Clas­si­cal Con­certs a Church Coup

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Art & Entertainm­ent -

The Gal­ston Con­certs se­ries re­turns for 2018 start­ing 2pm Sun­day 25 Fe­bru­ary in the Gal­ston Unit­ing Church. The con­cert will see the world-trav­elled New Eng­land Ensem­ble per­form­ing pop­u­lar Clas­si­cal mu­sic for pi­ano and strings. The church is prov­ing to be an ideal home for con­certs in its School Road Gal­ston bush­land set­ting.

“The church grand pi­ano and his­toric or­gan were the mu­si­cal cat­a­lysts for start­ing the con­certs” say artis­tic co-di­rec­tors Robert Har­ris and Dorit Her­skovits.

“Our grow­ing au­di­ence en­joys the won­der­ful sound of the church, the qual­ity of the per­form­ers, imag­i­na­tive var­ied pro­grams and friendly pre­sen­ta­tion style.” “The in­spi­ra­tional mod­ern stained-glass win­dows com­ple­ment those mu­si­cal pleasures.”

“Our com­pli­men­tary af­ter­noon teas, comfy seat­ing, easy ac­cess and off-street park­ing - all au­di­ence friendly – are achieved with strong or­ga­ni­za­tional sup­port from the church team as­sist­ing the con­certs project.”

The Ensem­ble, long re­garded as “amongst our top groups” (Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald), will per­form a trea­sury or great Clas­sics, tune­ful and spir­ited.

Mu­sic by great com­posers in­clud­ing Beethoven and Dvo­rak will be ‘spiced’ by other styles from Eng­land, Rus­sia, Scan­di­navia, Spain and more, re­flect­ing the En­sem­bles tour­ing suc­cess to over thirty coun­tries.

Later con­certs in the se­ries will of­fer sim­i­lar in­ter­na­tional sta­tus – vir­tu­oso globe-trot­ting pi­anist Bernard Walz with guest cabaret vo­cal­ist on 3 June; the Syd­ney Sym­phony Orches­tra Fel­lows ensem­ble on 29 July; on 16 Septem­ber pi­anist Tonya Le­moh, re­cently re­turned from con­certs and record­ings in Eu­rope.

The se­ries closes 18 Novem­ber with the Gal­ston Gala, to fea­ture the church his­toric pipe or­gan, young per­former prize-win­ners and the Ar­ca­dian Strings ensem­ble. While tick­ets will be avail­able at the church on the af­ter­noon of each con­cert ad­vance book­ings for 25 Fe­bru­ary and for the five con­certs for the price of four se­ries can be made through www. try­book­ (search Gal­ston).

A spe­cial non-se­ries con­cert on 8 April, fea­tur­ing the mu­sic of J S Bach, avail­able free to se­ries sub­scribers, af­fords added good rea­son for book­ing the se­ries pack­age.

En­quiries can be made to He­len Jor­dan, pro­mo­tions co­or­di­na­tor for the con­certs, on 0425 339 841, or Robert Har­ris on 0428 248 348.

The Gal­ston Con­certs 2018 The New Eng­land Ensem­ble

Forty-plus years, thirty-plus coun­tries, four con­ti­nents, this lead­ing group will play Dvo­rak, Clas­si­cal Greats & light Clas­sics in a Palm Court mu­si­cale WHEN : 2 PM Sun­day, 25 Fe­bru­ary, VENUE : Gal­ston Unit­ing Church, 11 School Road, Gal­ston

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