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Our concerts for 2019

This page shows our concert series for 2019. Details of performers, the musical offerings and program notes can be accessed (as they become available) by clicking on the concert series title.

Of course program changes beyond our control may occur from time to time. Please join our mail or email list to have the current program details sent to you or view this page regularly.

Tickets:

$30, concession $25 and students $15.

Available through the TSO Box Office until 2 days prior or at the door (cash only).

February

Piano & cello

Thu 21 Feb, 11:00am
Riversdale Estate*
Cambridge



Fri 22 Feb, 11:00am
Home Hill Winery*
Ranelagh



Sat 23 Feb, 2:00pm
Holy Trinity Church
Launceston



Sun 24 Feb, 2:00pm
LifeWay Baptist Church
Devonport

March

Yoram & friends

Sat 16 Mar, 2:00pm
LifeWay Baptist Church
Devonport



Sun 17 Mar, 11:00am
Riversdale Estate*
Cambridge



Mon 18 Mar, 11:00am
Home Hill Winery*
Ranelagh

April 20 - 27

Mozart & Bruch

Venues will be uploaded as soon as confirmed.

May 4-7

Classical Basson

Venues will be uploaded as soon as confirmed.

August 3-5

Clarendon Trio

Venues will be uploaded as soon as confirmed.

September 14-16

Convict Monologues

Venues will be uploaded as soon as confirmed.

Oct 25, Nov 4

Brahms Clarinet Trio

Venues will be uploaded as soon as confirmed.

November 20-24

Sue-Ellen Paulson

Venues will be uploaded as soon as confirmed.

* If you plan to stay and enjoy a meal please contact the venue direct:

  • Riversdale Estate 6248 5555
  • Home Hill Winery 6242 1897

Piano & cello

Ying Ho, piano and Jonathan Békés, cello will perform Schumann - Fantasy Pieces; Grieg - Cello Sonata (here's a sample on YouTube); Tchrepnin - Cello Sonata No 1; Messiaen - Movement from the Quartet for the End of Time.

Pictured: Ying Ho piano (L) and Jonathan Békés cello (R).

Program Notes

Schumann
Fantasy Pieces

Schumann wrote these three pieces over two days during February 1849 originally calling them “Soirée Pieces” before publishing them as Phantasiestücke or “Fantasy Pieces”. The published work came with parts for Clarinet, Violin or Cello accompanied by Piano. A note by Schumann indicated that the work could be performed by any of the three instruments.

Grieg
Cello Sonata

Edward Grieg’s private letters give us a glimpse into his frustration with composing music in classical forms such as Sonata and Symphony, and as a result, his catalogue of works include only five pieces in the sonata form. Grieg composed the Cello Sonata opus 36 in 1883 when he was a well-established and mature composer. The work is popular within cello repertoire and well known to audiences since the nineteenth century.

Tchrepnin
Cello Sonata No. 1

Much like the Bach family, the surname Tchrepnin refers to six composers representing three generations of the same family of Russian composers. Among them, Alexander Tchrepnin is the most famous and prolific. He was born 1899 in Saint Petersburg and died in Paris in 1977 having lived, studied and worked in Saint Petersburg, Tbilisi Georgia, Paris and New York.

Tcherepnin is well known for his use of pentatonic scales as well as the nine-note “chromatic perfect scale” also known as “Tchrepnin Scale”. His work “the Well-Tempered Cello” showcases this nine-note scale. Tchrepnin was a virtuoso of both piano and cello and his Sonata No 1 in D is among the more challenging works for both instruments. The work is deeply Russian in its melodies, harmony and character.

Although today he is less known than other Russian composers of the early twentieth century, in his time Tchrepnin was regarded as a rival to Prokofiev and the “second Stravinsky”.

Messiaen
Fifth Movement from the Quartet for the End of Time

V. 'Praise to the eternity of Jesus', for cello and piano

One of the most influential composers of the 20th century, Olivier Messiaen, was captured by the German Army in June 1940 at the age of thirty-two. He was interned in a prisoner camp in Germany together with three other professional musicians, clarinettist Henri Akoka, violinist Jean le Boulaire and cellist Etienne Pasquier.

The music-loving prisoner guard “Carl-Albert Brüll” secured his name in history books when he supplied Messiaen with some paper and a small pencil. Messiaen composed a trio for his fellow inmates and then extended it into a quartet with himself at the piano. Brüll risked court-marshal when he forged official papers to secure instruments for the concert. The quartet premiered on 15 January 1941 in the rain with an audience of 400 composed of prisoners and guards.

Messiaen wrote that the Book of Revelation (REV 10:1-2, 5-7, KJV) was his inspiration for the work:

  • And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire ... and he set his right foot upon the sea and his left foot on the earth... And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever ... that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished ...

Yoram Levy & friends

Yoram Levy (trumpet, cornet and corno da caccia) will be joined by Jennifer Owen (violin), Martin Penicka (cello), Meriel Owen (piano) together with Jane Edwards (soprano) for good measure. Their program will include: Telemann - Concerto in D for corno da caccia; Hummel - Trumpet Concerto in E flat; F. Simon - Willow Echos for cornet (preview it here on YouTube).

Pictured: Yoram Levy trumpet, cornet and corno da caccia.

Clarinet & viola

Featuring Andrew Seymour (clarinet) and Stefanie Farrands (viola). More details will be posted as they come to hand.

Pictured: Stefanie Farrands viola.

Simone Walters & friends

With Simone Walters (classical Bassoon - read her Bio here) and friends in a program to including: Devienne - Quartet in C major for Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello; Mozart - Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello; Reicha - Variations for Bassoon and String Quartet; Beethoven - Trio for Flute, Violin and Bassoon Op. 87.

Pictured: Simone Walters classical Bassoon.