ACMF 2023 | Program Session 2


Albury Chamber Music Festival ’23

17 – 19 November 2023

“Favourite Things”

Friday 17 November - Session 2

We have gathered some of our favourite artists and compositions including works by ten Australian composers. Your festival pass gives you access to ten exceptional performances at the exclusive Albury Club, St Matthew’s Church and in the exquisite Adamshurst ballroom. It also includes a sumptuous three-course dinner (valued at $100) at the legendary Gala performance. We will host whimsical Claudia Rubinstein as our artist in residence and our living legend the extraordinary milliner Phillip Rhodes. There will be lots of other little surprises, pop-up performances and our festival dessert, “crisp apple strudel”. And if you come on your own, no worries, we can pretty much guarantee that you will leave Albury with a couple of new musical friends!

“Bright copper kettles” Session 2, Performance 1, Carmina Burana

St. Matthew’s Church

Friday, 17 November, 2:00pm–3:15pm

We are opening the festival with a bang! Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is a collection of mostly satirical songs sung in Latin and Middle-high German. Recent research suggests that they were written in Seckau Abbey, Austria, where Mario grew up. No wonder Carmina is one of his “favourite things”.

Sara Macliver, soprano

Stephen Marino, counter tenor, dying swan

Michael Lampard, baritone

Konstantin Shamray and Raymond Yong, pianos

Edward Higgs, Michael Evans-Barker, Marcus Govan, Alexander Meagher, percussion

JackPot, vocal quartet

Lux Alba, chamber choir

Murray Concert Choir, 

Mario Dobernig, conductor

“Schnitzel with Noodles” Session 2, Performance 2, Favourite Things

Adamshurst Ballroom

Friday, 17 November, 4:00pm-5:00pm

We are mixing Schnitzel with noodles to showcase a pastiche of our artists’ favourite works, songs from their childhood, works they have performed all their lives, and those composed by or for them including a first performance. Favourite things indeed!

Jaso Sasaki, violin

Simon Oswell, viola

Scott Marshall, oboe

Raymond Yong, piano

John Bolton Wood, baritone

Calvin Bowman, piano and composer

Sally-Anne Russell, mezzo soprano

Robert Schubert, clarinet

Calvin Bowman                            Egrets (first performance)

Carl Nielsen                                  Fantasy Pieces: Romance and Humoresque

Eugène Ysaÿe                               Sonata No. 5 for violin

Lawrence Whiffen/Julian Yu     Suite Colette

Fréderic Chopin                           Fantasie Impromptu and Grande Valse Brilliante Op. 18 

Giuseppe Verdi                            Un ballo in Maschera: Alla vita che t’arride

Robert Schumann                       Op 113 Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) for Viola and Piano 4th movement Langsam mit melancholischem                                                                                                           Ausdruck

“Brown Paper Packages Tied up with Strings” Session 2, Performance 3, Living Legend Milliner Phillip Rhodes

Adamshurst Ballroom

Friday, 17 November, 5:15pm–6:15pm

What a brilliant present this is! Our living legend, milliner to the stars of stage, screen and the social darlings. A Phillip Rhodes hat is a covetable piece to own! His hats have been featured in Australian Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire. Phillip’s celebrity clientele includes Kylie Minogue and Joanna Lumley, and his millinery has been exhibited at the

V&A in London and at the NGV. Show and tell – Phillip will bring his favourite hats.

“Warm Woollen Mittens” Session 2, Performance 4, Candlelight Serenade

St Matthew’s Church

Friday, 17 November, 7:30pm

Come and be serenaded by candlelight at St Matthew’s. Rosanne Hunt celebrates the birth of the cello as a solo instrument with a program of early baroque cello repertoire played on a beautiful early Italian instrument. 

Rosanne Hunt, baroque cello

Johann Sebastian Bach            Suite 1 in G major for solo cello

Domenico Gabrielli                    Ricercar in D Major for solo cello

Johann Sebastian Bach            Suite 2 in d minor for solo cello

Saturday 18 November - Session 2

“Doorbells with Sleighbells” Session 2, Performance 5, Calvin Bowman at the Organ

St Matthew’s Church

Saturday, 18 November, 9:00am–10:00am

We will ring the bells at St Matthew’s Church to herald the arrival of composer and organist Dr Calvin Bowman at the Letourneau pipe organ. Calvin is regarded as one of Australia’s finest organists and composers, his performance of all of Bach’s organ works in a single seventeen hour sitting made him a super(Bach)man. Calvin’s favourite thing is Bach, counterpoint and the fugal process.

