Since arriving in 2020, Candlelight concerts have invited thousands of Sydneysiders to relive some of history’s greatest compositions at some of the city’s most magical locations, including The Mint, St Stephen’s Uniting Church, and the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace.
But now, the concerts are leaving the New South Wales capital behind for special Candlelight editions in Canberra. And the venue is a stunner.
The James Fairfax Theatre at the National Gallery of Australia will be the national capital’s first Candlelight venue. Recently refurbished, the theatre is now equipped with a quality acoustic design, high-end tiered theatre seating and stunning finishes that will be illuminated by the soft glow of the flameless candles for the event. Get ready for an experience quite unlike any other.
Although Sydney’s Candlelight concerts now include tributes to jazz greats as well as rock legends and famed movie soundtracks, they first featured the greatest works of classical music. The Candlelight concerts in Canberra will follow suit with stirring renditions of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as performed by Phoenix Collective, a string ensemble.
Four Seasons is one of the most famous classical music works from the Baroque period, and also one of Vivaldi’s most recognisable pieces. The violin concertos conjure up sounds and imagery from each season of the year, not only painting a superb picture but also telling a story with its extravagant musical score.
Mozart is also getting the Candlelight treatment in Canberra with Pheonix Collective putting together a program that includes Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K525, Ave Verum Corpus K618, Marriage of Figaro Overture, and String Quartet K465 Dissonance.
These concerts by Candlelight have been met by countless 5-star reviews. Guests in Sydney have said that the evenings are “a creative, enchanting, and new concert experience” and that “the performers were fantastic!”
The Candlelight series first takes place in Canberra with two back-to-back 60-65 minute performances. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each show and no late entry is permitted. Please note that for the safety of the audience and performers, all of the candlelight will be provided through flameless candles.