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Apeiron Baroque – Travel and Change

Wesley Uniting Church, National Circuit, Forrest, ACT
4pm Sunday 9th June 2024

Travel and Change juxtaposes philosophical musings and music from the Baroque era, continuing Apeiron Baroque’s interest in sparking interesting connections between seemingly unrelated fields of expertise.

The company will be joined by presenter Drew Ninnis. The repertoire includes Veracini, Blainville, Handel, JS Bach and Herschel.

About Apeiron Baroque

Apeiron Baroque was launched in 2022 by Early Music specialists, John Ma (Violin/Viola/d’amore) and Marie Searles (fortepiano/harpsichord). The company presents high-quality concerts that are honest, raw, and passionate in a casual atmosphere. Repertoire ranges from the early Baroque (c.1700) through to the early Romantic (c.1850) performed on period instruments in historically appropriate styles.

Performances are designed to be entertaining, informative, and accessible to all ages and backgrounds; new audience members should not fear the experience of a Baroque concert!

Primary and Secondary school students have FREE entry

Musica Viva Australia  – Esmé Quartet

Llewellyn Hall, ANU Canberra City
7pm Friday 10 May 2024

German-based Esmé Quartet launched their international career by winning first prize at the 2018 International String Quartet Competition at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Barbie spoke to Esmé Quartet violinist Wonhee Bae
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Apeiron Baroque – Shipwrecked

4pm Sunday 21 April 2024
Wesley Uniting Church, National Circuit, Forrest, ACT

Countertenor Tobias Cole will be joined by a small band of strings (and harpsichord!) to present stormy vocal works by Baroque composers Ariosti, Vivaldi, Handel, and Hasse. Fans of music without words will also be treated to unusual instrumental gems by Biber, Uccellini, Cazzati, Vilsmayr, and Bononcini!

Barbie spoke to John Ma and Tobias Cole about Shipwrecked
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Musica Viva Australia – Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves)

Pianist Michael Curtain with mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley
Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Canberra
7pm Friday 1 March 2024

Written and directed by Constantine Costi, Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves) weaves together a series of American composer William Bolcom’s cabaret songs to create a poignant meditation on life, love and living in the moment. 

Barbie spoke to Michael Curtain about Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves)
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Andrew Blanch and Emily Granger – Suite mágica album tour

Wesley Music Centre, Canberra
7pm Thursday 8 February 2024

Suite mágica,  Emily and Andrew’s debut recording, showcases the energy, versatility and beauty of this enchanting combination of harp and guitar.

There are impressionist masterpieces by Ravel and Granados, substantial multi-movement works by South American composers Máximo Diego Pujol and Marco Pereira, and a suite of brand-new works written especially for the duo by celebrated Australian composers Elena Kats-Chernin, Sally Whitwell and Tristan Coelho, before finishing with a new arrangement of a Ross Edwards miniature.

  • Concert tickets: https://www.andrewblanch.com/tour
  • Emily Granger harp    Andrew Blanch guitar
  • Suite mágica CD album out 2 February 2024
  • Also available across digital platforms, including Dolby Atmos

New recording of Mozart favourites

Heavenly Mozart – ‘Jupiter’ Symphony No.41 and Piano Concerto No.23
Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

The orchestra, conducted by Rachael Beesley and featuring soloist Neal Peres Da Costa playing a newly commissioned fortepiano, has based its performance on new scholarly research into 19th-century piano performance, early recordings and theatrical movement.

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Canberra Bach Ensemble – Bach Advent Cantatas

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.

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Musica Viva Australia – 2024 Concert program

February to November 2024, various venues

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.

Barbie spoke to Musca Viva’s Artistic Director Paul Kildea about the 2024 program
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Apeiron Baroque – Old Friends

Wesley Uniting Church, National Circuit, Forrest, ACT
5pm Sunday 13 August 2023

Canberra-based Early Music ensemble Apeiron Baroque presents works featuring Viola da Gamba and Baroque Dance by Lully, Erlebach, Baltzar, Simpson, Corelli, Castello, and Anonymous.

Barbie spoke to John Ma and Aimee Brown about the concert
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Musica Viva Australia – Chopin’s Piano

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.

Richard spoke to pianist Aura Go about Chopin’s Piano and her career
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Midsummer Dreams: Mendelssohn Scottish & Beethoven Eight

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. 

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Beethoven Septet & Louise Farrenc Nonet – New Perspectives

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Albert Hall, Canberra
7pm, Tuesday 6 June and touring nationally to Sydney, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Newcastle and Melbourne.

The ensemble features a mix of locally-based and returning Australian internationals plus the cream of overseas musicians – all of them specialists in historically informed performance.

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Musica Viva – Garrick Ohlsson

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.

Barbie spoke to Garrick Ohlsson about his career and the repertoire for his Musica Viva concert
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Apeiron Baroque – Too Many Strings

Wesley Uniting Church, National Circuit, Forrest, ACT
5pm Sunday 11 June 2023

Canberra-based Early Music ensemble Apeiron Baroque presents works featuring viola d’amore and violas by Telemann, Graupner, Rameau and Huberty.

Barbie spoke to Marie Searles and John Ma about Too Many Strings
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