Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, dons its festival hat with The Festival at Lunch, a series of lunchtime concerts running Monday to Friday 5 – 16 March at 1pm daily part of the 2012 Adelaide Festival of Arts.
Bringing a touch of Europe to Adelaide, this inspiring series of 10 lunchtime concerts features leading Australian musicians in one of Australia’s best chamber music venues. Situated on Adelaide’s cultural boulevard North Terrace, Elder Hall is just a short stroll from other festival venues.
Introducing the series Adelaide Festival Artistic Director Paul Grabowsky said “Here is an opportunity to experience some of Australia’s finest musicians in recitals playing classical, music contemporary jazz and some of the areas between those. There’s something for everyone and a fine way to spend your lunchtime hour.”
Indeed, he will be joining pianist Mark Isaacs in the first concert to create ‘a little something special’ on Elder Hall’s other Steinway.
The series itself begins with acclaimed pianist and Aria award winner Mark Isaacs, one of Australia’s most renowned and respected performers and composers, who will premiere his new composition Children’s Songs written especially for the 2012 Adelaide Festival.
The distinguished line-up continues with renowned violinist, Sophie Rowell in a solo recital connecting works written centuries apart. Cellist Nicholas Bochner incorporates electronics into his performance to create a new sound world and Graeme Koehne’s mini -operetta The Ringtone Cycle tells Peter Goldsworthy’s story of a love affair in a text message age. Beginning with a fugue on a well-known ringtone, the heroine trawls the internet, searching for true love.
The list continues with great performers and great works: Pianist Konstantin Shamray ; The Elder Trio; Benaud Trio; Three Lanes – Jazz pianist Andrea Keller, Genevieve Lacey recorders and electronics master Joe Talia on revox, electronics and percussion creating new musics. Works by Bach, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Bartok, Ligeti, Ullman, Vasks, Australian and world premieres and more.
Ticket prices, like the venue are accessible, ranging from as little as $15 per concert to subscriptions for any three concerts for $40; seating is general admission enabling friends and groups to sit together.
For ticketing information visit www.bass.net.au