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Friday August 2018
Following on from the success of last year’s collaboration between the University Gallery and the Newcastle Music Festival, art and music come together as Colin Spiers’ new work is premiered.Find out more »
The Newcastle Music Festival is very pleased to offer, for the first time, a concert in the wonderful setting of Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Featuring the amazing duo of Susan Carson and Terence Koo, enjoy cabaret and jazz classics, chosen in response to the vibrant exhibition of works by renowned Australian painter Wendy Sharpe. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine from Tyrrells Wines and refreshments on arrival with an introduction to Wendy Sharpe's current exhibition "Secrets".
80 years have passed since George Gershwin’s untimely death, and the Dungeon Big Band celebrates his extraordinary musical legacy with Strike Up The Band, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, Our Love is Here to Stay…and many others, including Ella Fitzgerald’s amazing version of Oh, Lady, Be Good!
‘Ray Chen can do pretty much anything he wants on the violin’ (Washington Post)
The Newcastle Music Festival is delighted to partner with Musica Viva Australia in presenting one of the greatest violinists of his generation, Ray Chen, joined by his regular recital partner, acclaimed French pianist Julien Quentin.
Observe three talented, local musicians being mentored by pianist, Julien Quentin. Enjoy unique perspectives on interpretation, technique and performance.Find out more »
Free admission The Newcastle Music Festival is proud to join the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW in presenting competitions for young pianists to award the Nan Price Memorial Scholarship and the Joyce Blewitt Award. This year’s adjudicator is the wonderful pianist of the Omega Ensemble, Maria Raspopova.Find out more »
In this unique event popular songs from the time of the Great War mingle with stories of Novocastrian soldiers who gave their lives for their country. Thanks to the research of historian Bronwyn Law, the music comes from a collection of sheet music brought home from the war interspersed with stories of Novocastrians who gave their lives for their country.
Take a journey back in time and let Brad’s gorgeous voice and dynamic stage presence infuse your senses with the seductive atmosphere of a stunning Berlin ‘Kabarett’ Club.
From the Wartime hits of Coward & Novello, the hilarity of the Comedian Harmonists, via the tumult of Berlin, through Vienna’s Golden Age, to the irreverence of today, KABARETT! is a celebration of wild electric decadence and dangerously dark humour.Find out more »
A man enchanted by the beauty of the East.
A woman in love with the promise of the West.
Separated by a vast ocean and many years, what will become of their love?
Madame Butterfly is a love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans, across time.
The colours of Christ Church Cathedral’s organ come to life in this program that includes the music of Bach and Vivaldi, and closes with Liszt’s full-throttle extravaganza in homage to Bach. Along the way, we come near to the end of our journey through Bach’s Art of Fugue.
Watch online Performers Civic String Quartet The Conservatorium Civic String Quartet will collaborate with one of Australia’s finest DJs in an innovative live-stream performance. For more information – please visit the Newcastle Conservatorium Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NewcastleConservatoriumOfMusic/Find out more »
Composed in 1941 while Messiaen was in a prisoner-of-war camp, the Quartet for the End of Time is a musical expression of hope and mysticism. Evocative music of JS Bach and David Banney set the mood in this concert by Festival Artists-in-Residence, the highly acclaimed Omega Ensemble.
The Music on a Plate series brings food and music together in iconic Newcastle venues. In this concert, innovative folk music from one of Newcastle’s most popular bands is fused with an Indian vegetarian feast including a thali plate and dessert. Alcohol available for purchase.
Australia Haydn Ensemble presents this concert in association with Newcastle Music Festival. Schubert’s lieder are powerful and sublime. Joined by brilliant baritone David Greco, the Ensemble brings you a stunning selection of Schubert’s most-loved songs in newly commissioned chamber arrangements for string quintet and baritone, interwoven with a selection of Soiree movements from French composer Felicien David’s Les Quatre Saisons, a series of moving yet almost entirely unknown pieces for string quintet with double bass.
Festival favourite Deborah Humble is one of Australia’s most successful musicians, appearing in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world. Deborah is joined by guitarists Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi, and pianist Amanda Neale, in a concert centred on the exotic colours and rhythms of Spanish songs.
The Festival comes to a stunning conclusion with a performance by the Christ Church Camerata and the Festival Strings, with clarinettist David Rowden (Omega Ensemble), conducted by David Banney, in music that includes the slow movement from Mozart’s much-loved Clarinet Concerto, and Tchaikowsky’s sumptuous Serenade for Strings.