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Dashin', Passion, Mendelssohn and more! Spring afternoon concert Sun 13 Sept

BY Sirmai Arts Marketing | 06-Aug-2015
The Balmain Sinfonia launches into Spring on Sunday September 13 at 2.30pm with a concert of dashin’ and passion! It features Mendelssohn’s passionate and much loved violin concerto, Herold’s dashing Zampa Overture and Gade’s romantic Symphony No. 5.
Venue: Macquarie Theatre, Macquarie University
Address: Balaclava Rd, North Ryde
Date: Sunday 13 September 2015
Time: 2.30pm
Ticket: $25 / $20 concession at the door
Buy / Ticket: www.balmainsinfonia.com
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Call: 9181 3929
There is perhaps no more popular or beloved violin concerto than Felix Mendelssohn’s masterpiece the E minor Violin Concerto of 1844, being arguably the first significant concerto for violin since Beethoven’s of 1806 and the last until the concertos of Bruch in 1868, and Tchaikovsky and Brahms, both written in 1878.

The dashing Overture to Ferdinand Hérold’s post-revolutionary opera Zampa is full of drama. Zampa is a pirate chief who tries to force the beautiful Camille to marry him, but she ingeniously manages to slip the engagement ring onto the finger of a marble statue, which comes to claim Zampa at his wedding feast and drowns him in the sea.

The series of eight symphonies by Scandinavian composer Niels Wilhelm Gade blends essentially classical form and romantic expression, in the tradition of Spohr, Mendelssohn and Schumann, but adding to the mix a hint of Nordic folk music. At its first performance, conducted by the composer in 1852, the audience was surprised by the fact that it included an important piano part, ‘inlaid’ into the texture, in all four movements.

Featured soloist for this concert is the Sinfonia’s own distinguished leader, Alastair Duff-Forbes. Conductor and founder of the Sinfonia, Gary Stavrou says it is a great pleasure to feature him in the famous Mendelssohn concerto. This is the first time Alastair has appeared as “solo” soloist, having performed in tandem previously with violist Charlotte Fetherston and cellist Georg Pedersen.

Alastair’s involvement in music began playing the violin at the age of five and the piano at seven. He attended the Conservatorium High School on scholarship and completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium, majoring in violin performance under the SSO’s Goetz Richter. Since then, he has won a number of scholarships including the Matteson & Nancy Roberts Scholarship and the Chapple Bremner Award. Alastair graduated with honours at the end of 2004 and studied for a Master of Music in violin performance under Chris Kimber and Carl Pini. As a soloist, Alastair has performed many concerti including the Barber Violin Concerto with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, the Mozart A Major Violin Concerto with Orchestra 143 and the Bach Double Violin Concerto. He is currently Concertmaster of Balmain Sinfonia.

Join Alastair, Gary and the Balmain Sinfonia for this attractive – and well-priced – Spring afternoon concert!

Herold: Zampa Overture
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Gade: Symphony No. 5
Soloist: Alastair Duff-Forbes, violin
Conductor: Gary Stavrou

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