A Whole New World* – Celebrating Brahms & Dvořák
Armidale Uniting Church, 17 and 18 November 2012
Following the success of Adelaide in Armidale: The First-Ever Armidale Beethoven Festival earlier this year, we follow up with music's next Big B, this time in the company of his great protégé Antonín Dvořák. Here is the programme as definite as it will ever be (here's to hoping!). We're so proud of our guest performers, coming all the way from Broken Hill, Sydney, Newcastle, the Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, and Tamworth. Our youngest performer is 9 (you're not supposed to ask the age of our most mature performer!). Click here for a short interview by up-and-coming young arts journalist Johnny Schmalz with Jan-Piet Knijff about the festival.
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SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER
10:00 A WHOLE NEW WORLD
A brilliant opening of this Festival! Come hear Dvořák's American Quartet played by Armidale's own professional string quartet Communal Mind (April Kelson, Alexandra Hiew, Jacqui Epps, Georgie Ostenfeld).
11:15 WALTZING JOHANNES
Pianists from the New England play Brahms' Waltzes op. 39 for piano duet – and on two pianos. With Julee Andrews, Hugh Botha, Oliver Bruhl, Samantha Cobcroft (Newcastle), Alma Geesink-Anton, Xinyue Li, Caton Lupica, Aditya & Sjoerd van der Meulen (Bellingen), Vincent Parmeter (Newcastle), Hiroko Scott, Lena Schmalz and Jan-Piet Knijff.
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12:30 THE HORN AND THE DUMKY
Two of the great masterpieces for piano trio on one Saturday afternoon in Armidale! Movements from Dvořák's 'Dumky' Piano Trio played Saint Stephen’s Piano Trio (Emma Josey, Hayden Burton, Katie Ward) from Saint Stephen's College on the Gold Coast. Brahms' Horn Trio will be performed by international horn specialist Lisa Malyusz (Coffs Harbour) with Armidale musicians April Kelson and John Clifton-Everest.
2:00 MORAVIAN LEGENDS
A selection from Dvořák's Moravian Duets by some of the New England's finest (mezzo) sopranos: Liz Ellis, Jenny Hebblewhite, Inge Southcott, and Jenny Warnock. Plus little-known gems for piano duet from the Legends and From the Bohemian Forest and Silent Woods for cello and piano with Georgie Ostenfeld, Armidale's up-and-coming cellist.
3:00 BIBLICAL SONGS
A selection from Dvořák's Biblical Songs with Samantha Cobcroft (Newcastle) and Diane Cotterill (Broken Hill); and movements from Brahms' German Requiem in the composer's own transcription for piano duet.
4:15 OF SADNESS AND LONGING: A Brahms-Dvořák Organ Crawl
Some of Australia's most international organists play organ music by Brahms and Dvořák (a some-time church organist!) on three of Armidale's famous historic pipe organs. With Dutch organists Sjoerd van der Meulen and Jan-Piet Knijff, Russian-born German organist Lena Schmalz and Australian organists Megan Ainsworth (St. Peter's Cathedral, Armidale). Plus Dvořák's little-known Bagatelles for organ and strings performed by the Armidale Organ Quartet (Warwick Dunham, Alexandra Hiew, Eliza Scott, Isabella Emanuel).
We start at the Uniting Church and take an easy walk to the Presbyterian Church and St. Peter's Cathedral.
7:00 SONGS, SERIOUS AND NOT-SO-SERIOUS
A (mostly) Brahms and (some) Dvořák Liederabend with Samantha Cobcroft (Newcastle), Diane Cotterill (Broken Hill), Ashley Lang (Sydney), Constance Rolfe (Armidale/Tamworth), Liz Ellis, Jenny Hebblewhite, Inge Southcott, Jenny Warnock and others.
SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER
11:30 THE CELEBRATED HUMORESQUE
A special program featuring Dvořák's famous Humoresque (from op. 101) including arrangements as turn-of-the-century parlour songs and more... With Jacqui Battin, Samantha Cobcroft, Diane Cotterill, Anneke van Mosseveld, Armidale's youngest organist Brandon Sullivan and... The Audience!
1:30 OPUS 100
Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major (op. 100) and Dvořák's Sonatina for violin and piano (also op. 100) played by some of the New England's up-and-coming young violinists. With Isla Biffin, Shah Biffin, Jonathan Bruhl, Jodie Ostenfeld and Βeatrix Thomson.
3:00 ZUM SCHLUSS: GOIN' HOME
The finale of A Whole New World includes Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' in the composer's own transcription for piano duet played by the Armidale Piano Duo. Also Brahms' swan song, the Clarinet Sonata op. 120 no. 2 with Japanese-Australian clarinetist Hiroko Scott. Plus Brahms' Homeric appeal to the Muses concluding his second book of Liebeslieder; and 'Goin' Home', the immortal theme from the Ninth Symphony turned – most appropriately – into a spiritual.
* When Dvořák wrote his symphony 'From the New World', he couldn't have imagined in his boldest dreams the Whole New Song that would see the daylight less than a century later!