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Sun 15 Jul 2018, 3:00pm–4:45pm

Where: St Johns Southgate, 20 City Road, Southbank, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $50.00
  • Concession/Senior: $45.00
  • Student: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: frank27

The Melbourne Musicians directed by Frank U.Pam present a program of Spanish music by various composers. Most of the pieces are premieres or rare performances. The centrepiece of the program is de Falla Seven Popular Spanish Folksongs, in a specially commissioned arrangement for chamber orchestra, sung by exciting young soprano Rada Tochalna.

The concert will conclude with three iconic pieces by popular composer George Dreyfus, in honour of his 90th birthday on July 22.

Albeniz: Asturias and Sevilla from Suite española.
Bizet: (arr. McAlister) Suite from the opera Carmen.
de Falla; Seven Spanish Folksongs
Waldteufel: España Waltz
Shostakovich: Spanish March.
Dreyfus: Tender Mercies (with Tom Campbell horn); Larino Safe Haven (with Claire Nicholson flute); Rush.

The Seven Spanish Folksongs is a set of traditional Spanish songs arranged for soprano and piano by the composer Manuel de Falla in 1914. Besides being de Falla's most arranged composition and one of his most popular, it is one of the most frequently performed sets of Spanish language art songs. The styles and provenance of the songs are strikingly diverse. They are from different parts of Spain: an asturias is from Asturias, in the north: the seguidilla, a type of flamenco, from Murcia, in the southeast; Jota is from Aragon in the northeast; Nana is a lullaby and Polo a wild desire for revenge on an unfaithful lover. All the texts deal with love and the courting process, whether playfully, seriously or tragically.

Rada Tochalna was born in Sebastopol, Ukraine, where she appeared in numerous operatic roles. She is the recipient of the Henkel Family Young Artist Fellowship at the Opera Studio and the Alice Amy McDonald Trust Travelling Fellowship. She is a regular soloist with the Melbourne Classic Orchestra and Preston Symphony Orchestra. Rada was a guest soloist at the Spring Street Beat of Parliament House, Nagambie Lakes Opera, Melbourne Easter Arts Festival and 2018 White Night. She has performed at Her Majesty's and Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne and Wesley Music Centre in Canberra. Recently she has also had engagements in Sydney.

Waldteufel's España Waltz Op.236 of 1886 is largely based on Chabrier's popular España Rhapsody but also includes a section from Chabrier's "Une Education manquée". The rhapsody is also the basis of the melody of the 1956 American popular song Hot Diggety (Dog Ziggety Boom) By Al Hoffman and Dick Manning made popular by Perry Como in 1956.

Under 14 enter free.