Russian Salon: Ages & Stages

We begin with Mussorgksy’s visionary Nursery cycle, in which the composer attempts to musically embody the stilted charm of a child’s patter, feelings and thoughts. We end with Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti which captures the infamous sculptor and painter’s yearning to live longer, love better and continue creating art. Composed one year before his death in 1975, Shostakovich […]

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There is something so deeply intimate – and even indecent – about the act of reading a letter addressed to another. We transcend all boundaries of time and space and are launched, head-first, into the heart of a foreign landscape. When these landscapes happen to belong to the likes of Mozart, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Chopin – all extremely prolific, accomplished and […]

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24th Annual Schubertiad

While the idea of listening to and performing individual songs in a specific sequence — as a cohesive song cycle — may have existed as early as the middle ages, it was certainly a genre that came into its own in 19th Century Europe. And if Beethoven is to be credited with the earliest example […]

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Paris, 1889. Millions of visitors flock to Paris to witness the great wonders of an ever-expanding and brave new world. Among them, a young Claude Debussy strolls though the Exposition Universelle and is transfixed by the music of the Javanese gamelan. Just over 1000 km away, in Vienna, there is great turmoil. The Crown Prince […]

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These could be the words of a fiery-tempered Spaniard or those of an ardent Russian! A vast 4094 kilometers separate Madrid from Moscow. That’s 40 long hours in a car. 798 hours if you wanted to walk… A whole world apart! And yet, and yet… Join us as we pay homage to the music – […]

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FRENCH SALON: a midday in Paris

Join us on a tour-de-Paris as we traipse on and off-the-beaten path of the Great Parisian Salons! From the salon of George Sand hosting her tempestuous lover Chopin, to the salon of Princesse Winnaretta Singer de Polignac – whose biographical details alone hold enough intrigue to keep us on the edge of our seats for […]

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23rd ANNUAL SCHUBERTIAD

In his journal of music Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, Robert Schumann once described the “heavenly lengths” of Schubert’s 9th Symphony. Indeed, Schubert’s mastery transcended all genre: he was equally at home composing one-page-wonder Lieder and sweeping Symphonic works. This year, we would like to dedicate the afternoon to what we’ve lovingly nicknamed his “heavenly shorts”: […]

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MEDICINE + MUSIC: a cardiac affair

MEDICINE + MUSIC: A CARDIAC AFFAIR There is an almost uncontested romantic notion that mental illness and creativity are somehow linked. While researchers have endlessly debated the finer points of this argument, we can all agree that eminent creators have often triumphed over their suffering – both physical and mental – by transforming it, dissecting […]

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TOUR DE 4…CE!

We are so honoured to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Isabel Bayrakdarian’s first Off Centre appearance… What an incredible artist – then and now! Four singers, four hands and two of the most exciting love-song cycles… Now that is an equation worth pondering! Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer sung by some of our favourite voices. With: […]

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In the words of Audrey Hepburn: “Paris is always a good idea.” Our unlikely, but “mighty” four – Chopin, Wagner, Rossini and Meyerbeer – certainly thought so. Our programme will include Chopin’s twelve op. 28 Preludes, a piano four-hand arrangement of Wagner’s Tannhäuser Ouverture as well as beloved scenes from Rossini and Meyerbeer operas. Featuring: Michèle BOGDANOWICZ, mezzo-soprano Lucia […]

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