Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: PAUL DYER AO

Imagining what a Baroque orchestra of the future might be has led Artistic Director Paul Dyer’s inspiration for 2019 – the Brandenburg’s 30th season.

His thrilling 2019 program is a cornucopia of rare gems and masterpieces brought to life with all the invention and musical imagination with which the Brandenburg has become synonymous for. Do not miss this year long festival of all things Brandenburg and Baroque in their special 30th Anniversary year!

Discover the Future of Baroque.

2018 SEASON

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra 2018 season subscriptions are now available via their website and single tickets are on sale now via City Recital Hall's Box Office and website. Click here to view all of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra concerts currently on sale via our website and Box Office. 

Lixsania And The Labyrinth

Wed 31 Oct 7pm, Fri 2 Nov 7pm, Sat 3 Nov 2pm, Sat 3 Nov 7pm, Wed 7 Nov 7pm, Fri 9 Nov 7pm

Be tantalized by charismatic Lixsania Fernandez’s energetic viola de gamba, while Brandenburg Concertmaster Shaun Lee-Chen masters the infamous The Harmonic Labyrinth.

Charismatic Lixsania Fernandez’s energetic viola de gamba leads the Brandenburg in this tantalizing twist on the Baroque. Brandenburg Concertmaster Shaun Lee-Chen performs Locatelli’s infamous violin concerto in D, The Harmonic Labyrinth. These masterful performers will make you want to stamp your feet and dance in the aisle.

Noël! Noël!

Wed 12 Dec 7pm, Sat 15 Dec 5pm, Sat 15 Dec 7pm

Unwrap what Christmas means to you. Experience pure spiritual joy with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s much-anticipated classics and rare festive pieces.

Experience pure spiritual joy with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra much-anticipated classics and rare festive pieces along with the angelic voices of the Brandenburg Choir. It’s the musical equivalent of discovering the Christmas market in Prague in your hometown.

2019 Season 

THE BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS

Wed 27 Feb 7pm, Fri 1 March 7pm, Sat 2 March 2pm, Sat 2 March 7pm, Wed 6 March 7pm, Fri 8 March 7pm 

The Brandenburg Concertos reveal the imperishable genius of J.S. Bach. Experience these enduringly exquisite concertos in one unforgettable evening.

Presented by Johann Sebastian Bach to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt in 1721, the Brandenburg Concertos are a collection of immortal instrumental compositions inseparable from the concerto grosso form. These spirited works are widely regarded as the pinnacle of orchestral composition from the Baroque era.

In a highly-anticipated event, five concertos will be performed in one unforgettable evening showcasing the immense instrumental talent of Australia’s national Baroque orchestra in an array of daring instrumental combinations.

ENGLISH BAROQUE WITH CIRCA

Wed 8 May 7pm, Fri 10 May 7pm, Sat 11 May 2pm, Sat 11 May 7pm, Wed 15 May 7pm, Fri 17 May 7pm

A tumbling commotion of musicians and acrobats collide in an explosive collaboration of contemporary circus and music from the English Baroque.

English Baroque with Circa is the third daring collaboration between the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa. With an inspired pasticcio by Paul Dyer and Yaron Lifschitz from 16th and 17th-century England, this dazzling concert experience will have you gripping your seat and gasping in awe.

Join the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa for this utterly English expression of contemporary circus and the enchanting music from the ancient isle.

HANDEL’S ANTHEMS & FIREWORKS

Wed 24 July 7pm, Fri 26 July 7pm, Sat 27 July 2pm, Sat 27 July 7pm, Wed 31 July 7pm, Fri 2 Aug 7pm

Be uplifted with joy and jubilation by the timeless anthems and orchestral works of George Frederick Handel. These masterworks endure as the composer’s crowning glories.

Handel’s Anthems & Fireworks is a stirring celebration of all things Handel and lauds the composer at his triumphant best. The Brandenburg Choir will rouse the spirit with the glorious choruses of the Coronation Anthems. Performed alongside the Music for the Royal Fireworks this exultant selection of concert works will sparkle on the Brandenburg stage with pomp and pride.

In a very special treat, internationally acclaimed Baroque oboist Emma Black returns from Vienna to perform a musical jewel: Handel’s sublime Oboe Concerto No. 3.

NEXT GENERATION BAROQUE

Wed 11 Sept 7pm, Fri 13 Sept 7pm, Sat 14 Sept 2pm, Sat 14 Sept 7pm, Wed 18 Sept 7pm, Fri 20 Sept 7pm

What will Baroque performance hold 30 years from now? These tremendous next-generation talents have glimpsed that future.

Paul Dyer would like to introduce Australian audiences to four electrifying young artists who have glanced around the corner and are seeking to define Baroque performance of the future.

At just 11 years of age, violin prodigy Christian Li has already won the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in Europe. These vivacious local musicians are making momentous musical waves across London, New York and Geneva and will ignite the Brandenburg stage as they unite with spirited virtuosity and the immense excitement of infinite musical imagination expressed with boundless youthful energy.

THE FOUR SEASONS

Fri 1 Nov 7pm, Sat 2 Nov 2pm, Sat 2 Nov 7pm, Wed 6 Nov 7pm, Wed 13 Nov 7pm, Fri 15 Nov 7pm 

Brace against a biting Italian winter and feel the eruption of a summer storm in this inventive re-imagining of The Four Seasons.

Inspired by four sonnets depicting rustic scenes from the Italian countryside, The Four Seasons challenges musicians to create striking musical impressions. The identity of the sonnets’ author is lost. The music the words inspired however is synonymous with The Red Priest – Antonio Vivaldi.

Georg Philipp Telemann’s Water Music is an imaginative orchestral suite in ten vibrant movements. This programmatic work evokes vivid nautical images from a remote mythological past of wrathful sea gods, mischievous water nymphs and the rulers of the winds.

Noël! Noël!

Sat 14 Dec 5pm, Sat 14 Dec 7:30pm, Wed 18 Dec 5pm, Wed 18 Dec 7:30pm 

Noël! Noël! shimmers with all the spark and celebration of the starting summer. Experience the pure spiritual joy of rare festive pieces and much-anticipated classics. 

The ethereal Brandenburg Choir joins the orchestra and a highly-celebrated guest artist in a concert brimming with joyful twists and soulful serenity. Noël! Noël! will be a season highlight and will provide a lustrous capstone to the Brandenburg’s 30th Anniversary year.

Expect to be surprised, moved and then float from the concert hall into the festive season.


 

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