Concert 1:  Mediterranean Baroque

Music of the Mediterranean has a long history, and has played an important role in the development of western and European music. The key themes of music from this region include intriguing harmonies and driving rhythms, often in dance form. This program will feature Aragonese Gaspar Sanz and other Spanish & Italian composers.



Gaspar Sanz, Santiago de Murchia, Alonso Mudarra, Andrea Falconieri, Domenico Scarlatti, Salamone Rossi, Martin y Coll, Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz and other composers from Malta and Turkey


Hans-Dieter Michatz  recorder
Stan W Kornel  baroque violin
Verna Lee  harp
Monika Kornel  harpsichord



Hans-Dieter Michatz has been a performer and educator for more years than he cares to remember. His unique blend of a European background and training – his teachers included Ferdinand Conrad, recorder and Barthold Kuijken, baroque flute – and a deep affinity with modern Australian culture have influenced several generations of musicians in his adopted country. As a reputable player of modern and baroque flute as well as recorder, he has performed and recorded with many Orchestras and Early Music groups, eg: as principal flute with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for many years, with Salut Baroque, Ensemble Ecclectus, Melbourne, and The Sydney Consort.

Apart from his acclaimed recording of Telemann’s ‘Sonate Metodiche, he features as principal recorder soloist in the ABC Classics recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti. As a conductor, he pioneered landmark premier performances of Handel Oratorios and newly discovered works by J.D. Zelenka, as well as the first Australian performance of Vivaldi’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ RV 807. Hans-Dieter is Classical Coordinator at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) and teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Sydney Grammar School.

He is also the patron of the Sydney Society of Recorder Players and his work as an arranger of symphonic repertoire for recorder orchestra has been published by MOECK, Germany. As part of annual engagements overseas he has joined the Sydney Consort in Germany, Luxembourg, Scandinavia, Poland and the Baltic States.

Verna Lee studied harp with June Loney, Alice Chalifoux, Alice Giles and Louise Johnson. As a soloist, she has toured Australia and performed many concertos (45 performances to date!) including 4 Australian premieres, most recently, Alwyn's Lyra Angelic. She performed Ravel's Introduction & Allegro with the Australian Youth Orchestra in 1996. Verna was awarded a grant for her multi-media performance "The Harp in Nature", part of which is featured in the 2014 World Harp Congress in July. Verna has worked and recorded with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet, Tasmanian Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Australian Philharmonic and the Australian Youth Orchestra and with artists such as Aded Jones, Amelia Farrugia, Sumi Jo, the Kiev Ballet, Il Divo, the English National Ballet and Deutche Kammerakedemie Neuss.

Verna is the harpist featured in the movie "The Matrix". Outside of harp, she and her husband raise a panda-loving cellist and guitar-playing Lego fanatic.