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
SUSAN PRIOR ACTOR
RICHARD PYROS DIRECTOR AND CO-ADAPTOR
DAVID BERGMAN VIDEO ARTIST

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:

  • Don and Veronica Aldridge (Adelaide)
  • The Hon Justice A Philippides (Brisbane)
  • Ray Turner and Jennifer Seabrook, and Monica Lim and Konfir Kabo (Melbourne)
  • Kim Williams AM and Catherine Dovey, and Kay Vernon (Sydney)
  • Robert and Lindy Henderson (Newcastle)
  • Prichard Panizza Family (Perth)
  • Dr Sue Packer (Canberra)
"Go commanded a mood at once vast and intimate, with deft control and sensitivity."
— Limelight

Performance Details

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

Location

Multiple Venues

Please check the venue in your city when booking tickets.

Event notes

Ticket informtion

Single tickets including full price, concession and under 40's tickets are now available.

Please contact our Box Office team at boxoffice@musicaviva.com.au or on 1800 688 482 if you require assistance.