Pianist Edward Neeman, cellist Rachel Johnston, and violinist Chris Stone will team up for a special one-night only concert for Musica Viva this August 24. Fixtures of the Canberra music scene, what unites these three musicians is a palpable delight in performance, a technical mastery of their respective instruments and repertoire, and programming that is both thoughtful and creative.  

Don’t miss Johnston and Neeman’s rendition of the Shostakovich Cello Sonata, a work that flits between solemnity and expressive tenderness before culminating in an athletic, frenzied finale. Offering audiences a moment of repose and reflection, Stone will step into the spotlight for Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel. Among the composer’s most well-known pieces, its structure follows a strict formula: each ascending melodic line, performed by the violin, is followed by a descending mirror phrase. The effect is highly meditative, the music seemingly endless. 

These popular works are paired with Amy Beach’s rarely heard Ballade, a piece for piano that’s full of the lush, colourful writing characteristic of her more familiar work. Sure to be a wonderful discovery for audiences, it’s programmed alongside folk tunes by Swedish contemporary ensemble Väsen, whose acoustic music contains classical, jazz, dance, and folk elements.

EDWARD NEEMAN PIANO
RACHEL JOHNSTON CELLO
CHRIS STONE VIOLIN

BEACH Ballade
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Sonata
PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel
VÅSEL Folktunes

To our Ensemble Patrons Ian and Caroline Frazer for their support of this tour.

And to our Concert Champions:

  • Musica Viva ACT Committee and Andrew Blanckensee

Performance Details

Dates & Times

Llewellyn Hall ANU, Canberra   24 Aug 7PM

Location

LLEWELLYN HALL, CANBERRA ANU

Building 100, William Herbert Place, Canberra ACT 2601

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Event notes

Existing Ticketholders

For Canberra ticketholders to Ensemble Q on the 24 August, your tickets will be automatically valid for this replacement concert so there's no need for you to do anything. We look forward to seeing you at Llewellyn Hall ANU, on Tuesday 24 August at 7pm.

If you are no longer able to attend or have any other queries, please contact the Box Office on 1800 688 482 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm AEST) or via email at boxoffice@musicaviva.com.au to discuss alternative arrangements.