Go commanded a mood at once vast and intimate, with deft control and sensitivity
The tale of a humble instrument, its story fleshed out in rich and fascinating detail – Australian Book Review on Paul Kildea’s Chopin’s Piano
Presented by Musica Viva
Important Chopin's Piano Concert Update
Message from Musica Viva
As New South Wales reopens this October, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be returning to live music at Newcastle City Hall on Monday 22 November! While we aren’t able to bring you Chopin’s Piano as originally planned due to Melbourne’s continued lockdown, we’re delighted to instead present the Goldner String Quartet and pianist Bernadette Harvey on the same date. If you had tickets for Chopin’s Piano they will be automatically transferred into the new concert so there's no need for you to do anything!
Important Venue Safety Information
With the reopening of venues in New South Wales, including Newcastle City Hall, there will also be additional safety measures introduced to ensure the wellbeing of our audience, staff, and musicians. We will be following Newcastle City Hall’s COVID safe plan and protocols which work within the new health guidelines. This includes the requirement that all audience members are double vaccinated and able to prove this (unless you have a valid medical exemption). Please note, if you are not fully vaccinated and do not bring proof to the concert, you will be unable to attend the venue. The wearing of masks whilst inside the concert hall will be compulsory at all times (unless you have a medical exemption).
A reminder of the safety measures at Newcastle City Hall will be emailed ahead of the concert.
GOLDER STRING QUARTET & Pianist Bernadette Harvey
A concert where pianist Bernadette Harvey and the Goldner String Quartet share the stage is a concert that’s simply not to be missed. With each musician at the very top of their game, audiences are in for an evening of divine music-making, made even more special in light of the Goldners’ disrupted tour for Musica Viva Australia earlier this year. Sydney and Newcastle audiences are therefore in for a treat with this special one-off concert.
Dvorak’s String Quartet in F Major, American, will open proceedings, a masterpiece of the quartet repertoire and a work that the Goldners have performed to great acclaim. Composed during Dvorak’s time in America and incorporating elements of American folk music, it nevertheless remains some of the composer’s most intensely Czech music. In fact, it was written during his summer holiday in the Iowan town Spillville, which was then home to a large Czech immigrant community. Dvorak’s contentment amongst his compatriots is reflected in the quartet, which is full of an ease and vitality that lifts the spirits.
Harvey will then join the Goldners for Schumann’ Piano Quintet in E, one of the jewels of the chamber music repertoire. “Full of strength and freshness”, Clara Schumann said of her husband’s composition, which was written for her to perform as a pianist of formidable skill. The quintet is the crowning achievement of Schumann’s ‘chamber music year’, 1842, which saw him produce three string quartets, a piano quartet, and works for piano trio. The quintet distinguishes itself by its endlessly inventive nature, balancing a sense of exaltation with a more delicate lyricism.
*Student Rush available one hour prior to the venue subject to availability