Musical Masterpieces at the National Gallery

hopeful 23 August 2010

Carl Rafferty presents…

Musical Masterpieces at the National Gallery

Saturday and Sunday, August 28 and 29, at 3pm

Dear Music Lover,

You’re invited to spend a very pleasant weekend afternoon at the National Gallery. You can wander the collections, try the café and then enjoy a concert of beautiful melodies in the very pleasant Fairfax Theatre.

I’ve selected favourite operatic arias, duets and trios by Mozart, Verdi, Saint-Saens, Delibes and Gounod. You’ll also enjoy lilting violin pieces by Fritz Kreisler, and impressionistic piano pieces by Debussy. You’ll have trouble sitting still through a swirling Strauss waltz!

Lyric soprano Claire Stjepanovic charmed Canberra audiences when she played Papagena in “The Magic Flute” in 2008. Claire returns to give Mozart’s lovely concert aria “L’amero”. She’ll by joined by baritone Raphael Hudson in “La ci darem” from Don Giovanni, and then Kate Rafferty will complete a trio for the beautiful “Soave sia il vento” from Cosi.

I’m delighted to introduce the violinist Timoth Wickham. Timothy plays with the Canberra Symphony, and is touring nationally as orchestra leader with South Australia’s “Co-Opera”. Timothy will be featured in Kreisler’s elegant café waltzes “Schon Rosmarin” and “Leibesleid”, and he’ll join Raphael in Saint-Saens’ exciting “Dance Macabre”.

Debussy’s “Arabesques” are wonderful examples of musical impressionism. Why not find one of Monet’s “Water Lily” paintings in the gallery before the concert, and then compare this with Debussy’s pianistic impressions of water?

Kate Rafferty will give you Violetta’s glorious “Sempre Libera” from La Traviata, and she’ll be joined by Claire in the “Flower Duet” from Lakme

Please extend this invitation to your friends, family and colleagues who will enjoy sharing this experience. All tickets are $30. Seating at the National Gallery is limited to 250 music lovers .The last 8 concerts I have presented have sold out completely, so early booking is essential. All seats are allocated in order of booking. Book by email: or phone 6254 3135 or 0417 429 899

The concert will last 80 minutes without interval, and we hope you’ll come early to enjoy the galleries and perhaps visit the café. Reserved seating is limited to 250 music lovers. All tickets are $30. Please book by email or phone 6254 3135 or 0417 429 899. Tickets to be paid and collected at the concert.

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