Wednesday 11. . . 1.15pm
Midweek Lunchtime Recital
Luke Bowen (piano)
Rhapsodie in G minor, Op. 79 No 2 . . . Johannes Brahms
Passepied from Suite bergamasque . . . Claude Debussy
Prelude & Fugue in G major, Op. 87 No 3 . . . Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 . . . Ludwig van Beethoven
Tuesday 24 . . . 5.30pm
(Christine Tilley, Director)
Singers from the Southern Highlands under the direction of Christine Tilley will perform Karl Jenkins' Choral Suite, "The Armed Man" in the context of an ANZAC Day Commemoration in St Jude's Church, Bowral. The work from which this suite is drawn was commissioned for the millennium by Britain's Royal Armouries. It is a contemporary example of a work based on the 15th-century French song L'homme armé (the Armed Man).
Wednesday 25 . . . 1.15pm
Midweek Lunchtime Recital
Allan Beavis (Organ)
Prelude and "St Anne" Fugue in E flat . . . J S Bach
Sonata No. 4 . . . Alexandre Guilmant
Allegro assai; Andante; Menuetto; Finale
The subject of Bach's "St Anne" Fugue is identical to the opening phrase of the hymn tune "St Anne" which is regularly sung on ANZAC Day. While it is unlikely that Bach had any knowledge of the hymn tune the St Anne Fugue is nevertheless appropriate for ANZAC Day.
Alexandre Guilmant is a composer in the Romantic Tradition. This tradition suffered following the second world war as both World Wars I and II were seen to be inextricably tied to the Romantic tradition. A new musical esthetic and language emerged which, in the 1960s, made Romantic music seem archaic. Fortunately this attitude has passed and since 1984, when a reprint of Guilmant's works appeared in the USA, his music has once again come to public attention.
Sunday 29 . . . 3.00pm
Michael Tsalka (Harpsichord) &
Diana Weston (Harpsichord)
& Thoroughbass (String Ensemble).
Capricho . . . Pablo Escande (Michael/Diana)
Crimson Rosella . . . Ann Carr-Boyd
Tilting at Windmills . . . May Howlett (Michael/Diana)
Fuga y misterio . . . Astor Piazzolla (Michael/Diana)
Summa . . .Arvo Part (string ensemble)
Concerto II in g minor . . . Georg Benda (Michael/strings/continuo)
Concerto in E major BWV 1053 . . . J S Bach (Michael/strings/continuo)
Concerto IV . . . Alessandro Scarlatti (Diana/strings)
The warm climate of Italian and Spanish-speaking countries is the inspiration behind Latino Love Affair. Think hot sunny days, languid evenings, sudden thunderstorms. In a mixed program from the past and present we bring the pizzazz and energy of Pablo Escande’s Capricho; a musical episode in the life of Don Quixote in May Howlett’s Tilting at Windmills; and take you to sultry danger-filled nights in Buenos Aires with Piazzolla’s Fuga y misterio. In addition, an untypical concerto by Alessandro Scarlatti; and two concertos by Bach and Benda who, judging by the Italian style they have adopted so whole-heartedly, wished they had lived there.
Our harpsichord soloist is Michael Tsalka whose virtuosic and expressive playing was lauded at his last visit in 2017. Accompanied by Thoroughbass’s Shaun Warden, Shaun Ng, Tara Hashambuoy, Lucy Cormack, Angus Ryan and Diana Weston.
Michael Tsalka has won numerous prizes and awards in Europe, the U.S.A., the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. A versatile musician, he performs with equal virtuosity a wide span of repertoire from the early Baroque to our days on the harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano, chamber organ and modern piano. Dr. Tsalka was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University, he continued his studies in Germany and Italy. He maintains a busy concert schedule performing in most of the major concert halls throughout the world and has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras. Dr. Tsalka has recorded 20 CDs.
Diana Weston Diana is a musician living in Sydney. Since changing her career path from medicine to music, gaining her Masters in Music in 2008 with a study of harpsichord continuo styles, she has been involved with many musical activities and projects including festivals and concerts, operas and recitals. She is the director of the ensemble Thoroughbass which she formed in 2009.
Diana is pleased to be associated with keyboardist Dr Michael Tsalka in both Australia and Europe where they have given concerts together, the latter as part of the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival. Two new works have been dedicated to them – Tilting at Windmills by May Howlett and Toccata by Leonardo Coral of Mexico. These and other original works have been recorded by Western Sydney University and produced by Wirripang in 2017.