Beethoven Plus: Celebrating the birthday of Beethoven

Tuggeranong Arts Centre 19 February 2020
Tuggeranong Arts Centre
29 March 2020, 5 pm

Beethoven Plus is showing at Tuggeranong Arts Centre on 

Celebrating the 250th birthday of the great composer.

TAC will present two twilight concerts in 2020 – both highlighting the work of BEETHOVEN to mark the 250th birthday of the great composer.

The first concert is on March 29: “Beethoven’s First – Plus”

Andrew Lorenz – violin/viola, Alan Vivian – clarinet and Wendy Lorenz – piano combine for Trios by Mozart, Bruch and Ewazen plus Beethoven’s enchanting first Sonata for Violin and Piano.

The second concert is on November 29 “Beethoven’s Last – Plus”

The celebrated Acacia Quartet perform Beethoven’s magnificent last String Quartet plus quartets by Fanny Mendelssohn and Lyle Chan.


“BEETHOVEN’S FIRST – PLUS” – Sunday March 29, 5.00pm

A concert featuring three of Australia’s most distinguished instrumentalists:

Alan Vivian – clarinet

Andrew Lorenz – violin/viola

Wendy Lorenz – piano


Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No 1 in D major Op 12

Mozart: Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in Eb major K 498: “Kegelstatt”

Bruch: Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano Op 83

Ewazen: Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano (2005)

Since meeting as fellow students at the NSW Conservatorium during the late 1960’s, Andrew, Alan and Wendy, all now based in Canberra are joining forces to present a delightful mix of trios and duos old and new. In honour of Beethoven’s 250th birthday is the glorious Violin Sonata No 1 in D major. Trios include Mozart’s perennial favourite – the Kegelstatt Trio, plus a work it has inspired over 200 years later by popular American composer Eric Ewazen. Adding a touch of romanticism will be the delightful Pieces for the three instruments by Max Bruch.


Adult: $35

Student: $20

Child $10

Companion ticket: $35

Family of 4 $90

(Family ticket comprises 2 x adults and 2 concessions)

The Artists

Alan Vivian

A former national winner of the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition, Alan Vivian studied in Sydney and Vienna. He has held the long-term positions of Principal Clarinet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He was Guest Principal Clarinet with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London and performed with the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera as well as acting as Principal Clarinet with all of Australia’s state orchestras. As a chamber musician he has been a member of the Australia Ensemble and Canberra Wind Soloists, performing in over twenty countries on 5 continents, and has toured widely as a concerto soloist and recitalist. He has recorded for the Sony, EMI, Polygram, ABC Classics and Revolve labels and is a featured artist in Pamela Weston’s book, Clarinet Virtuosi of Today. During his teaching career, Alan has presented master classes throughout the world, including a period as a Visiting Artist at the Paris Conservatoire. He held the position of Senior Lecturer in Clarinet at the ANU School of Music from 1985-2012. In 2019 Alan was in Moscow as concerto soloist with the Bolshoi Orchestra.

Andrew Lorenz

Andrew has enjoyed a varied and successful career as solo violinist, chamber musician, orchestra leader, teacher and conductor. He has been soloist with many of Australia’s major orchestras and has also lead a number of Australia’s leading chamber groups, notably the New England Ensemble, Australian Piano Trio and Phoenix Ensemble with which he toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe, North America and Asia. Andrew has given national premieres of violin concertos by Arthur Benjamin, John McCabe and Joseph Myslivecek and the world premiere of Alexander Negerevich’s concerto also released on CD. For over thirty years he has taught at tertiary level at the Universities of New England, Adelaide, ANU and Southern Queensland, where he also conducted the USQ Orchestra and directed the McGregor Winter Chamber Music School.  Andrew has also led for the Australian Opera, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, D’Oyle Carte Opera, London, and the New Symphony Orchestra of London. He is a member of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and leads Trio Empyrean and the Lanyon Trio.

Wendy Lorenz 

Active as both pianist and teacher, Wendy has performed extensively throughout Australia and overseas and appeared for major radio and television networks in Europe and Asia. A ‘Student of the Year’ graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium and Beethoven Bicentenary Medallion recipient (awarded by the West German Government), she has also belonged to a number of successful chamber ensembles including the highly acclaimed New England Ensemble, the Australian Piano Trio, the Young Sydney Piano Trio, the Phoenix Ensemble and currently the Lanyon Trio, together with violinist Andrew Lorenz and violist Robert Harris. She has appeared as concerto soloist with many of Australia’s leading orchestras, also featuring on commercial releases with the Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. Also active as a music educator, she has taught at the NSW Conservatorium, the Australian National University – where she is currently a member of the Piano staff, and the Universities of New England and Southern Queensland, where she was also Head of Music from 2000 to 2004 inclusive. She has presented workshops, masterclasses and piano teaching seminars throughout Australia and overseas, (with guest residencies in China, Singapore, Malaysia and the USA), is a member and past National Chair of the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference Committee and is an accredited Federal Examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board. She recently accepted the position of Artistic Director of the prestigious Australian National Piano Award.

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