Concerts 2023

Bringing Female Composers to the Fore

Saturday 29th April, 7.30pm
Northern Arts Hotel
359 Barker St, Castlemaine
Tickets $25 full, $20 concession

This concert features composers Rebecca Clarke, Andrea Keeble, Elena Kats-Chernin and arrangers Sasha Bronshtein and Wendy Rowlands.

Find out why Rebecca Clarke from the early 20th century should have had more recognition in her lifetime. Her music is romantic and melodious with harmonies and textures with modern harmonies and textures.

Be delighted by Andrea Keeble‘s quirky sound portraits of her family. Andrea Keeble is a Melbourne violinist and composer who creates a unique sound world, lilting and heartfelt. She plays in Cosmo Cosmolino (gypsy-inspired music), Collider (jazz sextet) and Ad Hoc Collective (improvisation concert group). She has released two CDs of her compositions, ‘Congratulations’ and ‘Teeter’.

Swoon to Sasha Bronshtein and Wendy Rowland‘s arrangements of Latin music and screen soundtracks. Sasha is familiar to Castlemaine audiences as the first violinist in the Chamber Players. She’s also a wonderful singer currently exploring Brazilian music. Wendy Rowlands from Castlemaine is the artistic director of Corker Orchestra, Mainesong Choir and Brazazul.

Elena Kats-Chernin is a prolific Australian composer, famous for her ballet music for Wild Swans. She has written film scores, ballet and theatre music and won several music composition prizes.

Emma Wade is co-director of Resonance String Orchestra and composes and arranges music for Resonance.

Chamber Music in Creswick

Beethoven and Shostakovich for string quartet

Saturday 26th August, 2.30pm
Creswick Woolen Mills, Railway Pde, Creswick

  • Shostakovich, String Quartet No.8, 1960
  • Beethoven, String Quartet Opus 59, No.2 in E minor, 1805-6

Castlemaine Chamber Players takes you on an emotional journey with their passionate performance of these masterworks.

Beethoven and Shostakovich each wrote 15 or more quartets, and these are from the middle period of both composers’ careers.

Beethoven’s Opus 59 Rasumovsky quartets were written in 1805, around the time of his third symphony, the Eroica. You’ll hear the symphonic influence in this quartet.

Shostakovich’s Opus 8 quartet, with poignant personal slow movements and a furious driving fast Allegro, was written in only three days. Dedicated to the victims of Fascism and war, it’s autobiographical, with quotes from earlier works, and his musical signature as the theme, D-Eb-C-B.