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25
Jun
ACO

Australian Chamber Orchestra - Sequenza Italiana

Saturday 25 June at 8pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Program

MONTEVERDI (arr. strings) Lamento della ninfa
BERIO Sequenzas for Violin, Viola and Double Bass
LEO Cello Concerto No.3 in D minor
PAGANINI
Introduction and Variations on 'Dal tuo stellate soglio' from Rossini's Moses in Egypt
ROSSINI
(arr. Eliodoro Sollima) 'Une larme' Theme and Variations for Cello and Strings
SCELSI C'est bien la nuit from Nuits
GIOVANNI SOLLIMA Fecit Neap 17... for Cello, Strings and Continuo

Artists

Giovanni Sollima Director & Cello
Satu Vanska Leader & Violin
Maxime Bibeau Double bass

"Breathtaking imagination and startling virtuosity" LA Times on Giovanni Sollima

In 2014, ACO audiences roared their approval of the exhilarating mastery of maverick cellist and composer Giovanni Sollima's performances across Australia. In 2016 he returns for an unmissable celebration of five centuries of Italian music, ably joined by soloists from the ACO. In the program, music by Monteverdi, Paganini, Rossini, Leo and much more.

26
Jun
Music for Canberra

Canberra Youth Orchestra Icons 2: Dvorak

Sunday 26 June at 7:30pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Featuring guests Dr. Edward Neeman (Piano) and Dr. Stephanie Neeman (Piano)

Program

USA Rhapsody in Blue - Gershwin
Concerto for 2 Pianos in E major - Mendelssohn
Symphony No.8 - Dvorak

Two iconic works for piano and orchestra combine with Dvorak's uplifting Symphony No. 8. Featuring world-renowned Juilliard School alumni Edward and Stephanie Neeman. Dr. Stephanie Neeman has won first prizes in the Empire State International Piano Competition and virtually every major piano competition in Indonesia. She has performed to critical acclaim across the United States, Asia, and Australia. She is Visiting Professor of Piano at the University of Utah and the Head of the Piano Department at ELMS Conservatory of Music in Jakarta. In the past season, Dr. Edward Neeman has been a soloist with the North Arkansas Symphony and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Cuba, and played recitals in Australia, China, and across the United States. Dr. Neeman is currently on the piano faculty of Utah Valley University.

2
July
CSO Gala

Canberra Symphony Orchestra - Icon Water Opera Gala

Saturday 2 July at 7:30pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Conductor

Stanley Dodds

Soloists from Opera Australia

Weber's Freischutz overture was one of the 19th century's most influential operas.  After the sold out success of seven consecutive Gala concerts, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra proudly presents a first time Icon Water Gala collaboration with Australia's flagship opera company, Opera Australia. The magnificent repertoire of opera features sublime creations from a range of composers, including some of the best loved arias from Puccini, Rossini, Saint Saens, and Bizet. The 2016 Icon Water Gala is conducted by Stanley Dodds, who was until last year the principal conductor for the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Dodds grew up in Adelaide, where he started learning piano and violin at the same age that most of us were still learning our ABCs! He now performs and conducts around the world, for sell-out audiences. Don't miss out on this highlight of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra 2016 season.

23
July
Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana
Presented by National Capital Orchestra and Canberra Choral Society

Saturday 23 July at 7:30pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Conductor

Leonard Weiss

Program

WAGNER Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin
O'BOYLE River Symphony
ORFF Carmina Burana

Join the National Capital Orchestra and the Canberra Choral Society for Carl Orff's epic Carmina Burana, one of the standout musical cycles of the 20th Century. Susannah Lawergren, Tobias Cole and David Greco will feature in the performance of some of the most expansive solos ever written. Also experience Australian composer Sean O'Boyle's River Symphony, one of the most popular contemporary Australian works for orchestra and choir, as featured in the ABC's Classic 100 Symphony. The National Capital Orchestra will open the concert with Richard Wagner's triumphant Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin. Enjoy the synthesis of two great cultures in a program featuring some of the most popular Australian and German pieces ever performed. Under the direction of Leonard Weiss and Tobias Cole, this evening of orchestral and choral greats is not to be missed!

