Now in its 12th year, the Art Gallery Society of NSW’s Resonate concert series is a unique experience on Sydney’s musical scene, blending great music with great art.
Before each concert you can immerse yourself in the Gallery’s major exhibitions, before sitting down to experience some of the finest musicians from Australia and overseas perform music of the world’s greatest composers.
In 2012 Resonate features eight concerts that present music from the sublimely profound, in Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, to the hilarious satirical songs of Tom Lehrer; from the rhythms of Baroque Spain to the syncopations of the 20th century’s jazz classics – and everything in between.
Resonate is also privileged to present great Australian author David Malouf, reading some of his favourite poems in recital with Australian pianist Jean-Bernard Marie.
In fact in 2012 Resonate displays a wealth of pianistic talent – along with Jean-Bernard Marie, there will be Kevin Hunt, Alexander Boyd, the People’s Choice Winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition, and accompanist Andrea Katz – an extraordinary range of talented musicians who will demonstrate the amazing capacities of the world’s favourite instrument.
To take full advantage of Resonate’s ambience and be guaranteed the best seats in the house you can obtain reserved seating by subscribing to the entire series.
We hope you enjoy the special blend of visual and musical experiences Resonate has on offer.
Image: Fiona Campbell
Various dates in 2012, 7pm
Members $510 (save $50)
Non-members $600 (save $40)
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878
Please purchase subscription bookings over the phone, by posting back the booking form, or in person at the Art Gallery Society members lounge (subscription tickets are not available online).
The right is reserved to add, withdraw, reschedule or substitute artists and/or vary advertised programs, prices, venues, seating arrangements and audience capacity. Ticket holders must comply with the security arrangements for the event and venue. Exhibitions subject to change.
Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With subscription tickets there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.
Duration 3 hours
Location: Entrance court
Kevin Hunt: Musical portraits
Acclaimed jazz pianist Kevin Hunt makes a long-awaited return to Resonate, this time in the Gallery Cabaret format. Kevin will entertain and delight you with pianistic fireworks in a program of the great jazz classics. This will be an electrifying start to the Resonate year.
The concerts will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing of the The Archibald Prize. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Sunday 15 April 2012 7pm – 10pm
Alexander Boyd: Songs without words
Resonate is delighted to welcome back Alexander Boyd to play in the Gallery. Part of the illustrious artistic dynasty of the Boyd family, Alexander will present a recital of Mozart, Chopin, Mendelssohn’s beautiful Songs Without Words and Maurice Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin.
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 20 May 2012 7pm – 10pm
Ironwood: Rhythms of Spain
Simon Martyn-Ellis is one of Australia’s most renowned baroque guitar/lute players. He will return to Australia from his base in Germany to perform, with the Ironwood string quartet, a fiery program featuring the rhythms of classical Spain. The program will include Boccherini’s famous 'Fandango’ Quintet for guitar & strings, along with ‘the Spanish Mozart’ Arriaga’s String Quartet as well as works by Haydn, Hagen and Vivaldi, in arrangements for guitar and lute.
The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing of Symbolism in Australian art exhibition. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Friday 22 June 2012 7pm – 10pm
Sydney International Piano Competition: Peoples’ choice winner
In this very special concert, Resonate is once again host to a performance by the Peoples’ Choice Winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition. This prestigious competition is held every four years and attracts the cream of young pianists from around the world.
The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing of 18th Biennale of Sydney exhibition. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Friday 27 July 2012 7pm – 10pm
Sydney Omega Ensemble: Quartet for the end of time
The wonderful musicians of the Sydney Omega Ensemble return with Associate Artist Simon Tedeschi on piano in a concert of contrasts. This program encompasses music at its brightest and purest in Jean Francaix’s Octet, to music at its most poignant in Olivier Messiaen’s mystical Quartet for the End of Time, first performed in a prisoner of war camp in 1941.
The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing of the exhibition Kamisaka Sekka: master of modern Japanese art and design. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Sunday 19 August 2012 7pm – 10pm
Songmakers Australia: Gypsy genius
The passionate and exotic lives of the gypsies have fired the imaginations of composers for hundreds of years. From the sensual and dangerous opera Carmen to chamber music by Brahms, the Romantic idea of the wild and free ‘gypsy’ is a powerfully seductive one. Led by pianist Andrea Katz, Songmakers Australia is a unique group of Australian leading singers, Sally-Anne Russell, Merlyn Quaife, Christopher Saunders and Nicholas Dinopoulos. They bring immense experience and musicality to diverse and rarely-heard repertoire in programs that feature a dynamic interplay of song and chamber music.
The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing of the exhibition Eugene Atget: Paris 1898-1924. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Sunday 23 September 2012 7pm – 10pm
Jean-Bernard Marie: Piano and poetry
Mauritian-born Australian pianist Jean-Bernard Marie, who wowed audiences last year when he accompanied Fiona Campbell and Taryn Fiebig, returns in 2012 with a solo recital of music by Liszt, Schubert, Ravel and others. Joining Jean-Bernard will be internationally renowned author, David Malouf, who will give readings of some of his favourite poetry. A very special Resonate not to be missed.
The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing of the Kenneth Reed porcelain collection. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Friday 19 October 2012 7pm – 10pm
Fiona Campbell: Saints and sinners
One of Australia’s finest singers, Fiona Campbell is thrilled to return to Resonate once again to present this wonderful selection of music that touches both the sublime and the diabolical. Hear songs of great spiritual beauty by Brahms and Copland, and be seduced by the ultimate bad girls of opera – Carmen and Delilah – before being taken into the darkly comical world of cabaret with songs by Tom Lehrer and Cole Porter – a whimsical end to the Resonate year.
The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing of the Francis Bacon: five decades exhibition. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.
Sunday 25 November 2012 7pm – 10pm