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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 at the door (cash only), or online via EventBookings until 1 day prior (while a button is displayed)..

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 Levi, Jane Edwards & friends

Sat 16 Mar, 11:00am
LifeWay Baptist Church

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


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

April

Mozart, Bartok & Bruch

Sat 20 Apr, 2:00pm
Holy Trinity Church

Sun 21 Apr, 2:00pm
LifeWay Baptist Church
Devonport


Sat 27 Apr, 3:00pm
Riversdale Estate*
Cambridge

May

Classical Bassoon

Sat 4 May, 2:00pm
LifeWay Baptist Church
Devonport


Sun 5 May, 2:00pm
Holy Trinity Church**
Cressy


Mon 6 May, 11:00am
Home Hill Winery*
Ranelagh


Tue 7 May, 11:00am
Riversdale Estate*
Cambridge

July - August

Convict Monologues

Tue 30 Jul, 11:00am
Riversdale Estate*
Cambridge

Sat 3 Aug, 2.00pm
Burnie Arts & Function Centre
Burnie

Sun 4 Aug, 2:00pm
St Andrews Anglican Church
Evandale

Mon 5 Aug, 11:00am
MONA Organ Room
Berriedale

September

Death and the Maiden

Sat 14 Sep, 2:00pm
Holy Trinity Church
Launceston


Sun 15 Sep, 2:00pm
LifeWay Baptist Church
Devonport


Mon 16 Sep, 11:00am
Home Hill Winery*
Ranelagh


Tue 17 Sep, 11:00am
Riversdale Estate*
Cambridge

October - November

Brahms Clarinet Trio

Fri 25 Oct, 2:00pm
City Baptist Church
Launceston

Mon 4 Nov, 6:00pm
Town Hall
Hobart

November

Schubert Quintet with Sue-Ellen Paulson

Wed 20 Nov, 2:00pm
LifeWay Baptist Church
Devonport

Thu 21 Nov, 2:00pm
Holy Trinity Church
Launceston


Fri 22 Nov, 6:00pm
Stanley Town Hall

Sun 24 Nov, 11:00am
Home Hill Winery*
Ranelagh


Sun 24 Nov, 2:00pm
Riversdale Estate*
Cambridge


Mon 25 Nov, 6:00pm
Portland Memorial Hall
St Helens

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

  • Riversdale Estate 6248 5555
  • Home Hill Winery 6242 1897

** Tickets $30 (no concessions). For bookings please contact:

  • David McEwan on 6391 2002 or 0417 976 235, or
  • Val Murfett on 6397 8366

Schubert Quintet with Sue-Ellen Paulson

The Virtuosi performers for this concert include Sue-Ellen Paulsen, who has been principal cello of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years and will be retiring at the end of this year. Playing with her are Jennifer Owen and Ambra Nesa (violin) Douglas Coghill (viola) and Jonathan Békés (cello).

Musicians (L-R): Jennifer Owen violin, Douglas Coghill viola, Sue-Ellen Paulsen cello, Ambra Nesa violin and Jonathan Békés cello.

Program Notes

Antony Arensky (1861-1906)
Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky from Quartet in a minor, Op 35 for violin, viola and two cellos

Anton Arensky, a Russian composer and teacher of music, was born in 1861. He studied music in St Petersburg with the great Russian composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov and later worked as a lecturer at the Moscow Conservatory where he became a close friend of Tchaikovsky.

Tchaikovsky's death had a profound effect on Arensky and he composed a unique string quartet dedicated “to the memory of Tchaikovsky”. The uniqueness of the piece is in the substitution of a second cello for one of the violins of a “standard” string quartet. There is virtually no other work in existence for such an unusual combination.

This is the second movement which consists of seven variations which Arensky inscribes in the title of the second movement “Based on a theme by Tchaikovsky”.

The work has the distinct Russian sound of the late romantic era and, due to its rare combination of instruments, is a popular part of the chamber music repertoire. It is enjoyable to play and pleasing for the audience.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
String Quintet in C Major (D. 956, Op posth 163) for two violins, viola and two cellos

1. Allegro ma non troppo 2. Adagio 3.Scherzo. Presto – Trio. Andante sostenuto 4. Allegretto

The term “String Quintet” usually signifies a standard string quartet with an added viola to enrich the texture of the ensemble’s sound. Schubert’s string quintet, on the other hand, employs a cello instead of a second viola.

The quintet in C major is Schubert’s last chamber work written only two months before his death in 1828. The superlatives used to describe this work includes, “celestial”, “sublime”, “extraordinary” and “heavenly”! It also enjoys the reputation as both Schubert’s most beautiful chamber work as well as a milestone composition in the genre!

The work premiered twenty-two years after its composition and its publication took a further three years. Music historians attribute this delay to the attitude of music publishers who regarded Schubert as more a composer of songs accompanied by piano and less as a composer of chamber and orchestral music.

Nevertheless, the poetic nature of Schubert’s music and the unusual combination of two violins one viola and two cellos makes the atmosphere of this work unique among the great works of chamber music.

Listen for the pizzicato by one of the cellos in the second movement (Adagio) that produces an extraordinary effect which would be impossible to achieve with a viola!