CONCERTS

We have a spectacular lineup of artists this year for our five main concerts.  Buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.


Youth and Exuberance

Presented by Camp Creative in memory of Peter Nance

AcaciaBYO500x300Bellingen Youth Orchestra and the Acacia Quartet

A magical night of music, including premieres of a commissioned work by Sally Whitwell performed by the Bellingen Youth Orchestra and student compositions performed by the Acacia Quartet.

 

Friday 22 September
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Program TBA

Adults: $35 Students: $15

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A Touch of Paradise

Strelitzia Piano Trio

Strelitzia has been widely praised for their innovative programs which typically feature the great masterpieces of the Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century chamber music repertoire alongside lesser known gems from around the world, as well as fresh new contemporary works with influences ranging from world music to jazz
Saturday 23 September
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Program

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) .….   Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8
Alicia Grant (1979-  ) Lighthouse for Piano Trio
F.J. Haydn (1732-1809) Piano Trio in C Major, XV 27
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Piano Trio in A Minor

Adults: $35 Students: $15

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Keyboard Extravaganza

Presented in association with Musica Viva Australia

The Academy EnsembleThe Academy

The Academy is a chamber music program for talented music students in the greater Coffs Harbour region. This unique concept allows higher level instrumental students to experience chamber music and performance techniques that would otherwise only be available to them during tertiary music

Tamara-Anna CislowslaTamara-Anna Cislowska

Tamara has graced the great concert halls of the world, shared her innate sensitivity and interpretive powers with the finest orchestras and received critical acclaim for her numerous musical recordings. She is one of Australia’s foremost pianists, winner of many awards both here and overseas including the 2015 ARIA Award for ‘Best Classical Album’.

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Elena Kats-CherninElena Kats-Chernin

Well known for here ballet Wild Swans, Elena is widely acknowledged and awarded around the world as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary composers. She has created works in nearly every genre, from orchestral compositions to chamber music and opera, from ballet to string trio and intimate compositions for piano and from rags to  music for robots.

 

Saturday 23 September
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Program

The Academy
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)….. Divertimento in F Major K138
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) Piano Quintet, 2nd movement

 

Elena Kats-Chernin and Tamara-Anna Cislowska

In 2011 when Kats-Chernin composed a piece for four hands on the one piano, she thought “…Tamara would be the perfect person to do this with”. Three years later when they held their first ‘proper concert’ with material written by Kats-Chernin. “… people said we should do that more often because it went so well, we had so much fun, and we agreed we should do it more often..”

For all her international acclaim, Kats-Chernin still enjoys the shared intimate moments on the piano and there is something quite intimate about watching Elena and Tamara at the piano together. They share a space, their hands working independently but together to create something quite magical. (after Karen Hardy, Canberra Times)

Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Elena Kats-Chernin will perform a wonderful selection of Elena’s repertoire for four hands.  For die-hard fans of Elena the program includes Eliza Aria and Slicked Back Tango, but with four hands at the piano, each is given a slightly different outfit to wear. There is the yearning and sweet melancholy of Unsent Love Letters, and the more dramatic finger-busters like Marcato, and Scherzino, which was inspired by the music of Bach.

Adults: $35 Students: $15

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No Boundaries

Presented in association with Musica Viva Australia

Duo HistoireNick Russoniello and Murilo Tanouye

A unique combination of classical guitar and saxophone features award-winning musicians Murilo Tanouye and Nick Russoniello.  One of Sydney’s finest emerging classical duos, they always deliver fresh performances in a variety of musical styles. Their broad repertoire ranges from Argentinian tango to Spanish romantic music, from Bossa Nova standards to Classical repertoire.

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Zoe Chindamo and Zoe BlackJoe Chindamo and Zoë Black

Individually, Joe Chindamo and Zoë Black have forged stellar careers and are amongst the most respected musicians in Australia. As a duo, they have established themselves as one of the most innovative voices in contemporary chamber music. Their commitment to new music displays a daring disregard for boundaries.

 

Sunday 24 September
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Program

Nick Russoniello and Murilo Tanouye

Dance via Spain to Argentina and Brazil and back with Duo Histoire’s vibrant program and enjoy the atmosphere from the dancehalls of Buenos Aires on the Bellingen stage. They will bring you tangos by Granados and Piazolla, a waltz by Nicholas Russoniello and a touch of Greek drama with film-music by Antonio Carlos Jobim from the movie Black Orpheus  (1959 Brazil).

