The John Tallis Recital with Tim Young
Dec
15
1:30 PM13:30

The John Tallis Recital with Tim Young

Laurence and Tim Young team up once more to present a program of classic two piano repertoire, all of which are now more commonly heard in orchestral form. The first half surveys Holst's epic tone poems The Planets and the second half explores the rhythmic dance and movement of Stravinsky and Ravel. The program will be performed on two unique Stuart and Sons pianos and celebrates the birthday of one of Beleura's founders; the composer and pianist John Tallis.

HOLST The Planets
Interval
RACHMANINOFF Suite No.2 for two pianos Op.17
RAVEL La Valse

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Christmas Crackers with Roger Jonsson
Dec
8
to Dec 10

Christmas Crackers with Roger Jonsson

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Join the Orchestra Victoria to close out the year with this final concert in the Five on Fridays series.
To capture the festive spirit of the holiday season, Orchestra Victoria’s Acting Concertmaster Roger Jonsson has curated a program of chamber music delights. 
Piazzolla’s Winter, based on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, evokes wild winters in Argentina, while Ralph Vaughn-Williams’ Piano Quintet in C Minor takes us through lyrical English landscapes. Back on local shores, we celebrate the favourite Australian drama The Doctor Blake Mysteries with its haunting and mysterious theme written by Melbourne-based composer, Dale Cornelius, specially arranged for this performance. 
Stay on after the performance for a meet and greet with the musicians and a glass of bubbly and canapés.

Three performances:
Friday December 8 at 7:30pm, Memorial Hall Healsville
Saturday December 9 at 5pm, St Luke's Church South Melbourne
Sunday December 10 at 2pm, Bowery Theatre, St Albans Community Centre

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Piano Quintet in C minor
CORNELIUS Theme from The Doctor Blake Mysteries for Piano Trio
PIAZZOLLA Invierno Porteno arr. Clint Edwards

Roger Jonsson, violin
Simon Oswell, viola
Josephine Vains, cello
Stuart Riley, bass
Laurence Matheson, piano

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Utzon Room: Piano Four-Hands
Dec
3
3:00 PM15:00

Utzon Room: Piano Four-Hands

Join Timothy Young, Laurence Matheson and pianists from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) as they perform in a program that includes Carl Vine’s Sonata for Four Hands.

This work for Four Hands is played in five sections, without a break. Carl Vine says “using those two extra hands which, by playing on the same instrument, have a distinct advantage over their 'duo' brethren”. It is 'pure' music with no specific accompanying narrative or poetic allusion.

VINE Sonata for Four Hands
SCHOENFIELD Five Days from the Life of a Manic-Depressive

Tim Young piano
Laurence Matheson piano
ANAM Pianists

W | https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/classical-music/2017/ANAM-Piano-Four-Hands.html

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Piano Four Hands in Mornington
Nov
21
1:30 PM13:30

Piano Four Hands in Mornington

This is a repeat Melbourne performance of the Utzon Room recital program on December 3.

Join Timothy Young, Laurence Matheson and pianists from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) as they perform in a program that includes Carl Vine’s Sonata for Four Hands.

This work for Four Hands is played in five sections, without a break. Carl Vine says “using those two extra hands which, by playing on the same instrument, have a distinct advantage over their 'duo' brethren”. It is 'pure' music with no specific accompanying narrative or poetic allusion.

VINE Sonata for Four Hands
SCHOENFIELD Five Days from the Life of a Manic-Depressive

Tim Young piano
Laurence Matheson piano
ANAM Pianists

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Solo Recital at Beleura House and Garden
Nov
9
to Nov 10

Solo Recital at Beleura House and Garden

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Join Laurence for a exploration of two of Beethoven's early piano sonatas, together with other popular music of the time. It is a very varied program and there should be something for everyone's tastes!

Two performances:
Thursday November 9 at 1:30pm
Friday November 10 at 1:30pm

BEETHOVEN Sonata in A major Op.2 No.2
SCHUBERT Four Impromptus D.899
Interval
DEBUSSY Clair de Lune from Suite Bergemasque
GRIEG Arietta Op.12 No.1
BRAHMS Intermezzo Op.116 No.6
BRAHMS Intermezzo Op.118 No.2
BEETHOVEN Sonata in C major Op.2 No.3

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Melbourne Festival: Sound Text
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Melbourne Festival: Sound Text

The language of protest and resistance provides the music for this thought-provoking small chamber opera.
In Sound Text, political writings are ingeniously transcribed into harmonies and then layered with historical song melodies ranging from Reconstruction-era spirituals to French Revolutionary ballads.

