‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’ Endymion
Two of Australia’s finest storytellers explore the timeless Romantic poetry and music of John Keats and Franz Schubert in a performance of Bright Star in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at Melbourne Recital Centre on Monday 24 September.
Australian theatre genius and icon John Bell AO OBE and ARIA-nominated pianist and Helpmann Award winner Simon Tedeschi return to restore their tremendous partnership following the torrent of praise they received for their national tour of Enoch Arden last year.
‘Tedeschi and Bell deliver an enrapturing performance. This is an epic tale of love lost, longing devotion and loyalty, told with passion and warmth. The piano accompaniment was perfect … an enrapturing performance of this classic tale and one that had the audience transfixed.’ The AU Review
Recognised as one of Australia’s National Living Treasures in theatre, John Bell expresses immense excitement to perform with masterful pianist Simon Tedeschi, ‘I love working with musicians. I love being up close and watching their technique and feeling the visceral presence of the instruments … I’ve admired Simon for a long time; he’s a bit of an entertainer and showman as well as being a great pianist.’
Keats and Schubert never met or exchanged admiration for one another’s artistry, yet they lived with many victories and shortcomings in common – both died too young and fell for unattainable women; both created enduring masterpieces; and both shed light into the human condition that carries to this day.
Simon Tedeschi says of Schubert, ‘I think many would say Schubert was the greatest melody writer of all, but what I think is so special about him as a composer is his ability to tap into the very deepest of emotions and to not only appear, but jump into the abyss between life and death and, as a result, require listeners to truly listen in a very deep and involved way.’
The performance features Schubert’s intensely evocative Four Impromptus, