Violinist and vocalist, Jenny M. Thomas will perform with composer and pianist Iain Grandage. This concert is a rare opportunity to see Jenny M. Thomas focus on the quiet beauty of Scandinavian music as she collaborates with pianist/composer Iain Grandage.
Australian composer Percy Grainger was given a stunning Norwegian Hardanger fiddle which is in the collection of the Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne, but is rarely played. Melbourne fiddle-singer Jenny M. Thomas discovered this instrument when invited to play the Hardanger fiddle solo with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra for the Lord of the Rings premiere. This traditional instrument has five extra sympathetic ringing strings and elaborate decoration. The sound is ethereal and haunting.
Jenny has performed with Circus Oz, as an Irish fiddle/Norwegian Hardanger soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, toured Europe giving solo recitals using Carnatic Indian violin techniques and won a Golden Fiddle Award.
Iain's concert schedule takes him from the Australian Art Orchestra to cabaret singer Meow Meow and then to the Black Arm Band project. A multi-award winner, he is currently Composer in Residence with the Youth Orchestra of Australia and is working with the Brodsky Quartet. Together they will perform traditional Norwegian folk pieces, improvisations and new works based on Scandinavian themes. In a nod toward Percy Grainger's own love of traditional music they will also perform works by Grainger on his own instruments. There is an opportunity to explore the dynamic and engaging Grainger collection before the performance.
Tickets $15.00 and $10.00 concession. Payment is required on the day at the door.
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11 Jun 2013