All-Tchaikovsky Concert for Sydney's Inner West Nov 5

Sirmai Arts Marketing | 11-Oct-2016
Following its sell-out success with it first concert at the Italian Forum last August, the Balmain Sinfonia returns to the wonderful venue with an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring outstanding Australian cellist Georg Pedersen playing The Rococo Variations.
Venue: Italian Forum
Address: 23 Norton St Leichhardt
Date: Saturday November 5th, 2016
Time: PM
Ticket: Tickets $30 / $25 conc.
Buy / Ticket: www.balmainsinfonia.com
Call: 9181 3929
The Russian master's Swan Lake Suite and his First Symphony bookend the Variations "“ a magnificent cello concerto in the form of variations on an original theme, written in the spirit of the composer's 'idol' - Mozart.

Tchaikovsky wrote some of the world's most memorable and most often performed ballet music: Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and, debuting at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre in 1877, Swan Lake.

The First Symphony is said to have caused Tchaikovsky more "effort and anguish" than any other of his works. Despite these psychological torments, the work is mostly cheerful and sweet, especially when compared to the much darker symphonic works to come. Tchaikovsky gave the symphony the descriptive "Winter Daydreams" and its unmistakably Russian character derives from the closeness of most of its themes to the patterns and moods of Russian folk music.

Georg Pedersen is one of Australia's foremost cello teachers and performers. He has given well over 3000 concerts in 24 countries, as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and principal orchestra player. Georg's interest in how young cellists learn and develop has always been a main force in his professional life, and each year his many students win international, national and local competitions and scholarships. He has students in every orchestra in London, Manchester, Copenhagen, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore; former students of his are Professors in European Conservatoria. Georg learned with Paul Tortelier in Paris and Gregor Piatigorsky in Los Angeles, and studied chamber music with the Prague Quartet and the Vlach Quartet. He has worked with many European composers, including Shostakovich. In Australia he has commissioned and premiered many new works from Australia's foremost composers. He has performed many times with the Balmain Sinfonia since debuting in 1992.

The Balmain Sinfonia's return in August to its inner west home was a hit with Sydney music lovers and conductor Gary Stavrou said the size, facilities and acoustics are ideal for classical music. With the expectation that this concert will sell-out early, Stavrou urged audiences to book early and not rely on availability of tickets at the door.

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1
Soloist Georg Pedersen; Conductor: Gary Stavrou

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