QPAC gives Limelight readers the chance to win 1 of 2 double passes to the Debussy Quartet’s Twilight Notes concert. Born over a quarter century ago in the Conservatoire de Lyon and unashamedly French in voice, the Debussy Quartet embodies the curiosity evident throughout the work of its namesake. Whether touring, recording, or fashioning its own Les Cordes en Ballade summer festival academy in the South of France, the quartet only continues to hone its distinctive connection with chamber audiences worldwide. Lean in to the ensemble’s artistry with the Lady Macbeth Elegy and greet the transience of sunset with the shortest of the deeply personal and emotional Shostakovich quartets. Yield a little to the unsettling tones of Beethoven’s Serioso quartet, then lose yourself completely in utterly authentic Ravel, an achingly classical work beloved by the composer himself. This Debussy Quartet performance is presented in association with Brisbane Festival and is part of QPAC’s Twilight Notes series. Other Twilight Notes concerts include Elena Kats-Chernin and Tamara-Anna Cislowska in Butterflying on Monday 28 August and Joseph Tawadros Trio on Monday 30 October. Interested in this event? Click here to secure your tickets online now Interested in QPAC? Click here to sign up to their e-Newsletter Enter below for your chance to win 1 of 2 double passes…
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra: Romeo and Juliet September 7 Following the success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2015, the ASO and the State Theatre Company South Australia join hands once again to present a fantasy of words and music inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. The ASO is giving one Limelight reader the chance to win a double pass to join them in Adelaide Town Hall for a magical night of storytelling as Shakespeare’s timeless tale of Verona’s star-cross’d lovers is brought to life. With music by Sergei Prokofiev, Hector Berlioz, Leonard Bernstein and Nino Rota, and a cast of leading Australian actors, it will be an evening to remember. Interested in this event? Click here to secure your tickets online now Interested in the ASO? Click here to sign up to their e-Newsletter Enter below for your chance to win an ASO double pass to Romeo and Juliet
Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre: Black Rider September 15-October 8 Come on in, take off your skin, and dance around in your bones. A ride like no other, Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre team up with Meow Meow, Paul Capsis, Kanen Breen, Jacqui Dark and Le Gateau Chocolat for Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets. Hallucinatory writer William S. Burroughs penned the script, musical magpie Tom Waits wrote the songs and together created this audacious and bizarrely beautiful piece of theatrical magic. Cry-in-beer ballads meets a meditation on addiction in a tour-de-force that pulls the audience into the dark and decadent depths of the underworld – a delirious journey through a vivid theatrical landscape that is part opera, part vaudeville, and all dance with the devil. Interested in this event? Click here to secure your tickets online now Interested in Victorian Opera? Click here to sign up to their eNews Enter below for your chance to win a double pass, valued at $150
Australian Chamber Orchestra: Grieg and Beyond 1 – 12 September Touring Nationally Discover the melodic beauty and musical storytelling of Grieg when Norway’s charismatic violinist, Henning Kraggerud, leads the ACO on a journey from the arctic to the antipodes. Demonstrating his reputation as the world’s leading interpreter of Grieg, the concert features Henning’s arrangement of Grieg’s Third Violin Sonata for violin and orchestra, and Richard Tognetti’s orchestral arrangement of the First String Quartet. As well as the World Premiere of Ross Edwards’ Entwinings. The ACO is giving Limelight readers the chance to win a double pass in each city (total value, $760). “He brings an ideal fluency that allows him to integrate the folk idioms into the music’s otherwise classical discourse.“ – The Arts Desk on Henning Kraggerud Interested in this event? Click here to secure your tickets online now Interested in the ACO? Click here to sign up to their eNews Enter below for your chance to win 1 of 5 double pases
The secret behind the enduring love affair between this world-renowned ensemble and its Australian public is both the simplest and hardest thing about chamber music: the interplay between four very different creative personalities. Hear the Takács Quartet meld their sound into amazing unity in classics by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorák, and a world premiere by Carl Vine. This August, Musica Viva are giving Limelight readers the chance to win a double pass to select concerts on their Australian tour. Interested in this event? Click here to secure your tickets online now Interested in Musica Viva? Click here to sign up to their eNews Enter below for your chance to win a double pass to see the Takács Quartet
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