Principal Conductor Asher Fisch, one of today’s finest Wagnerians, takes you on a thrilling journey of discovery through Wagner’s music, the composers Wagner influenced and those who inspired him. “Wagner is one of history’s truly transformative composers. His music is endlessly fascinating, dramatic and deeply moving. For a conductor, the chance to share and explore Wagner’s revelatory works with a wonderful orchestra and audience is quite simply a joy.” – Asher Fisch, Principal Conductor The West Australian Symphony Orchestra gives Limelight readers the chance to win a double pass package to their Wagner Festival, Wagner & Beyond. This package, valued at $364, includes 2x tickets to the following concerts held at the Perth Concert Hall: Inspiring Wagner September 6, 7:30pm Wagner’s World September 9, 7:30pm Interested in this event? Click here to secure your tickets online now Interested in WASO? Click here to sign up to their SymphonE-News Enter below for your chance to win this Wagner Festival package!
Following the huge critical and public success of 2016’s Tannhauser, Melbourne Opera presents Richard Wagner’s magnificent Romantic opera Lohengrin at the Regent Theatre. After his outstanding performance as Tannhauser, international Wagnerian tenor Marius Vlad returns to star as Lohengrin, the mysterious Knight of the Grail. Melbourne-born dramatic soprano Helena Dix, currently appearing at the Met, makes her Melbourne debut as Elsa von Brabant, and is joined by Sarah Sweeting as the evil Ortrud. Icelandic heldenbaritone Hrolfur Saemundsson makes his Australian debut as Telramund. The 60-strong Melbourne Opera Chorus and 70-piece Melbourne Opera Orchestra are conducted by David Kram and Greg Hocking. The new production is directed by Suzanne Chaundy, whose production of Tannhauser was such a success. Lohengrin contains some of Wagner’s most famous arias and stirring ensembles, including the famous Wedding Chorus, Overture and Prelude to Act 3, and Lohengrin’s moving In fernem land and Mein lieber Schwann. The opera will be sung in German with English subtitles. Enter below for your chance to win an A-Reserve double pass to the opening night of Melbourne Opera’s Lohengrin
A festival of ballet The ballet sampler you’ve been waiting for is arriving this August. This all-thrills bill features George Balanchine’s mile-a-minute ballet, alongside a programme of classical party pieces and cutting-edge modern works by choreographers Alice Topp and Richard House. Symphony in C has all the grace and elegance of ballet’s golden age. Set to Bizet’s exuberant score, it breezes along to a knock-em-dead finale that crowds the stage with white tutus. An exciting mix of dazzling costumes, fancy footwork and iconic music, this program has it all. Classical and contemporary, sparkle and spectacle: Symphony in C is the perfect night out. “What a crowd pleaser! For ballet lovers, it’s a joy, and even for those not usually fans, it would be the perfect introduction.” The Daily Telegraph WHEN: August 24-September 2 (double pass valid August 24) WHERE: Arts Centre Melbourne TICKETS: $43-$226 BOOK: Online or call 1300 182 183 Add to calendar For your chance to win an A-reserve double pass to the opening-night performance of Symphony in C (worth $370 AUD), enter your details below
Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, captured live for cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London. In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling. In cinemas August 19 Enter below for your chance to win 1 of 5 double passes to a special preview screening at Dendy Newtown.
Win a Festival Four package for two people to the 2017 Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. You can select any four concerts* from the Festival’s Evening Series and Sunset Series, from Friday July 28 to Saturday August 5. More than 40 musicians from around the world will perform over the nine days. Worth $398! For your chance to win, simply enter your details below and select the four concerts you’d like attend. Click here to view the full 2017 AFCM program.
The Australian World Orchestra – Chamber 8 on Tour are a supergroup of Australia’s finest musicians who work and perform with the world’s greatest orchestras. These extraordinary musicians will come together for just four concerts in 2017 as they tour their exceptional musicianship around Australia. Thanks to our friends at the Australian World Orchestra, Limelight readers have the chance of winning a double pass to each performance. Plus, we’re also giving away one double pass to Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie, where Simone Young AM will conduct the AWO in a unique mentoring collaboration with musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music. For your chance to win 1 of 4 double passes to AWO Chamber 8 or the double pass to Turangalîla-Symphonie, simply enter below.
