A Prelude in Tea Sunday Concert Series 2019

Join us on the last Sunday of the month for a scrumptious afternoon tea served from 2:30 followed by a 3:30 concert from some of Australia’s best and most exciting small ensembles. With the Streeton Trio, the Flinders Quartet, The Seraphim Trio and more, A Prelude in Tea concert is the perfect Sunday afternoon out. 

Adult $49

Concession $32

Student $22

Child $17

Afternoon tea included.

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Concerts in the Series

January 27 | Andrew Blanch & Ariel Nurhadi | Alchemy
Described as “two stunning young guitarists…virtuosic” (Sydney Arts Guide) and  praised for their “dazzling guitar playing” (ArtsHub), Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi are a guitar duo based in Sydney, fast making a reputation for themselves for their exciting ensemble work and innovative directions. They return to the Indendent Theatre to present "Alchemy", a program featuring some of the finest guitar duets from around the World.
February 10 | The Spooky Men's Chorale
The Independent Theatre is getting spookier! The Spooky Men’s Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad behemoth. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord, the Spooky Men seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and facial hair, and a twinkle in the eye. The audience are invited to first joyously experience a wall of mansound, then laugh stupidly, then venture into areas of great tenderness. It is ideally not so much comedic as hilarious, not so much shimmeringly perfect as pleasingly and deeply human.
February 24 | The Nexas Quartet | Tango de Saxos
At the forefront of chamber music, Nexas Quartet is focused on promoting the musical diversity of the saxophone by showcasing its versatility and ability to cross genres. In this program Nexas Quartet will present an exciting delve into Argentinean Tango with their unique and inspiring performance of both arrangements and new works. Featured composers will include Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel, Gerardo Rodriguez and Fernando Lerman.
March 31 | The Streeton Trio | Golden Summer
From 'Australia's most successful piano trio' explore the many moods of summer in this program, from Beethoven’s good natured piano trio in E flat to the broad B major trio of Brahms. The program is rounded off with Kats-Chernin’s Butterflying, Sculthorpe’s evocative Night Song and Piazzola’s Buenos Aires Summer.
7 April | Bel a Cappella | Victoria 'Requiem Mass, 1605'
The newly formed Bel a Consort (consisting of chamber singers from Bel a Cappella) will present an afternoon of renaissance sacred polyphony including Victoria's 'Requiem Mass, 1605'.
28 April | A spectacular double bill of music arrives to the Independent Theatre on April 28th where guitar and accordion duo Blue and Sentimental meet highly prolific chamber-folk super group The String Contingent | From Here Or Somewhere Else
Two of Australia's leading tango musicians take us on a superb journey through the sounds of Argentina, with gorgeous old tango classics, new compositions and folkloric music from Buenos Aires and beyond.
12 May | Pacific Opera | Mother's Day Concert
Simon Kenway presents a concert of the most beautiful and inspiring music celebrating Mums this Mothers' Day. Featuring the talented Young Artists from Pacific Opera, tomorrow's opera stars of the future.
26 May | The Marais Project | Times and Seasons
"Times and Seasons" celebrates The Marais Project's 20 years as one of Australia's most creative early music ensembles. From humble beginnings in 2000, The Marais Project has become a national leader in the creative presentation of music for the viola da gamba. Led by founder, Jenny Eriksson, the concert features guests, Swedish gambist, Leif Henrikson, and Eriksson's accomplished electric viola da gamba ensemble, Elysian Fields, in a concert that celebrates the many aspects of the vioila da gamba.
30  June | The Seraphim Trio | Memories
Founded in 1998, Seraphim Trio is celebrated for the vitality and intelligence of its music-making. Smetana, the father of Czech music, forms the centrepiece of Seraphim’s first concert for 2019. In this beloved trio, Smetana expresses grief at the loss of his eldest daughter, but finds new life in the birth of a truly nationalist Czech style. Opening the program is Suk’s Elegie, a meditation on the epic Czech poem Vyšehrad by Julius Zeyer. Seraphim is delighted to present a new trio by Richard Mills, comprising a series of musical portraits, commissioned generously by Dimity Reed for her husband’s 80th birthday celebrations..
29 July | The Flinders Quartet | Shostakovich
Flinders Quartet is instantly recognisable as one of Australia’s most loved chamber music ensembles. Their dynamic performances of a full spectrum of repertoire have audiences and critics articulating their esteem, and the quartet is a highly-respected force in Australian chamber music. In a unique concept, Flinders Quartet explores Shostakovich’s life through a prism of his string quartets. Inspired by Wendy Lesser’s book “Music for Silenced Voices”, this program will explore the life of Shostakovich through selections from his fifteen string quartets..
25 August | The Streeton Trio | Fire's On
From 'Australia's most successful Piano Trio' Fire’s On is a passionate program consisting of three of the most lyrical and expressive pieces written for piano trio. Arensky’s romantic trio is scintillating and beautiful. This is followed by Babadjanian’s lyrical masterpiece and the fiery turbulence of Shostakovich’s trio no.2.
29 September | Nick Russoniello and The Golden Age Quartet | Echoes of the Picture Palace
Nick Russoniello, recipient of a number of major awards including the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year, teams up again with the Golden Age Quartet,  a new and innovative chamber ensemble, delivering research-led performances that explore the aesthetic of a bygone era. Exploring the sounds of the early twentieth century, this quartet plays on a mixture of modern and period strings. Films of the 1920s were shown in picture palaces, the images coming to life through a musical score performed live. In this multimedia program, Nick Russoniello and the Golden Age Quartet reimagine the sounds of silent cinema on original 1920s instruments.
27 October | Acacia Quartet | Outcasts
In eight years Acacia Quartet has won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs. Acacia has recorded six albums, and is passionate about supporting Australian composers and working with young musicians.  In this programme of Outcasts, Australian composer Graeme Koehne’s String Quartet No. 3 tells the story of the Kelly Gang. The programme also features  Schumann's 1842 String Quartet No. 3 and Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18/4, the last of the Op. 18 quartets to be completed in 1800.
10 November | The Idea of North
The Idea of North are entirely deserved of their reputation as Australia's most awarded, best loved and longest running contemporary vocal group. This multi-ARIA Award-winning ensemble will astound and move with their incredible arrangements, flawless harmonies and dry, deadpan Aussie sense of humour. You'll not only experience world-class a cappella singing, but such is the group's down-to-earth nature, you'll also leave feeling as though you've know each member of the group for years. Simply not to be missed.
24 November | The Seraphim Trio and Martin Alexander
Seraphim Trio and Martin Alexander: ANAM Artists in Concert. This special concert celebrates Seraphim Trio’s formative years at the Australian National Academy of Music, in a program for which they are joined by recent ANAM alumnus, violist Martin Alexander. Together, these outstanding musicians perform Mozart and Dvořák masterworks of the piano quartet repertoire.
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