Joe Chindamo and Zoë Black

American Spirit

In American Spirit  Joe takes us to the America he finds appealing and captivating, the America of famous musicians and composers, the America of storytellers, of big open spaces, bustling metropolises, bluegrass and jazz, the America that provided refuge from Nazism for some of Europe’s greatest musical figures like Stravinsky and Schoenberg.

Nine Lives of La Folia

In Nine Lives of La Folia  Joe brings us his take on this popular 16th century ‘12 Bar Blues’ of its day, following in the footsteps of Corelli, Vivaldi, Rachmaninov and numerous others.

Adults: $35 Students: $15

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Musica Exotica

Presented by Bellingen Shire Council

Tek TekTEK TEK Ensemble

The unique TEK TEK Ensemble from Melbourne performs virtuosic and original music inspired by tropical jungles, late night Balkan weddings, 1960s chic, and shamanistic desert rituals.The band, which includes Bellingen grown Esther Henderson, captivates audiences with exclamatory trumpet, hedonistic violins and organ, deeply pulsating drums and bass, wild psychedelic electric guitar, and a rich smearing of harmonized singing (and wailing) thrown on top.

Sunday 24 September
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Program

La Esperanza Olvidado                   (P. Dornau) Epic song in the style of Morricone. Featuring the band’s versatility as multi~instrumentalists
Jessica Lara Rizzi      (P. Dornau) Inspired by Afro Peruvian rhythms and tropical evenings.
Maki Maki                 (G. Bregovic) Sung in Serbian Rom (‘Gypsy’ dialect from Serbia). Written by the world~famous exponent of Balkan music and film composer, Goran Bregovic.
Negroni (P. Dornau) Rumba with three~part harmonies. The theme is of a broken-hearted heroine riding through a desert of eternal darkness.
Chambacu                 (P. Nel Isaza) Cumbia from Colombia from the mid 1970s. This song is named after a suburb of Bogotá named Chambacu, which was the largest slum in South America in the early 70s. The slum was razed by the Colombian government and this song is a reminiscence of it. Chambacu was originally sung by the 12 year old singer, Aurita Castilla who, like the song, disappeared into obscurity.
Melancholy Serenade                   (J. Gleason) Seedy late~night jazz number written by the trumpeter Jackie Gleason. Gleason was also the lead actor and creator of the 1950s television show, ‘The Honeymooners’. His role as Ralph Kramden in ‘The Honeymooners’ was the source of the character Fred Flintstone.
The Black Flamingo (P. Dornau) One of the band’s oldest numbers; A sultry cha~cha
Kisi Ki Jaan Lete Hain                           (Shankar-Jaikishan) Bollywood number, played surf~style, from the 1968 Hindi Jewel~thief Film ’Jhuk Gaya Aasman’.
The Promised Land   (P. Dornau) A doo~woop style song with Ethiopian influences about a psychedelic dream journey underground.
Mambo #8                 (P. Prado) One of the famous mambos written in the 1950s by the ‘King of Mambo’, Perez Prado.
Armagnac                 (P. Dornau) 1960s style song with ‘Elvis comeback’ bass and complex three~part harmonies.
Jimmy Jimmy Aaja   (B. Lahiri) Bollywood song from the 1981 movie ’Disco Dancer’ persuading ‘Jimmy’ to play guitar again after his mother is killed by an exploding guitar that was meant for him.
TEK TEK Theme Song (P. Dornau) Theme song relishing the food names of the band:
Ice Tea Venison, Crema Strawberry, Curry Lobster,
Durian Langoustine, Pork Doughnut and Hommus Schnitzel
Me Robaron mi Runa Mula Chicha song from Peru, 1972. Chicha is a style of music from the Peruvian Amazon influenced by ayahuasca and the petroleum boom of the 1960s which led to the consequent delivery of quality instruments and rock n’ roll throughout the region. This song is about a mythical half donkey/half woman creature that is borne of an unchaste religious woman.
Katinaki (Trad.) Old Greek song for which we have no information.
Para Elisa                  (L. van Beethoven) Chicha version of the 19th Century classic.
Diamonds in the Beat (P. Dornau) Original disco track.
Godfather Surf Waltz (N. Rota) Surf arrangement of The Godfather Waltz from the movie, The Godfather.
Shake it like a Wolverine                 (P. Dornau) Original disco track inspired by 1970s Iranian funk.

Adults: $35 Students: $15

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