The Live at Lunch series at Chatswood’s Concourse has announced its 2018 season, featuring Australian performers including ARIA Award-winning pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska, composer Elena Kats-Chernin, violist Roger Benedict and pianist Simon Tedeschi, among others.

Jane Rutter, Live at LunchLive at Lunch Artistic Director Jane Rutter. Photo © Brendan Read

The series, which is curated by Australian flautist Jane Rutter – who was awarded the prestigious medal Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Government last year – is now in its sixth season and in 2018 will feature music from the likes of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Bach, Korngold, Satie and Weill.

Kicking off with Yo Sebastian! in April – a tribute to JS Bach for which Rutter will be joined by soloists from the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra – the season will see Rutter joined by a series of collaborators, including composer John Huie and chamber group POSH, who will present Third Culture in May. The concert will combine Indian, Arabic and Chinese-inspired music with Australian world music for flute, guitar, cello, double bass, Chinese banjo and Indian percussion.

Also joining Rutter in the concert series are Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi and Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Violist Roger Benedict for The Great Romantics, which features Schubert’s sparkling Arpeggione Sonata and Schumann’s dreamy Viola Sonata in A Minor.

Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Elena Kats-CherninTamara-Anna Cislowska and Elena Kats-Chernin at The Concourse. Photo supplied. 

In September Rutter will lead pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska and composer Elena Kats-Chernin in Unsent Love Letters: Meditations on Erik Satie. Upon Satie’s death in 1925, unsent letters from the French composer’s Paris apartment revealed his only romantic connection, with model and painter Suzanne Valadon. Inspired by this tale, Kats-Chernin composed a set of piano miniatures in homage to Satie, which Cislowska has recorded for ABC Classics.

NexasPeter Coleman-Wright and the Nexas Saxophone Quartet. Photo supplied.

Rutter joins Australian baritone Peter Coleman-Wright and the Nexas Saxophone Quartet in October for Composers in Exile, the flautist adding an additional character (Lotte Lenya) to the show Limelight described as “a musically rich and entertaining step back into the Weimar Era,” which saw Coleman and Nexas taking on the roles of Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, Franz Schreker, Erich Korngold and Robert Stolz.

I Love Paris will see Rutter joined by accordionist Marcello Maio before the season closes with Canticles of Ecstasy, a performance of Christmas carols and diverse Ave Marias performed by soprano and cellist Taryn Fiebig, Rutter and pianist Vincent Colagiuri.

“It is gratifying to hear from so many of our friends that Live at Lunch has added such a happy dimension to your lives,” said Rutter. “I echo this sentiment and look forward to your joining us in the wonderful, ever-expanding musical community that is Live at Lunch at The Concourse.”


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