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Bach to Bacharach with the Giovanni Quartet

posted 19 Nov 2018, 21:57 by Thomas Friberg   [ updated 20 Jul 2019, 22:18 ]

3pm, 18th November 2018, The Orangery Gallery, Shenton Park, Perth

A top level quartet take on a program spanning many centuries.

Rachmaninoff vespers with St Goerge's Catheral Choir

posted 23 Sep 2018, 19:30 by Thomas Friberg   [ updated 21 Nov 2018, 05:04 ]

Thursday 15 November 2018, St George's Cathedral, Perth

Held in the sublime setting of Perth’s Gothic Revival Cathedral, this concert features the beautiful and ethereal Vespers of Sergei Rachmaninov, sung in Russian by the St George’s Cathedral Consort with Mezzo soloist Fiona Campbell, and directed by Dr Joseph Nolan.

“The Cathedral’s arches and lighting complement the musical architecture of the Vespers perfectly - taking you to a place of spirituality and light that is simply other-worldly.” - Dr Joseph Nolan

This event is part of the St George’s Concert Series.

Albion with The Giovanni Consort

posted 23 Sep 2018, 19:27 by Thomas Friberg

7pm October 26, Trinity Uniting Church

The Giovanni Consort, conducted by Jangoo Chapkhana

In the final concert of their 2018 season, The Giovanni Consort presents a program of sublime English choral music written during the Twentieth Century.

Great Britain’s relationship with choral music is peerless; the cultural identity of the country can be charted throughout the centuries by the compositional styles of initial masters such as Purcell, Byrd and Tallis to the modern equivalents of Mealor, Panufnik and Bennett. Choral communities throughout the globe have emerged from the influence of this tradition, and many international composers of the present day cite the British masters as their inspiration.

The Giovanni Consort will delight audiences with some of the masterworks that were written by great English composers during the past century. Conducted by Jangoo Chapkhana in the architectural magnificence of Trinity Uniting Church, The Giovanni Consort will deliver stunning renditions of pieces by composers including Leighton, Howells, Finzi and Delius. Sacred and secular works will be performed as we close our 2018 Season with as much pomp and majesty as possible.

We encourage you to join us for our final Concert Series performance of the year, as this event will be truly spectacular.

Don Giovanni with WAO

posted 23 Sep 2018, 19:25 by Thomas Friberg

7:30pm 20-27 October 2018, His Majesty's Theatre, Perth

Don Giovanni is a promiscuous nobleman, an anti-hero in the endless pursuit of pleasure.

He flouts all of society’s rules and betrays without remorse. He outrages those around him leaving despair and ruin in his wake. Eventually he pays the ultimate price for his sins and confronts his damnation with fearless defiance to the very end. Mozart’s sublime music and dramatic truth tell a vivid tale of seduction, desire, power and freedom in this wonderful production.

Haydn Nelson Mass at Trinity in the city

posted 23 Sep 2018, 19:23 by Thomas Friberg

Noon, Sunday 16 September 2018, Trinity Uniting Church, Perth

I will sing the Bass solo part.

We invite you to join us for our special signature worship event Haydn's Nelson Mass on Sunday 16 September at 12.00pm at Trinity Uniting Church, 72 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

Haydn's "Mass in Times of Anxiety" features pounding rythms and virtuosic writing for voices and trumpets. A quartet of Australia's top soloists will join forces with Lux et Veritas & Camerata 1685 conducted by Jangoo Chapkhana.

Tristan Und Isolde with WASO

posted 23 Sep 2018, 19:20 by Thomas Friberg

16 & 19 August 2018, Perth Concert Hall

To celebrate WASO’s 90th year, Principal Conductor Asher Fisch, one of today’s supreme Wagner interpreters, leads two performances of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at Perth Concert Hall.

Composed in a state of ecstatic infatuation, this groundbreaking opera is one of the greatest of all tragic love stories. Young lovers Tristan and Isolde share a passion so overwhelming that it transcends the bounds of their earthly existence. Thwarted in life, only in death can their love be transfigured and their souls united in a metaphysical hereafter.

To portray the heightened passions of this epic drama, Wagner pushed his music into unprecedented expressive territory, revolutionising the art form and forever changing the boundaries of the possible.

WASO is thrilled to welcome the finest Tristan of our time, superstar tenor Stuart Skelton, and world-renowned soprano Gun-Brit Barkmin to headline an exceptional cast of Australian and international singers.

Witnessing a great performance of Tristan und Isolde is a revelatory experience. Be transported by the emotions, intensity, drama and sheer sumptuous beauty of Wagner’s magnificent masterpiece.

Note: Sung in German with English subtitles.

