The Macquarie Conservatorium will kick-start their concert series in March with a great-line up of outstanding visiting artists in store for patrons.
Award-winning classical guitar duo, the Grigoryan Brothers, will open this year's series on March 8.
Guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are amongst the finest musicians of their generation, enthralling audiences with the energy of their performances and the breadth of their repertoire, embracing classical, jazz and contemporary music from around the world. Between them, they have received 4 ARIA awards and an incredible 25 ARIA Award nominations. As a duo, they have recorded 11 albums, with their 12th coming out in 2019.
“Our second concert in June is a unique opportunity to experience the art of great Australian jazz performers live in concert,” Macquarie Conservatorium director Vivienne Winther said.
The musicians are members of the Australian National University’s School of Music Jazz Faculty, acclaimed as the best jazz school in Australia. Saxophonist John Mackey, guitarist Greg Stott, bass-player Brendan Clarke and drummer Mark Sutton are sought-after performers who appear regularly at national and international jazz festivals. Between them, they have performed with the who’s who of the Australian jazz scene, including James Morrison, Miroslav Bukovsky and Vince Jones, as well as with an impressive roll call of international jazz musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Ray Charles, Eugene Wright and George Shearing.
“Macquarie Conservatorium has again been included in the tour of alumni from the Australian National Academy of Music,” Ms Winther said.
“This year two outstanding chamber music ensembles visit Dubbo as part of the ANAM Artists tour, with the first being a captivating trio of flute, harp and viola.”
One of the most exciting young ensembles to emerge from Melbourne’s classical chamber music scene, the Chrysalis Trio combines outstanding musicianship with a creative approach to repertoire. The program for their Dubbo concert in August features Debussy and Ravel’s masterworks for this unusual instrumental combination.
In September, a piano recital by Kenneth Broberg includes virtuoso masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Ravel. 23-year-old pianist Kenneth Broberg was a top prize winner at the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, and also won the silver medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in the USA.
Finishing off the star-studded series in November, the Seraphim Trio are joined by violist Martin Alexander to perform quartets for piano and strings by Mozart and Dvořák. Over the last two decades, the Seraphim Trio has become one of Australia’s most acclaimed and admired chamber ensembles, and this special concert celebrates the Trio’s formative years as students at the Australian National Academy of Music.
With brilliant guitarists, jazz musicians, pianists, wind and string players - this year’s series offers a truly diverse range of high quality artists in programs of entertaining and inspiring music. Purchase your great value series ticket to all five concerts now!
Tickets for the first concert and series tickets are on sale now from www.123tix.com.au and at Macquarie Conservatorium. Visit www.macqcon.org.au for more info and booking details.
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