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Young string duo feature in Sinfonia’s final 2013 concert

BY Sirmai Arts Marketing | 13-Nov-2013
The Balmain Sinfonia completes a triumphant season with its fourth and final concert for 2013 at the Macquarie Theatre, Macquarie University, North Ryde. The elegant venue – with its impressive acoustic and recently completed upgrade - will make a comfortable and attractive setting for the mouth-watering programme starting on Sunday 8 December from 2.30pm.

The featured works are Mozart's much-loved Sinfonia Concertante and Mendelsohnn's romantic Symphony No.1. Plus the Valse Triste by Sibelius and Beethoven's Prometheus Overture.

The Balmain Sinfonia is celebrating its 21st year under conductor and founding Director Gary Stavrou. Two brilliant young musicians – both stars in the ascendant - are soloists for the concert.

Alastair Duff-Forbes

Alastair Duff-Forbes has been an active chamber musician and soloist for many years, having performed many concertos including the Barber, the Mozart A Major and the Bach Double. In 2012 Alastair performed the world premiere of Chernobyl, violin concerto, a work that was written especially for him. Alastair also has an interest in viola, singing and conducting and is currently concertmaster of Balmain Sinfonia.

Charlotte Fetherston

Charlotte Fetherston has a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington. In 2010 she became a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Roger Benedict and Dr Goetz Richter. Recently she performed Alfred Hill's viola concerto in Auckland. Charlotte is principal viola with Balmain Sinfonia.

Stavrou said the orchestra was doubly proud to feature Charlotte and Alastair in the Mozart work, given that they currently both hold principal positions with the orchestra.

"Orchestral works showcasing several solo instruments - known as sinfonia concertante - were very popular in Mozart's time but he went far beyond the genre to create a true double concerto in which the violin and viola are treated as equal and highly virtuosic partners. Mozart was an accomplished player of both instruments and was aware of the difficulties in balancing the darker, cloudier sound of the viola against the brilliant tone of the violin."

THE BALMAIN SINFONIA

Sunday December 8th, 2013, 2.30 pm
Beethoven: Prometheus Overture
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
Sibelius: Valse Triste
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1
Soloists: Alastair Duff-Forbes, violin;
Charlotte Fetherston, viola
Conductor: Gary Stavrou
Macquarie Theatre, Macquarie University,
Balaclava Rd, North Ryde
Tickets $25 / $20 concession at the door
or book www.balmainsinfonia.com or 9810 5080 Free parking in car parks W4 and X3.