4
Aug
Musica Viva

Musica Viva - Choir of Trinity College

Thursday 4 August at 7pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Program

PART Bogoroditse
BYRD O Lord, Make Thy Servant
TALLIS Salvator mundi
PURCELL Remember Not, Lord, our Offences
STUCKY O sacrum convivium
ESENVALDS The Heavens' Flock
RAUTAVAARA Evening Hymn, Ekteniya
PARK The Wings of the Wind
ELGAR Give Unto The Lord
TWIST New Work (World Premiere) Commissioned for Musica Viva by Mary and Paul Pollard
MARTIN Mass for Unaccompanied Double
HOWELLS Te Deum (Collegium Regale)

Stephen Layton is one of the leading choral directors of our time. His 'home' choir is at Trinity College, Cambridge, where the fresh young voices of male and female undergraduates are carefully auditioned for sought after places in what was recently named one of Gramophone magazine's 20 Greatest Choirs. For this tour they will perform one of the 20th-century's most beautiful choral works: the 1922 'Mass for Unaccompanied Double Choir' by Frank Martin. The composer regarded it as an intensely personal spiritual expression - it took forty years for him to allow it to be heard - and it has never left the spotlight since. Surrounding Martina's masterpiece is a rich cache of smaller pieces. Of special note are two new works: one by the choir's Organ Scholar, Owain Park; and another by the Australian Joe Twist, commissioned especially for this tour.

17
Aug
CSO

Canberra Symphony Orchestra - Llewellyn Series 03 Dvorak

Wednesday 17 August at 7:30pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Conductor

Nicholas Milton

Indira Koch Violin, Wolfgang Enamuel Schmidt Cello

Program

Pre-Concert Talk: 6:45pm, Door 6, Ground Floor

WEBER Der Freischutz - Overture
BRAHMS Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor
DVORAK Symphony No. 7 in D minor

Weber's Freischutz overture was one of the 19th century's most influential operas. It paved the way for Wagner's epic music dramas and has become one of the most beloved concert openers of the repertoire. The overture's extraordinary and mysterious opening is immediately remarkable for its sublime beauty; but the dramatic tension quickly builds, unleashing the fire and drama of electric excitement.

This mood continues in Johannes Brahms' unique Double Concerto. Composed for both violin and cello soloists with a full symphony orchestra, the two instruments sometimes merge to become one voice, singing in soulful unison; at other times, they speak together in a duet of indescribable tenderness. The imaginative story of this work will be told by two of Germany's finest instrumentalists: the husband and wife team of Indira Koch (violin) and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (cello).

This concert concludes with the Slavic exuberance and melancholy emotion of Dvorak's seventh symphony.

18
Aug
CSO

Canberra Symphony Orchestra - Llewellyn Series 03 Dvorak

Thursday 18 August at 7:30pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Conductor

Nicholas Milton

Indira Koch Violin, Wolfgang Enamuel Schmidt Cello

Program

Pre-Concert Talk: 6:45pm, Door 6, Ground Floor

WEBER Der Freischutz - Overture
BRAHMS Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor
DVORAK Symphony No. 7 in D minor

Weber's Freischutz overture was one of the 19th century's most influential operas. It paved the way for Wagner's epic music dramas and has become one of the most beloved concert openers of the repertoire. The overture's extraordinary and mysterious opening is immediately remarkable for its sublime beauty; but the dramatic tension quickly builds, unleashing the fire and drama of electric excitement.

This mood continues in Johannes Brahms' unique Double Concerto. Composed for both violin and cello soloists with a full symphony orchestra, the two instruments sometimes merge to become one voice, singing in soulful unison; at other times, they speak together in a duet of indescribable tenderness. The imaginative story of this work will be told by two of Germany's finest instrumentalists: the husband and wife team of Indira Koch (violin) and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (cello).

This concert concludes with the Slavic exuberance and melancholy emotion of Dvorak's seventh symphony.

10
Sep
Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox

Saturday 10 September at 8.30pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Proving that everything new can be old again, pianist Scott Bradlee has become a viral pop sensation after creating a series of clips for YouTube that finds him and his ad hoc group Postmodern Jukebox reworking 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles - transforming Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" into a '50s-style doo wop number, giving Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" a '20s jazz accent, crossing Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" with Irish folk music, and showing how Kesha's "Die Young" would work as a classic country tune.

24
Sept
Music for Canberra

Canberra Youth Orchestra Icons 3: Sibelius

Saturday 24 September 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

Polovtsian Dances - Borodin
Concerto selected by (and featuring) a 2016 CYO Concerto Competition winner
Symphony No. 2- Sibelius

Opening with Borodin's exuberant dances from Prince Igor, CYO sets the stage with a rich orchestral sound that continues throughout the program. Including a concerto performed by a winner of CYO's 2016 Concerto Competition, to be held in early 2016. This is paralleled with one of the more distinguished highlights of the Romantic period: Sibelius' Symphony No. 2. Well-known for its lush orchestration and its grandiose finale, Sibelius' most famous symphony shows the height of Finnish composition, moving through dramatic landscapes and paving the way for the remainder of CYO's Romantic 2016 repertoire.

