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August 2019

A Gateway to the Sublime

August 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
ÅNAM, South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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$25 – $35

In the history of music there can be few examples of a composer ‘exceeding the brief’ with results as astounding as Schubert in his Octet. It was commissioned by one of the composer’s patrons, Count Ferdinand von Troyer, a talented amateur clarinettist who had played in the premiere of Beethoven’s celebrated Septet some 20 years earlier. He suggested Schubert compose a companion piece for Beethoven’s work, which he did faithfully – while also creating one of the richest works in…

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Joy and Heartbreak

August 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ANAM, South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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$25 – $62

Like many wealthy young Europeans of his day, Mendelssohn travelled widely and found musical inspirationon many of his journeys (think of that expressive musical picture, The Hebrides). One country brought him particular pleasure: “This is Italy! And now has begun what I have always thought... to be the supreme joy in life.” Inspired by his sojourn there, the Italian Symphony is sunshine and Chianti in music. Mendelssohn is one of the most frequently performed classical composers of them all, whereas…

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Song Cycles with Sara Macliver

August 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ANAM, South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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$25 – $62

Here is a sublime collaboration between one of Australia’s finest sopranos and the pianists of ANAM, in a program which includes two glorious 19th century song cycles. If you love Grieg’s music for Peer Gynt or his piano concerto, you will be entranced by the songs he created about a young woman who is rejected by her lover and finds solace in nature and the powers of the underworld. When Grieg first read the poems which inspired these songs, he…

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September 2019

Petrushka

September 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$48 – $75

Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes changed the history of ballet and the history of music too. Stravinsky composed all of his early landmark ballet scores for Diaghilev’s company, including Petrushka. It’s all energy, lyricism, playfulness and pathos, wrapped up in kaleidoscopic orchestral colours; it doesn’t take much imagination to see Petrushka and the Ballerina in their fairground tale of love and jealousy. Romantic pursuit lies at the heart of de Falla’s El sombrero de tres picos also: the miller’s attractive young…

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Clara

September 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
ANAM, South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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$25 – $35

Clara Schumann was one of the great musicians of the 19th century. Acclaimed for her pianism by the crowned heads of Europe in her 20s, she went on to become one of the most respected performers and teachers of her age, in a life in which she was also a composer, wife and muse to Robert Schumann, mother to their eight children and, after Schumann’s death, mentor and muse to Brahms. Her few compositions have a unique, poetic beauty, which…

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LA Philharmonic Wind Quintet

September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ANAM, South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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$25 – $62

This exploration of classics for windensemble sees us in the company ofa starry ensemble indeed: leading theANAM musicians for this program is agroup in which every member is a firstamong equals – a quintet comprisingprincipal players from the Los AngelesPhilharmonic Orchestra, including ANAMHorn Faculty Andrew Bain. With these musicians, we’ll be taken on a journey from late 19th-century France –and Gounod’s delicious evocation of the spirit of Mozart – to the United States in the mid 20th century, and the…

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October 2019

The Italian Sound

October 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
ANAM, South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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$25 – $35

Umberto Clerici, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Cello, has created this fascinating program, which asks, in his words: “What can be considered an ‘Italian Sound’? Does it come from the precious old Italian string instruments or from the long tradition of opera and bel canto that made Italian music famous around the world?” In exploring this question, Clerici will look at three centuries of music, taking in a jewel of the Italian baroque by Vivaldi, the string quartet Verdi composed…

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Hardenberger’s Brass Explorations

October 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ANAM, South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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$25 – $62

One of the greatest instrumentalists of our time, Håkan Hardenberger is renowned for his performance of the classics of the trumpet repertoire, and as a pioneer of significant new music. In this compelling exploration of showpieces for brass, Hardenberger will both perform alongside and direct ANAM musicians in a program which will encompass a landmark work for brass and percussion, the Symphony by American composer and conductor Gunther Schuller and a work Hardenberger himself premiered, Confrontation by Swedish composer Benjamin…

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November 2019

Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St
Southbank, VIC 3205 Australia
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$48 – $75

Gábor Takács-Nagy is the complete musician; a founding member of the Takács Quartet, he has gone on to become an inspirational conductor and teacher of chamber music performance. In this sumptuous concert, he directs ANAM musicians in a banquet of music from one of the golden ages of music in Vienna. Mozart composed his miraculous Symphony no. 25 when he was just 17; Haydn’s jubilant Symphony no. 90 on the other hand, is a product of the composer’s rich maturity,…

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