Music teacher sets entertainment goal


CLARENCE music teacher Melissa Philp said a concert with renowned cellist Trish O'Brien in Grafton on Sunday would not be classical in the true sense of the word.

Pianist Mrs Philp said the show at Christ Church Cathedral, at 3pm, would steer away from a definitive approach to classical music.

"It is not going to be straight down the line, strictly classical," Mrs Philp said.

"It is going to be a very entertaining style with a Spanish and South American theme."

Mrs Philp said it would be a high-class performance.

"Grafton doesn't often get to see somebody of Trish O'Brien's calibre."

Ms O'Brien was a principal cellist in the Adelaide and Sydney symphony orchestras.

She will play on her German-made cello 'Monty'.

Ms O'Brien said the classical music was sensual and could be enjoyed by all.

"I tend to play music that expands audiences, rather than bores them," Ms O'Brien said.

"It is very fiery and sexy music. No-one will be able to sleep for the rest of the night."

At 14, Ms O'Brien performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

"(Classical music) is deeply embedded in my soul," she said.

Mrs Philp will accompany Ms O'Brien on a Yamaha Grand piano. She also will perform a solo, Three Argentinian Dancers.

"It is a very show-off song, very dramatic," Mrs Philp said.

"I would hope young musicians would be inspired seeing somebody like (Ms O'Brien) in action."

In March Mrs Philp directed the 12th Australian Flute convention in Coffs Harbour. Tickets are available at Buckley's Grafton Music in Prince Street. Adults $20, concession $15 and students $10.

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