The 26th Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) will sound its first perfectly pitched note next Friday, 29 July and continue through toSaturday 6 August. It will be the 10th under the baton of acclaimed Artistic Director Piers Lane AO and is now a must-attend on the world’s chamber music calendar for artists and fans alike.
The world premiere of acclaimed Australian choreographer Lee Serle’s work with Dancenorth on Sunday July 31 is set to be a highlight. The Three Dancers is a feature of the AFCM’s Concert Crawl event, a celebration of music, musicians and performers across three venues in Townsville on one enchanted evening.
Internationally celebrated choreographer, Lee Serle has returned from New York to create the new contemporary dance work, The Three Dancers. Composed by world-renowned composer, Elena Kats-Chernin, and inspired by Picasso’s painting of the same name, the music ofThe Three Dancers received its world premiere performance as a chamber work at the 2015 AFCM. (fantastic images available)
The score by Kats-Chernin is a celebration of international collaboration, having been co-commissioned by Wimbledon International Music Festival, Dancenorth, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Sitka Summer Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica, Northwest Bach Festival and the Rambert Dance Company.
Dancenorth’s re-imagining of the score is a unique collision of sound, light and movement. Love, desire and betrayal are the ingredients of the shocking true story which inspired Picasso’s masterpiece and Lee Searle’s world premiere rendition which features five dancers reveals the intricacy within one of the 20th century’s greatest artworks (biography below).
Australian Festival of Chamber Music’s Concert Crawl
Sunday July 31 at 7.30pm
PROGRAM 1: DANCENORTH
The Three Dancers
Composed by Elena Kats-Chernin
Choreographed by Lee Serle
Co-commissioned by the AFCM, Dancenorth, Wimbledon International Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica, West Bach Festival, Sitka Summer Music Festival
PROGRAM 2: PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY
Trio for flute, oboe and piano
Allegro con brio
Bridget Bolliger (flute), Nick Deutsch (oboe), Sa Chen (piano)
Serenade in A major Op 24
Idylle: andante – allegro
Romance: andante – allegretto scherzando – andante
PROGRAM 3: MASONIC HALL
String Quartet in F major, Op.135
Lento assai e cantabile tranquillo
Grave ma non troppo tratto – Allegro
Goldner String Quartet
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is extraordinary, not just as a leading musical event in Australia, but for its place on the world calendar; artists and guests alike attend from all over the globe because of the incredible fusion of music, friendship, experience and celebration the event creates. The 2016 program features a star studded lineup of 35 individual artists from all over the world, six of whom are making their Australian debut.