Win a double pass to a literary event with a musical twist. Andrew Ford, composer and much loved presenter of Radio National’s The Music Show will be in discussion with the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Richard Tognetti about his new memoir. The Memory of Music considers the nature and purpose of music in the context of his own life – what it is, why it means so much to us and how it works in our lives. WHEN: Thursday 13 July, 6:30pm WHERE: Yellow House Sydney, 57-59 MacLeay Street, Potts Point NSW 2011 TICKETS: $15 – click here to book or enter below for your chance to win Read an exclusive extract from Andrew Ford’s The Memory of Music, featured in the July 2017 issue of Limelight Magazine. Buy Now For your chance to win a double pass enter your details below.
The Great Comet of 1812 stars recording artist Josh Groban in his Broadway debut. Inspired by a 70-page slice of War and Peace, this “dazzlingly eclectic musical-cum-opera” is “full and funky and brilliantly engineered”. The Great Comet of 1812 (Original Broadway Cast) ★★★★☆ Sit back and enjoy a rare and imaginative piece of musical storytelling. Review by Clive Paget For your chance to win one of five copies of this recording, simply enter below
“The most thoughtful, elegant, and refined of pianists.” THE GUARDIAN One of the world’s most acclaimed interpreters of Mozart – fortepianist, Melvyn Tan – will join the Australian Haydn Ensemble this winter to warm audiences’ hearts. The Australian Haydn Ensemble presents a program inspired by the beauty and romance of classical Paris exploring the fascinating connections created by that fabled city that drew together a blind female pianist, Mozart, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Queen Marie Antoinette and Haydn. With Melvyn Tan as soloist, they perform Mozart’s wonderful Keyboard Concerto No.18 – thought to be written for the blind Parisian pianist, Maria Theresa von Paradis. Audiences will also be treated to the Australian Premiere of a symphony by the legendary C18th African Parisian violinist, director, swordsman and composer – Chevalier de Saint-Georges, who both commissioned and conducted the world premiere the final work on the program – Haydn’s Symphony No.85 ‘La Reine’ (The Queen) – a truly splendid work – said to be given its nick-name because it was Queen Marie Antoinette’s favourite of Haydn’s Paris Symphonies. BOOK NOW Thanks to our friends at the Australian Haydn Ensemble, Limelight readers have the chance to win 1 of 3 double passes to Melvyn…
COMPASSION: Lior and the Australian Youth Orchestra WHEN: July 10-11, 7.30pm WHERE: Melbourne Recital Centre TICKETS: From $45, click here to book now In a true celebration of Australia’s wonderful orchestral talent, the beautiful vocals of Lior will be accompanied by the next generation of exceptional musicians from the Australian Youth Orchestra. Under the baton of leading composer, Nigel Westlake, explore the depth, texture and emotion of a range of works including Compassion – a symphony of songs drawn from a rich collection of ancient texts. Radiating truth and sincerity, this repertoire examines timely issues ranging from the preciousness of the wilderness to that of compassion between human beings. This is a special evening of music not to be missed. Featuring Lior vocals Diana Doherty oboe Nigel Westlake conductor For you chance to win a double pass to see COMPASSION on July 10, simply enter your details below.
CHURCHILL follows Britain’s iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the days before the D-Day landings in June 1944. As allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe, they await Churchill’s decision on whether the invasion will actually move ahead. Fearful of repeating his mistakes from World War I on the beaches of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness, Churchill is also faced with constant criticism from his political opponents; General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery. Only the unflinching support of Churchill’s brilliant, unflappable wife Clementine can halt the Prime Minister’s physical and mental collapse and help lead him to greatness. Enter your details below to go into the draw to win one of 10 double passes to CHURCHILL. In cinemas June 8.
Thanks to Warner Classics, we have a copy of Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century to give away to one lucky Limelight Subscriber. Enter your details below to go into the draw to win! If you’re not currently a subscriber, click here to sign up for as little as $16 for three issues.
Muhai Tang directs an exhilarating programme featuring Australian composer Joe Chindamo’s beguiling set of variations – Palimpsest; the virtuosic showpiece that is Schumann’s quintessential Romantic concerto, performed by highly regarded Schumann expert from France, pianist Éric Le Sage; concluding with Brahms’ first symphonic masterpiece. For the chance to win a double pass to hear Muhai Tang and the QSO at QPAC June 10 at 7:30pm. For more information about the concert click here. To enter the draw, please enter your details below.