Aurora Guitar Ensemble is back. The classical guitar troupe, led by musical director Dr Paul Svoboda, return to the stage to participate in a series of 2013 concerts kicking off this Sunday April 28th at Kenmore Uniting Church.
If you're not familiar with the musical stylings of Aurora, imagine warm Spanish guitars plucking, strumming, trickling like rain, thumping inside your chest – aptly accompanying any scene of a movie featuring Antonio Banderas' mystic, brooding eyes. The intricate fingerwork, layers of melody and harmony, and reverberating acoustics combine for all-round sensory experience. The ensemble has a dynamic repertoire, playing early Renaissance, Irish folk, Latin-influenced and Australian-inspired pieces as well as arrangements of contemporary pop/rock hits - previously covering Coldplay, Muse, Sting, Toto and The Beatles.
All former students of Dr Svoboda, the ensemble formed in 2007 and recorded their first album Every Second Tuesday in 2011. The swag of gifted, young musicians have toured interstate, performed disaster relief concerts and supported world-famous classical guitar duo, The Grigoryan Brothers, at their Powerhouse gig in September last year.
The Grigoryan Brothers
With their first 2013 performance confirmed for Sunday April 28th at Kenmore Uniting Church, audiences have the opportunity to see Aurora perform alongside award-winning Finnish flautist Outi Svoboda. This show will feature a novelty arrangement of Duelling Banjos – played between banjo and flute... not to mention the Aurora Guitar Ensemble. Tickets to the show ($25 for adults, $20 for concessions, $5 for children) also include a special afternoon tea.
Entry to Aurora's second concert on Sunday May 5th at Customs House is free to the public, so early arrival is recommended to guarantee seating. The ensemble is expected to rejoin The Grigoryan Brothers for two concert performances at Villanova College in October this year. For other future performance dates, visit their website or Like Aurora Guitar Ensemble on Facebook.