Con­cert un­earths rare mu­si­cal works

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

VIC­TO­RIA PARK PLAY­ING the rare vi­ola da gamba, Vic­to­ria Park mu­si­cian Makoto Har­ris Takao will per­form in Art Song Perth’s sec­ond 25th an­niver­sary con­cert this year on Mother’s Day.

Voices, po­etry and a trio of tenor voice, lute and vi­ola da gamba will come to­gether for Songs My Mother Taught Me, a cel­e­bra­tion that will show­case emerg­ing and es­tab­lished artists.

Takao and lutenist Ai­den Deasey, who will both play pe­riod in­stru­ments in this per­for­mance, will ac­com­pany tenor Jonathan Brain per­form­ing Re­nais­sance songs.

The trio’s theme of lute songs across Europe will trans­port the au­di­ence through Eng­land, Italy, Ger­many, Spain and France, with mu­si­cal se­lec­tions por­tray­ing the in­ti­mate court life of the era.

Takao is a found­ing mem­ber of the Perth Viol Con­sort, which is com­mit­ted to the per­for­mance of rare and un­known works from the six­teenth and sev­en­teenth cen­turies.

Mar­ian Nel­son will in­tro­duce the au­di­ence to the mu­sic of Charles Koech­lin as she sings Qu­a­tre po­ems by d’Ed­mond Ha­rau­cort ac­com­pa­nied by David Dock­ery on pi­ano.

Daniella Si­cari will sing works by Clara Schu­mann, and Ber­lioz. The Ber­lioz works tell sto­ries of the wan­der­ing or­phan Zaide (watch for the cas­tanets).

Art Song Perth is cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary year with four con­certs. This is the sec­ond con­cert in the se­ries for the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Pic­ture: Alix Hamil­ton

Makoto Har­ris Takao.

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