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Twilight Musical Dialogues “Spain and South America: Walker and Rojas”
November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm$20 - $35
Uno, dos tres y …Twilight Musical Dialogues’ last subscription concert of the year will finish suitably warm-bloodedly on November 10th, with the passionate music from Spain and South America, with leading Latin-Music specialist Pianist Daniel Rojas-Gonzales joining Flautist Sally Walker and featured young performer, Violinist William Carraro.
The King of the Tango, Astor Piazzolla, is of-course featured, as well as works by Guastavino, Nelegatti and one of Daniel’s own compositions.
Join us at 6pm for a wine tasting and 7pm for the concert (approx. duration 1 hour). We have had wine, Czech pastries, Russian Piroshki and Lovedale cheese tastings. This time there will be Olive oil tastings by Pukara Estate.
- Borne – Carmen Fantasy
- Guastavino – Introduction and Allegro
- Nelegatti – Milonga del Serafin and El Cronopio
- Rojas-Gonzales – Navegar
- Gade – Jealousy Tango
- Piazzolla – Oblivion
Sally Walker – Flute
“Sheer beauty and myriad sounds which Walker draws from her instrument”. (Sounds like Sydney, May 2017)
Sally Walker was Grand-finalist in the De Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy), won 2nd Prize in the Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany) and has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, City of Birmingham Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Festivals including Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Tanglewood and the London Proms. In 2006 she was appointed Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle. She has released three CDs with pianist Philip Mayers and has premiered numerous works written by Australian composers for her.
Since Twilight Musical Dialogues “Australia”, Sally toured with the ACO in its “Grieg and Beyond” project: “The orchestration also allowed for some beautiful moments … Walker’s flute took the opening solo melody of the second movement, floating above the strings with a sweet, transparent sound” (Limelight September 2017) and performed in the Zelman Symphony’s Hamer Hall Babi Yar Commemoration concert: “Sally Walker eloquently fronted a flute concerto by Elena Kats-Chernin” (Sydney Morning Herald, September 2017) …“Sally Walker’s commanding solo presence was evident throughout, in partnership with conductor Shiell and the orchestra, and was greeted with an enthusiastic audience reception” (Classic Melbourne, September 2017) …“Flautist Sally Walker was very much at ease within the work’s three-movements, presenting a wide variety of moods and colours, revelling particularly in the rapturous soliloquy that is the cadenza” (Limelight, September 2017). In preparation for this solemn concert, her article on Hope Through Music was published by Limelight: http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/flautist-sally-walker-importance-hope-through-music
Daniel Rojas – Piano
Dr Daniel Rojas is renowned as an award-winning composer specialising in the rich and vibrant Latin American aesthetic, as well as an acclaimed pianist specialising in Latin and tango music, and stunning improvisations at the keyboard. Composer-in-Residence for Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in 2017, Rojas is one of the few composers who performs his own work – bringing real warmth and verve to every performance – and is widely recognised as Australia’s tango piano specialist. In his work as a composer and improviser, Rojas draws from a broad musical palette that includes Latin American indigenous, folk, classical and popular traditions, and Western contemporary classical and jazz languages and techniques.
Graduating with the University Medal and obtaining a doctorate in composition from the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University, Rojas has won many prizes including the Fellowship of Australian Composers Award, Frank Albert Prize, the Miriam Hyde Memorial Award, the Keys National Piano Composition Competition and was one of three finalists in Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 21st Century Young Composers program. He has received commissions from Prima La Musica Chamber Orchestra of Ghent (Belgium), The Metropolitan Orchestra, Omega Ensemble, soprano Jane Sheldon, and pianist Zubin Kanga. Among his works, he has composed two piano concertos commissioned by Ars Musica Australis and performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra, North Sydney, Ku-ring-gai and Sydney University Symphony Orchestras, recently featuring as soloist for ‘The Latin’, his first piano concerto with both the Willoughby, and North Sydney Symphony Orchestra, to standing ovations. Rojas was declared “a master of his instrument” following the 2012 release of his solo album, Latin Piano Expressions, which was selected as Limelight magazine’s ‘Editor’s Choice’ in 2013.