DON'T miss this rare opportunity to see classical pianist and writer Anna Goldsworthy perform an intimate recital titled Back to the Future, presented this Sunday at 2pm in Grafton by the Clarence Valley Conservatorium in association with Musica Viva Australia.

A regular performer in Australia and internationally as a piano soloist and chamber musician, Anna Goldsworthy has established herself as one of the country's leading pianists. Solo appearances include at the Teatro Colon for the Buenos Aires International Music Festival, for the Orchestra of Colours in Athens, at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, and in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's Masters Series.

Also an acclaimed writer, Anna's musical memoir, Piano Lessons, has been shortlisted for numerous awards in Australia and won 'Newcomer of the Year' at the 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards. Anna's acclaimed stage adaptation of the book, commissioned for the Queensland Music Festival, was nominated for a Matilda Award. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Best Australian Essays, The Monthly, The Australian, The Australian Book Review and The Australian Literary Review.

In this special recital, Anna will perform a repertoire of diverse works by Carl Vine, Larry Sitsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, Schubert and Beethoven in a program that offers a reverse chronology, beginning in today's Australia and culminating with a futuristic work of nineteenth-century piano music.

Of the repertoire, Goldsworthy says, "Each of these pieces are a highlight for me.

"In Carl Vine's timeless first sonata he addresses himself to this classical form. Larry Sitsky's Nocturne is dedicated to my teacher, Eleonora Sivan, and has never been performed before. The Prokofiev Sarcasms are revolutionary pieces, full of character and bite. And in Jeux d'eau, Ravel creates the aural illusion of water at the piano.

"The second half of the program is a real treat, comprising three limpid and beautiful Impromptus by Schubert, followed by Beethoven's virtuosic Waldstein sonata in which you sense him inventing the future of piano sound."

In addition to her performance in Grafton, Grafton locals will also have the opportunity to be involved in a special masterclass with the pianist, which will take place after the concert at Clarence Valley Conservatorium from 4.30pm on Sunday, April 3. Interested students and community members must fill out a workshop registration form prior to the day.

Anna Goldsworthy performing on Sunday, April 3 at 2pm. Tickets are $25 Adults, $5 Students(U18) and are available from Clarence Valley Conservatorium at 8 Villiers Street Grafton.   

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