Camerata, Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, has announced its 2020 season, with singer-songwriter Lior kicking the year off in April with his collaboration with Nigel Westlake, Compassion. The ‘symphony of songs’ will be performed alongside Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue, Philip Glass’s Echorus for two violins and string orchestra – written for Edna Michell and Yehudi Menuhin and featuring text by Allen Ginsberg (to be read here by actor Barbara Lowing) – and Joaquín Turina’s La oración del torero, or The Bullfighter’s Prayer. The program – which like all of Camerata’s mainstage concerts will be performed at the Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba, and Brisbane’s QPAC – will also feature a ‘wild card mystery guest’.
Camerata, Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. Photo supplied
‘A Shot of Baroque’ in June will see the ensemble perform music by Corelli, Handel, Purcell, Locatelli and Dall’Abaco, with a quartet of solo violinists: Sally-Ann Djachenko, Anne Horton, Jonny Ng, and Jason Tong.
Next year sees the return of the Sydney International Piano Competition, with the Grand Prize winner joining Camerata in August to perform a piano concerto of their choice, alongside Aaron Copland’s Hoe-Down from his ballet Rodeo, an orchestral arrangement of Debussy’s String Quartet by Queensland arranger Gail Aitken, and Margaret Sutherland’s Concertino for String Orchestra.
Camerata’s main season comes to a close with a concert featuring Buenos Aires-based ensemble Tango Sin Fin, who will join with the orchestra to perform music by Diego Schissi, Guillermo Klein, Exequiel Mantega and Astor Piazzolla as part of the Brisbane Festival.
The orchestra will also be presenting the Orava Quartet – the orchestra’s Artist-in-Residence – in a ‘Something Extra’ concert in October in the Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba, and The Edge SLQ, Brisbane. The Oravas will perform quartets by Haydn (the Opus 76, No 4, nicknamed ‘Sunrise’), Schulhoff and Ravel.