Sydney – Thursday 23 November, 2017. Launching into a second stellar decade, the 2018 Utzon Music Series will showcase some of the world’s most celebrated classical musicians in a year-round program of Australian debuts and exclusives across the Sydney Opera House.
The 2018 program mixes the grandeur of the Concert Hall, the immediacy of the Studio and the up-close-and-personal intimacy of the venue for which the series is named, the Utzon Room.
It begins in February with home-grown favourites the Orava Quartet in the Utzon Room. Founded by the Kowalik brothers in the year the Utzon Music Series began, the Brisbane-based quartet has received rave reviews overseas and are set to release their first album in early 2018.
For Utzon Music Series Curator Yarmila Alfonzetti, one of 2018’s highlights will be the September Concert Hall performance of “one of my all-time favourites, award-winning British violinist Daniel Hope supported by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, making their Australian debut in their only Australian performance. The repertoire will feature two works that showcase the virtuosity of the violin – the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Hope’s vigorous and bravado-filled musicianship is sure to bring the Concert Hall to life in this charming afternoon concert.”
Young Chinese virtuoso Moye Chen – winner of the George Frederick Boyle Prize at the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition – will marry exquisite pianism with the warm stage persona for which he is known in a performance in the Studio in May, ahead of the release later in the year of his debut album for Decca Classics.
The 2018 season also presents two vocal performances. In March, the beguiling Canadian opera sensation, soprano Measha Brueggergosman, will perform in the Utzon Room in her Australian debut, while in June, the celebrated American lyric baritone Thomas Hampson will perform a selection of Mahler, Schubert and Duparc, as well as works from the great American songbook, as part of his Australian debut tour.
In April, Canadian James Ehnes will perform an elegant Bach program on solo violin, while Hungary’s Istvan Vardai will perform on solo cello in July. The 2018 program concludes with an accordion performance by Latvian Ksenija Sidorova.
Orava Quartet / 3pm, Sunday 18 February, Utzon Room
Measha Brueggergosman / 3pm, Sunday 18 March, Utzon Room
James Ehnes / 3pm, Sunday 8 April, Utzon Room
Moye Chen / 3pm, Sunday 6 May, Studio
Thomas Hampson / 3pm, Sunday 3 June, Utzon Room
Istvan Vardai / 3pm, Sunday 22 July, Utzon Room
Daniel Hope and Zurich Chamber Orchestra / 2pm, Sunday 9 September, Concert Hall
Ksenija Sidorova / 3pm, Sunday 9 December, Utzon Room