Upcoming Events

Sirens

Monday Melodies

Mon, 28 Apr 2014, 11:00 am

Single Tickets $24, Groups 10+ $19
Includes show + Morning Tea
Morning tea from 9:45am | Doors open 10:30am


Three of Australia’s most beautiful sopranos Alison Rae Jones, Angela Hogan & Caroline Vercoe will ‘rock your boat’ as they explore their fantasies and dreams through song.  Sirens showcases an inspired blend of genres from gorgeous arrangements of opera classics to scintillating rock anthems.

The show will also feature the finest Musical Director and new sensation  Len Vorster with the incomparable Compere Chris McKenna guiding the show with narration and humour.

The wall of sound will be astonishing as the bar is definitely raised by this cast of highly talented La Prima Opera Company stars.



Sing Light, Sing Shadow featuring Brahms' Requiem

Illawarra Choral Society

Sat, 10 May 2014, 2:00 pm

Adults $25, Concession/Group of 10+ $22, Student Group 10+ $15, Child U16 $10


Following the enthusiastic reception of Handel’s Messiah in December, the Illawarra Choral Society again offers an equally outstanding program of music in the May concert through their performance of Brahms’ Requiem.

The Requiem, having been written in honour of Brahms’ much-loved mother, was first performed in Bremen Cathedral in 1868 and this performance by the Choral Society, conducted by Despina Haise, will be a moving tribute to his masterpiece.

Other features of this concert will include classical items from Brahms’ colleagues performed by guest soloists, local Wollongong soprano Louise Lavilles, and baritone Daniel Macey with the 70-voice choir and a 32-piece orchestra.

The combined forces of choir, soloists and orchestra will truly speak to everyone for a performance to be remembered.



Comic Gong

Wollongong City Libraries

Sat, 17 May 2014, 10:00 am

Free Entry


Comic Gong celebrates all things relating to comics, graphic novels and popular culture. Comic Gong 2014 will feature a cos-play competition, artist alley, workshops and lots of other fun activities across three locations Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong Central library and Wollongong City Gallery.

Come along and talk to comic book creators, learn how to create your own comics, join in the fun of dressing up as your favourite superhero by entering the cos-play completion.

Face painting, caricatures craft, photo booth, air brush tattoos, no matter what age you are if you love comics you will love Comic Gong 2014



Timeline

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Mon, 19 May 2014, 7:30 pm

Adults from $52, Concession from $45


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Ignatius Jones Director
Graham Ross Vocal Director
The Presets
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Concept by Richard Tognetti

A kaleidoscopic surge through forty-two thousand years of music,Timeline traces the evolution of music, from the ancient Australian Aboriginal musical heritage of c.40,000 BC all the way up to the most recent Western music of today.

Bringing together a cappella vocalists, electronic duo The Presets and engrossing visual effects, Richard Tognetti directs a fascinating voyage that passes through the sparingly austere music of the 14th century to the voluptuous outpourings of the late Renaissance, accelerating into the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods before exploding into our modern age.

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Richard Tognetti
"It's musical time travelling...Before you go to bed, you'll have heard forty-two thousand years of music."



Piano Quintets

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Thu, 10 Jul 2014, 7:30 pm

Adults from $52, Concession from $45


LUTOSLAWSKI Subito
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet
DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet in A, Op.81

SatuVänskä Violin
Rebecca Chan Violin
Christopher Moore Viola
Timo-Veikko Valve Cello
Paavali Jumppanen Piano
Australian Chamber Orchestra

Satu Vänskä performs firecracker showpiece Subito on the Australian Chamber Orchestra's Stradivarius violin, launching the ACO into a chamber music concert of Slavic melancholy and joy.

Written just prior to the Nazi invasion of the USSR, Shostakovich's Piano Quintet is a dramatic and harrowing premonition of the coming terror.

Melting away the turbulence of Shostakovich is the bright, melodious joy of Dvořák's piano quintet, one of the greatest pieces of chamber music in the canon. Internationally regarded for performances of "immense power and an extraordinary range of colours" (New York Times), Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen is the perfect partner for these stirring works.

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Reviews:

Boston Globe
"Sheer virtuoso firepower."
"Jumppanen has opalescent clarity and imperturbable evenness of touch."

The Australian
"[Satu] Vänskä, performing on the ACO's 1728 Stradivarius, was in glorius form."

Limelight Magazine
"[Timo-Veikko Valve's] technical command of a magnificent Guarneri instrument allowed a wider range of dynamics, enabling him to unlock more imaginative possibilities from the notes on the page...his awareness of sonority within the ambient space allowing vividly shaped phrases to hang in the air...This was deeply expressive playing."



Fresh Off Da Blane

The Laughing Samoans

Fri, 24 Oct 2014, 8:00 pm

Adults $25, Concession $20, Children Under 15 & Students $15, Family $60


Don't miss the latest offering from one of New Zealand's most successful live comedy acts.  The Laughing Samoans comedy duo of Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepulea'i has been touring New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands and the United States for more than ten years now performing their unique brand of comedy.  Fresh Off Da Blane will see the return of a host of characters including Aunty Tala and Uncle Sam.  This is comedy the whole family can enjoy.  Come and see for yourself why they're so popular.



Marwood's Serenade

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Thu, 20 Nov 2014, 7:30 pm

Adults from $52, Concession from $45


STRAVINSKY Divertimento (arr. for violin and string orchestra)
DVOŘÁK Serenade for Strings
ENESCU Octet, Op.7 (arr. for string orchestra)

Anthony Marwood Guest Director & Violin
Australian Chamber Orchestra

Acclaimed British violinist Anthony Marwood is loved by audiences, critics and players for his distinctive playing, golden sound and inspiring leadership.

An excellent opening for this showcase of string orchestra repertoire, Stravinsky's balletic tribute to Tchaikovsky was recently recorded by Marwood in a performance hailed as "scintillating from start to finish" (BBC Music Magazine).

One of the ACO's favourite string works, Dvořák's uplifting Serenade fills the hall with pure, unadulterated joy. A natural extension of the Dvořák and Tchaikovsky Serenades, late-Romantic composer Enescu's gutsy piece is "a powerful work of genius...in concert, it would undoubtedly bring down the house" (Edition Silvertrust).

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Reviews

BBC Music Magazine
"[Marwood's performances have] boundless energy, intellectual curiosity and creative wizardry."

The Australian
"The ACO has played [Dvořák's Serenade for Strings] countless times but performed it with all the enthusiasm and freshness of new discovery."

Strings Magazine
"It takes a violinist of high calibre to give voice to such poetic masterworks and Marwood delivers the goods time and again. I've seldom heard Stravinsky sound so spectacular."



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28/04/14

Sirens
Monday Melodies

10/05/14

Sing Light, Sing Shadow featuring Brahms' Requiem
Illawarra Choral Society

17/05/14

Comic Gong
Wollongong City Libraries

19/05/14

Timeline
Australian Chamber Orchestra

10/07/14

Piano Quintets
Australian Chamber Orchestra

24/10/14

Fresh Off Da Blane
The Laughing Samoans

20/11/14

Marwood's Serenade
Australian Chamber Orchestra