Asher Fisch conductor
Stuart Skelton Tristan
Gun-Brit Barkmin Isolde
Ekaterina Gubanova Brangäne
Boaz Daniel Kurwenal
Ain Anger King Marke
Angus Wood Melot
Paul O'Neill Young Sailor/Shepherd
Adrian Tamburini Steersman
WASO Chorus
St George’s Cathedral Consort

Americana with The Giovanni Consort

posted 23 Sep 2018, 19:17 by Thomas Friberg

Saturday, August 18, 2018 7:00 PM
Wesley Uniting Church, 75 William Street Perth, WA, 6000 Australia

From the Giovanni website:

The Giovanni Consort, conducted by Kris Bowtell

Unlike political history, American choral music did not immediately burst forth with significant people and events. Choral music certainly existed in America since the Colonial Period, but it was not until the twentieth century that its impact was significant. The last half of the twentieth century saw an explosion of interest in choral music unprecedented in the history of the country.

Bookending our performance with the works of Charles Ives, The Giovanni Consort will present an overview of music written by notable American composers, some of whom are still living today. Works by Libby Larsen, David Lang, Steve Reich and Eric Whitacre will share the stage with music by Leonard Bernstein and Elliott Carter, as members of The Giovanni Consort shine a light on the diverse compositional styles that are shaping the modern repertoire for many choirs around the world.

This concert will be held in the majestic acoustics of Wesley Uniting Church Perth, where Kris Bowtell will conduct. The Giovanni Consort will also perform alongside percussion and organ for both Ives’ Psalm 90, and Bernstein’s Missa Brevis.

We hope to see you at this performance as we celebrate the impact that American composers have had on choral music over the last century.

Carmen with WA Opera

posted 23 Sep 2018, 19:12 by Thomas Friberg   [ updated 23 Sep 2018, 19:14 ]

21-28 July 2018, His Majesty's Theatre, Perth (SOLD OUT)

Proud, fiery and defiant, Carmen is a femme fatale who lives by her own rules.

She draws Don José into her wild world and he falls under her spell, leaving his sweetheart, Micaëla, and his honour behind.

When Escamillo, the strutting bullfighter arrives, jealousy pushes Don José to the brink. Passion burns brightly in this fiery tale. Bizet’s greatest opera is filled with glorious music and heart racing drama. Lindy Hume’s much-loved production will draw you into the story of power, strength, courage and love.

Australasia with The Giovanni Consort

posted 23 Sep 2018, 19:11 by Thomas Friberg   [ updated 23 Sep 2018, 19:12 ]

Saturday June 2, 7pm, Cabaret Cave, Yanchep

The Giovanni Consort, conducted by Perry Joyce

The choral library of Australia, China and Japan has increasingly become part of the standard repertoire for many choirs around the world. Composers such as Ian Grandage, Gordon Hamilton and Kentaro Sato are finding an ever-increasing global audience for their music. The pure simplicity of music from this part of the world, which is often linked to nature, is unlike that found in traditional musical circles.

For the second concert of their 2018 Season, The Giovanni Consort is delighted and privileged to present a selection of these Australasian works in the fantastic acoustics and visually spectacular setting of the Cabaret Cave in Yanchep National Park. Originally used in the 1930’s to provide a secret dinner and dance location for Perth’s rich and famous, Cabaret Cave is Perth’s only venue cave.

Perry Joyce, one of Australia’s most promising and talented musicians, will conduct The Giovanni Consort as they perform a diverse range of works from composers including Grandage, Sato, Stephen Leek, Chen Yi & Hamilton, as well as works by Joyce himself.

Please join us for what will be a truly unique performance of some of the great modern choral pieces from Australasia.

Bach Mass in G with Perth Symphonic Chorus

posted 13 Mar 2018, 06:05 by Thomas Friberg

Sunday 15th and 22nd April 2018

Bach: Mass in G, Sanctus BWV 239,  & Kyrie from Cantata BWV 142
Marcello: Oboe Concerto in C minor
Handel: Duets from Messiah
Oboe soloist: Leanne Glover
Baritone soloist: Thomas Friberg
Concert accompanied by Perth Baroque Orchestra

Bach’s brilliant choral writing is well known to music lovers throughout the world. His wonderful Mass in G is no exception to this. To the regular listener it presents like a cantata with a combination of arias, duets and choruses. In addition to the mass, the concert will feature a mix of further Bach choral music, including his Sanctus BWV 239 and Kyrie from Cantata Ein feste Burg.

In contrast to the musical richness and profundity of Bach, we turn to some of Handel’s most melodic duets from Messiah.

In addition, as a foil to the choral works, the hauntingly beautiful Marcello Oboe Concert in C minor will be included in the programme. Come join us for an uplifting and inspiring Sunday afternoon in one of these two outstanding venues.

Sunday April 15th – 2.30pm at St Joseph’s Church, Salvado Road, Subiaco

Full $65 Concession $55 Student $25 Child under 16 $10

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