Evergreen Ensemble bridges the gap between folk and Baroque.
Known for its virtuosic programs bringing together the best of Australia’s early music and folk talent, it weaves stories back through time, rediscovering the sounds of folk melodies on period instruments and interpreting classical repertoire with flair.
Had you been invited over for ‘tea and tunes’ by a Scottish family living in Australia in the 1840s, what sort of music would you have heard? To find out, Evergreen Ensemble’s artistic director, Shane Lestideau, searched for the earliest examples of Scottish music brought to Australia during colonisation. What she uncovered was a wealth of Scottish Baroque, Classical and Romantic works, as well as folk tunes. This concert celebrates these rediscovered treasures, including virtuosic arrangements of Scots tunes by Edinburgh fiddlers, Tasmanian strathspeys played on Baroque violin, ethereal songs from the Hebrides, Baroque opera and 19th-century Australian piano music.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Evergreen Ensemble
Shane Lestideau violin
Ben Dollman violin/viola
Rachel Johnston cello
Claire Patti voice/Celtic harp
Emily-Rose Sarkova piano/piano accordion
Spreading the Sea-Wrack/Native Land, Adieu!
Traditional / William Marshall
Mrs Huston’s Strathspey/ Major Laing of Burnside/ Lieut H. Brown, Derwent Rifles 1860
Traditional / Shane Lestideau
Gloomy Winter’s Noo Awa
Traditional / Robert Baillie
Duet on Scottish Airs
Traditional / Shane Lestideau, Robert Baillie, Alexander Laing
Miss Ann Crocker’s Waltz Our Friends Over the Sea
Christoph Johann Pepusch
The Beggar’s Opera Suite
Love Will Find Out the Way
When She Came Ben She Bobbit/Polwart on the Green
Thou Ling’ring Star/Baillie Strathspey
Anonymous, Henry Marsh
Victoria Schottische/Picnic Polka
Auld Lang Syne
This production is part of the following series:
Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.
Tuesday 24 November 2020 6pm
Duration: 1 hour (no interval)
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