Galston Concerts Offer Strings Stars

Galston Concerts Offer Strings StarsThe Galston Concerts return to Galston Uniting Church Sunday afternoon 23 July when star violinists will present a dazzling virtuoso program.

The Galston audience – from the Hills, Hawkesbury, harbourside and as far as the Hunter – will enjoy long-term Sydney-resident but worldacclaimed soloist Evgeny Sorkin, a violin lecturer at Sydney’s famous Conservatorium, plus three of his many young stars to share the stage.

Their program will time-travel the globe with popular violin favourites – beautiful melodies contrasted with fast-flying fingers of sometimes breathtaking speed. There’ll be music by the Italian virtuoso Paganini (his talents so great many thought him inspired by the devil!) and by other violin legends: a Polonaise by Poland’s Henryk Wieniawski, folkstyle dances and the famous Gypsy Airs by Spain’s Pablo de Sarasate.

A ‘curtain-raiser’ quartet from Vienna, tuneful trios from Russian great Dmitri Shostakovich, clever jazzy duets including Jerome Kern’s Smoke gets in your eyes – all with relaxed commentary and artful accompaniment from Galston’s grand piano.

The concert prelude at 1.30pm features the church’s splendidly restored Forster & Andrews pipe organ, before a brief pre-concert talk and the main ‘fiddle feast’ program from 2 till 3-ish.

More good news? Post-performance afternoon teas will recommence for this 23 July concert – a favourite with Galston audiences, allowing time to chat with friends and meet the musicians.

Attendance figures are trending back to pre-COVID levels so it’s wise to pre-book on-line via – search Galston and the date 23 July. Ticket prices, unchanged for many years, are Galston’s gesture to control ‘cost of living’ challenges: just $30 and $25, a bargain $10 offer for high school and uni students, a brilliant FREE for 12-andunders! Tickets can also be requested via the Galston Uniting Church office on 9653 2039 for ‘pickup-&-pay on the day’.