Passion & Prelude

The Galston Concerts continue Sunday 23 May with a ‘double whammy’ – the passion of Russian folk music in the concert starting 2pm plus a prelude of pipe organ Classics from 1.30pm, entertaining audience members as they arrive.

The Sydney Balalaika Orchestra is Galston’s favourite after their rousing success in the 2019 concert series. Their new program for 2021 includes the bubble of folk dances, the romance of waltzes and an epic musical Tale of Lake Baikal.

Vocalist Dmitry Kuevda also returns with songs sorrowful and songs celebratory, including familiar favourites Dark Eyes … and an encore of Those Were the Days.

A special feature will be accordionist Richard She performing the dazzling Russian Sailor’s Dance from The Red Poppy.

The prelude concert will present young organists new to Galston – all prizewinners in the Organ Music Society of Sydney’s annual Young Organists Competitions – and all siblings!

Emily, Johann and Yelena Thompson will provide music by Classical greats J S Bach, Mozart and more on the Galston Uniting Church historic Forster and Andrews pipe organ – fully restored as a feast for the ears and eyes.

Reduced COVID Plan audience capacity suggests that advanced bookings are well advised on line at Phoning 9653 2039 or 0428 248 348 is an option for those who are internet cautious. The concerts team encourage best practice COVID Plan standards to ensure audience safety and comfort.

Bookings for performances later in the year – 25 July, 26 September and 21 November – will open immediately after each preceding concert.

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