A concert series that combines great art with great music
Resonate is the Art Gallery Society of NSW’s concert series that combines great art with great music. Before each concert you can immerse yourself in the visual delights of the Art Gallery’s major exhibitions before sitting down to experience some of the finest performers from Australia and overseas, while listening to the sublime music of the world’s greatest composers.
In 2011 Resonate features two of this country’s finest ensembles – the Sydney Omega Ensemble and the New Sydney Wind Quintet, who will premiere a new work by Australian composer Lyle Chan.
Resonate is always proud to present fine young musicians. In 2011 Polish-born pianist Krzysztof Malek will perform an all-Chopin program and an ensemble from the Sydney Youth Orchestra will showcase the talents of tomorrow. And there will be a twist to Resonate with two fantastic cabaret concerts in the ‘Gallery Cabaret’ featuring Merlyn Quaife and Tim Draxl.
To take full advantage of Resonate’s special ambience and be guaranteed the best seats in the house you can obtain reserved seating by subscribing to the entire series.
Sydney Youth Orchestra
Various dates in 2011, 7pm
Members $510 (save $50)
Non-members $600 (save $40)
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878
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Duration 3 hours
Location: Entrance court
Taryn Fiebig, soprano, and Fiona Campbell, mezzo-soprano
Two performances by two of Australia’s finest singers, mezzo-soprano Fiona Campbell and soprano Taryn Fiebig, accompanied by the exceptionally talented pianist Jean Bernard Marie. The concert opens with a particularly beautiful combination of duets of Mozart and Mendelssohn. The second half begins with some exquisite French songs that make way for the thrilling Chopin Scherzo, played by Jean Bernard, followed by highly amusing and beautiful cabaret selections. We promise that you will leave the evening thrilled and delighted.
The concerts will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing of the Homage to the ancestors: ritual art from Chu Kingdom exhibition. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Note: Unfortunately, soprano Barbara Bonney is unable to perform with Fiona Campbell as previously advertised due to the cancellation of her Australian, New Zealand and Asian concert tour.
World premiere: Rendezvous with destiny
The New Sydney Wind Quintet is comprised of five award-winning musicians, and since their beginnings in 2004 have built an impressive nation-wide reputation. In this concert they will play music by Ravel and Beethoven.
And in a first for Resonate we are thrilled to be able to present the world premiere of a new work, Rendezvous with Destiny, by Australian composer Lyle Chan. Narrated by Bob Carr, former premier of NSW, the composition incorporates speeches of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, poetry of Stephen Vincent Benét and letters of Abraham Lincoln. This will be a very special event in Resonate’s history!
The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing of the Photography and Place exhibition. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Sunday 3 April 2011 7pm – 10pm
Krzysztof Malek: Total Chopin
Polish-born pianist Krzysztof Malek has won prizes at many international competitions including the Chopin Competition both in Poland and Sydney. In 2008 Krzysztof was awarded a Distinguished Talent visa to reside in Australia and we are thrilled he is making his Resonate debut.
This all-Chopin concert of dazzling pianistic skill includes the ‘heroic’ Polonaise in A-flat major, amongst many of Chopin’s highly polished musical jewels.
The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing of the Archibald Prize. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm
Sunday 15 May 2011 7pm – 10pm
Sydney Omega Ensemble: Carnival of the Animals
The ever-popular Sydney Omega Ensemble returns with another of their brilliant programs. The lion, the tortoise, the swan – and even fossils – are just some of the creatures brought to life in French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ whimsical work Carnival of the Animals. With readings by actor, John Derum, of Ogden Nash’s nonsense verse, this will be a light-hearted concert not to be missed.
The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing of the Eikoh Hosoe exhibition. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Sunday 26 June 2011 7pm – 10pm
Christopher Saunders: Night and Dreams
Recently returned from Britain where he sang major roles at the ENO, Glyndebourne Festival and Covent Garden Festival, Australian tenor Christopher Saunders performs for the first time in Resonate. Christopher is an outstanding interpreter of the Baroque and Classical repertoire and has been described as one of the finest tenors of his generation. Accompanied by Andrea Katz on the piano, Christopher will entrance you with a sublime program of German lieder with songs by Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann.
The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing of The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and Watercolours. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Sunday 24 July 2011 7pm – 10pm
Sydney Youth Orchestra Ensemble: Threepenny Opera
The Sydney Youth Orchestra is one of Australia’s leading training orchestras for the professional musicians of tomorrow. To celebrate the Gallery’s The Mad Square exhibition, an ensemble of players from the SYO will perform a program of music from the tumultuous period of the Weimar Republic that includes works by Schulhoff, Schreker and Kurt Weill’s iconic music for Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera.
The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing of The Mad Square: modernity in German art 1910-1937. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Thursday 25 August 2011 7pm – 10pm
Merlyn Quaife: Gallery Cabaret
With Andrea Katz on piano, renowned soprano Merlyn Quaife will summon up all the decadence, satire and tragedy of the Weimar Republic and its cabaret tradition in a new departure for Resonate. While the Picasso exhibition takes over the 19th-century Australian galleries, Resonate will move into the entrance court where audiences will be seated cabaret-style and served with wine and light refreshments, while Merlyn and Andrea bring you a program of songs that includes the classics, Lili Marlene, Mack the Knife, Surabaya Johnny and Willkommen from the musical Cabaret.
The concert will be preceded by a private viewing of The Mad Square: modernity in German art 1910-1937. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Sunday 18 September 2011 7pm – 10pm
Tim Draxl: Autumn Leaves
Singer, actor and dancer Tim Draxl has forged an impressive cabaret career both here and in the USA. At the ‘Gallery Cabaret’, Tim will be joined by bass player Dave Ellis with Michael Tyack on piano in a program with a French flourish, including the beautiful Autumn Leaves, Finishing the Hat from Sondheim’s musical on the life of Georges Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George and a host of well-known standards. This will be a smooth and relaxed end to the Resonate year.
The concert will be preceded by a private viewing of the The mad square: modernity in German art 1910–37 exhibition. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Please note that the viewing has changed from the previously advertised exhibition, Picasso: masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris, due to an unforeseen change to the exhibition dates.
Sunday 30 October 2011 7pm – 10pm