the French baroque style and Scottish country dance steps.
Myriam Arbouz, french Soprano, joins Evergreen Ensemble as part of her debut Australian tour. Her blossoming international career includes recently winning 1st prize at the Concours International de Chant Baroque in France, performing at the Russian Bolchoï Theatre under the direction of Raphaël Pichon, and recording for the project “All of Bach” with the Nederlands Bach Vereniging. Myriam has also performed under the direction of Christophe Rousset, René Jacobs, Richard Egarr, and Ton Koopman, and with ensembles such as Pygmalion, Les Talents Lyriques, and the Paris Opera choir.
Shane Lestideau, baroque violinist and director of Evergreen Ensemble, has recently returned to Australia after spending a decade in Brittany, France. During this time she worked with baroque ensembles, classical orchestras, and with folk groups, performing at traditional breton dances (Fest Noz) and festivals such as the Festival Interceltique de Lorient and Les Vieilles Charrues. She began researching the music of 18thC Scotland in 2012, and has since created a multitude of programs for Evergreen Ensemble, exploring the composers of this exciting, but little-known, Scottish repertoire.
David Rabinovici is an Australian violinist, currently living in France, and enjoying a busy career as a freelance musician throughout Europe. He studied modern and jazz violin, then completed a specialisation in baroque violin at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. His ability to play cross-genre repertoire, as well as his current interest in the folk music of Ireland and Scotland, makes him an exciting addition to this program.
Natasha Kraemer, on baroque cello, has recently moved to Australia from the UK. She has performed with many celebrated orchestras and chamber groups including The Gabrieli Players, English Concert, The Sixteen, Hanover Band, English Baroque Soloists and Classical Opera Company. She currently performs regularly with the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, and Genesis Baroque.