Selby & Friends supports the Katrina Dawson Foundation for International Women's Day

Selby & Friends celebrates International Women's Day on the 8th March by supporting the Katrina Dawson Foundation through our season-opener at City Recital Hall.

Artistic Director Kathryn Selby is pleased to announce that Selby & Friends is celebrating International Women's Day by supporting the critical work of the Katrina Dawson Foundation with a donation of 50% of the proceeds made between now and the 8th March, from our season opening concert on 8th March at City Recital Hall.

Named for the Sydney barrister who tragically lost her life in the Lindt Café siege, the Foundation's Board has said they are honoured to be assisted by Selby & Friends and Kathy is delighted to be supporting a cause she feels strongly about. The Foundation aims to deliver educational opportunities otherwise out of reach to inspiring young women. Selby & Friends acknowledges the instrumental value of educational opportunities for all women in reaching our common goal of gender parity.

Kathryn Selby is well-known for her support of young people through performance opportunities, masterclasses, teaching and mentoring which makes the inclusion of 18 year old Grace Clifford in this program especially meaningful to this collaboration.

YOUTH & THE DANCE - 8 March @ 7pm 

Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Trio in E-flat major Op. 1 No. 1

Camille Saint-Saëns - Piano Trio No. 1 in F major, Op. 18

Antonín Dvořák Piano -Trio in E minor, Op. 90 ‘Dumky’

Grace Clifford – Violin

Clancy Newman – Cello

Kathryn Selby, AM – Piano 

Tickets and full-season five-concert subscriptions are available at the Selby & Friends website or by phoning City Recital Hall on 8256 2222 or Selby & Friends on 1300 511 099.

Youth & the Dance tour dates:

Sunday, 5 March – 2:30 pm, Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, Adelaide

Monday, 6 March – 7:30pm, James O. Fairfax Theatre, NGA, Canberra

Wednesday, 8 March - 7:00pm, City Recital Hall, Sydney

Thursday, 9 March– 7:30pm, Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

Saturday, 11 March – 5:00pm, Mittagong Playhouse, Mittagong

Sunday, 12 March – 2:30pm, Turramurra Uniting Church, Turramurra

Media Contact:  Caroline Ryvers - 0481 080 285  assistant@selbyandfriends.com.au  

Selby & Friends launch our 2017 season with a national tour of Youth & the Dance, setting the tone for the year in chamber music with delightful new discoveries alongside favourite beauties. Dazzling rising star, Australian violinist Grace Clifford joins bravura American cellist Clancy Newman and Artistic Director/pianist Kathryn Selby, AM for these highly anticipated concerts on the stages of 6 Australian metropolitan and regional centres between 5-12 March.

Their “Youth & the Dance” tour highlights the diversity of the piano trio genre, with works ranging from a youthful Beethoven and Saint-Saëns, and culminating in the ever-popular gem, the folk-melody-inspired “Dumky” Trio by Dvořák. True to form within Selby & Friends’ rotating ensemble format, Artistic Director Selby has invited two internationally acclaimed guest artists for this tour, pairing her youthful ensemble with delightful, exuberant works.

Violinist Grace Clifford makes a highly anticipated return to Selby & Friends after debuting with Selby & Friends’ highly successful and unique ‘Development Artist’ program in 2014.  Having competed as a 13-year-old in a highly selective group of participants in the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition, she went on in 2014 to win the top prize at the ABC Symphony Australia ‘Young Performer of the Year’ Awards. Now studying under the Young Artists Initiative Program at the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Grace has a burgeoning stellar international career.

Acclaimed cellist Clancy Newman has established himself as one of the USA’s top young chamber musicians. An audience favourite, Newman is a winner of two of America’s most prestigious awards, the Walter W. Naumburg International Competition and the Avery Fisher Career grant. A former member of the Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, he has also toured with the internationally acclaimed ensemble created by Rudolf Serkin, “Musicians from Marlboro”. A member of Chicago Chamber Musicians, he also performs at festivals and universities throughout the USA. A composer in his own right with multiple commissions under his belt, and enormously popular on YouTube with solo versions of iconic Pop music ‘covers’, Newman has also composed new work for past tours with Selby & Friends.

Kathryn Selby AM, pre-eminent Australian pianist and entrepreneur, boasts a string of international and Australian performance awards. In 2016 she also celebrated a spectacular milestone, the 10th anniversary of her brainchild Selby & Friends, dubbed by the Sydney Morning Herald as “the very best in chamber music”. 

Selby & Friends’ 11th concert season, spanning a diverse program of some of the most gorgeous music in the chamber music repertoire, opens in March 2017. A hallmark of the series is the relaxed and intimate performance format which sees musicians speaking with the audience from the stage about their personal experiences in music. 

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