Created by renowned US conceptual artist Charles Gaines with musical arrangements by Sean Griffin of Opera Povera, Sound Text is a unique fusion of art and music. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Score at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

RZEWSKI Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
BARBER Adagio for Strings
GAINES Sound Text

Brett Kelly conductor
Dimity Shepherd mezzo soprano
David Rogers-Smith tenor
Laurence Matheson piano
Quartz String Quartet

W | https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2017/sound-text/

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SSO: Carnival of the (Australian) Animals
Sep
24
2:00 PM14:00

SSO: Carnival of the (Australian) Animals

Australia is notorious for its fearsome fauna – any visitor can tell you about our biting, stinging animals! So an Australian like Matthew Hindson is probably best qualified to compose a modern "Carnival of the Animals" that's all about the nasty ones.

Big and hairy, small and scary, and finishing with the most dangerous creatures of all – humans! Then TV personality Richard Morecroft narrates the music that started it all – Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals – with new words by Bradley Trevor Greive (The Blue Day Book). From the long-eared bilby to the koala and the blobfish, Greive finds Aussie animals to match Saint-Saëns' original musical caricatures.

HINDSON Dangerous Creatures
SAINT-SAENS Carnival of the Animals

Toby Thatcher conductor
Laurence Matheson piano
Peter de Jager piano
Richard Morecroft narrator
Sydney Symphony Orchestra

W | https://www.sydneysymphony.com/concerts-and-tickets/whats-on/event/carnival-of-the-australian-animals

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SSO: Saint-Saens in the Morning
Sep
24
11:00 AM11:00

SSO: Saint-Saens in the Morning

Saint-Saëns is the featured composer for the morning, with what's probably his most famous music heard alongside a rarely heard gem.

The literary title La Muse et la Poète was adopted after the event, but it's easy to agree with the publisher who heard the violin (our Muse) offering soothing responses to the pensive complaints of the cello (the Poet). This is virtuoso music but the style is rhapsodic and lyrical – a delightful flight of fancy. Then well-loved TV personality Richard Morecroft narrates Carnival of the Animals with words by Tasmanian conservationist Bradley Trevor Greive (The Blue Day Book). It's a fresh take on a timeless classic, matching quirky Australian animals to Saint-Saëns' original vignettes.

SAINT-SAENS The Muse and the Poet
SAINT-SAENS Carnival of the Animals

Toby Thatcher conductor
Kirsty Hilton violin
Catherine Hewgill cello
Laurence Matheson piano
Peter de Jager piano
Richard Morecroft narrator
Sydney Symphony Orchestra

W | https://www.sydneysymphony.com/concerts-and-tickets/whats-on/event/saint-saens-in-the-morning

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Wilma and Friends: Romance (Melbourne)
Aug
6
2:30 PM14:30

Wilma and Friends: Romance (Melbourne)

Two works written only eight years apart take us on two very different Romantic journeys. One hurls us into the intense emotion and individualism of the Romantic era while the other’s expressive lyricism speaks volumes about love of nature, country and authentic folk style.

FRANCK Piano Quintet in F minor
DVORAK Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81

Kana Ohashi violin
Wilma Smith violin
Tobias Breider viola
Rohan de Korte cello
Laurence Matheson piano

W | http://wilmaandfriends.com.au/romance/

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Wilma and Friends: Romance (Mornington)
Aug
3
1:30 PM13:30

Wilma and Friends: Romance (Mornington)

Two works written only eight years apart take us on two very different Romantic journeys. One hurls us into the intense emotion and individualism of the Romantic era while the other’s expressive lyricism speaks volumes about love of nature, country and authentic folk style.

FRANCK Piano Quintet in F minor
DVORAK Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81

Kana Ohashi violin
Wilma Smith violin
Tobias Breider viola
Rohan de Korte cello
Laurence Matheson piano

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4MBS Festival of Classics Piano Marathon
Jun
18
11:30 AM11:30

4MBS Festival of Classics Piano Marathon

Laurence and Stewart Kelly return for a third year to the 4MBS Festival marathon, a celebration of piano duo playing.

