2014 Season Overview

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SELBY & FRIENDS presents its eighth season in 2014 with another exciting ensemble cast of brilliant and charismatic performers from around the globe. Featuring outstanding soloists and renowned chamber musicians from Australia, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Finland and the USA, 2014 will also see Selby & Friends introduce two talented young Australian performers to our Development Artists program - Som Howie in Tour 1 and Hugh Klüger in Tour 5.

We are proud to present two World Premières in 2014: a new work sponsored by the S&F Audience Commission Award from Australian composer Paul Dean, and Clancy Newman’s own new work in Tour 1. I am delighted to announce that Selby & Friends, in conjunction with ABC Classic FM, is in the process of recording Beethoven’s chamber music for an exciting radio series to be broadcast in the near future. So you may notice a decided emphasis on the great master in the 2014 season with a special program devoted entirely to Beethoven in Tour 2. Here we explore his extraordinary growth through a lifetime of great works which cover Beethoven’s early, middle and late periods. 

For Turramurra patrons, please note the concerts will begin at 2:30pm in 2014. In addition, one concert (in May) will occur on a Saturday afternoon to avoid a clash with Mother’s Day.

And as always, young people are a priority in our audience with 14 years and under admitted free. Once again we will be celebrating the very best in chamber music and I hope you will join me and my extraordinary friends and colleagues for what will be a truly exhilarating season of both great music and great performers!

TOUR 1 - Collision Course - 2014

Guest Artists:  Natalie Chee − VIOLIN, Som Howie* − CLARINET, Clancy Newman −CELLO, Kathryn Selby – PIANO

Variety and virtuosity combine with Australian pianist Kathryn Selby as the host when Selby&Friends kicks of the 2014 season with a stunning ensemble of artists and a gorgeous program of old favourites and new! Schubert’s first great piano trio closes this concert which also features the brilliant and popular New York-based cellist Clancy Newman presenting his own new composition, Collision Course, with exciting newcomer, Australian clarinetist, Som Howie. Natalie Chee completes this stunning group as she returns home to Sydney from Stuttgart where she is leader of the Radio Symphony Orchestra after having been concertmaster of Camerata Salzburg for more than ten years. This is her first visit with S&F and she will be featured in Mozart’s early violin sonata composed following the death of his mother. The program rounds off with Brahms’ short but powerful piano trio in C minor. A program of chamber music at its best to relish!

  • W A Mozart Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor, KV.304
  • Clancy Newman Collision Course, World Première (Commissioned for Selby & Friends by the Silo Collective)
  • Johannes Brahms Piano Trio in C minor, Op.101
  • Franz Schubert Piano Trio No.1 in B flat major, Op.99, D898

Performance Dates

Adelaide: Sunday 16 March 2:30pm
Canberra: Monday 17 March 7:30pm
Sydney: Thursday 20 March 7:00pm
Melbourne: Tuesday 18 March 7:30pm
Southern Highlands: Saturday 22 March 5:00pm
TurramurraSunday 23 March 2:30pm

TOUR 2 - Basically Beethoven - 2014

Guest Artists:  Susie Park – VIOLIN, Timo-Veikko Valve − CELLO, Kathryn Selby – PIANO

Following the enormous success when these artists met last year, New York-based virtuoso Australian violinist Susie Park and ACO Principal Cellist Timo-Veikko Valve join Kathryn Selby for a special program of chamber music by Beethoven. Comprising works from his early, middle and late periods of composition, the concert features the ever-popular Spring sonata for violin and piano, Beethoven’s last great cello sonata, an extremely early and very Mozartian piano trio and his mighty E flat major piano trio from his middle period. Blending solo artistry with chamber music panache, this program has it all for lovers of great music in all its intimate guises. A Beethoven feast for the senses which is part of an exciting project in collaboration between S&F and ABC Classic FM of Beethoven’s chamber music!

