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Highlights of the 2016 Chamber Music Weekend

Thursday 10 March 2016

In the 2016 Festival, Chamber music had a new home at UWA. Over three days, there were 18 events performed on a purpose-built stage for the beautiful acoustic of Winthrop Hall, as well as in the gardens outside. Audiences experienced a full breadth of styles and expressions, from Mozart to Messiaen, Bach to Bartok, Liszt to Ligeti, and indulged in a program presented by the finest soloists and ensembles from both Australia and abroad.

As part of the Chamber Music Weekend, several free and exclusive events were also presented within the picturesque grounds of UWA. A complete performance of the Bach Suites for Solo Cello by acclaimed soloist, Michael Goldschlager, will take place between sessions for you to enjoy under the stars. Other free events include a masterclass on keyboard music, as well as The Haydn Lottery, where you can select a work for the Tinalley String Quartet to rehearse and prepare right before your eyes. Vexations, Satie’s mystical and mammoth work for solo piano, was be performed non-stop, throughout Saturday night, by UWA and WAAPA keyboard students. Anticipated to run for approximately 14 hours, this piece explores the idea of ‘musical wallpaper’ and will be the centrepiece of the chamber music chill-out lounge, an area that was devoted to relaxation, reading, board games and contemplation. There were lawn games and activities – even special Austrian-themed events for Sunday’s Schubertiade – are part of this musical playground.