Formed in 2008, the Strelitzia Piano Trio are a group of young Sydney musicians who in their second year, won the prestigious Musica Viva Award for Chamber Music. I had the pleasure of seeing this highly talented trio perform at the Seymour Centre's York Theatre.
Their aptly named Aural Hallucinations is a collaborative work featuring four pieces, aimed at pushing the boundaries of conventional classical music and challenging what audiences would expect from a live performance. The combination of visual imagery and shadow puppetry with the hypnotic sounds of the violin, piano and cello did exactly that.
The York Theatre's amphitheatre style seating not only made for easy viewing but also enhanced the relaxed and intimate atmosphere of the performance. Audiences easily found themselves becoming lost in the music.
Performances on the night included the unconventional but mesmerising Intimate Waves. Accompanied by ultrasound images, the music intended to portray the emotion of what audiences viewed on screen. Café Music was a lively piece and a real foot-tapper, influenced by a combination of musical styles including jazz.
Personal favourite of the evening was the very beautiful Spirit and the Maiden, a dramatic tale of a young girl whose life changed forever when she met the spirit in an old well. Set to haunting music and accompanied by wonderful shadow puppetry, this moving story had the audience transfixed from start to finish.
In 2012, the Stelitzia Piano Trio will return bringing five new musical programs to life. Appearing at the Independent Theatre in North Sydney, they will perform a series of dates between March and December. Single tickets for adults start at $38. Audiences can also subscribe to see all five of their concerts during the year.
If you enjoy classical music and want to experience a live show with a difference, then these amazing performers are a must see. For more information or to make a booking, visit the Independent Theatre's website.