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Orange Chamber Music Festival 2022
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Orange Chamber Music Festival 2022

Now in its third year, the Orange Chamber Music Festival will once again delight audiences with a beautifully curated program. Welcoming guests to Orange at its most magnificent with Autumn colours filling the city, the Festival will run from the 28th of April to the 1st of May. Chilly enough for a fire, but warm enough for outdoor events, it is the perfect time to visit Orange.

This year’s program features ten outstanding performances ranging from Festival favourites, Emily Granger (harp) and Rachel Kwa (violin) to the incredible Nexas Quartet (saxophones). Smashing preconceived ideas of what Chamber music should be, Festival Director Carmen Nieves, takes the literal meaning of ‘more than one player on stage’ and pushes that boundary with new and exciting combinations. Think two saxophones, or a harp and a sax! Whatever the combination she has planned for this year, the calibre will be excellent, the program of music will be outstanding and the venues will showcase the best of the best Orange has to offer.

Four individually ticketed events compliment the season pass holder events. These are: Imaginations (Matt Withers & Acacia Quartet); Bliss of Heaven (Daniel Rojas and Apex Strings); Anything You Can Do (Peter Coleman-Wright, Cheryl Barker and the Nexas Quartet); plus The Shepherd’s Hour (Ensemble Françaix & Friends).

A highlight of last year’s festival, Acacia Quartet are back to woo us again with guitar virtuoso Matt Withers. Imaginations presents a series of Australian compositions for guitar and string quartet of breathtaking brilliance. “Matt is an inspiration in his artistry and in his boundless enthusiasm for new Australian works, and he has exceptional collaborators in the brilliant Acacia Quartet”, says ABC Classic Label Manager Hugh Robertson. “Imaginations is an album rich in colour and movement, and gives audiences their first opportunity to hear recordings of a number of exciting new pieces.”

Bliss of Heaven: Music from Latin America is set to be a totally fabulous extravaganza.

Chilean-born pianist and composer Daniel Rojas reimagines some of Latin America’s best-loved tunes and tangos in music from his new album for Da Vinci Classics, ‘BLISS OF HEAVEN: Music of the New World’. A heavenly alchemy of mambo, salsa and Andean folk music fused with classical sensibilities – supported by the high-energy Ensemble Apex String Quartet.

Friday 29th April, 8pm at the Orange Function Centre, Eyles St.

Anything You Can Do, featuring Peter Coleman-Wright (Baritone); Cheryl Barker (soprano); Nexas Quartet (saxophones); Daniel Rojas (Piano); and Michael Kluger (accordion). Regarded as the golden age of light music and musical theatre, the era between the 1920s and 1940s is rich territory for these fabulous musicians to explore. Anything You Can Do takes us on a journey from the streets of Paris with the resonating songs of Edith Piaf, Erik Satie, and Francis Poulenc to the vibrant musical scene on London’s West End to hear the genius of forgotten heroes Ivor Novello, Noel Coward and Julian Slade. Hop on a ship across the Atlantic and indulge in the influence of jazz in the light-music world with Broadway classics by Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers, Hart and Hammerstein. Pure Bliss!

Saturday 30th April, 8pm Orange Civic Theatre, Byng St.

The Shepherd’s Hour posits a collaboration between award winning Ensemble Françaix (VIC) and local professional musicians: David Shaw; Katherine Howarth; and Victoria Chatterley, to explore the irreverence and care-free nature of music composed in response to 18thC bucolic or shepherd poetry. Jean Françaix’s “L’heure de berger”, aptly labeled la musique sérieuse sans gravité (serious music without weight), concludes the concert, while an equally light and witty work starts the musicians off by rollicking through the musical hijinks Francis Poulenc adored. Irreverent aesthetics championed by Poulenc and Les Six idols Erik Satie and writer Jean Cocteau can be clearly heard in the cleverly clown-like Sextet for winds and piano.

Sunday 1st May, 11am at the Orange Regional Conservatorium, Hill St.

Tickets are still available for these fabulous events at

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