Van Diemen’s Band comes from an island state. And perhaps it’s the absence of land borders that empowers its musicians to view the world in a distinctive light.
This Tasmanian Baroque ensemble invites you to explore the historic borderlands of Europe. For centuries generations of musicians wrote dances and masses, symphonies and quartets, as their homelands changed ownership under their feet. Or their nations remained steadfast, allowing the most magical cultural overlaps at the border fringes.
Through composers such as Samuel Scheidt and Dietrich Becker, you will hear the trials of battle – loss, regret, resentment – and, at long last, healing. Listen to composers who were touched by the Thirty Years’ War within the Holy Roman Empire, their countries crumbling around them.
María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir (Iceland) and Donald Nicolson (Australia) are living composers who will bring you closer to our time. Just as Van Diemen’s Band invites instrumental guests from across Australia’s state borders, these composers remind us how we’re still united through music – no matter what borders lie between us.
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Van Diemen's Band will be livestreamed on Monday 9 May at 7pm AEST.
JULIA FREDERSDORFF Artistic Director & violin
BECKER Sonata No. 5 in F Major (1674)
Brisbane: This concert is a Steven Kinston Tribute Concert.
Ian Dickson & Reg Holloway
"Moving from lament to humour and virtuosity with unanimity, creating a kaleidoscope of emotions that tugged the heartstrings."
Dates & Times
|Perth||26 April 7:30pm|
|Adelaide||28 April 7:30pm|
|Sydney||30 April 2pm|
|Melbourne||3 May 7pm|
|Brisbane||5 May 7pm|
|Sydney||9 May 7pm|
|Newcastle||10 May 7:30pm|
|Canberra||12 May 7pm|
|Melbourne||14 May 7pm|
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