September 4 2016 : The Laughing Kookaburra

Diana Weston in recital – The Laughing Kookaburra

DianaWeston500x450One may well wonder – a recital of contemporary Australian music on early keyboards performed in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Broken Hill, outback Australia.

Making her international debut at the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival in Amsterdam in October playing harpsichord and square piano, Diana is delighted to present the same program in Broken Hill (renowned as an artistic hub) on a beautiful Lipp piano at Broken Hill Art Gallery – a recital of music based on folksong and dance by Ann Carr-Boyd, Elena Kats-Chernin, May Howlett and others.

For other events in the Geelvinck Festival, Diana will pair with festival director Michael Tsalka for programs devoted to multiple keyboards and contemporary works, present a workshop on the challenges of playing contemporary music on early keyboards, and, in a special broadcast, go live to air on Dutch national radio.

Dates and Places:
Broken Hill Art Gallery, Broken Hill September 4 2016

Broken Hill Art Gallery
Broken Hill Art Gallery

Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival, Amsterdam and Zutphen, October 22-30 2016

Diana Weston is a pianist and harpsichordist living in Sydney. She directs an early music group called Thoroughbass which regularly gives concerts in Sydney and rural NSW and which has a number of recordings to its credit. Thoroughbass is mostly all about music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries but often music from the here-and-now creeps into their programs. It’s hard to tell which is more popular. Diana loves the connection and intimacy with her audience that a small venue allows and enjoys telling something about the process of how the music came about.

Diana was delighted to discover the beautiful Lipp piano at the Broken Hill Art Gallery when she stayed recently, her husband being an occasional Flying Doctor. She will play music by living Australian composers, a program to also be performed at the Geelvinck Festival in Amsterdam later in the year.

The Laughing Kookaburra A collection of light-hearted and whimsical pieces by Australian composers inspired by folk-tunes, dances, games and toys.

Ann Carr-Boyd: Suite for Veronique: Prelude, Rag, Tango
Elena Kats-Chernin: Dance of the Paper Umbrellas
May Howlett: Baroqua Rag
Ann Carr-Boyd: Suite for Diana: Folksongs from Australia, Latvia and the Middle East
Philip Bolliger: Greek Dances – Santorini, Mikonis, Patmos (for Geelvinck, Diana Blom: The Album of Lady Huang)
Elena Kats-Chernin: The Rain Puzzle
Stephen Yates: Fandangle Indeed – Spanish Dance

Diana Weston MMus 0411 375 821

June 25-26 2016 : Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra

Our next concerts will be held on:
Saturday 25th June at 7pm and Sunday 26th June at 2.30pm
Please note the earlier time for the Saturday concert.

As previously advised the June Concert Series will be two GALA EVENTS. Advertising material to follow.

Quintessential Rodgers and Hammerstein with permission by ORiGiN Theatricals.
These concerts will be raising funds for Alzheimer’s Australia and String Scholarship/s. It will feature Nicholas Hammond from the film, The Sound of Music, Tabatha McFadyen (soprano), Lotte Latukefu (mezzo), Richard Lane (tenor), Stephen Wheatley (baritone) and the SHSO chorus.

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