Johann Sebastian Bach             Einige canonische Veränderungen über das Weynacht-Lied:

                                                       Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her’ BWV 769a

                                                       Variation I In Canone all’Ottava

                                                       Variation II Alio modo in Canone alla Quinta

                                                       Variation III L’altra sorte del Canone al rovescio: 1) alla Sesta 2) alla Terza 3) alla Seconda 4) alla Nona

                                                       Variation IV In Canone alla Settima

                                                       Variation V In Canone all’Ottava per augmentationem

César Franck                               Prélude, Fugue et Variation Op. 18

Jacques Ibert                              Fugue

Johann Sebastian Bach            Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’ BWV 662

Jannequin Alain                         Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin

Johann Sebastian Bach            Christ ist erstanden BWV 627 

“When the bee stings” Session 2, Performance 6, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater

Adamshurst Ballroom

Saturday, 18 November, 1:00-2:00pm

Long-time collaborators Sara Macliver and Sally-Anne Russell will recreate their Aria Award Winning ABC Classics disc “Pergolesi Stabat Mater” in the intimate surroundings of the Adamshurst Ballroom. Listen to Sara and Sally-Anne Here  

Sara Macliver, soprano

Sally-Anne Russell, mezzo soprano

Yi Wang, violin

Jaso Sasaki, violin

Simon Oswell, viola

Rosanne Hunt, cello

Luke Richardson, double bass

Liam Green, harpsichord

“Whiskers on Kittens” – Session 2, Performance 7, Shamray’s Piano

St Matthew’s Church

Saturday, 18 November, 3:00pm–4:00pm

The cats certainly got the cream. Lucky are we to hear the winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition, virtuosic concert pianist Konstantin Shamray! He will delight you with a stunning program from the French baroque through to Chopin and Liszt. Konstantin’s favourite baroque composer is Rameau, Chopin has been his most played composer and Ravel’s La Valse reflects on personal memories which he will share with you in Albury!

Konstantin Shamray, piano

Jean-Philippe Rameau             4 pieces

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart    12 Variations on “Je suis Lindor” from the Barber of Seville

Franz Liszt                                  Fantasia on two themes from Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”

Frédéric Chopin                         Valse A-flat major, op. 64 no.3

Maurice Ravel                            La Valse

“Cream Coloured Ponies” Session 2, Performance 8, Gala Dinner

The Albury Club

Saturday, 18 November, 6:30pm–9:30pm

Come along for the ride and a delicious three-course dinner (included in your festival pass) at our legendary Gala. Guaranteed to be heaps of fun with entertainment from the virtuosi of the Art of Sound Salonorchestra. Last year we had a seductive gypsy named Carmen, Kate Bush, a garden hose, and a xylophonist in his Lederhosen. This year will be equally awesome… Pop, classical, jazz and everything in between, expect the unexpected. **A free glass of sparkling on arrival.

Sara Macliver, soprano

Sally-Anne Russell, mezzo soprano

Michael Lampard, baritone and composer

Scott Marshall, oboe

JackPot, vocal quartet

Yi Wang, violin

Robert Schubert, clarinet

Jack Stephens, horn

Rosanne Hunt, cello

Luke Richardson, double bass

Raymond Yong, piano

Mario Dobernig, conductor and percussion

Sunday 19 November - Session 2

“White dresses with blue satin sashes” Session 2, Performance 9, Festive Sunday

St Matthews Church

Sunday, 19 November, 9:00am

Archdeacon, TV star, activist and musician Fr Peter Macleod-Miller will lead the Festival Service. Our festival artists (and the sheep) will add to the experience! Everyone is welcome… Everyone is included! Sunday mornings are Fr Peter’s favourite things! Watch Peter in action: Here

Sara Macliver, soprano

Sally-Anne Russell, mezzo soprano

Calvin Bowman, organ

JackPot, vocal quartet

Lux Alba, chamber choir

St. Matthew’s Choir, parish choir

Johann Sebastian Bach             Schafe können sicher weiden BWV 208

Stephen Marino                           Ave Maria (world premiere)

Jodie O’Regan                              Prayer for Sanctuary Psalm 23 (world premiere)

“The Moon on their wings” Session 2, Performance 10, JackPot: A cappella Vocal Quartet

Adamshurst Ballroom

Sunday, 19 November, 1:00pm-2:00pm

We have hit the JackPot with Jack Stephens. He and his quartet will present A cappella treats from around the world including Australian Martin Wesley-Smith and favourite Australian folk classics. Join us as we celebrate the power of the human voice, uniting cultures and continents through music.

Molly Ryan, soprano

Alex Siegers, alto

Liam Green, tenor

Jack Stephens, bass and director

Scandanavian: 13th Century                 Icelandic hymn Heyr himna smiður

Ola Gjeilo                                                  Ave Generosa

American:         arr. Roland Peelman    Little Stars

                           arr. Ian Cooper              Tea for Two

                           arr. Kirby Shaw              Java Jive  

                           arr. Kirby Shaw              And So It Goes

Australian:       arr. Ian Cooper               Limejuice Tub

                           arr. Ian Cooper              Waltzing Matilda

Martin Wesley-Smith                              I’m a caterpillar of society

Martin Wesley-Smith                              Australian Classics 

2:00-3:00pm: Our favourite dessert, a crisp apple strudel will be served in the charming grounds of Adamshurst or in the Carriage way if “the raindrops are on roses…”