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Utzon Music 2023 Andrea Lam Arc of Life

8 October 2023

In the Utzon Room | Classical Music

Australian pianist Andrea Lam finds Romantic inspiration and contemporary connection in music by Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, as well as voices of today.

Great style and thrilling virtuosity

The Sydney Morning Herald

A whirlwind emotional journey of piano miniatures

Andrea Lam returns to the Sydney Opera House with a program that explores the emotional range of the piano, from tender introspection to virtuoso flamboyance.

It’s a program perfectly suited to the intimacy of the Utzon Room. Instead of big sonatas or monumental baroque abstractions, Lam has turned to the miniatures of the piano repertoire – exquisite pieces that capture the essence of an emotion or an image in just a few minutes. And her theme is the arc of life – its joys, its challenges, its pleasures and its pain.

Experience a mother’s cherishing love, the loneliness of an empty nest, flirtation and jealous heartbreak, a grownup’s nostalgia for childhood, the strangely uplifting comfort of “sad” music, wistful conversations, unresolved passion and the thrill of unabashed virtuosity. Music by living voices provides a foil for signature works by Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms (representing one of 19th-century music’s “complicated” relationships) and highlights from Granados’ Goyescas

Sydney Opera House Presents

Andrea is at once a poised, articulate and deeply emotive pianist. Her energy is infectious, her technique flawless and her insights always shared with charm and generosity. I'm a shameless, self-confessed Lam Fan, and will be cheering when she takes the stage to perform with her usual finesse and firepower.

Casey Green, Utzon Music Curator

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Andrea Lam 


Arvo PÄRT Für Alina
Robert SCHUMANN Kinderszenen
Enrique GRANADOS Two pieces from Goyescas
Matthew HINDSON Sad Piano
Liliya UGAY Scenes from Motherhood: Love
Clara SCHUMANN Romanze in A minor, WoO 28
Johannes BRAHMS Klavierstücke, Op.118


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