Musica Viva Festival 2013 – Day 2

We begin day two of the 2013 Musica Viva Festival with a live broadcast of Classic Breakfast on ABC Classic FM hosted by Emma Ayres. Early risers should head to the Music Café from 8am!

Next on the calendar are AYO Chamber Players masterclasses, presented by Pieter Wispelwey and Lambert Orkis. Then students and faculty of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music present Kurt Weill’s Little Threepenny Music followed by Paul Hindemith’s Konzertmusik for piano, brass and harps, op 49.

The afternoon presents a rare opportunity to hear pianist Lambert Orkis reflect on his decades at the pinnacle of chamber music performance. Lambert is perhaps best known for his partnerships with Mstislav Rostropovich and Anne Sophie Mutter, but did you know he is highly regarded for his performances on period instruments, and has also premiered a range of works by contemporary composers such as George Crumb?

At 3.30pm Lespets and Camden host a concert featuring some of the instruments from the Treasures of Cremona violin exhibition. This afternoon’s AYO Chamber Players concert includes works by Haydn, Mozart, Dvorak and Ravel. Carl Vine then interviews Sharon Bezaly and Hector McDonald in the Music Café.

Pacifica Quartet

Pacifica Quartet

The evening concert features Hector McDonald, Neal Peres Da Costa, Shaun Brown, Sophie Rowell, Kirsty Hilton, Sally Boud, Melissa Barnard, Benjamin Beilman, Ian Munro, Sharon Bezaly, Tamara Anna Cislowska and the Pacifica Quartet, in works by Beethoven, Butterworth, Brahms, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Acclaimed harpist Alice Giles then presents a special multi-media performance commemorating the Centenary of the First Australasian Antartic Expedition of 1911-1914, of which her grandfather Dr Cecil T. Madigan was a member. Works include sentimental favourites mentioned by Madigan in his diaries, and music by Australian composers Larry Sitsky, Martin Wesley-Smith, Nigel Westlake, Jim Cotter and Joshua McHugh, as well as sounds of the wind through the harp in Antarctica, woven together with words and song into a seamless, full-length program.


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