You might be familiar with your Beethoven, Bartók and Bach, but how often do you broaden your musical horizons? How often do you seek out Salento dances? Bulgarian preludes? Improvisation?

Mediterranean is your passport to this rich musical landscape. Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital and Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima present four centuries of culture from opposite sides of the sea. These good mates will use words and music to share traditional Salento, Bulgarian, Turkish, Sephardic and Macedonian works. We’ll also forge new traditions when Giovanni plays one of his own improvisations, followed by Tarantella orientale from composer Eliodoro Sollima (or, as Giovanni knows him, Papa).

Nestled between these experiences will be a couple of Baroque sonatas (enter Italian legends Scarlatti and Castello), and a 17th-century canzona from Frescobaldi.

So come along. Listen to music with world roots brought to local stages. Be part of a musical community as diverse as Australia.

"'[Avital is] one of those rare musicians whose scintillating virtuosity is amazing and whose innate musicality creates utterly convincing interpretations."
— The Australian
"[Sollima is] a first-class soloist."
— Limelight

Livestreamed Concert

Avi Avital & Giovanni Sollima will be livestreamed on Tuesday 27 September at 7pm AEST.

Bring the joy of live music into your home, on your smart TV, computer, tablet or even mobile phone with a livestreamed concert. Tickets are just $25 and include a 48-hour rewatch period.

Individual tickets for the live streamed concert are now available. Purchase your ticket online here.

You will receive an email confirmation when you purchase your tickets. Ticket holders will receive a link to watch the performance 24 hours prior to the concert.

If you’re watching on your phone or computer we recommend using headphones or connecting to external speakers. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

AVI AVITAL Mandolin
GIOVANNI SOLLIMA Cello

‘Mediterranean’

TRADITIONAL SEPHARDIC Yo en la prison
TRADITIONAL TURKISH Nacyem Nacyem
TRADITIONAL MACEDONIAN Ako umran il zaginam
SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor, K89
SOLLIMA Improvisation
SOLLIMA ‘Federico II’ from Il viaggio in Italia
SOLLIMA ‘Alep Pesce’ from Il bestiario di Leonardo
CASTELLO Sonata No. 4
SOLLIMA Tarantella orientale (1939)
FRESCOBALDI Canzona No. 3
TRADITIONAL SEPHARDIC Una ora
TRADITIONAL SALENTO Fronni d’alia

Sydney: The Saturday 8 October concert is a Ken Tribe Tribute Concert.

Hobart: Presented by Musica Viva Tasmania

Orange: Presented by the Orange Regional Conservatorium in association with Musica Viva Australia as part of its Regional Touring program. 

This tour is generously supported by our Ensemble Patron:
Eleanore Goodridge OAM

Concert Champions
Patricia Crummer (Sydney)
Barry & Diana Moore (Brisbane)
Peter Lovell (Melbourne)
Greg Shalit & Miriam Faine (Melbourne)
Andrew Blanckensee (Canberra)

Performance Details

Dates & Times

Hobart   19 September 7:30pm
Melbourne   20 September 7pm
Newcastle   22 September 7:30pm
Melbourne   24 September 7pm
Sydney   26 September 7pm
Brisbane   27 September 7pm
Perth   2 October 6:30pm
Canberra   5 October 7pm
Adelaide   6 October 7:30pm
Sydney   8 October 2pm
Orange   10 October 6:30pm

Location

Multiple Venues

Please check the venue in your city when booking tickets.

Event notes

Venue Information

Read more about the venues here.