Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Hey. Look what popped onto the radar today. Very Quite Interesting.

"Rights In The Age Of Romance"!

When I was thinking, and I was,  that Orchestra Romantique may have run out of puff I was underestimating just how much ooomph Nick Byrne has. I mean, he can play with his left ear.

Remember Nick and his ophicleide? He's back but there's no sign of Nicholas Carter waving the stick this time. "Justice In The Age Of Romance"is the mysterious header which is explained in the programme :
Director/Soloist : Kristian Winther

Special Guest Speaker : Geoffrey Robertson

Johannes Brahms 
Double Concerto in A minor for violin and cello (opus 102)
Soloists : Kristian Winther and Timo-Veikko Valve


Geoffrey Robertson introduces and discusses "Rights in the Age of Romanticism" using Ludwig van Beethoven's works as a point of reference, including overtures to:
Creatures of Prometheus

Yes, that Geoffrey Robertson.

That photo is an oldie, but a goodie.

This is terrific programming. More please. Apart from just loving the Brahm's Double (a childhood thing ya know), the integration of such genres and ideas is what we desperately need. Will Julian get a mention?

A few other things stand out. All seating is 30 bucks, so the child and concession friendly pricing and timeslot has gone, for this event at least. No kids here makes sense. There was discussion about the little people last time. These events seem a bit sporadic. Maybe that's the nature of things like this. Colour us lucky nonetheless.

Timo-Veikko Valve - now that's a name! Kristian Winther is young and recently appointed to the ACO (my error - it should have read Australian String Quartet but I think that's in some form of flux so nothing to add there, sorry. Timo Veikko Valve is ACO and maybe that's where my circuits got crossed.)

Full details here on the 'City of Sydney What's On'. I must say that I am not involved in this in any way although I was involved in some fund raising on a previous occasion.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip-off. Unless I am lucky enough to leave the country, I shall be there.

I don't know why they need the talking. I hope there's not too much of it.

On the little people aspect, it is (as the ticket sales site says) an all ages event. Here's hoping it will count as being after the bed time of the littler and more restless ones.

David said...

Sounds a bit like putting the historical cart before the musical horse, but who knows? If you find it works, that's good enough for me.

wanderer said...

M, I thought the talking an attraction. It got my eye anyway. There's seems to be a push to 'relate' more to the audience. And who knows what we'll get when Robertson (David) takes over from Mr Ashkenazy - more talking I suspect. Last nights SSO audience (were you there?) was addressed by the Mr Trombone about the SSO night loungeand it seemed about breaking down 'barriers' as much as more music. I heard the mega-monster cruise ship sail-by stole the show.

David, I'm hoping it will be stimulating and I'm keen to hear G Robertson live (first time) and what he says. More later.