The Sydney Opera House has announced three performances for the first half of next year as part of their Utzon music series of chamber concerts, taking place in the only venue in the Performing Arts District designed by Danish architect JÃ¸rn Utzon, who designed the building’s iconic facade. All three performances include performances of chamber works by Beethoven and Mozart, as well as premieres of new works by Australian composers Paul Stanhope and Brett Dean.
âThe rediscovery of live chamber music marks, for many of us, an important post-COVID milestone. More than ever, we seek those precious experiences of unparalleled art and creative connection that give us such joy and purpose, âsaid Casey Green, Curator of the Utzon music series.
The first concert of the season, on March 5, features a program of Beethoven piano and cello sonatas. Pianist Aura Go joins Australian Chamber Orchestra principal cello Timo-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve for an evening of duets, covering Beethoven’s five piano and cello sonatas, from the first composed in 1796 to the last, composed in 1815 when the composer suffered from profound deafness.
On March 20, the ACO collective of the Australian Chamber Orchestra will be joined by renowned harpsichordist Erin Helyard for Italian baroque, presenting a program of works by Italian Baroque masters. The program also includes the premiere of the work of Australian composer Paul Stanhope Give ground, a reflection on the popular La Folia by baroque composer Geminiani.
The final concert of the first part, on June 12, will bring together the distinguished Australian piano trio Seraphim Trio, composed of pianist Anna Goldsworthy, violinist Helen Ayres and cellist Timothy Nankervis, with the principal violist of the Orchestra Melbourne Symphony Christopher Moore. Together, the quartet will perform works by Mozart and Croatian composer Dora PejaÄeviÄ, as well as the premiere of a new chamber work by Australian composer Brett Dean.
âMassively contested, this first installment of Utzon Music 2022 features Australia’s best classical musicians, and I am delighted to see audiences return to the Utzon Hall for these sensational experiences,â said Green.
More information, including tickets, for these concerts can be found here.