recital series

concerts

 
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2-9 december 2018

concert #4 - Tango Origins & Passion

'Tango Origins & Passion' features Maggie Ferguson, A legend in her own right, on bandoneon, Katie Robinson on piano and PC director & violinist Dan Russell. The ensemble will explore early and traditional works from the birthplace of Tango, Buenos Aires and works by the father of Nuevo Tango, Astor Piazzolla.

 

2019 concerts

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The Phoenix Quartet is Central Coast NSW’s premier string quartet, launched by Charmain Gadd at Crossroads Festival where they performed Schubert’s masterpiece ‘Death & The Maiden’. Its members come from the ranks of national and international orchestras such as Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, Canberra Symphony, Sydney Symphony, BBC Philharmonic,  Kammer Philharmonie Köln, Boston Symphony, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, naming a few.

Quartets by Glass, Mozart & Beethoven reflecting different stages in life.


Phoenix Collective’s Baroque Trio concert Excitement & Flair received audience accolades praising its diverse program and uniqueness of sound colour. The Baroque Bizarre will include quintessential works by master composers such as J.S Bach and Vivaldi as well as works from lesser known composers Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti and Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (including Biber’s use of scordatura, the technique of altering the normal tuning of a stringed instrument to produce unusual effects and colours).


The Phoenix Quartet is Central Coast NSW’s premier string quartet, launched by Charmain Gadd at Crossroads Festival where they performed Schubert’s masterpiece ‘Death & The Maiden’. Its members come from the ranks of national and international orchestras such as Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, Canberra Symphony, Sydney Symphony, BBC Philharmonic,  Kammer Philharmonie Köln, Boston Symphony, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, naming a few.

Quartets by Shostakovich, Haydn & Tchaikovsky.


Royal College of Music (London) graduate, Christian Lillicrap teams up again with Violinist, Dan Russell for a recital from Ye Olde England. Calm, restful works evoking scenes of lush green pastures and mother England. Violin and piano sonatas by Delius and Elgar pave the way for one of the most exquisite works in the violin repertoire, The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams. A work based on English poet, George Meredith’s poem:

 

...For singing till his heaven fills,

'Tis love of earth that he instils,

And ever winging up and up,

Our valley is his golden cup

And he the wine which overflows

to lift us with him as he goes


Past concerts

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24-25 MARCH 2018

concert #1 - Charm & Tradition

'Charm & Tradition' features Carl Schmidt on piano and Dan Russell
on violin. Audiences can expect to enjoy the sublime serenity of Arvo Pärt's Fratres, Mozart's not-so-common sorrowful side in his E minor sonata, Brahms' passionate Scherzo and to finish with, the crowning jewel of the violin and piano repertoire, Cesar Franck' sonata in A, a work
full of beauty, passion and love. Written as a wedding present and first performed in 1886 by the famous concert violinist, Eugène Ysaÿe.


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17-24 june 2018

concert #2 - Excitement & Flair

‘Excitement & Flair’ features music from the Baroque period brought to life on a magnificent French double-manual harpsichord built by Australian instrument maker Carey Beebe. Accomplished national and international performers Dan Russell (violin); Christian Lillicrap (harpsichord); and Andrew Wilson (cello) come together to perform masterworks from the Italian and German Baroque period by Tartini, Corelli, Biber, Vivialdi and J.S. Bach. The audience will be thrilled by both fast, virtuosic playing, and rich, sublime melodies by timeless composers.


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22-23 september 2018

concert #3 - Heart & Soul

‘Heart & Soul’ music for guitar and violin. Accomplished national and international performers, Dan Russell (violin) and Anthony Garcia (guitar) come together to perform rearranged and semi-improvised works, especially for this event. Dr Anthony Garcia (PhD in improvisation, UTas) brings understanding of music as a universal language and works as Artistic Director of Sounds Across Oceans. The audience will be mesmerized by virtuosic hybrids and tonal colour that combine to produce dreamy soundscapes; and rhythmically driven, dance-like passages. Also featuring works by BACH, PIAZZOLLA, BERGMÜLLER and PAGANINI.