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The Phoenix Collective: The Baroque Bizarre

9 May 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST

Tickets: Adult $35 | Concession $28 | Child 0-17 years $15 | Family (2 adults + 2 children) $86

Performed by The Phoenix Baroque Trio, this concert will highlight the quirky, intoxicating and virtuosic nature of the Baroque: great works by master composers BACH and VIVALDI, and just as impressive works by lesser-known composers CASTELLO, BIBER and SCHMELZER.

This is an eclectic program exploring the realms of tone colour, experimentation and virtuosity. Featured in this concert are a newly restored Tyrolean violin (c1750) set up with gut strings; a French violin (c1850) with scordatura set-up and crossed strings for Biber’s Resurrection Sonata, all tuned at A 415 Hz. This presents an intriguing contrast to the second half, played on a Cremonese Italian violin (2009) and tuned at A 440 Hz. Also featured is the Central Coast Conservatorium’s French double manual harpsichord by Australian maker, Carey Beebe. This concert invites comparisons between different instruments and contrasts playing styles and period performances of the 17th and 18th centuries and the more romanticised 19th and 20th centuries.


  • D. Castello | Sonata Prima à sopran solo for Violin & Continuo
  • H.I.F Biber | Sonata Rosary (Mystery) Sonata No.11 – The Resurrection Original Manuscript
  • T O’Carolan | Si Beag Si Mor, Trad. Irish Air
  • J.H Schmelzer | Sonata Quarta (No.4) in D Major from Sonatae Unarum Fidium for Violin & Continuo
  • Vivaldi | Sonata for Violin, Cello & Continuo in C minor RV 83
  • J.S Bach | Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord in A BWV 1015
  • Vitali | Chaconne for Violin & Continuo (violin part arr. Charliér) Harpsichord & Cello part arr. Phoenix


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