With this year’s Canberra International Music Festival coming to a close on Sunday, you won’t want to miss out on these five concerts.
From a day of music and dance at a regenerated industrial estate, to choral and classical music performed at the historic Fitters’ Workshop in Kingston, there is something for all music-lovers to enjoy this weekend, which is overflowing with international talent.
This Friday, 6 May, enjoy a morning of music and performance at the industrial estate along Dairy Road. Fyshwick Follies is a first for the festival, creating small, unexpected musical follies for the adventurous festival patron with performances from incredible local and international artists.
Featuring the internationally acclaimed New Zealand String Quartet performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68 and Australian flautist Sally Walker performing Peteris Vasks’ beautiful Ainava ar putniem (Landscape with Birds). This unique concert also features a stunning dance performance, with an excerpt from Australian Dance Party’s ‘LESS’ choreographed by Alison Plevey, plus a world premiere from Sydney-based queer performer and composer Solomon Frank, Human’s Got Talent, where Solomon will be bringing along his Aussie friends, clarinetist Jason Noble, percussionist Niki Johnson, keyboardist and composer Jacob Abela and double bassist Ben Ward to bring this new work to life.
The performances will be held across three of the precinct’s new venues, with support from local legends Capital Brewing Co. So grab yourself a ticket and kick back with a beverage at Dairy Road Precinct – click here to explore the concert program and purchase your tickets to Fyshwick Follies.
Join your fellow music-lovers this Friday evening at Fitters’ Workshop for An English Lark, a unique juxtaposition of talents with a classical program featuring Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ The Lark Ascending and On Wenlock Edge, followed by William Walton’s Façade.
Be taken on a journey from the green pastures of rural England to the literary salons of Edith Sitwell.
Performed by acclaimed musicians Andrew Goodwin, Lucas Krupinski, Kristian Winther, Jason Noble, Sally Walker, Flora Carbo, Ruben Palma and Naoto Segawa, with Jonathan Biggins as Dame Edith Sitwell, An English Lark is sure to be a remarkable evening of music and poetry.
Click here to explore the concert program and purchase your tickets to An English Lark.
On Saturday evening, experience a truly euphoric performance as some of Canberra’s most prominent vocal groups combine for Choral Opposites, a powerful choral event reaching across the globe in song.
The concert will feature local vocal groups Kompactus Youth Choir directed by Olivia Swift, Luminescence Chamber Singers directed by AJ America and the Oriana Chorale directed by Dan Walker, performing alongside Matthew Doyle on didgeridoo and flautist Sally Walker.
It’s on at 7:30 pm, Saturday 7 May at Fitters’ Workshop – click here to explore the concert program and purchase your tickets to Choral Opposites.
This one is for true art and music-lovers! Featuring the world premiere of Australian composer Brian Howard’s Blue Poles (String Quartet No.5), hear how one of the boldest bursts of American modernism found a lasting presence in the city of Canberra.
The acquisition of Jackson Pollock, Blue Poles by the National Gallery of Australia in 1972 sparked a major controversy in Australia as people protested against the high price paid for it – in fact, it was the highest price ever paid for an American painting at that time. Taxpayers complained it was a waste of their money and, with few exceptions, the responses towards the painting, the Gallery and the government were negative.
This contemporary classical concert will be performed by the Alma Moodie Quartet with Matthew Doyle on didgeridoo, and will be held at the National Gallery of Australia’s Fairfax Theatre.
It’s on at 2:30 pm, Sunday 8 May at Fairfax Theatre, NGA – click here to explore the concert program and purchase your tickets to Blue Poles.
On Sunday evening, experience the grand finale of the 2022 Festival. Presented by the European Union Delegation to Australia and performed by an accomplished international ensemble including world-class period specialists the Australian Haydn Ensemble, the New Zealand String Quartet, Neeman Piano Duo, and more, The Last Mile is set to be a European celebration.
Come along for the final journey of the festival and experience Hummel’s arrangement of Beethoven’s Symphony No.6 Pastoral and Witold Lutoslawski’s Paganini Variations before the concert concludes with Camille Saint-Saëns’ humorous musical masterpiece, Carnival of the Animals.
It’s on at 7:30 pm, Sunday 8 May at Fitters’ Workshop – click here to explore the concert program and purchase your tickets to The Last Mile.
The 2022 Canberra International Music Festival showcases diverse local, national and international talent during its expertly curated 10-day program. With only a few days left, don’t miss your chance to experience some of the final performances for the year. View the 2022 Festival program to find out more.