St Christopher’s Cathedral Cnr Furneaux and Franklin Streets, Manuka ACT Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 2023
The Canberra Bach Ensemble celebrates the Christmas season with its performances of Bach’s Advent Cantatas BWV 61, 36, 62, and 1 in the magnificent space of St. Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka, Canberra.
The 2024 program is a blend of tradition and innovation, with seven national tours to six states and territories, four world premieres by Australian composers, and 26 of the world’s best artists including William Barton, The Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto and pianist Kirill Gerstein.
Llewellyn Hall – ANU, Canberra 7pm, Wednesday 19 July 2023 Featuring Chopin 24 Preludes, Op. 28
This fusion of chamber music and theatre is adapted from Musica Viva Artistic Director Paul Kildea’s book Chopin’s Piano A Journey Through Romanticism. The adaptation, by Kildea and director Richard Pyros, features pianist Aura Go and actor Jennifer Vuletic.
Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra Albert Hall, Canberra 7pm, Tue 1 August 2023 Conductor Rachael Beesley
Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was written when he was just 16 – the quick, playful strings at the start suggest the scampering of fairies’ feet, and later one can hear the braying of Bottom after he has been turned into a donkey.
Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Canberra 7pm, Thursday 15 June 2023
Virtuosic piani st Garrick Ohlsson, the only American to win the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (in 1970), presents a concert of Schubert, Liszt and Scriabin with a newly commissioned work by Melbourne-based Thomas Mission.
The Stabat Mater is one of Pergolesi’s last works and also one of his most sacred. The music is written to a 13th-century Christian text as a hymn to Mary, portraying her suffering as Christ’s mother during his crucifixion.
Founded in 1994 as a chamber music festival, the CIMF has gradually broadened its scope to the breadth of the Western classical tradition, world classical traditions, diverse Indigenous music and contemporary art music including jazz.