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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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Canberra Sinfonia & ANU Chamber Choir – Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater

Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest
1.30pm Saturday 27 May 2023
Conductor: Tobias Cole

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.

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Beethoven Septet & Louise Farrenc Nonet – New Perspectives

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Albert Hall, Canberra
7pm Tuesday 6 June as part of a national tour

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 Australia – Among the Birds and the Trees

Llewellyn Hall, Canberra
7pm 11 May 2023, and touring nationally

The concert features London Symphony Orchestra flautist Adam Walker, Vienna Philharmonic harpist Anneleen Lenaerts, and BBC New Generation Artist, Timothy Ridout.

Richard spoke to harpist Anneleen Lenaerts in Vienna about Among the Birds and the Trees
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Canberra International Music Festival – The Child Within

Various venues
27 April to 7 May 2023

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.

Melbourne-based violist Katie Yap talks to Richard about her career and Festival performances
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Apeiron Baroque – Trios for 4

Works for Baroque Trio by Uccellini, Handel, Leonarda, Falconeri, Bibber and Matteis
Wesley Music Centre, Forrest ACT
5pm Saturday 25 March 2023

Newly formed Canberran Early Music ensemble, Apeiron Baroque, invites you to a concert of music spanning the entire breadth of the Baroque era.

Barbie spoke to Aperion Baroque’s John Ma about the concert.
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