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This December, follow the story of Chopin’s renowned instrument in the world premiere performance of Chopin’s Piano, broadcast to your living room from centre stage at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

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 Australia 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.

 

Learn about the Characters of Chopin's Piano

Discover the colourful cast of people that populated Chopin's life at the time when he composed his beloved Preludes. Get acquainted with these characters with our blog, alongside an introduction to those who figure in the later history of the piano on which Chopin wrote his enduring masterpiece.


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.

Cast


AURA GO 
PIANO
SUSAN PRIOR ACTOR

Creative Team


RICHARD PYROS
DIRECTOR/ CO-WRITER OF SCRIPT WITH PAUL KILDEA
CHRISTINA SMITH COSTUME / SET DESIGN
RICHARD VABRE LIGHTING DESIGN
KELLY RYALL SOUND DESIGN
ANNIE REID STAGE MANAGER
ISAAC LUMMIS WARDROBE SUPERVISOR
TOM WILLIS ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER / OPERATOR
GERALDINE COOK VOICE COACH

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)

Performance Details

Dates & Times

Online Concert   Thursday 16 December 2021 7PM AEDT

Pricing

$25 Online Tickets

Location

Online Concert

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Event notes

Digital concert ticket sales close 30 minutes prior to the start of the concert.

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