The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra has announced it will present its special event live concert season Ayres & Graces at City Recital Hall from 27-31 October 2020. The season of five socially-distanced concerts marks the Orchestra’s first live performances in over six months.
Celebrating chamber music from the English and French Baroque, Ayres & Graces will be directed by Principal Baroque Flute/Recorder Melissa Farrow who leads an ensemble of Brandenburg musicians performing on an eclectic combination of period instruments. Audience members will be enthralled by music from the French Baroque performed uniformly in the style of Jean-Baptiste Lully, before stepping out into the centre of eighteenth-century London in a program brimming with the sounds that attracted entrepreneurial musicians such as George Frideric Handel to the city.
This special event marks the Orchestra’s celebratory return to live performance, City Recital Hall will be transformed into a world of colour and sound, with the Brandenburg musicians for the very first time performing before a stage-wide LED screen illuminated with images from both sides of the English Channel. The stunning imagery curated by Australian designer Silvana Azzi Heras will blend with a musical offering of pastoral folk songs, heavenly trio sonatas and intimate chamber music alongside stately works of grander scale.
In addition to the live concerts, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will also present a digital première of the concert on 1 November on its new digital concert platform Brandenburg One.
The Orchestra will work closely with City Recital Hall to adhere to strict COVID-Safe guidelines and ensure a safe environment for all. The socially-distanced season will see 400 seats available out of a venue capacity of 1,238, with additional health and safety guidelines and measures in place through the series. Further information can be found HERE.
Tickets for the live concerts are $65-$75 and will be on sale to Brandenburg subscribers today. Tickets for the digital première are $25 and both digital and live performance tickets will be available to the general public from Tuesday 29 September.