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat major, WoO 38
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata for Cello & Piano in D major, Op. 102 No.2
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata for Violin & Piano in F major, Op. 24 ‘Spring’
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat major, Op.70 No.2

Performance Dates

Adelaide: Sunday 18 May 2:30pm
Canberra: Monday 12 May 7:30pm
Sydney: Tuesday 13 May 7:00pm
Melbourne: Wednesday 14 May 7:30pm
Southern Highlands: Saturday 10 May 5:00pm
TurramurraSaturday 17 May 2:30pm

TOUR 3 - In Memory of a Great Artist - 2014

Guest Artists: Daniel Dodds – VIOLIN, Julian Smiles − CELLO, Kathryn Selby – PIANO

Three unusual Australian artists come together for this brilliant program of piano trios. Featuring Australian virtuoso violinist, Daniel Dodds, currently leader of the famed Festival Strings Lucerne, the program also includes perennial favourite, cellist Julian Smiles and Artistic Director/pianist Kathryn Selby. Opening with a further exploration of Beethoven’s chamber music with his last trio, ‘Kakadu’,the program continues with Faure’s mysterious and only piano trio, a rich tapestry of sound and atmosphere. Closing the program is Tchaikovsky’s monumental homage to Rubinstein upon his death. This is a glorious program filled with melody and pathos and celebrated by a rare visit with three brilliant artists.

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in G major, Op.121a ‘Kakadu Variations’
  • Gabriel Fauré Piano Trio in D minor, Op.120
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 ‘In Memory of a Great Artist’

Performance Dates

Adelaide: Sunday 6 July 2:30pm
Canberra: Monday 30 June 7:30pm
Sydney: Tuesday 1 July 7:00pm
Melbourne: Wednesday 2 July 7:30pm
Southern Highlands: Saturday 28 June 5:00pm
TurramurraSunday 29 June 2:30pm

TOUR 4 - Swedish Delight - 2014

Guest Artists: Torleif Thedéen − CELLO, Kathryn Selby – PIANO

Selby & Friends is delighted to welcome the great Swedish cellist, Torleif Thedeen, in recital for this program that features the music of Beethoven, Debussy and Grieg with a world premiere work by Australian Paul Dean. Considered one of the most brilliant cellists of his generation and a prodigious chamber musician, soloist and mentor, Torleif is a regular collaborator with some of the world’s great artists and conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen and Neeme Järvi. He is also in huge demand as a soloist and chamber musician, working with many of the great performers of our age and constantly invited to perform at festivals around the globe. He has made numerous CD recordings for BIS, CPO, Decca, EMI and Deutsche Grammophon. Torleif is Professor of Cello in both Copenhagen and Stockholm. Old friends who are excited to have their first opportunity to work together in over twenty years, he is joined by brilliant pianist and Artistic Director, Kathryn Selby. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear one of the great artists of our time in recital!

  • Claude Debussy Cello Sonata in D minor, L.135
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op.5 No.2
  • Paul Dean New work - S&F Audience Commission —World Première
  • Edvard Grieg Cello Sonata in A minor, Op.36

Performance Dates

Adelaide: Sunday 14 September 2:30pm
Canberra: Monday 15 September 7:30pm
Sydney: Tuesday 16 September 7:00pm
MelbourneWednesday 17 September 7:30pm
Southern Highlands: Saturday 20 September 5:00pm
TurramurraSunday 21 September 2:30pm

TOUR 5 - 'Trout' en fin! - 2014

Guest Artists: Elizabeth Layton – VIOLIN, Tobias Breider − VIOLA, Julian Smiles − CELLO, *Hugh Klüger – DOUBLE BASS, Kathryn SelbyPIANO

Selby & Friends is thrilled to present the ever-popular favourite, Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’ in this final performance for 2014! Joined by the marvelous British violinist Elizabeth Layton, SSO Principal Violist Tobias Breider and Australian cellist Julian Smiles, Artistic Director Kathryn Selby also welcomes S&F Development Artist and highly accomplished double bass player Hugh Klüger to this illustrious ensemble. The program features an expanding cast through its works – Mozart’s early Divertimento piano trio, Brahms’ great piano quartet in C minor and finally the melody-drenched piano quintet entitled the ‘Trout’ after Schubert’s song of the same name. This is fun-filled program not to be missed!

  • W A Mozart Piano Trio No.1 ‘Divertimento’ in B flat major, K.254
  • Johannes Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op.60 ‘Werther’
  • Franz Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, D667 ‘Trout’

Performance Dates

Adelaide: Sunday 16 November 2:30pm
Canberra: Monday 10 November 7:30pm
Sydney: Tuesday 11 November 7:00pm
Melbourne: Wednesday 12 November 7:30pm
Southern Highlands: Saturday 8 November 5:00pm
TurramurraSunday 9 November 2:30pm