20
Oct
Musica Viva

Musica Viva - Benjamin Beilman & Andrew Tyson

Thursday 20 October at 7pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Program

MOZART Sonata no 32 in B-flat major, K. 454
JANACEK Violin Sonata
STANLEY New Work (World Premiere)
Commissioned by Musica Viva's Hildegard Project
SAINT-SAENS Sonata no 1 in D minor, op 75

In one of the most exciting classical music debuts of the year, two award-winning young stars make their first recital tour of Australia. The program reflects the equal nature of their roles. Saint-Saens' First Violin Sonata requires two virtuosi to bring it off: the two parts are equal in emotional expression and take turns in musical leadership, before joining for an exuberant finale which has been called 'the most exciting in the repertoire'.

Mozart wrote his delightful Violin Sonata K. 454 for himself to play at the keyboard, accompanying a violin virtuoso - though the story goes that he ran out of time to write out his own part before the premiere, and played from a blank page!

Janacek's Sonata is a darker beast, written at the onset of the Great War, with what the composer described as 'the sound of metal clashing' in his head. But it has a richly Romantic character too, and a wealth of Bohemian folk touches. A notable inclusion on the program is a purpose-built world premiere by Jane Stanley, an Australian composer now resident in Glasgow, whose distinctive musical language marries fiery technique with emotional impact.

4
Nov
Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars

Friday 4 November at 7.30pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Program

Philips: Cecilia virgo
Tallis: Suscipe quaeso
Tallis: Lamentations I
Phinot: Lamentations
Part: Which was the Son of...
Interval
Muhly: Recordare, Domine (set of Lamentations) Australian Premiere
Tavener: As one who has slept
Clemens: Ego flos campi
Crecquillon: Andreas Christi famulus
Canberra: Byrd: Tribue domine

World-renowned British early music vocal ensemble, The Tallis Scholars, will embark on their first national tour of Australia this year.

Founded in 1973 by Artistic Director Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars have established themselves as the most authoritative and eminent interpreters of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Praised by critics for their delicate, pure sound, The Tallis Scholars have reset the bar for a cappella music. The Tallis Scholars have performed in both sacred and secular venues, notably St Paul's Cathedral in London, the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, and the Church of St Ignatius Loyola in a collaboration with Sir Paul McCartney.

Recordings by The Tallis Scholars have attracted many awards throughout the world, including 3 Grammy Award nominations, Gramophone magazine's Record of the Year award and 3 Early Music Awards. This will be an experience not to be missed.

5
Nov
Slava Rodrigo

Australian Chamber Orchestra - Slava, Rodrigo & Beethoven VII

Saturday 5 November at 8pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Program

RAVEL Le tombeau de Couperin
RODRIGO
Concierto de Aranjuez
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No.7

Artists

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Slava Grigoryan Guitar
Helena Rathbone Violin

Slava Grigoryan is a guitar virtuoso of magisterial ability, and a cultural ambassador for Australia as Artistic Director of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. He has won two ARIA Awards, toured with Paco Pena and Leo Kottke, and played with major orchestras around the world. Experience this talent playing one of the most popular concertos of our time, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez..

17
Nov
Musica Viva

Musica Viva - Trio Dali

Thursday 17 November at 7pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Program

BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in E-flat major, op 1 no 1
SMALLEY Piano Trio
CHAUSSON Piano Trio in G minor, op 3

Trio Dali is an ensemble of soloists, who come together for the love of playing chamber music. Such pleasure in performing is a pleasure for the listener, too.

For this tour the Trio have chosen their favourite work to open this program: Beethoven's op 1 no 1.

The Trio continue to demonstrate their innate but subtle expertise in the performance of a stylish and elegant piece by Chausson that hints at the Parisian salons. Hints of Paris creep into the program again with Australian composer Roger Smalley, who's delicious Piano Trio brings delicate figurations to its shimmering tones.

26
Nov
Beethoven Finale

Australian Chamber Orchestra - Beethoven Finale

Saturday 26 November at 8pm
Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012

Venue

Llewellyn Hall

Program

SCHNITTKE Sonata for violin and chamber orchestra
SCHUBERT 5 Minuets and 6 Trios, D.89
BEETHOVEN (arr. strings) String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op.131

Artists

Lorenza Borrani Director & Violin
Helena Rathbone Violin

The ACO's 2016 journey through the late quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven culminates with a presentation of the composer's own favourite, String Quartet Op.131, the epitome of his later style: expansive, visceral, and utterly affecting. Wagner said that "it floats over the sorrows of the world".

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.

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