From Russia With Love

CONCERT TWO – FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Sunday 30th June, 2019, 2:30pm at the Performing Arts Centre, Central Coast Grammar School

Tchaikovsky – The Voyevoda

Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet Suite

Shostakovich – Cello Concerto no. 1,  Soloist – Sebastien Hibbard

Forbidden love, betrayal, manic mood swings. A star struck couple from feuding families. What is their future? A prominent governor reacting to his wife’s infidelities. A gunshot in the dark. Did he kill her? Or himself? A solo musician converses with many. Twitchy obsessive, nervous anxiety. Heartfelt lyricism, caustic wit.

 

 

2019 Concert Series

 

CONCERT ONE – PARADISE FOUND, PARADISE LOST

Sunday 31st March, 2019, 2:30pm at the Performing Arts Centre, Central Coast Grammar School

Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) 

Gorecki – Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)  Soloist – Ayse Goknur Shanal

Paradise found, pleasant feelings arriving in the countryside, a revitalising storm and a community unites. Paradise lost, a mother’s inconsolable grief on the loss of a son, a young Jewish girl imprisoned, the Western World decays.

AYSE GOKNUR SHANAL

Brisbane born soprano Ayșe Göknur Shanal is one of Australia’s most versatile classical singers. She has performed in England, USA, Germany, France, Ireland, Japan and Turkey. As the Dame Joan Sutherland Scholar, she studied at London’s prestigious Royal College of Music and was an adjunct member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Ayșe has won many prestigious awards and scholarships including the Australian Singing Competition, the Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship and Award, Opera Foundation Australia’s Metropolitan Opera Award (New York), McDonald’s Operatic Aria, the Queens Trust for Young Australians, Symphony Australia’s Young Performers Award (Vocal Category).

Ayșe has appeared as a guest artist with Opera Australia and Turkish State Opera. She has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and the Sydney Festival, and has been featured as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne, Adelaide, West Australia, and with the Australian Haydn Ensemble.
Last year, Ayșe presented a concert series in Çanakkale and Ankara, Turkey. In September, she returned to the Sydney Opera House to present Songs for Refugees to a capacity audience. 

In 2019, Ayșe will be performing at Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Beleura House, Bowral Autumn Music Festival, Albury Chamber Music Festival, Art Song Canberra, as well as touring England, Wales, Scotland, Bosnia and Turkey. She will also be embarking on recording projects with pianist Ashley Hribar.

Ayșe has released two CDs. The first of these, called Love and Life, with Evgeny Ukhanov, features Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Lebenand Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, and is released through Taslig Records. The second CD, called Çanakkale-Gallipoli Songs, with pianist Patrick Keith et al., features commissioned works for voice and piano by Australian, New Zealand and Turkish composers, and is released through Wirripang.

THIS CONCERT HAS NOW TAKEN PLACE – WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT OUR NEXT CONCERT!

 

CONCERT TWO – FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Sunday 30th June, 2019, 2:30pm at the Performing Arts Centre, Central Coast Grammar School

Tchaikovsky – The Voyevoda

Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet Suite

Shostakovich – Cello Concerto no. 1,  Soloist – Sebastien Hibbard

Forbidden love, betrayal, manic mood swings. A star struck couple from feuding families. What is their future? A prominent governor reacting to his wife’s infidelities. A gunshot in the dark. Did he kill her? Or himself? A solo musician converses with many. Twitchy obsessive, nervous anxiety. Heartfelt lyricism, caustic wit.

 

SEBASTIEN HIBBARD

Sebastien is 16 years old and is currently in Year 12 at the Central Coast Grammar School. He is a Rising Star student at the Sydney Conservatorium, learning with Susan Blake and has been the recipient of the William McIlrath Music Scholarship for the last four years. He also receives a full Music Scholarship at CCGS since 2013.

At age 14, Sebastien received his Licentiate in Music (LMUS) in cello and Grade 8 Piano at age 10.

In 2017, Sebastien performed the Vivaldi Double concerto with the L’Estro Armonico string Orchestra. He was also invited to play the Bach’s Branderburg Concerto no 6 with Charmian Gadd’s International Chamber Music Festival in 2015 with Erin Helyard.  

In 2013 Sebastien performed solo Cello at the Opera House. He has been an active solo performer, chamber and orchestral musician and has worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra Academy, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra project, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra project, Australian World orchestra project and Australian Youth Orchestra National Music camp. He’s been chosen as Principal cellist for the CCGS Symphony Orchestra, Central Coast Youth Orchestra, HICES music Festival and recent guest Principal of the New South Wales Youth Orchestra.

Last Year, Sebastien was awarded the Adjudicator’s award for the Symphony Central Coast Concerto Competition and will perform the Shostakovich Cello concerto with the Symphony Central Coast as their Guest Soloist in June 2019. 

Also in June this Year, Sebastien will compete with the other 3 finalists in the Senior division for  NSW Secondary Ku-ring-gai Concerto Competition at the Chatswood Concourse.

 

 

 

 

CONCERT THREE – THE GERMAN MASTERS OF FATE

Sunday 22nd September, 2019, 2:30pm, at the Performing Arts Centre, Central Coast Grammar School

Schumann – Julius Caesar Overture  

Beethoven – Symphony no. 5

Brahms – Double Concerto,  Soloists – Karina Moss-Hollands (Violin) and Caroline Otto (Cello)

Fate knocks. Et tu, Brute? Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come. You too, Ludwig? Enlightenment, liberation, resistance. A super instrument – violin and cello – restore austerity and discipline.

 

 

 

CONCERT FOUR – BLUES, REVIEWS & AVENUES

Sunday 1st December, 2019, 2:30pm at the Performing Arts Centre, Central Coast Grammar School

Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story 

Ravel – Piano Concerto in G, Soloist – Gareth Szakos 

Special guest artists from Palm Tree Studios

Classical turns jazzical. Swinging syncopation, wailing brass, the blues. The Sharks against the Jets.  A tang of colours, bustling, brilliant, exuberant.
Follies, Tonys and Broadway regards.