The Galston Concerts – 2017 Series

Normally if you want to see an international music act, you have to go into the city. But starting in February, world renowned musicians will be performing much closer to home, and at much less expensive prices.

The Galston Concerts will begin with Bernard Walz, an award winning international concert pianist. Bernard Walz is perhaps best known to local audiences as the director of the Good Old Days Concerts at the Sydney Town Hall, but he has also won three Mo awards (for Variety Instrumentalist of the Year) and given performances in New York, London and the Sydney Opera House. Walz also toured with the Phantom of the Opera production that starred Michael Crawford.

Mr Walz will launch the Galston Concert series on the grand piano at Galston Uniting Church, with the program expected to include Mozart, Debussy’s Clare de Lune, a sprinkling of Gershwin and Rhapsody in Blue. He will be accompanied by Viola Plus on vocals.

The concert will begin at Galston Uniting Church at 2pm on the 19th February.

Tickets cost $40 each for adults, $30 for seniors, and $10 for high school and university students. Children under 12 have free entry if they are with an adult who has a ticket.

A subscription to all five performances in the Galston Concert Series costs $170 for adults, $130 for seniors, and $50 for high school/university students. Enquiries: Helen Jordan, 9653 2079 / 0425 339 841

Coming up in the Galston Concert Series:
Sunday 30 April: Pacific Opera
Simon Kenway (pianist-conductor, Opera Australia) hosts Pacific Opera Young Artists singing favourites from opera, operetta, stage and screen. In Pacific Opera tradition the singers will likely become tomorrow’s multi-national prize winners. A prelude to Pacific Opera’s Opera by the Lake returning to Fagan Park in coming years, Galston guitarist Ben Secrett plays variations on vocal themes: Mozart’s Magic Flute, Over the Rainbow, Beatles and more.

Sunday 30 July: Organ & Brass
Galston Uniting’s historic organ welcomes the return of Pastor de Lasala prior to his annual recitals in France; trumpeter Bruce Hellmers returned from concerto performances in Rome, Venice, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague in late 2016; plus AOBO Principal Trombonist-composer Greg van der Struik. Music from J.S Bach through Classical and Romantic plus a fun Galston Galop world premiere to close! Rumours of Galston Young Performer contrast ‘colours’ too!

17 September: Lurline Chamber Orchestra
Past member of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and of the ACO, Maria Lindsay of Duo Vermilion (Galston Concerts mid- 2015 and early 2016) brings her Lurline Chamber Orchestra colleagues to Galston after their exciting Arcadia local debut in September 2016. Music for strings both Classical and popular: Mozart, Rossini, Schubert, Britten and added Gypsy flair with Monti’s Czardas, plus concerto soloist prize winners from Galston’s Mid-Year Mozart piano competitions.

22 October: The Galston Gala
Our finale previewing our 2018 series will feature music for voice, piano, organ, flute, strings, guitar. Friends returning – pianist Tonya Lemoh, Viola Plus, Duo Vermilion, flautist James Kortum; friends new – mezzo-soprano Christina Wilson (after London and Paris concerts) with pianist husband Alan Hicks; and likely organist and guitarist Young Performers as prelude to our March 2018 Bach contests for strings!

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