La Stupenda – A Voice Eternal

A concert 25 years in the making. Australia's best classical musicians come together for one night only to celebrate the power and beauty of the human voice

At the Joan’s official opening in 1990 Joan Sutherland performed her last ever concert recital, accompanied by husband Richard Bonynge, to a packed house in the Concert Hall. 25 years later join us as we pay tribute to ‘La Stupenda’ in this elegant night of fine music, wine and canapés.

The 25th Anniversary Concert will feature some of Australia’s most exquisite classical musicians including stunning vocal group The Song Company; one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists Tamara Cislowska; and fittingly on a night honouring Dame Joan, the singer ‘touted as the next superstar of Opera’ Amelia Farrugia.

Joined on stage by the sublime strings of the Acacia Quartet and one of Australia’s most celebrated didgeridoo players, and featuring a world premiere by Australia’s greatest living composer Elena Kats-Chernin, the 25th Anniversary Concert will be both a joyous concert of commemoration and an extraordinary night to remember.

Performers:

Acacia String Quartet
Founded in 2010 by violinists Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy, violist Stefan Duwe and cellist Anna Martin-Scrase, Acacia Quartet has quickly won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs which couple established repertoire with the unorthodox. In 2013 Acacia was nominated for both an ARIA Award and an Art Music Award.

“The versatility and technical mastery they both demonstrated as individuals and as an ensemble … is an impressive testament to their extraordinary talent.” – Sounds Like Sydney, 2014

Christina Leonard – saxophone
Christina is one of Australia’s leading Saxophonists. She performs with key Australian chamber music ensembles, as well as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra and is a featured soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

Jess Ciampa – percussion
Jess Ciampa (Zeeko) is a legend in the Sydney Music scene. Jess is a highly skilled multi instrumentalist His work as a percussionist includes extensive touring with Musica Viva In Schools, performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Spaghetti Western Orchestra

Kirsty McCahon – double bass
Kirsty is principal double bass of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and also plays with the Australian World Orchestra.

Amelia Farrugia – soprano
Amelia Farrugia is regarded as one of the brightest stars of opera in Australia. She has studied with Maestro Richard Bonynge and regularly performs internationally.

“Over the past decade Farrugia has established herself in the first rank of Australian opera singers and is already being touted as the next superstar of opera”. Mark Chipperfield – The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sydney Magazine, 2006

The Song Company
The Song Company can be seen as a pioneer in a cappella singing in Australia. No other vocal ensemble in the country matches the quality of The Song Company’s ensemble or the diversity of its repertoire. There are arguably few vocal ensembles anywhere in the same league.

William Barton – didgeridoo
William Barton is an ARIA winning didgeridoo player. He is widely recognised as one of Australia’s finest traditional didgeridoo players and a leading didgeridoo player in the classical world.

Tamara- Anna Cislowska – piano
Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists. She has performed across five continents in repertoire spanning three centuries, from Scarlatti to Sculthorpe, to consistent critical and public acclaim. Tamara has won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro, and in Australia was the youngest pianist to win ABC Young Performer of the Year at age 14. She is a recipient of the prestigious Freedman Fellowship (2003) from the Music Council of Australia and most recently, the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT).

New commission- world premiere – Elena Kats-Chernin
Elena Kats-Chernin is one of the most cosmopolitan composers working today, having reached millions of listeners worldwide through her prolific catalogue of works for theater, ballet, orchestra, and chamber ensemble. Her dramatically vivid music communicates a mixture of lightheartedness and heavy melancholy, combining strong rhythmic figures with elements of cabaret, tango, ragtime, and klezmer.

 

Adult $75

Concession $70

Producer: Valda Silvy OAM

Acacia String Quartet
Founded in 2010 by violinists Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy, violist Stefan Duwe and cellist Anna Martin-Scrase, Acacia Quartet has quickly won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs which couple established repertoire with the unorthodox. In 2013 Acacia was nominated for both an ARIA Award and an Art Music Award.

