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Concert Series 2011

A String Adventure

This concert explores the world of string duetti with an ensemble that contains an unusual combination of strings. Two harpsichords, two guitars and a violin will converse with each other to perform works of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and others.

We hope you enjoy the unique blend of musical colours that this concert has to offer.

Stabat Mater

Pergolesi’s beautifully sombre Stabat Mater - a setting for the Feast of Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin Mary - was most probably the composer’s last work. It was written for the aristocracy of the church of S Maria dei Sette Dolori in Naples.

The title of the sorrowful hymn is one of the most powerful and immediate of extant medieval poems, meditating on the suffering of the Virgin Mary during the crucifixion of her son, Jesus.

The string ensemble, together with exquisite voices, creates a divine sound for the utmost emotional 18th century music – Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.

Concerti Con Amore

As a much loved early music composer, the great Antonio Vivaldi certainly has his place in the pantheon of great baroque composers. The composer had a life-long association with the viola d’amore and his compositions are the earliest known concertos for the instrument. We are happy to announce that Fiona Ziegler, an esteemed violinist, will also perform a Vivaldi concerto for mandolin.

These concertos are rarely performed in Australia. Do not miss this unforgettable experience of Vivaldi’s concerti for viola d’amore!

Talking Tango - Music of Astor Piazolla

Sydney Consort will perform music of Astor Piazzolla for the composer’s 80th birthday anniversary on the ABC radio program Sunday Live at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Center in Penrith.

Music:

La Historia del Tango: Bordel 1900, Café 1930, Night Club 1960, also Libertango, Invierno Porteno , Milonga del Angel and other works

Entry Free. More info on the ABC web site : http://www.abc.net.au/classic/sundaylive/

The Italian Trombone

The Sydney Consort has been invited again to perform in Sydney’s warm and beautiful venue - The Old Government House. The ensemble will participate in the 2011 music series House Music.

More info on the website: http://www.hht.net.au/whats_on/event/music/house_music_-_sydney_consort

Music by:

Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Dario Castello, Nicola Matteis, Henrich Ignaz Biber and other composers