Cake followed by a chamber orchestra concert, what an irresistible combination.
The first Musica Viva Coffee Concert of the year was held recently at North Sydney’s Independent Theatre, a superb venue for this delightful event. Morning tea began at 10am, followed by an hour of music from 11am, by The Goldner String Quartet, one of Australia’s greatest chamber ensembles, who thrilled the audience with Beethoven’s exquisite ‘Razumovsky’ Quartet op 59 no 2.
Another treat was their playing of ‘Interwoven’, created by emerging Sydney composer Elizabeth Younan, who was recently named Young Composer of the Year by Fine Music FM. ‘Interwoven’ was created as part of the Sydney Conservatorium’s National Women Composers Development Program.
The entire 2017 season will feature The Goldner String Quartet, who will be bringing a couple of guests to the concerts. Musica Viva’s Artistic Director, Carl Vine AO said “Only
once before, in 2012, did we devote an entire year of Coffee Concerts to these splendid musicians. It proved to be one of the most popular years since the series began.” Guest appearances by Australian pianist Piers Lane and virtuoso cellist Umberto Clerici will add to the appeal of the concerts.
The music was wonderful and I especially enjoyed the selection of delicious cakes. I must confess that I did try a few as they looked so inviting. I would recommend booking for the second concert in the series on 24 May 2017.
What a clever idea to hold the concert series in the daytime, when many people prefer to go out and at a venue that is easy to get to, with street parking available near by. I am amazed that more concert promoters do not follow Musica Viva’s lead.
Photos: John Pond