Musica Viva Festival 2013 – Day 1

Our Festival musicians and the AYO Chamber Players have been in Sydney preparing for the Musica Viva Festival for a week already, and today the Festival begins in earnest. First on the program are two AYO masterclasses, presented by Pieter Wispelwey and Masumi Per Rostad.

In today’s Con Showcase, students and faculty of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music present William Walton and Edith Sitwell’s fascinating and unconventional Façade – An Entertainment for ensemble and reciter.

In the afternoon Ironwood presents a lecture-demonstration ‘A Different Sort of Brahms’. Ironwood specialise in historically informed performance and have recently been investigating how Brahms might have expected his work to be played. In this seminar they will examine Brahms’ Piano Quartet no 1 in G minor using period instruments. The same work is performed in tonight’s concert on modern instruments. It’s not a question of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ but it should make for fascinating listening all the same.

Sharon Bezaly

Sharon Bezaly

In the AYO Chamber Players concert AYO ensembles present works by Haydn, Mozart, Brahms and Debussy. Then why not join Carl Vine in the Music Café In Conversation with Ian Munro and Alice Giles.

The evening concert feautres the Goldner Quartet, Hector McDonald, Benjamin Beilman, Sharon Bezaly, Ian Munro, Lambert Orkis, Sophie Rowell, Sally Boud and Melissa Barnard in works by Mozart, Ysaye, Schubert and Brahms.


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