The hall was brimming with excitement as just over 800 patrons packed the Concert Hall for what was going to be a virtuosos' festival!
Mozart 4th Horn Concerto showcased Nick Mooney who recently toured as Guest Principal Horn of the London Symphony Orchestra in Australia. The famous 'hunting horn' 3rd movement was a highlight of the concert as audiences toe tapped to the jolly tune.
Fischer's Two Moravian Songs showcased Artistic Director, Tania Frazer's ability to both sing and fly across the registers of the oboe. Also featuring a very involved and 'rock intense' string section.
Lutosławski's Dance Preludes showcased Ashley Smith's capability to work on the most difficult of rhythms. The audience was mesmerised by the intricate dance rhythms presented and were able to fully appreciate the Soloists’ abilities to perform such a work without the aid of a conductor.
Bartòk's Viola Concerto sees the return of 'MVP' (most valuable player) violist, James Wannan, to centre stage. In a reimagined version by both Tania and James, the audience was left clapping 'Encore! Encore!' at the end of the work.
The most anticipated collaboration between James Morrison AM and Chris Williams then took centre stage in the new work 'Co-incidence' as part of the SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project 2022-2032. Not surprisingly, the audience gave Chris and James Morrison the heartiest welcome onto the stage, and the piece finished with a roaring applause.
SXS Artist in Residence, Konstantin Shamray returned to centre stage to play Liszt's Totentanz. Shamray has never played this piece before, but the audience could never tell! A testament to his world class, searing performance.
The concert finished with Monti's Czardas which left the audience with a smile. The piece featured all 13 artists, as well as a surprise entry by James Morrison, which had the audience in raptures.
This 'virtuoso festival' concluded with a raucous applause from the 800+ patrons that attended and of course, the bubbles were flowing post-concert, with congratulations also flowing and photo opportunities and conversations with the artists for all!
Photos: Darren Thomas
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