The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra presents Ayres & Graces in 5 live performances and a digital premiere. Set on a transformed City Recital Hall stage, experience a dreamworld of colour and sound as the Brandenburg musicians perform before an impressive stage-wide LED screen, illuminated with stunning images curated by Australian designer Silvana Azzi Heras.
Melissa Farrow and Mikaela Oberg Baroque flutes/recorders/ Rafael Font Baroque violin/ Marianne Yeomans Baroque viola/ Anton Baba Baroque cello/viola da gamba/ Tommie Andersson Theorbo/Baroque guitar
Program highlights: LULLY Prologue: Ouverture to Cadmus et Hermione, LWV 49/ HOTTETERRE Pourquoy doux rossignols from Airs et Brunettes/PURCELL Curtain Tune on a Ground from Timon of Athens, Z 632/ PLAYFORD Strawberries and Cream from The English Dancing Master (1657)/ HANDEL Excerpts from Berenice, regina d’Egitto, HWV 38
The digital premiere of this concert will be on Sunday 1 November from 5:00pm AEDT. Book your Digital Première Pass for Ayres & Graces for two lucky entrants to have the chance to win Bowers & Wilkins’ T7 Wireless speaker valued at $499.95 or PX noise cancelling wireless headphones valued at $549.95 to enjoy a cutting-edge acoustic experience when watching this very special Brandenburg première.
To enter, simply book your Digital Première Pass using the button below or use the promo code ‘BOWERSWILKINS’ at checkout when purchasing before Friday 16 October at 5:00pm. In order to be eligible for this competition, a Digital Première Pass must be bought via brandenburg.com.au or by calling 1300 782 856 using the promo code ‘BOWERSWILKINS’ between Tuesday 13 October 2020 and 5:00pm AEDT on Friday 16 October 2020. Winners will be contacted and notified by 5:00pm on Tuesday 20 October 2020.
Digital concert duration approximately 60 minutes, no interval. Please note that concert duration is approximate only and is subject to change.
A Digital Première Pass entitles the viewer to watch the concert stream from the start time and for 48 hours following the conclusion of the concert.
Listen to Purcell’s Curtain Tune on a Ground
Get a taste of Ayres & Graces with this Brandenburg recording of Henry Purcell’s Curtain Tune on a Ground from Timon of Athens.
Written by an eighteen-year-old Purcell for English playwright Thomas Shadwell, the ‘Curtain Tune’ appears in the fourth act of the semi-opera theatrical adaption of Shakespeare’s work by the same name. The English semi-opera became a lavish form, roughly equivalent to the French tradégie en musique or comédie-ballet, adapted to the taste of English audiences.