POULENC Sonata for Piano Four Hands FP 8
ELGAR Enigma Variations Op.36 (arr. for two pianos)
GRAINGER Country Gardens
GRAINGER Children's March
GRAINGER Blithe Bells

More information: http://www.4mbs.com.au/festival-of-classics.html

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Duo Recital with Stewart Kelly
Jun
2
1:30 PM13:30

Duo Recital with Stewart Kelly

Enjoy the picturesque surrounds of the Mornington Peninsula as Laurence and Stewart Kelly return to give a recital on the two iconic Stuart and Sons pianos. Includes afternoon tea at interval.

BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture Op.80 (arr. two pianos)
ELGAR Enigma Variations (arr. two pianos)
Interval
POULENC Sonata for Piano Four Hands FP 8
SCHUBERT Grand Rondo in A major, D.951
GRAINGER Country Gardens
GRAINGER Children's March
GRAINGER Blithe Bells

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MRC: Carnival of the Animals
Jan
14
10:30 AM10:30

MRC: Carnival of the Animals

Whether you’re into furs, feathers or scales, you’ll find an animal that takes your fancy in Camille Saint-Saëns’ immortal classic, Carnival of the Animals.

As an added bonus, newly written poems by acclaimed Tasmanian writer Bradley Trevor Greive introduce each of the musical numbers, bringing a fresh and uniquely Australian perspective to an old favourite. And to narrate this tale is one of Australia’s great environmentalists, a man who is passionate about all creatures who inhabit our beautiful country, Bob Brown.

SAINT-SAENS Carnival of the Animals

Melbourne Youth Orchestra
Brett Kelly, Conductor

W | http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2017/carnival-of-the-animals/

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The John Tallis Recital
Dec
15
1:00 PM13:00

The John Tallis Recital

Join Laurence in a special performance on an Australian-made Stuart and Sons piano celebrating John Tallis' birthday on December 15 at Beleura House and Garden.

CHOPIN Scherzo No.2 Op.31
SCHUMANN Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op.26
CHOPIN Waltzes: Op.34 No.2; Op.64 No.1; Op.18
SCHUMANN Kinderszenen Op.15
Interval
CHOPIN Waltzes: Op.69 No.1; Op.34 No.1; KK.IVa No.15
SCHUMANN Fantasie Op.17

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Beethoven's 111 at the Salon
Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

Beethoven's 111 at the Salon

Exciting young pianist Laurence Matheson, winner of the 2015 ANAM Directors’ Prize, presents an eclectic solo recital in the intimate surrounds of the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon.

The program begins with Chopin’s enigmatic Fantasie in F minor, before moving to As it were, a 2011 musing by Elliott Gyger on Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. This is a perfect prelude to Beethoven’s last Sonata Op.111, a profound masterpiece that influenced many later composers.

Chopin Fantasie in F minor Op.49
Gyger As it were
Beethoven Sonata No.32 Op.111

Bookings and more information: Melbourne Recital Centre

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The Australian Ballet: Nijinsky (Sydney)
Nov
11
to Nov 26

The Australian Ballet: Nijinsky (Sydney)

Celebrity, visionary, muse: Vaslav Nijinsky changed dance forever with his explosive leap and his shockingly sensual choreography, before a dark descent into madness ended his career.

John Neumeier, one of the greatest living choreographers of the story ballet and director of the acclaimed Hamburg Ballet, charts Nijinsky’s rise and fall through the vivid memories unfolding in the dancer’s mind during his last performance in a Swiss hotel. He recalls his troubled family, his ill-starred romances and the transcendent performances that brought him fame.

The ballet is a tour de force for the whole company, but especially the male dancers, who are given the opportunity to evoke Nijinsky’s distinctive style amid sets and costumes inspired by the exotic glamour of the Ballets Russes.

Both a moving tribute and a spectacular piece of theatre, Nijinsky will transport you inside the mind of a genius – and to extremes of anguish and ecstasy.

Introductory music
Chopin Prelude Op.28 No.20
Schumann Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 (I)
Shostakovich Viola Sonata Op.147 (III)
Shostakovich Symphony No.11 Op.103
Laurence Matheson, piano/celeste

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Op.35 (I, III, IV)

Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Nicolette Fraillon, conductor

W | https://australianballet.com.au/the-ballets/nijinsky-2016

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ANAM Fellowship Recital 4
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

ANAM Fellowship Recital 4

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The fourth and final of Laurence's fellowship recital series at ANAM.

