What:  It`s Peninsula Music Society’s annual Winter Solstice weekend again on 19/20/21 June and we hope you will be able to join us for some or all of our four concerts.

  • Friday evening you can join us for a complimentary tasting of Bittern Estate wine before Ironwood take you on a fascinating journey into 19th century performance practice.  This Australian based ensemble is committed to exploring music of the baroque, classical and romantic periods on early string and keyboard instruments and the members are some of Australia’s most respected early and contemporary chamber musicians. The ensemble was established in 2006 as a flexible group of players, drawing on a wealth of experience from across the globe. This lecture-recital will be given by Danny Yeadon and Nicole Forsyth and illustrated with musical examples by members of Ironwood. The music will be drawn from Onslow- String Quartet No 7, Haydn – String Quartet No 3 (KaiserQuartett) and Beethoven String Quartet No 4. Concert at 7.30pm; wine from 6.45pm. 
  • Saturday evening join us again for a complimentary tasting of wine from Bittern Estate before welcoming the ‘big’ Melbourne Chamber Orchestra  for “Hennessy`s Beethoven”. Yes, popular Artistic Director William Hennessy will feature as soloist for Beethoven’s spectacular Violin Concerto and the largest MCO ensemble  we have seen in Mornington will be conducted by our very own Michael Dahlenburg. We claim Michael as he is a past winner of our student bursaries as a cellist. Other program items include Haydn’s Symphony No 60, Incidental Music to Henry V by Walton and Schubert’s Quartettsatz arranged for String Orchestra by Michael Dahlenburg. AND our 23 advanced strings workshops students will join the MCO to present a short piece. Concert at 7.30pm; wine from 6.45pm. 
  • And after lunch on Sunday we have a grand offering for a winter afternoon. At 2.00pm there is the Peppercorn Piano Recital with Alex Raineri, the winner of the 2014 Australian National Piano Award, playing works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Brahms and Ravel. Then at 4.00pm the local  Peninsula Chamber Musicians are joined by soprano Lee Abrahmsen for Richard Strauss ‘Four Last Songs’ and also present works by Poulenc and Vaughan Williams. In between there is a High Tea  but tickets for this must to be purchased before Tuesday 16 June(ring Janette on 9789 8392).

Where:  All concerts are at Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington

Tickets: (from $28 to $50 according to concert) are available from Farrells Bookshop, Mornington; Robinsons Books, Frankston; at the door from 1 hour before or by telephone from Janette on 9789 8392.

And please make sure our next concert is in your diary. It’s on Friday 24 July at 7.30pm and will feature the winner of the 2015 Melbourne International  Chamber Music Competition which finishes the Sunday before. Definitely not to be missed.


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