“The versatility and technical mastery they both demonstrated as individuals and as an ensemble … is an impressive testament to their extraordinary talent.” – Sounds Like Sydney, 2014

Christina Leonard – saxophone
Christina is one of Australia’s leading Saxophonists. She performs with key Australian chamber music ensembles, as well as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra and is a featured soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

Jess Ciampa – percussion
Jess Ciampa (Zeeko) is a legend in the Sydney Music scene. Jess is a highly skilled multi instrumentalist His work as a percussionist includes extensive touring with Musica Viva In Schools, performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Spaghetti Western Orchestra

Kirsty McCahon – double bass
Kirsty is principal double bass of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and also plays with the Australian World Orchestra.

Amelia Farrugia – soprano
Amelia Farrugia is regarded as one of the brightest stars of opera in Australia. She has studied with Maestro Richard Bonynge and regularly performs internationally.

“Over the past decade Farrugia has established herself in the first rank of Australian opera singers and is already being touted as the next superstar of opera”. Mark Chipperfield – The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sydney Magazine, 2006

The Song Company
The Song Company can be seen as a pioneer in a cappella singing in Australia. No other vocal ensemble in the country matches the quality of The Song Company’s ensemble or the diversity of its repertoire. There are arguably few vocal ensembles anywhere in the same league.

William Barton – didgeridoo
William Barton is an ARIA winning didgeridoo player. He is widely recognised as one of Australia’s finest traditional didgeridoo players and a leading didgeridoo player in the classical world.

Tamara- Anna Cislowska – piano
Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists. She has performed across five continents in repertoire spanning three centuries, from Scarlatti to Sculthorpe, to consistent critical and public acclaim. Tamara has won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro, and in Australia was the youngest pianist to win ABC Young Performer of the Year at age 14. She is a recipient of the prestigious Freedman Fellowship (2003) from the Music Council of Australia and most recently, the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT).

New commission- world premiere – Elena Kats-Chernin
Elena Kats-Chernin is one of the most cosmopolitan composers working today, having reached millions of listeners worldwide through her prolific catalogue of works for theater, ballet, orchestra, and chamber ensemble. Her dramatically vivid music communicates a mixture of lightheartedness and heavy melancholy, combining strong rhythmic figures with elements of cabaret, tango, ragtime, and klezmer.

  • Saturday, Aug 29 2015 8:00pm

At the Joan’s official opening in 1990 Joan Sutherland performed her last ever concert recital, accompanied by husband Richard Bonynge, to a packed house in the Concert Hall. 25 years later join us as we pay tribute to ‘La Stupenda’ in this elegant night of fine music, wine and canapés.

The 25th Anniversary Concert will feature some of Australia’s most exquisite classical musicians including stunning vocal group The Song Company; one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists Tamara Cislowska; and fittingly on a night honouring Dame Joan, the singer ‘touted as the next superstar of Opera’ Amelia Farrugia.

Joined on stage by the sublime strings of the Acacia Quartet and one of Australia’s most celebrated didgeridoo players, and featuring a world premiere by Australia’s greatest living composer Elena Kats-Chernin, the 25th Anniversary Concert will be both a joyous concert of commemoration and an extraordinary night to remember.

Performers:

Acacia String Quartet
Founded in 2010 by violinists Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy, violist Stefan Duwe and cellist Anna Martin-Scrase, Acacia Quartet has quickly won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs which couple established repertoire with the unorthodox. In 2013 Acacia was nominated for both an ARIA Award and an Art Music Award.

“The versatility and technical mastery they both demonstrated as individuals and as an ensemble … is an impressive testament to their extraordinary talent.” – Sounds Like Sydney, 2014

Christina Leonard – saxophone
Christina is one of Australia’s leading Saxophonists. She performs with key Australian chamber music ensembles, as well as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra and is a featured soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

Jess Ciampa – percussion
Jess Ciampa (Zeeko) is a legend in the Sydney Music scene. Jess is a highly skilled multi instrumentalist His work as a percussionist includes extensive touring with Musica Viva In Schools, performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Spaghetti Western Orchestra

Kirsty McCahon – double bass
Kirsty is principal double bass of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and also plays with the Australian World Orchestra.

Amelia Farrugia – soprano
Amelia Farrugia is regarded as one of the brightest stars of opera in Australia. She has studied with Maestro Richard Bonynge and regularly performs internationally.

