Piano Blockbuster 2! - Our End-of-Year Celebration Recital

(Photo by Linda D’Amaro)
(Photo by Linda D’Amaro)

Tuesday December 12, 2023 - commencing at 6.30pm
Piano Blockbuster 2! - The Team's End-of-Year Celebration Recital

Celebrate the end of 2023 with Team of Pianists in the Ballroom at Rippon Lea! Join Team partners Darryl Coote, Rohan Murray, Robert Chamberlain plus brilliant guests from Orix Duo; Kevin Suherman (piano) and Ye Jin Choi (cello), in a delightful program of piano music for four and eight hands at two grand pianos, as well as Mendelssohn's Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 58. We are delighted that acclaimed Austalian actor Caroline Craig will narrate the two-piano performance of Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals.

Caroline Craig

Enjoy canapé refreshments (included in the ticket price) and bar drink sales on the pool terrace before the recital, meet committee members of the Friends of the Team of Pianists and enjoy music and festivities in this special heritage venue!

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Recital Programme:

  • Mack Wilberg - Fantasy on Themes from Bizet's Carmen for 2 pianos, 8 hands
  • Saint-Saëns - Carnival of the Animals for two pianos (Darryl Coote & Robert Chamberlain - with narration by acclaimed Australian actor Caroline Craig)
  • Mendelssohn - Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 58 (Orix Duo - Ye Jin Choi, cello & Kevin Suherman, piano)
  • William Gillock - Champagne Toccata for 2 pianos, 8 hands

Pianomania 8 Hands Performance

Schedule for the evening:

  • 6.30 - 6.45pm - guests arrive
  • 6.45 - 7.15pm - Canapé service on the Pool Terrace or inside the Ballroom (depending on weather), with drinks at bar prices
  • 7.30 - 8.10pm - Recital first half
  • 8.10 - 8.30pm - Interval (drinks available at bar prices)
  • 8.30 - 9.10pm - Recital second half
  • 9.10 - 9.30pm - Bar service at the conclusion of the recital
  • 9.30pm (approx) - End of the evening

Orix Duo in the park

With the support of our valued sponsor Bernie's Music Land, this recital will feature two Schimmel Konzert Series Grand pianos.

Schimmel K 219 Image
Venue: Rippon Lea Ballroom

192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick
Off-street parking in the grounds from 6.00pm

This recital forms a special part of the Team’s Rigg Bequest Classic Music in Historic Venues 2023 - 2024 series and features a specially discounted ticket price for current financial members of FOTOPS!

Please note: due to catering requirements, bookings must close on Saturday December 9 at 5.00pm and no door sales will be possible on the night.

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"...chamber music as it was intended..."

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Voices of Grandeur - Bluestone Classics at St Kilda Presbyterian Church

An unforgettable afternoon featuring Melbourne Cappella Chamber Choir, under the direction of Nicholas Cowall, accompanied by pianist Rohan Murray. A blend of vocal prowess and piano artistry, within a repertoire spanning the soulful depths of Orthodox chant to the dramatic peaks of Italian opera and Russian and Hungarian romanticism.

Works include Pavel Chesnokov’s ethereal "Let my prayer Arise" Op. 24 No. 8, Franz Liszt's "Missa quattuor vocum ad aequales" S. 8, a selection of arias and choruses by Giacomo Puccini and Tchaikovsky's famous "1812 Overture", ingeniously arranged for piano by the composer himself. Afternoon tea refreshments will be available also, served by Friends of the Team of Pianists.

Download the concert flyer, or read more here.... Don't miss hearing these voices of grandeur in the wonderful acoustics of St Kilda Presbyterian Church!

Date and Time

Sunday March 17, 2024 at 3.00pm

Presbyterian Church St Kilda
2 Alma Road (corner of Alma Road & Barkly Street)
St Kilda, VIC, 3182

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Rigg Bequest Classic Music 2023 - 2024: Concert 4

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Join Vivien Hamilton - mezzo-soprano, Josephine Vains - cello and Robert Chamberlain - piano for a Hollywood-inspired recital in the elegant yet intimate Ballroom at Como House and Garden. Enjoy fabulous works by André Previn, Leonard Bernstein, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Erich Korngold, George Gershwin and Australian composer Luke Severn, as you glimpse the lifestyle of the Armytage family - former occupants of this stunning National Trust mansion in South Yarra.

Seating is very limited, so choose from two performances, one at 2pm, the second at 4.30pm, with interval refreshments served on the Eastern Verandah by the Friends of the Team of Pianists! Read more here...

Date and Time

Sunday April 21, 2024 at 2.00pm or at 4.30pm

The Ballroom (inside the main house)
Como House and Garden
Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave
South Yarra, VIC, 3141

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Rigg Bequest Classic Music 2023 - 2024: Concert 5

Ludwig Live at Labassa!

A unique double recital in the National Trust’s lavish 19th century mansion Labassa. Experience the opulent architectural features and impressive interiors of Labassa as you enjoy the music of Beethoven (and others!) in two contrasting 40 - 45 minute recitals in one afternoon!

Soprano Judith Dodsworth, horn player Roman Ponomariov, and pianist Robert Chamberlain perform Beethoven’s Horn Sonata in F Op. 17, Beethoven’s song-cycle An die ferne Geliebte ("To the distant beloved") Op. 98, which is rarely heard with female voice, as well as trios by Schubert and Flanders & Swann (arr.) in the Music Room. While violinist Yi Wang and pianist Darryl Coote perform Beethoven’s mighty Sonata in A major, Op 47 (Kreuzer) in the Reception Room.

Each recital will be performed twice; after interval the audience will swap rooms to hear their second recital. Both rooms are at opposite corners of the ground floor, separated by doors and the entrance hall, so each audience will not be disturbed by sound from the other recital!

With strictly limited seating, our previous Rigg Bequest double-recital at Labassa sold out early, so book soon for Ludwig Live at Labassa! Read more here...

Date and Time

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2 Manor Grove
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(Please note: Parking in Manor Grove is prohibited)

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