NOËL! NOËL! AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA

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  • NOL! NOL! AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURGORCHESTRA& CHOIR Sydney and Melbourne, December 2014

    Paul Dyer AO, Artistic Director and ConductorAustralian Brandenburg Orchestra Brandenburg ChoirLarissa Kovalchuk, ( ) Bandura

    PROGRAM

    Juan Gutirrez de Padilla Deus in adiutorium Vaughan Williams Down Ampney (Come Down, O love Divine)(arr. C Forshaw) Traditional Divisions on Ancient Carols Played on the Cornetto with Basso Continuo (arr. M. Manchester) J.S. Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe damore in c minor BWV 1060 (arr. violin and saxophone)Traditional Ukrainian Duma & Kozak March ( )Vavilov (arr. A. Chance) Ave Maria Barber Agnus Dei Traditional Ukrainian Near the Hill (, ) (arr. A. Chance) Catalani (arr. A. Chance) "Ebben! Ne andr lontana" from the opera La Wally Gruber/Mohr Stille Nacht Martin/Blane (arr. P. Dyer) Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas Anon. (arr. D. Wilcox) O Come All Ye Faithful

    The duration of this concert is approximately 90mins without interval.We kindly request that you turn off all electronic devices during the performance.

    The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

    The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW. PRINCIPAL PARTNER

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  • Macquarie Group is again proud to be the principal partner of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

    The Brandenburgs 25th year promises to be a memorable one with a concert series featuring some of the baroque and early classical periods most renowned composers, as well as some more modern names. As the Brandenburg has done year after year, well-loved and lesser-known pieces are brought to life through the precision and passion of the Orchestra, the Brandenburg Choir and some of the most exciting names in international concert music. This is a year of celebrating achievement. From small beginnings, the Brandenburg has become one of Australias great treasures. And although the Orchestra has evolved over more than two decades, what has remained constant is their dedication, expertise and an unfailing pursuit of excellence.

    Macquarie recognises that these qualities can deliver powerful outcomes. It is a privilege to support the Brandenburg as it shares its love of the music of centuries past with audiences today. Whether it is in the concert hall or in the classrooms visited as part of its education program, the Brandenburg continues to make an enduring contribution to the legacy of baroque music.

    We congratulate Paul Dyer, Bruce Applebaum and the Orchestra on their 25th anniversary and for creating a wonderful year of concerts. We hope you enjoy the performance.

    Greg Ward Deputy Managing Director, Macquarie Group Limited

    25 YEARS OfACHIEVEMENT

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  • ARTISTIC DIRECTOR'SMESSAGEOne of my greatest pleasures is presenting our final series for the year. I love this time for the festive associations; the feeling of excitement and anticipation of summer and of course the scents and sounds of the season. Its time to prepare my Great Grandmothers Christmas Cake!

    During this wonderful 25th anniversary year, we have celebrated with guest artists from all corners of the world, a testament to the power of music to create the ability and opportunity to communicate beyond political, social and cultural divides. I hope you have enjoyed our journey it has been a geographical, spiritual and cultural one; from the 16th century to the 21st, from Christianity to Islam, Israel and Europe, Ukraine to Russia and back to Australia.

    And now I am excited to introduce the beautiful Ukrainian bandura in Nol! Nol!, played by Larissa Kovalchuk. This wonderful instrument has been newly discovered by the world as Ukraine revives its folk traditions. I would like to acknowledge the gifted young composer Alice Chance, who has arranged three beautiful pieces: Ave Maria, Near The Hill and Ebben! Ne andr lontana for this Christmas series and wonderful English saxophonist Christian Forshaw and his Sanctuary Ensemble who arranged Down Ampney (Come Down, O love Divine).

    The Brandenburg stage is a place of beautiful music, and incredible musicianship. It is also a place of peace, healing and friendship. We hope you find the same with your friends and family during this holiday season. Merry Christmas.

