Melbourne Digital Concert Hall presents its Faces of Sydney Festival, on August 1-2, supporting and showcasing great, Sydney-based artists in collaboration with UNSW and Kawai Australia.
MDCH will stream four stunning recitals live from the Sir John Clancy Auditorium at UNSW, co-curated by MDCH Co-Director Chris Howlett and Sydney double bassist Kirsty McCahon, with all ticket revenue going directly to the musicians themselves.
7:00pm: (AEST) with HEARTLAND – a unique collaboration between didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton and violin powerhouse Véronique Serret. Together they have developed a unique sound that takes a soulful approach to music and storytelling- at once lyrical, earthy and contemporary.
8:30pm with Madeleine Easton and the Bach Akademie Australia: The Many Faces of Bach
Madeleine Easton – Director/Violin/ Matthew Greco and Rafael Font – Violins/ Marianne Yeomans – Viola/ Daniel Yeadon – Cello andGamba/Kirsty McCahon – Double Bas s/ Neal Peres Da Costa – Harpsichord/ Mikaela Oberg – Flute and Recorder
J.S. Bach – Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 182 ‘Himmelskönig, sei willkommen’/ Trio Sonata BWV 1038 for flute, violin and continuo/ Ricercar a 6 from The Musical Offering BWV 1079/ Obbligato sonata no.6 in G major BWV 1019/ Die Kunst der Fuga BWV 1080, Contrapunctus 1-4
7:00pm: pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Elena Kats-Chernin: Kats-Chernin – Lullaby for Nick/ Dance of the Paper Umbrellas/ Butterflying/ Ancient Letters/ Schubert Blues/ Eliza Aria/ Rain Puzzle/ Russian Rag
8:30pm the principals of the Opera Australia Orchestra join Kirsty McCahon in The Great Romantics. Katherine Lukey – violin 1/ Airena Nakamura – violin 2/ Virginia Comerford – viola/ Teije Hylkema – cello/ Kirsty McCahon – double bass
Verdi – String Quartet in E minor/ Dvořák – Quintet in G Major
Melbourne Digital Concert Hall is a social enterprise run by musicians, for musicians. It was conceived to support the arts industry during the COVID-19 crisis and to provide a means for soloists and small ensembles to continue their professions. In its first four months, it has presented over 100 concerts, engaged 350 musicians in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, London and Berlin, and generated almost $500,000 in ticket revenue, with all box office proceeds going directly to the artists themselves.