Australian Brandenburg Orchestra announce season with what “promises to
 be a year of beautiful music making.”

“Frightening? A little. Challenging? Always. Rewarding? Endlessly.” They celebrated a momentous birthday in 2014, but the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra has come up with an even better program for its 26th season. Next year sees the orchestra celebrating some of the greatest baroque and classical masterpieces, and the best musical talents from around the world.

Topping the bill will be the world premiere on period instruments of Max Richter’s Recomposed, a reimagined version of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (with soloist Brendan Joyce on baroque violin). The performance will intriguingly see Paul Dyer swapping his harpsichord for a synthesiser!

“It recently occurred to me that at some point during those 25 years, the Brandenburg had taken on a life of its own,” said Paul Dyer, co-founder and Artistic Director. “I wondered – how did this happen? And, I came to realise that
 it happens when the energy and dedication of the office team and our incredible musicians are met with equal energy and dedication from the audience.”

Under Dyer’s charismatic leadership, the orchestra will again take to the stage at Sydney’s City Recital Hall, the Melbourne Recital Centre (where it will present all six concert series for the first time), and in regional venues across the nation. The orchestra is also broadcast on ABC Classic FM.

“After celebrating a spectacular 25th anniversary year in 2014, the Brandenburg now looks to the future with an invigorated sense of purpose and strong ambitions for artistic expansion,” said Bruce Applebaum, co-founder and General Manager. “Paul Dyer brings together
 a breathtaking season of baroque and early classical music, including music you may know well, as well as newly discovered baroque repertoire only rarely heard in Australia.”

Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon heralds the beginning of the season. The first concert series, Heaven and Harmony, is exclusively dedicated to the Austrian composer, and features another three of his works, as well as emerging soloists Mariana Flores and Fernando Guimarães, and the Brandenburg Choir.

Later in the year, the orchestra welcomes back Queensland-educated Kristian Bezuidenhout as well as Riccardo Minasi as guest directors. South African-born Bezuidenhout, possibly the finest fortepiano exponent of Mozart in the concert platform today, returns in September for Mozart’s Fortepiano to perform some of Mozart’s finest works for the keyboard and then direct the orchestra’s own Melissa Farrow in the Andante for Flute. In the fifth concert series of the year, Minasi, an Italian baroque violinist, has personally selected a program of recently discovered gems from the city of Naples. The program includes the works of de Majo, Sarro and Fiorenza.

Among the invited guests, French soprano Claire Lefilliâtre with local performance troupe C!rca in French Baroque, and Australia’s own baroque violinist Brendan Joyce (leader of Brisbane’s Camerata of St Johns) and saxophonist Christina Leonard in Vivaldi Unwired.

Rounding out the season is December’s festive concert, Noël! Noël! While Christmas has become a hackneyed tradition to many, the orchestra creates a peaceful setting for audiences to reflect upon their own meaning of the occasion. The concert series includes Gregorian chant, medieval carols, and the English Christmas songs that have become so popular.

As Bruce Applebaum remarked, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s 2015 season “promises to
 be a year of beautiful music making.”

For more information, check the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s website here.

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