The Australian Haydn Ensemble performs an all Haydn programme in its next concert, including three of Josef Haydn’s early Symphonies – Le Matin, Le Midi and Le Soir – morning, noon and evening.
Co-directed by guest violinist Marc Destrubé and harpsichordist Dr Erin Helyard, with artistic direction by Skye McIntosh, Haydn’s three symphonies beautifully depict the passing of time through the day.
When Haydn took up his position as composer at the Esterházy Palace he knew that it was not only the Prince with whom he would need to win favour, but also the musicians of his orchestra. He wrote these symphonies as a form of musical flattery to feature the principal players of the Esterházy Orchestra, a small band of 13-17 players.
The composer himself also enjoyed showing off in the concertmaster’s chair, which explains why there are many flourishing violin solos in the symphonies. Playing the role of Maestro Haydn will be guest co-director, violinist Marc Destrubè from Vancouver.
To complement these great works, guest co-director and soloist Erin Helyard will perform Haydn’s thrilling Concerto for Harpsichord in D Major.
The programme: HAYDN Symphony No. 6 ‘Le Matin’/ Symphony No. 7 ‘Le Midi’/ Concerto in D major for harpsichord/ Symphony No. 8 ‘Le Soir’
Tickets: Adults – $69 Concession – $59 Full time student/under 30 – $40
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