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Lunch Hour Concert Series – Semester 1 | 2018

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The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Hosts a series of free Lunch Hour Concerts over the semester, kindly supported by the Cicely & Colin Rigg Bequest.

COLLIDE

MONDAY 26 FEBRUARY
Joseph Lallo saxophone, Yelian He cello, Yasmin Rowe piano

Collide unites three international soloists in a program of classical and crossover music featuring works by Haydn, Bruch, Wilkins and Henryson. Through the unique combination of saxophone, cello and piano, Collide reinterprets the classics, alongside new music written especially for the ensemble.


SONORITIES
MONDAY 5 MARCH
Benjamin Martin piano

Features works for solo piano by Liszt, Debussy and Dutilleux, all of which explore the tonal resources of the instrument in a unique way.

QUARTZ QUARTET AND KENJI FUJIMURA
MONDAY 12 MARCH
Kenji Fujimura piano, Kathryn Taylor violin 1, Philippa West violin 2,
Merewyn Bramble viola, Zoe Wallace cello

Quartz is a fresh and exciting ensemble on the Australian chamber music scene, uniting four highly acclaimed Melbourne musicians. For this much-anticipated collaboration, Quartz and Kenji will present one of the hallmark works in the chamber music repertory, Brahms's Piano Quintet in F minor. Often called the ‘crown of his chamber music’, the quintet gives all five players equal roles, giving an intensity and expression that is characteristic of Brahms's compositions.

MUSIC FOR BRASS AND ORGAN
MONDAY 19 MARCH
Joel Brennan trumpet, Don Immel trombone, Anthony Halliday organ

The Conservatorium's brass staff Joel Brennan and Don Immel are joined by the incredibly versatile organist Anthony Halliday, for a program of works spanning three centuries.

VIOLIN WORKS BY BIBER AND PANDOLFI
MONDAY 26 MARCH
David Irving violin, John O'Donnell organ and harpsichord, Nicholas Pollock theorbo,
Laura Vaughan viola da gamba and lirone

This concert takes a journey into the world of early Austrian violin sonatas, played on a modern replica of a c.1670 Stainer violin (the most popular model at the time) and accompanied by a beautiful continuo ensemble of organ, harpsichord, theorbo, viola da gamba and lirone.

MADONNA: EXOTIC AND VIRTUOSIC MUSIC FROM THE ITALIAN BAROQUE
MONDAY 9 APRIL
Vivien Hamilton voice, Rosemary Hodgson lute, Ruth Wilkinson viola di gamba and recorder

Auncient Hermony (dir. Vivien Hamilton) presents a 400th anniversary concert of sacred and profane music by Francesca Caccini Madonna: exotic and virtuosic music from the Italian Baroque. The theme explores the musico/textual display of poetic desire for women as depicted in early 17th-century song, as well as the contributions of female artists, whether singer, lutenist, viola da gamba player or recorder player to this genre of music.

JANET HILTON
MONDAY 16 APRIL
Janet Hilton clarinet

English clarinettist Janet Hilton plays two British works, the Fantasy-Sonata by John Ireland and A Year and a Day by Gordon Crosse (b. 1937), together with Weber’s great early romantic classic, the Grand Duo Concertant.


FAMILY PORTRAIT WITH IGOR & OLGA PIANO DUO
MONDAY 23 APRIL
Igor Machlak piano, Olga Kharitonova piano, Iounna Machlak piano,
Michael Machlak violin and piano

Celebrating the 30th year anniversary of the Igor and Olga Piano Duo, this program of Rachmaninov and Saint-Saens includes music for 4, 6 and 8 hands on one and two pianos, performed by Igor Machlak and Olga Kharitonova with the participation of their children, Iounna (Una) and Michael (Misha).

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JOURNEY OF STORIES
MONDAY 30 APRIL
Nicole Tj piano, Thomas Lo violin, Luke Severn cello

One of Australia’s most innovative performance groups, anon. aims to reimagine the live classical music experience. Join Nicole Tj, Thomas Lo and Luke Severn for a journey of poise, passion and spontaneity – unravelling stories through much-loved masterpieces and Australian works alike.

DANIEL DODDS AND KRISTIAN CHONG
MONDAY 7 MAY

Daniel Dodds violin, Kristian Chong piano

Concertmaster of the Australian World Orchestra, violinist Daniel Dodds, and Australian pianist Kristian Chong unite in a formidable program of the old and the new. Opening this recital is Saint-Saëns dramatic, virtuosic and thrilling First Sonata for Piano and Violin. The Violin and Piano Sonata by pianist and composer Olli Mustonen (written in 2012) concludes what promises to be a breathtaking concert.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY WIND SYMPHONY (USA)
MONDAY 14 MAY

This performance by the Brigham Young University Wind Symphony is part of a three-week tour to Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. BYU’s Wind Symphony is the premier concert band of Brigham Young University, Utah, consisting of 50 of the university’s finest woodwind, brass and percussion players. Ensemble members come from all corners of the United States, as well as many other countries internationally.


IL DIAVOLO
MONDAY 21 MAY

Davide Monti baroque violin, Josephine Vains baroque cello, Jacqueline Ogeil Cristofori piano

Baroque ensemble Accademia Arcadia, perform works by Vivaldi, Tartini and Scarlatti from their latest award winning CD, Il Diavolo.


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