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AFTEROON OF PIANO INTIMACY AND PASSION AT NORTH SYDNEY - Mark Isaacs

BY Sirmai Arts Marketing | 17-Apr-2017
Mark Isaacs for Prelude in Tea Sunday 30 April from 2.30pm at the Independent Theatre. Internationally acclaimed Australian pianist and composer MARK ISAACS presents a solo recital of piano masterworks that span the intimate to the tempestuous - including a world premiere of his own - at the latest delicious afternoon tea and concert at the Independent Theatre in North Sydney.
The concert will feature works by Chopin, Rachmaninov Debussy, Satie and Poulenc, as well as selections from Isaacs’ solo piano cycle Children’s Songs, premiered at the Adelaide Festival and recorded on an internationally released CD. He will also debut Three Impromptus - a sweeping new work of music alternately bold and tender.

Isaacs has always been inspired by the extremes of drama and intimacy of the Romantics. His own new piano work often takes a very different direction, but always resolves, “like the calm after the storm”.

New York music writer James Gavin says Children’s Songs is “a pensive suite of short piano works that plunges us into a part of ourselves we may have thought lost forever - a delicate place, marked by tentative steps but endless imagination. With spareness and elegance, Isaacs conjures up the adventurous nature of children along with their quiet, mysterious inner world.”

Adds the composer: “This is music that, I hope, speaks on that level of honesty that children are fantastic at exploring.”

Mark Isaacs is an internationally-acclaimed Australian composer, pianist and conductor in classical music and jazz. He has composed over 100 works and received many awards including an Australia Council Fellowship, the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award and the Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition. His Symphony No. 1 was premiered by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2013 and he recently completed work on Symphony No. 2. In 2015 Mark conducted the premiere of his Chamber Symphony at the City Recital Hall with Omega Ensemble and also conducted the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in a concert of his orchestral works. In the jazz world he has recorded and toured with the most distinguished international figures and has twice been nominated for the ARIA Award.

The last-Sunday-of-the-month chamber music series has been a runaway success, offering a scrumptious afternoon tea from 2:30 as a prelude to an afternoon concert at 3:30 from some of Australia's most exciting musicians. Music, food and drink… an irresistible triple treat!

Chopin: Etudes and Nocturne | Rachmaninov: Preludes | Works by Debussy, Satie & Poulenc

Isaacs: Excerpts from Children’s Songs and Three Impromptus (world premiere)

Tickets - $47 adult | $30 conc. | $22 student |$16 children