    Paul Dyer AO Artistic Director and Conductor 3

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    Paul Dyer AO, Artistic Director and ConductorAustralian Brandenburg Orchestra Brandenburg ChoirLarissa Kovalchuk, ( ) Bandura

    THE MUSICIANS ON PERIOD INSTRUMENTS

    Baroque Violin 1Matt Bruce (Resident Concertmaster)*Catherine Shugg

    Baroque Violin 2Ben Dollman*

    ViolaMonique ODea1

    Baroque CelloRosemary Quinn

    Double bassKirsty McCahon*

    CornettoMatt Manchester

    SaxophoneChristina Leonard

    BanduraLarissa Kovalchuk

    PercussionBrian Nixon Jess Ciampa

    TheorboTommie Andersson*

    HarpsichordPaul Dyer*

    OrganHeidi Jones

    THE VENUES

    MelbourneSat 6 December 5pmSat 6 December 7pmMelbourne Recital Centre

    Sun 7 December 2.30pm Monash University Academy of Performing Arts, Robert Blackwood Hall

    CremorneTues 9 December 7pmSt Peters Anglican Church

    WollongongWed 10 Dec 7pmSt Francis Xaviers Cathedral

    NewtownFri 12 Dec 7pmSt Stephens Anglican Church

    SydneySat 13 Dec 5pmSat 13 Dec 7pmWed 17 Dec 7pmCity Recital Hall Angel Place

    PaddingtonMon 15 Dec 7pmTues 16 Dec 7pmSt Francis of Assisi Church

    ParramattaThurs 18 Dec 7.30pmSt Patricks Cathedral

    THE CHOIR

    SopranoSarah AmpilSamantha Ellis Josie Ryan Anna SandstrmMeinir Thomas Hester Wright

    AltoPhil ButterworthChris HopkinsMark NowickiPaul TenorioAdam Leslie

    TenorSpencer DarbyMiguel IglesiasEric PetersonRichard SanchezEdmond Park

    BassCraig EveringhamNick GilbertSbastien MauryPhilip MurrayRodney Smith

    AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA NOL! NOL! 2014

    * Denotes Brandenburg Core Musician1 Monique ODea appears courtesy of Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney (staff) Harpsichord preparation by Geoffrey Pollard in Sydney and Alistair McAllister in Melbourne Chamber organ preparation by Joanna Tondys in Sydney and Ken Falconer in Melbourne4

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    THE MUSICIANS ON PERIOD INSTRUMENTS

    TheorboTommie Andersson*

    HarpsichordPaul Dyer*

    OrganHeidi Jones

    THE VENUES

    PaddingtonMon 15 Dec 7pmTues 16 Dec 7pmSt Francis of Assisi Church

    ParramattaThurs 18 Dec 7.30pmSt Patricks Cathedral

    THE CHOIR

    BassCraig EveringhamNick GilbertSbastien MauryPhilip MurrayRodney Smith

    AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURGORCHESTRAWhat stands out at concert after concert is the impression that this bunch of musicians is having a really good time. They look at each other and smile, they laughtheres a warmth and sense of fun not often associated with classical performance. Sydney Morning Herald

    The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, led by charismatic Artistic Director Paul Dyer, celebrates the music of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with excellence, flair and joy. Comprising leading specialists in informed performance practice from all over Australia, the Brandenburg performs using original edition scores and instruments of the period, breathing fresh life and vitality into baroque and classical masterpieces as though the music has just sprung from the composers pen.

    The Orchestras name pays tribute to the Brandenburg Concertos of J.S. Bach, whose musical genius was central to the baroque era. Celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2014, the Brandenburg continues to deliver exhilarating performances.

    The Brandenburg has collaborated with such acclaimed and dynamic virtuosi as Andreas Scholl, Fiona Campbell, Philippe Jaroussky, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Emma Kirkby, Andreas Staier, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Genevieve Lacey, Andrew Manze and more.

    Through its annual subscription series in Sydney and Melbourne, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra performs before a live audience in excess of 40,000 people, and hundreds of thousands more through national broadcasts on ABC Classic FM.

    The Brandenburg also has a regular commitment to performing in regional Australia. Since 2003 the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra has been a member of the Major Performing Arts Group, which comprises 28 flagship national arts organisations supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

    Since its beginning, the Brandenburg has been popular with both audiences and critics. In 1998 The Age proclaimed the Brandenburg had reached the ranks of the worlds best period instrument orchestras. In 2010 the UKs Gramophone Magazine declared the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is Australias finest period-instrument ensemble. Under their inspiring musical director Paul Dyer, their vibrant concerts and recordings combine historical integrity with electrifying virtuosity and a passion for beauty.

    The Australian proclaimed that a concert with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is like stepping back in time, as the sounds of period instruments resurrect baroque and classical works with reverence and authority.

    The Brandenburg's seventeen recordings with ABC Classics include five ARIA Award winners for Best Classical Album (1998, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2010).

    Discover more at brandenburg.com.au

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  • THE BRANDENBURG CHOIR

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