“Matthew Dewey conducted the Hobart Chamber Orchestra in the premiere of his enchanting Moon Flower…”
Concert for Queensland
Hobart Town Hall
Compere, Leo Schofield
Many performers of distinction donated their time for this excellent Queensland fundraiser.
(The) Jan Sedivka Camerata Chamber Ensemble with Justin Beere, clarinet, gave a flawless reading of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581.
Various combinations provided unexpected pleasure.
Tasmanian Emily Burke, now with Opera Queensland, demonstrated awesome power in Vissi d’Arte by Puccini, before a Mozart Duet with Michael Lampard.
Jamie Allen amused with Verdi’s Stornello, then joined Burke for Puccini’s O Soave Faniculla. Lampard met the challenge of his pairing with the more experienced Allen in O Mimi tu piu non torni by Puccini. In each song Smithies provided exemplary accompaniment.
A reduced Hobart Chamber Orchestra impressed with Elgar’s Serenade, though lagging in the second movement.
Matthew Dewey conducted the Hobart Chamber Orchestra in the premiere of his enchanting Moon Flower, with Lampard and Allen singing the words by Queenslander Lala Fisher.
Brian Ritchie’s sensitive Shakuhachi teamed with Nick Haywood’s bass and Tom Vincent, piano, for Coltrane’s hypnotic Living Space. Liz Gormley proved the viola’s virtuosity in her stunning version of Enesco’s Concertstuck.
Michael Kieran Harvey Introduced Liszt’s fiendish Harmonies du Soir as a warm-up for Messiaen’s dazzling Ile de Feu 1 & 2.
Money raised included $6000 from auctioning Geoff Dyer’s painting Cockle Creek.
Article by Elizabeth Ruthven for the Mercury.