POULENC Sextet FP 100
Nick Deutsch, oboe
Jack Schiller, bassoon
Lloyd van't Hoff, clarinet
Kiran Phatak, flute
Alex Morton, horn
Laurence Matheson, piano

DOHNANYI Sextet Op.37
Sophie Rowell, violin
Katie Yap, viola
Jarrad Mathie, cello
Rebecca Luton, horn
Lloyd van't Hoff, clarinet
Laurence Matheson, piano

DVORAK Piano Quintet No.2 Op.81
Sophie Rowell, violin
Freya Franzen, violin
Chris Cartlidge, viola
Michael Dahlenburg, cello
Laurence Matheson, piano

More information and bookings: ANAM website

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Ballet Mechanique
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

Ballet Mechanique

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Rhythm, rhythm, and more rhythm! George Antheil’s Ballet mécanique for 16 player pianos, airplane propellor and gigantic percussion section started a riot at its Paris premiere in 1925. He later revised the scoring so that audiences could discover the wonderful music behind the novel façade. Sharing the stage is that other great Paris riot, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, heard in a sensational new arrangement by Timothy Young. Justine Anderson sings Ginastera’s magical evocation of ancient central America.

GINASTERA Cantata para América Mágica op. 27
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring (arr. Young)
Laurence Matheson, piano/celeste

ANTHEIL Ballet Mécanique (1923-25 version)

Justine Anderson soprano
Tim White percussion
Gary France percussion
Peter Neville conductor/co-director
Timothy Young piano/co-director
ANAM Percussionists and Pianists

W | http://anam.com.au/2016-events/ballet-mecanique

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The Australian Ballet: Nijinsky (Melbourne)
Sep
7
to Sep 17

The Australian Ballet: Nijinsky (Melbourne)

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Celebrity, visionary, muse: Vaslav Nijinsky changed dance forever with his explosive leap and his shockingly sensual choreography, before a dark descent into madness ended his career.

John Neumeier, one of the greatest living choreographers of the story ballet and director of the acclaimed Hamburg Ballet, charts Nijinsky’s rise and fall through the vivid memories unfolding in the dancer’s mind during his last performance in a Swiss hotel. He recalls his troubled family, his ill-starred romances and the transcendent performances that brought him fame.

The ballet is a tour de force for the whole company, but especially the male dancers, who are given the opportunity to evoke Nijinsky’s distinctive style amid sets and costumes inspired by the exotic glamour of the Ballets Russes.

Both a moving tribute and a spectacular piece of theatre, Nijinsky will transport you inside the mind of a genius – and to extremes of anguish and ecstasy.

Chopin Prelude Op.28 No.20
Schumann Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 (I)
Laurence Matheson, piano

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Op.35 (I, III, IV)
Shostakovich Viola Sonata Op.147 (III)
Shostakovich Symphony No.11 Op.103

Orchestra Victoria
Nicolette Fraillon, conductor

W | https://australianballet.com.au/the-ballets/nijinsky-2016

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ANAM Fellowship Recital 3
Aug
5
7:30 PM19:30

ANAM Fellowship Recital 3

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Laurence's third fellowship concert presents a journey through three of the major European composers during the classical and romantic periods. The program begins with Brahms' introverted and moving second Cello Sonata featuring ANAM alumni Jack Bailey, who now resides in the UK. Next is Beethoven's youthful and playful Trio Op.11 No.4 which, written very early on in his life, straddles the area between the romantic and classical eras. The concluding work is Mozart's energetic Concerto for Two Pianos, with ANAM faculty Peter de Jager and the ANAM Orchestra directed from the keyboard by Laurence Matheson.

Program:

Brahms Cello Sonata No.2 Op.99
Jack Bailey, Cello
Laurence Matheson, Piano

Beethoven Trio in Bb major Op.11
Kenny Keppel, Clarinet
Sam Payne, Cello
Laurence Matheson, Piano

Interval

Mozart Concerto in Eb Major for Two Pianos K.365
Laurence Matheson, Peter De Jager, Pianos
ANAM Orchestra

Tickets: $20 Full, $15 Concession

More information and bookings: ANAM website

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Duo Recital at Beleura House and Gardens
Jun
17
1:30 PM13:30

Duo Recital at Beleura House and Gardens

With Stewart Kelly (Piano). Laurence and Stewart will be performing at Beleura - the House & Garden in The Tallis Pavilion on Australian made Stuart and Sons pianos. Recital includes afternoon tea.

