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Wood, Metal & Vibrating Air - Piano Series


Tue 3 May 2016, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Tue 7 Jun 2016, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Tue 21 Jun 2016, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Thu 14 Jul 2016, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Tue 9 Aug 2016, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Thu 1 Sep 2016, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Robert Blackwood Hall - Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00
  • Concession: $20.00
  • Student: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Monash University Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) presents Wood, Metal & Vibrating Air, an exquisitely intimate six part concert series spotlighting the piano and featuring lauded Australian pianists Caroline Almonte, Stefan Cassomenos, Andrea Keller, Simon Tedeschi, Lisa Moore and Tamara Smolyar.

From May through to September these fine musicians, perform the works of classical, contemporary and avant garde composers, immersing audiences in the musical worlds of Bach, Beethoven, Glass, Gershwin, as well as many more. Each recital will be an up close and personal aural treat with the audience limited to just 150 people who will be seated on the stage of Robert Blackwood Hall with the performer.

Launching the season on Tuesday 3 May is Caroline Almonte’s Gold through Glass. Almonte’s recital illuminates the timeless synergy between two supreme musical masters, Bach and Philip Glass. Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations will be threaded with fragments of Phillip Glass’ etudes, Metamorphosis and music from his film score ‘The Hours’.

On Tuesday 7 June, Cassomenos plays Beethoven is the second recital of the season. Having performed internationally since the age of 10 and premiered his own composition Piano Concerto No. 1: Aegean Odyssey with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16, Stefan Cassomenos’ credits are impressive. Cassomenos is an active composer, artistic director of various festivals, a founding member of Plexus, and has performed with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn as well several Australian Orchestras. This performance includes Franz Liszt’s piano transcription of Beethoven’s Symphony No 5. Cassomenos performing Beethoven will be an unmissable experience.

At the midpoint of the season, multi award winning pianist and composer Andrea Keller presents a concert of original music and improvisations for solo piano and loop pedal. Her performance includes music from her 2013 release Family Portraitsm, which is an exploration of a geographically disparate family, alongside other selections from her considerable body of work.

Simon Tedeschi’s I Got Rhythm Music of Gershwin takes audiences on a personal voyage through some of Gershwin’s works, composers from Gershwin’s world, and those who inspired him including Rachmaninov, Debussy, Grainger and Fats Waller. The program consists of Gershwin favourites I Got Rhythm, Summertime, ‘S Wonderful, The Man I Love and Rhapsody in Blue.

New York-based, Australian pianist Lisa Moore presents Soft/Loud, an eclectic program featuring the world premiere of Australian composer Kate Neal’s new work as well as compositions from Leoš Janáček, Missy Mazzoli, Martin Bresnick, J.S. Bach, Philip Glass, Frederic Rzewski and Monash’s own and Melbourne’s much loved, Paul Grabowsky.

In the final performance of the seasonTamara Smolyar presents a unique program of music by outstanding pianists who combine the arts of performance and composition. The evening of world premieres is crowned by Tamara Smolyar and Anthony Halliday new arrangement of Rachmaninov’s Trio Élégiaque No.2, which explores the tonal possibilities of Rachmaninov’s lushly romantic writing for piano, violin and cello in a new interpretation for solo piano. It also includes the world premiere presentation of a new work by Kenji Fujimura and the Australian premiere of Anatoly Documentov’s Preludes.

Tues 3 May 7:30pm Caroline Almonte - Gold through Glass
Tue 7 June 7:30pm Stefan Cassomenos - Cassomenos plays Beethoven
Tues 21 June 7:30pm Andrea Keller - Solo Piano & Loops
Thur 14 July 7:30pm Simon Tedeschi - Tedeschi plays Gershwin
Tues 9 Aug 7;30pm Lisa Moore - Soft/Loud
Thur 1 Sept 7:30pm Tamara Smolyar - Premieres