A message from Artistic Director Paul Kildea:
In April last year I met up with my old friend, the actor and director Richard Pyros. I was completely reprogramming Musica Viva’s 2021 season and had a proposition for him: let’s create a first-person present-tense theatre/music piece out of a book I had written a few years earlier. Our tour of Chopin’s Piano, bringing together the outstanding talents of pianist Aura Go and actor Susan Prior – alongside a handful of creatives – was the outcome, a narrative and musical tale about the piano on which Chopin wrote a number of major works, the Preludes among them.
It’s with a heavy heart that we will shift this tour from November 2021 to a future season instead. We are however excited to announce our plans to make a beautiful film of a most intriguing and captivating story, punctuated by Aura’s reading of Chopin’s twenty-four Preludes. This will be made available to you in early December 2021.
We are working to retain some of the concert dates with alternative performers and repertoire and will be in touch about this.
In the winter of 1838-9 Frédéric Chopin – along with his lover, the brilliant and pioneering writer George Sand – hunkered down in a former monastery in Majorca, determined to complete the set of 24 Preludes he had picked away at since 1836. The story of the primitive local instrument on which Chopin completed this great monument of the Romantic piano literature is key to this unique collaboration between director Richard Pyros, Susan Prior, and pianist Aura Go – a Musica Viva FutureMaker, equipped with an astonishing palette and imagination.
Drawing on an inspiring cast of real-life characters set amongst a complete performance of the Preludes, these three artists trace the rich history and ultimate fate of the Majorcan piano, in a dramatic mix of words and music, adapted from Paul Kildea’s book Chopin’s Piano. Their performance underlines the sheer originality of the Preludes, the enduring power of Chopin, and the changing nature of his music over time.
AURA GO PIANO
SUSAN PRIOR ACTOR
RICHARD PYROS DIRECTOR AND CO-ADAPTOR
Talking Chopin with Aura Go
Learn more about the pianist Aura Go in this recorded conversation with Artistic Director Paul Kildea. Together they discuss the palette of colours open to pianists, her unusual musical beginnings, and her artistic process when approaching repertoire.
AURA GO PIANO
Program to include:
CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28 (1835-39)
To our Ensemble Patrons Stephen and Michele Johns and Anonymous for their support of this tour.
And to our Concert Champions:
"Go commanded a mood at once vast and intimate, with deft control and sensitivity."
Dates & Times
|Perth Concert Hall, Perth||8 Nov 7:30PM|
|Llewellyn Hall ANU, Canberra||11 Nov 7PM|
|Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne||13 Nov 7PM|
|City Recital Hall, Sydney||15 Nov 7PM|
|Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne||16 Nov 7PM|
|Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide||18 Nov 7:30PM|
|City Recital Hall, Sydney||20 Nov 2PM|
|Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle||22 Nov 7:30PM|
|Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, Brisbane||24 Nov 7PM|
Please check the venue in your city when booking tickets.