“Over the past decade Farrugia has established herself in the first rank of Australian opera singers and is already being touted as the next superstar of opera”. Mark Chipperfield – The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sydney Magazine, 2006

The Song Company
The Song Company can be seen as a pioneer in a cappella singing in Australia. No other vocal ensemble in the country matches the quality of The Song Company’s ensemble or the diversity of its repertoire. There are arguably few vocal ensembles anywhere in the same league.

William Barton – didgeridoo
William Barton is an ARIA winning didgeridoo player. He is widely recognised as one of Australia’s finest traditional didgeridoo players and a leading didgeridoo player in the classical world.

Tamara- Anna Cislowska – piano
Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists. She has performed across five continents in repertoire spanning three centuries, from Scarlatti to Sculthorpe, to consistent critical and public acclaim. Tamara has won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro, and in Australia was the youngest pianist to win ABC Young Performer of the Year at age 14. She is a recipient of the prestigious Freedman Fellowship (2003) from the Music Council of Australia and most recently, the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT).

New commission- world premiere – Elena Kats-Chernin
Elena Kats-Chernin is one of the most cosmopolitan composers working today, having reached millions of listeners worldwide through her prolific catalogue of works for theater, ballet, orchestra, and chamber ensemble. Her dramatically vivid music communicates a mixture of lightheartedness and heavy melancholy, combining strong rhythmic figures with elements of cabaret, tango, ragtime, and klezmer.

 

Adult $75

Concession $70

Producer: Valda Silvy OAM

Acacia String Quartet
Founded in 2010 by violinists Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy, violist Stefan Duwe and cellist Anna Martin-Scrase, Acacia Quartet has quickly won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs which couple established repertoire with the unorthodox. In 2013 Acacia was nominated for both an ARIA Award and an Art Music Award.

“The versatility and technical mastery they both demonstrated as individuals and as an ensemble … is an impressive testament to their extraordinary talent.” – Sounds Like Sydney, 2014

Christina Leonard – saxophone
Christina is one of Australia’s leading Saxophonists. She performs with key Australian chamber music ensembles, as well as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra and is a featured soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

Jess Ciampa – percussion
Jess Ciampa (Zeeko) is a legend in the Sydney Music scene. Jess is a highly skilled multi instrumentalist His work as a percussionist includes extensive touring with Musica Viva In Schools, performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Spaghetti Western Orchestra

Kirsty McCahon – double bass
Kirsty is principal double bass of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and also plays with the Australian World Orchestra.

Amelia Farrugia – soprano
Amelia Farrugia is regarded as one of the brightest stars of opera in Australia. She has studied with Maestro Richard Bonynge and regularly performs internationally.

“Over the past decade Farrugia has established herself in the first rank of Australian opera singers and is already being touted as the next superstar of opera”. Mark Chipperfield – The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sydney Magazine, 2006

The Song Company
The Song Company can be seen as a pioneer in a cappella singing in Australia. No other vocal ensemble in the country matches the quality of The Song Company’s ensemble or the diversity of its repertoire. There are arguably few vocal ensembles anywhere in the same league.

William Barton – didgeridoo
William Barton is an ARIA winning didgeridoo player. He is widely recognised as one of Australia’s finest traditional didgeridoo players and a leading didgeridoo player in the classical world.

Tamara- Anna Cislowska – piano
Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists. She has performed across five continents in repertoire spanning three centuries, from Scarlatti to Sculthorpe, to consistent critical and public acclaim. Tamara has won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro, and in Australia was the youngest pianist to win ABC Young Performer of the Year at age 14. She is a recipient of the prestigious Freedman Fellowship (2003) from the Music Council of Australia and most recently, the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT).

New commission- world premiere – Elena Kats-Chernin
Elena Kats-Chernin is one of the most cosmopolitan composers working today, having reached millions of listeners worldwide through her prolific catalogue of works for theater, ballet, orchestra, and chamber ensemble. Her dramatically vivid music communicates a mixture of lightheartedness and heavy melancholy, combining strong rhythmic figures with elements of cabaret, tango, ragtime, and klezmer.

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