Listen to live music again in spaces that are not concert halls—say, a café.
Australia, and Sydney in particular, has no shortage of talented, award-winning and world-renowned musicians. However, artists have found this past year tough with venue restrictions, event postponements and cancellations. But Live At Yours found a way for the show to go on.
So began the transition of taking world-class music and musicians out of crowded and formal concert halls and directly into people’s homes. Music, though, is for everyone and the intimacy of these at-home performances continued with the Live At Yours’ CBD Series.
Performances took place at Customs House, the Billich and the Olsen galleries as well as at The Great Synagogue. And the good news is that despite the latest lockdown measures, Live At yours has scheduled more of these city-wide performances for November and beyond. In other words, these intimate and unique performances are back.
Mecca Cafe and Roastery began hosting evenings of sublime classical music accompanied by bubbles, mezze plates and a hot meal to warm our winter blues earlier in the year. And although the latest lockdown robbed us of a recital of Mendelssohn’s piano trio in August, the café has set out to continue with their monthly Live At Mecca events held on the first Sunday of each month.
Live at Mecca’s return will see Claire Edwardes on the marimba and Nick Russoniello on the saxophone performing musical scores from Bach to Kats-Chernin.
Both are internationally acclaimed musicians with Claire being one of the driving forces of new music in Australia over the past two decades and Nick’s skill seeing him appear as a soloist with many, if not all, symphony orchestras in the country.
When: Sunday 7 November, 6pm
The first month of summer sees klezmer band CHUTNEY take to the Mecca floor and if you’re keen on fast solos. driving rhythms and sounds to make your toes tap, then this is one show you must see.
The members of CHUTNEY draw on their Eastern European and Middle Eastern heritage for hot, spicy and high-energy tunes ranging from folk to tango, gypsy jazz to indie rock, and classical to funk without ever skipping a beat.
Whether you’re a lover of klezmer or totally uninitiated, CHUTNEY is a dance-in-your-pants experience.
When: Sunday 5 December, 6pm
Live at The Independent was meant to welcome principal cellist and section leader for Opera Australia Teije Hylkema and the Black Tulip Jazz Trio for an evening of Bach with an exceptional jazz twist in September.
While we’re hoping for their return to the heritage-listed venue at a later date, The Independent will now welcome acclaimed pianist Daniel Rojas who will be joined by the Ensemble Apex quartet for a Latin American journey. Join them as they fuse traditional classical music with the many indigenous sounds and energy of the Latin American peoples inspired by Rojas’ own travels as well as historical narratives.
It’s sure to be an enchanting evening where the music will seduce your souls.
When: Tuesday 7 December, 7pm
Famed pianist Konstantin Shamray will be taking to the stage at The Independent the following week for what will be a superb solo performance.
For the extraordinary evening’s 90-minute recital, Konstantin has put together a superb selection of compositions consisting of Bach’s Partita A Minor, Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque, Rachmaninov’s Preludes and Ravel’s Gaspar de la Nuit. Each is technically brilliant in their own right but together will present to the audience a true treasure to behold.
When: Wednesday 15 December, 7pm
When it comes to stunning venues in Sydney there are few places that can compare with The Great Synagogue. Believed by many to be the most beautiful synagogue in Australia, its stunning stained glass windows, intricate tilework and star-studded ceiling makes any performance within its hall a memorable experience.
After already hosting one sold-out event in June, on this occasion The Great will make space for two multi-award-winning and globally recognised classical soloists: cellist Umberto Clerici, who is only the second Italian to ever walk away with the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and pianist Konstantin Shamray, the first-place winner and recipient of the People’s Choice at The Sydney in 2008.
These two virtuosos will combine to perform compositions from the great musical romanticism of Rachmaninov and Bruch which will enchant and charm you beneath the stars of The Great.
When: Wednesday 16 February, 7pm
Live At Yours
Live At Yours events are curated by expert Australian conductor Vladimir Fanshil who has in the past worked with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and the Orchestre Nacional D’Ile De France.
By pairing artists with galleries, cafes and other contemporary venues for intimate concert experiences, Sydneysiders are afforded the unique opportunity to experience these supremely talented musicians and some of history’s greatest music in settings that were previously unthought of.