There are a range of exciting live concerts planned for the Conservatorium for 2017.
There are a range of exciting live concerts planned for the Conservatorium for 2017.

Eclectic calendar year of concerts for the Con

THE Clarence Valley Conservatorium has assembled a wide range of concerts for the 2017 Visiting Artists Concerts Series.

There's really something for everyone this year, and The Con really hopes to see you at one or more of them.

Spooky Men: Friday February 24, 7pm. Ennobled by improbable facial hair, burdened by a vast, lovable incomprehension, and dignified with cavernous vocal chords, The Spooky Men's Chorale employs a devastating combination of beauty and stupidity to comment on the unsolvable paradoxes of being a man.

With diverse repertoire ranging from Georgian table songs to immaculate ballads, vaudevillian nonsense and a mock Sufi ode to the Bee Gees, they have built a reputation for highly amusing and entertaining performances built on a solid musical base under the leadership of Stephen Taberner.

The Spooky Men will also be holding a workshop for singers on Saturday February 25, for singers of all ages and for both men and women.

Johannes Moller: Thursday March 16, 7pm. The European guitarist and composer Johannes Moller has captivated audiences throughout the world with charismatic and soulful performances. In 2010 he was awarded first prize in the GFA Concert Artist Competition, considered by many to be the most prestigious guitar competition in the world.

2017 will mark the third tour Johannes has made to Australia, and he will perform some of the great guitar compositions, as well as some of his original compositions. Johannes is a regular performer in Europe, as well as giving performances in India and the United States.

Australian Brass Quintet: Tuesday May 2, 7.30pm. Christchurch Cathedral

Five of Australia's finest brass players come together to perform with exceptional artistry. The Australian Brass Quintet are dedicated to presenting creative and engaging programs including established masterpieces, innovative new works for the modern brass quintet and collaborations with local and international artists. The ABQ is a unique Australian ensemble sought after for commissions, festivals, recordings, collaborations and residencies. They are passionate about the future of brass music in Australia, which they foster by championing new works, presenting education programs and residencies, and mentoring young professional musicians.

Syzygy Ensemble: Sunday August 13, 2pm. Syzygy Ensemble is an award-winning contemporary music group based in Melbourne. After just one year of performing together they were awarded first prize in the chamber music section of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition and, subsequently, were the only Australian group selected to perform at the 2011 Gaudeamus International Interpreter's Award in Amsterdam.

Since then, they have gained a reputation as one of Australia's finest new music ensembles, lauded for their virtuoso precision, innovative programming and ability to connect with their audiences. They were nominated for a Helpmann Award for a George Crumb tribute concert in 2012, and in 2014 were the recipient of the Melbourne Recital Centre's Contemporary Masters Award. Last year they released their debut CD, Making Signs, containing specially commissioned works by some of Australia's finest composers.

Roman Rudnytsky: Friday September 8, 7pm. Roman Rudnytsky is an American concert pianist of Ukrainian background who has performed for many years in over 95 countries.

He has brought the pleasure of classical music to audiences throughout the world, from some of the largest concert halls in capital cities as well as to small towns that are away from the musical mainstream and seldom experience this type of music in live performance.

In 2017 we are pleased that Roman will make a return visit to the Clarence Valley to thrill audiences with pianistic virtuosity.

Elena Kats-Chernin and Tamara Anna Cislowska: Saturday, October 21, 2pm. Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia's most acclaimed and recognised pianists for both her solo and chamber performances, and winner of the 2015 ARIA award for Best Classical Album for her recording Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics). She has performed worldwide with a repertoire spanning five centuries, and won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d'Oro.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Elena Kats-Chernin studied music in Moscow, Sydney and Hanover. She has created works across nearly every genre, from rags to ballet and operas, and from intimate compositions for piano, string trio and chamber ensembles to robotic instruments, and full-scale choir and symphony orchestra, from the world's leading orchestras, opera, ballet and theatre companies and festivals.

Thomas Leleu: Saturday October 28, 2pm. Thomas Leleu is a French tuba player. He was born in Lille, France.

He is the first tuba player to have ever won the award Revelation Instrumental Soloist of the Year at the annual French classical music award event, the Victoires de la musique classique.

At only 29 years of age, Thomas Leleu is considered as "the young world star of the tuba”.

In 2015/2016, Thomas performed at various festivals and as a soloist with different orchestras (Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Bad Kissingen Summer Festival in Germany, Floréal Musical d'Epinal, les Concerts de Poche, Festival du Vigan, au theatre Impérial de Compiègne). He toured and gave master classes in the USA, in Asia, Brazil, Spain, Italy and France.

  • You can check out full details on the CVCon website, or contact the UHCM office to purchase your tickets. We have season passes available too for big savings.

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