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3
Dec
Schütz's Christmas Story

Schutz's Christmas Story presented by Canberra Choral Society

Saturday 3 December at 7:30pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

A masterpiece from a time before JS Bach, forged in the Reformation and the Thirty Years War - Heinrich Schutz's sublime setting of the Nativity, his Christmas Story, is the centerpiece of Canberra Choral Society's performance at Llewellyn Hall on December 3, 2016, which will also feature the modern choral mastery of Rutter's Gloria plus three 17th century Christmas Motets.

4
Dec
Music for Canberra

Canberra Youth Orchestra Icons 4: Brahms

Sunday 4 December at 7:30pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Featuring as a solist one of the winners of the CYO Concerto competition 2016.

Program

Symphony No. 1 - Brahms

Further demonstrating the strength of Youth Music in Canberra, this program features a concerto performed by another winner of CYO's 2016 Concerto Competition. The Llewellyn series culminates with one of the masterpieces of the Romantic period: Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C Minor. Displaying the clear influence of Beethoven and simultaneously feeling a burning need to live up to such great legacy, Brahms shapes this exquisite work in typical symphonic form, utilising expressive soloistic and sectional writing to explore intricate textures and colours throughout the piece. Forming an exuberant close to the year, there is none other such piece to highlight the strength of a Romantic and iconic concert series.

9
Dec
Monkees

The Monkees 50th Anniversary Tour!

Friday 9 December at 8pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Presented by

David Roy Williams & Nice Events

On September 8, 1965, when producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider placed a classified ad in The Hollywood Reporter seeking "4 insane boys," they had no idea that they were about to unleash Monkee-mania! But that's exactly what happened the following year when the first episode of "The Monkees" debuted on NBC on September 12, 1966. 50 years later and The Monkees anniversary show is coming to Australia and New Zealand. After sell-out North American shows, and with a brand new album "Good Times" in the charts, Micky and Peter are bringing the Monkees magic downunder.

The Monkees 50th Anniversary show is a unique concert experience. Times may change but infectious pop hits and wonderfully charismatic characters stay in our hearts and memories forever.

25
Jan
Deadly 60

Deadly 60 Live

Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 3pm & 6pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Following his sold out 2016 Australian tour, Steve Backshall the star of one of the most popular children's shows on the planet, is returning to Australia with a new show based on the hit BBC series, "Deadly 60 Pole to Pole". Come on a theatrical journey with Steve as he shares his experiences travelling from the South Pole to the North Pole, and his gripping encounters with deadly creatures from all corners of the globe. Join Steve on his journey of wild discovery and dangerous entertainment, live on stage this January.

4
Feb
ACO Murder & Redemption

Australian Chamber Orchestra Murder & Redemption

Saturday 4 February at 8pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Program

TRAD. (arr. Nico Muhly) Selection of American folk songs
JANÁCEK (arr. strings) String Quartet No.1 Kreutzer Sonata
TRAD. (arr. Nico Muhly) More American folk songs
JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops: I. Shaking and trembling
BRACKETT (arr. Pekka Kuusisto) Simple Gifts (Shaker hymn)
JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops: II. Hymning slews, III. Loops and verses, IV. A final shaking

Artists

Kuusisto Director & Violin
Sam Amidon Voice & Banjo

"We invited Pekka to unleash his imagination and this is the results." Richard Tonetti

Sex. Adultery. Betrayal. Murder. Tolstoy's novella The Kreutzer Sonata has it all. And Janacek's musical rendering of this scandalous tale serves as the thread for this innovative opening to the 2017 season.
Janacek's Kreutzer Sonata is interwoven with American folk songs, along with John Adams' redemptive Shaker Loops, with folk musician Sam Amidon joining Pekka Kuusisto for this journey from hell to heaven.
Amidon, whose interpretations of American folksongs have been described as "surreal", "magical" and "quietly psychedelic', makes his ACO debut.

23
Feb
Eighth Blackbird

Musica Viva Eighth Blackbird

Thursday 23 February at 7pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Program

MUHLY Doublespeak
DESSNER Murder Ballades
HARRISON New Work (World Premiere)*
HEARNE By-By Huey
ANDRES Checkered Shade
*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project
Tour supported by the Musica Viva Amadeus Society

Artists

NATHALIE JOACHIM flutes
MICHAEL J MACCAFERRI clarinets
YVONNE LAM violin & viola
NICHOLAS PHOTINOS cello
MATTHEW DUVALL percussion
ADAM MARKS piano

Concerts by Eighth Blackbird celebrate the joy of the new. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble- described by the LA Times as a collection of 'supermusicians' - revels in the work of living composers, played with love, virtuosity and enjoyment. Composer Nico Muhly's composition, Doublespeak toys wittily with his familiar minimalist soundworld. Bryce Dessner (from indie pop band The National) weaves folk music and grisly murder ballad traditions into an enthralling contemporary pondering of violence and American identity. Holly Harrison is a bright new star in the Australian composition sky and her well-known and strikingly imaginative work has been commissioned for this tour. Ted Hearne's intense work By-By Huey has self-destruction at its heart and Checkered Shade is described by composer Timo Andres as 'a gradual zoom outward' that coalesces to a delicately serene chorale.
'Genre-twisting, avant-pop chamber music' New York Times.

24
Feb
Yu-Kosuge

Yu Kosuge Piano Recital

Friday 24 February at 7pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Program

J.S. Bach: Aria variata alla maniera italiana a-Moll BWV 989
Beethoven: Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53, 'Waldstein'
Intermission
Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch I and II
Liszt: "Les jeux d'eaux à  la villa d'Este" from Années de pèlerinage
Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B minor
Wagner (Arr. by F. Liszt): Isoldes Liebestod from "Tristan und Isolde", S. 447

With her superlative technique, sensitivity of touch and profound understanding of the music she plays, Yu has become one of the world's most noted young pianists. Yu Kosuge has been giving recitals and performing with orchestras since early childhood. At the age of nine she made her debut with the Tokyo New City Orchestra. In 1993, she moved to Europe to continue her studies in Hannover and Salzburg and has received great support and inspiration from András Schiff. Yu Kosuge appears at the most important venues in Berlin, Hamburg, Köln, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Washington and New York. Her Carnegie Hall debut recital met with outstanding success with critics praising her "acutely poetic sensibility" wit, drama, and effulgent lyricism."

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