Currently in its eighth season in 2014, the Selby & Friends concert series was created by Kathryn Selby, an Australian pianist. Since its beginning in 2007, the series have showcased numerous top ensemble performers from Australia and around the globe with particular emphasis on chamber music. With subscription seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Turramurra and Bowral, it's no wonder they've received fantastic reviews from audiences and the media.
The 2014 season features a group of exceptional and charismatic performers from Australia, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Finland and the USA. The repertoire in this year's program is extremely exciting and read on to see why.
Tour 1, Collision Course
The 2014 season kicks off in March with Tour 1, Collision Course. Expect some old favourites and new in this fantastic program.
The program begins with one of Mozart's early violin sonatas composed after the death of his mother. Then the world premiere Collision Course, a new composition by cellist Clancy Newman will be presented featuring guest artists Som Howie (clarinet), and Natalie Chee (violin). This is followed by Brahms' powerful piano trio in C minor composed in 1886 and closes out with Schubert's first piano trio.
Dates & Times Adelaide: Sunday 16 March 2:30pm Canberra: Monday 17 March 7:30pm Sydney: Thursday 20 March 7:00pm Melbourne: Tuesday 18 March 7:30pm
Southern Highlands: Saturday 22 March 5:00pm
Turramurra: Sunday 23 March 2:30pm
Tour 2, Basically Beethoven
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Get ready for Beethoven extravaganza.
Tour 2, Basically Beethoven features New York based virtuoso Australian violinist Susie Park and Australian Chamber Orchestra Principal Cellist Timo-Veikko Valve. Having collaborated with Kathryn Selby last year, they've decided to be part of this special program presenting Beethoven's chamber music.
Encompassing compositions from Beethoven's early, middle and late periods, you'll hear two piano trios: one from his early period and very Mozartian, while the other was highly influential on the piano trios written by Schumann and Brahms. Also on the program are the popular Spring sonata and Beethoven's last mighty cello sonata.
Dates & Times
Adelaide: Sunday 18 May 2:30pm
Canberra: Monday 12 May 7:30pm
Sydney: Tuesday 13 May 7:00pm
Melbourne: Wednesday 14 May 7:30pm
Southern Highlands: Saturday 10 May 5:00pm
Turramurra: Saturday 17 May 2:30pm
Beethoven's last trio 'Kakadu Variations' begins the program followed by Faure's one and only piano trio, which is full of sound and atmosphere. The program then concludes with Tchaikovsky's piano trio, which pays homage to Rubinstein. So expect brilliance and glory ladies and gents.
Times & Dates
Adelaide: Sunday 6 July 2:30pm
Canberra: Monday 30 June 7:30pm
Sydney: Tuesday 1 July 7:00pm
Melbourne: Wednesday 2 July 7:30pm
Southern Highlands: Saturday 28 June 5:00pm
Turramurra: Sunday 29 June 2:30pm
Tour 4, Swedish Delight
Get ready to hear the wonderful music of Beethoven, Debussy and Greig in addition to a world premiere work by Australian Paul Dean in Tour 4, Swedish Delight.
Featuring the greatest Swedish cellist, Torleif Thedeen, who has collaborated with some of the world's top artists and conductors, this is your chance to hear one of the most exceptional artists of our time. The program begins with Debussy's cello sonata followed by Beethoven's sonata for cello and piano. It also features Paul Dean's world premiere of his new work before closing out with Greig's cello sonata.
Times & Dates
Adelaide: Sunday 14 September 2:30pm
Canberra: Monday 15 September 7:30pm
Sydney: Tuesday 16 September 7:00pm
Melbourne: Wednesday 17 September 7:30pm
Southern Highlands: Saturday 20 September 5:00pm
Turramurra: Sunday 21 September 2:30pm
Tour 5, 'Trout' en fin!
The final concert of the season, Tour 5, 'Trout' en fin! is a magnificent one. Featuring Schubert's 'Trout Quintet', Mozart's 'Divertimento' piano trio and Brahms' fantastic piano quartet. This is a concert not to be missed showcasing British Violinist Elizabeth Layton, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Violist Tobias Breider, Australian cellist Julian Smiles and double bass player Hugh Klüger.
Times & Dates
Adelaide: Sunday 16 November 2:30pm
Canberra: Monday 10 November 7:30pm
Sydney: Tuesday 11 November 7:00pm
Melbourne: Wednesday 12 November 7:30pm
Southern Highlands: Saturday 8 November 5:00pm
Turramurra: Sunday 9 November 2:30pm