The Resonate concert series is an exciting musical experience that brings some of the best musicians from Australia and beyond to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Enjoy a reception with light refreshments and see the latest exhibition after hours, then take a seat as Gallery spaces fill up with world-class music.
Doors open at 7pm. Concert starts at 8pm.
Image: Nick Parnell, courtesy the artist
Various dates in 2017, 7pm
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878
Subscription tickets available by phone or in person at the members lounge, not online
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Duration 3 hours
Brett Brown BOOKED OUT
Australian actor and baritone Brett Brown opens the 2017 Resonate season with the premiere of his classical cabaret Postcards. Partly inspired by the paintings in the Gallery’s European collection that Brown first saw as a child, Postcards will transport the audience to the palazzos of Vivaldi’s Venice, the streets of Piaf’s Paris and the snowy wastes of Rachmaninoff’s Russia. He will be accompanied by pianist Glenn Amer and violinist Judy Hellmers. Brett Brown is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London. He has performed with Opera Australia, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, in plays and musicals on London’s West End, and many theatre festivals in Europe.
Sunday 5 February 2017 7pm – 10pm
Location: Grand Courts
Join Omega Ensemble for a fascinating night of music by the celebrated film score composer Bernard Herrmann. Considered one of the most innovative film composers of all time, Herrmann wrote some of the most iconic film scores of the 20th century but was best known for the music he wrote for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho (1960). The highly charged music of Psycho brilliantly conveys the tension and drama of this legendary thriller. However, Herrmann did not just write for cinema. After a falling out with long-time collaborator Hitchcock he returned to concert work, composing the clarinet quintet Souvenirs de voyage and the nostalgic Echoes.
Guitar Trek’s Bradley Kunda and soprano Rebecca MacCallion explore the beauty of the classical guitar as an instrument for accompanying the voice. The evening will include Joaquin Rodrigo’s heartfelt Four love madrigals and Kunda’s brand new song cycle of Henry Lawson’s poems, inspired by the music of the great Australian poet’s time. Also featured is the pristine sound of flautist Laura van Rijn, performing Ravel’s Habanera and Kunda’s duet for flute and guitar, Spirit of the plains. Praised by Richard Gill AO as ‘beautifully written … true in every sense of the word’, Spirit of the plains is a homage to Sydney Long’s mythical art nouveau landscapes and will be presented at the Gallery for the first time, alongside the paintings that inspired the music.
Nick Parnell BOOKED OUT
Distinguished vibraphonist Nick Parnell debuts Secret songs – a new program of vibraphone with piano accompaniment that seamlessly combines jazz, world and classical music. He will begin the evening with Borderline, an intricately rhythmic score by distinguished Australian composer and artist Paul Grabowsky. Parnell will also premiere a new composition by Australian pianist and composer Joe Chindamo followed by the solo masterwork A singing song by Gary Burton, the US vibraphone legend and musical collaborator with jazz great Chick Corea. Dave Friedman and Dave Samuels’s exhilarating, virtuosic work Carousel and a version of Gershwin’s An American in Paris will also feature. In this program there are many more encounters of joyous jazz, pulsing world music and elegant classical works.
Sunday 28 May 2017 7pm – 10pm
Location: Entrance court
Emma Pask Trio
Emma Pask is one of Australia’s favourite jazz singers. Performing throughout Europe and Australia, Pask has sung with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, supported George Benson on his Australian tour and headlined the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Accompanied by her jazz trio, Pask is sure to delight as she tells stories with timeless swing classics, tender ballads and upbeat Latin grooves. Over the last 20 years Pask has collaborated with jazz virtuoso James Morrison, who describes her as ‘the greatest gift to Australian jazz vocals’.
Sydney Youth Orchestras TangoOz
Hear some of Sydney’s best young musicians play authentic Argentine tango music. Led by violinist and bandoneonista Maggie Ferguson, TangoOz is Australia’s first genuine tango orchestra and an associate of the Orquesta Escuela de Tango of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s National School of Orchestral Tango. TangoOz regularly performs at concerts and festivals in Sydney. In 2016, they travelled to Buenos Aires and Montevideo where they were received by adoring crowds. The evening will feature both traditional and modern tangos and milongas, some of which will be accompanied by the beautiful movements of tango dancers.
Elena Kats-Chernin and Tamara-Anna Cislowska
ARIA-winning pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska and one of Australia’s great composers, Elena Kats-Chernin (Eliza aria, The Divorce), invite you to a thrilling, unique experience of musical expression and adventure. Performing four hands at the piano and improvising live, the duo will play Kats-Chernin’s songs, putting a new spin on some of her best known songs. They will also share some new music in this intimate tête-a-tête between the composer and her long-time collaborator.
Australia’s finest guitar duo Slava and Leonard Grigoryan close the 2017 Resonate season with an evening of classical, jazz, folk and contemporary duets. The brothers will play selections from their forthcoming release, including songs by composers such as Bach, Elgar, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Faure, De Falla and Ponce. The program will also feature works from their previous releases highlighting their diverse skills. This promises to be an evening that will show the beauty and scope of the classical guitar.