Program:

Mozart/Busoni Fantasia in F minor K608
Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op.56b
Reynaldo Hahn Le Ruban Denoue (selections)
Interval
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances Op.45

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Schubert
Apr
29
7:30 PM19:30

Schubert

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The second in Laurence's fellowship series at ANAM.

Schubert Fantasy D.940
Timothy Young, Laurence Matheson, Piano

Schubert 'Trout' Quintet D.667
Cameron Jamieson, Violin
Anthony Chataway, Viola
Sam Payne, Cello
Damien Eckersley, Bass
Laurence Matheson, Piano

Interval

Schubert Trio in Bb major D.898
Zoe Freisberg, Violin
Michael Dahlenburg, Cello
Laurence Matheson, Piano

Tickets: $20 Full, $15 Concession

Bookings and more info: ANAM

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Brisbane Baroque: Baroque Reeds
Apr
12
5:00 PM17:00

Brisbane Baroque: Baroque Reeds

Laurence joins fellow wind players from the Australian National Music Academy perform music that might have been heard in the gilded salons of any of dozens of princely courts throughout Germany during the 18th century. The composers are three whose work was greatly favoured by musically inclined emperors, electors and cultivated courtiers, the great Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporary Georg Philipp Telemann, and the somewhat less well-known Czech, Jan Dismas Zelenka, whose elegant compositions are enjoying a long-overdue revival.

Telemann Trio Sonata, TWV 42:Es1
CPE Bach Sonata in G minor H.542.5 for Oboe and Harpsichord
Zelenka Trio Sonata no. 5 in F Major

Stephanie Dixon, Oboe
David Reichelt, Oboe
Christopher Haycroft, Bassoon
Laurence Matheson, Harpsichord

Tickets: $5 at the door

W | http://www.brisbanebaroque.com.au/

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Orchestra Victoria: Carnival of the Animals
Mar
31
to Apr 2

Orchestra Victoria: Carnival of the Animals

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These school holidays, bring the family on a concert safari with Nicolette Fraillon and musicians from Orchestra Victoria. From March 29 – 2 April, Saint-Saëns’s famous Carnival of the Animals will be let loose in performances, specifically designed for kids and family. Come listen as an elephant dances, the lions roar, swans glide across the water and a range of other animals exotic and wild cavort in Orchestra Victoria’s lakeside home at Albert Park. 

Laurence will join Stefan Cassamenos and Orchestra Victoria for Saint Saens's playful and much-loved work.

Carnival of the Animals
29 March: 10am, 12pm
30 March: 10am, 12pm
1 April: 10am, 12pm
2 April: 10am, 12pm

Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals

Bookings: trybooking

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Brahms
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Brahms

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The first in Laurence's fellowship recital series at ANAM.

Featuring former MSO Concertmaster Wilma Smith, popular freelance hornist Roman Ponomariov, 2014 ANAM Chamber Competition winner the Penny Quartet; along with friends from ANAM, Laurence presents three of Brahms' major chamber compositions with piano, taken from different periods in his output. The program starts with his Clarinet Trio- one of his late and more introverted works, before moving on to the ever popular Horn Trio and finishing with the large scaled Piano Quintet. 

Brahms Clarinet Trio
Kenny Keppel, Clarinet
Sam Payne, Cello
Laurence Matheson, Piano

Brahms Horn Trio
Wilma Smith, Violin
Roman Ponomariov, Horn
Laurence Matheson, Piano

Interval

Brahms Piano Quintet
(Penny Quartet)
Madeleine Jevons, Amy Brookman, Violins
Anthony Chataway, Viola
Anna Pokorny, Cello
Laurence Matheson, Piano

Tickets: $20 Full, $15 Concession

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Solo Recital at Beleura
Feb
26
1:30 PM13:30

Solo Recital at Beleura

Laurence Matheson, Piano Virtuoso, now a Fellow at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), will be performing at Beleura - the House & Garden in The Tallis Pavilion on an Australian made Stuart and Sons piano. Recital includes an afternoon tea.

Schubert Sonata in Bb Major D 960
Interval
Bach/Busoni Chaccone in D minor
Beethoven Sonata Op.111

Bookings via Beleura House:

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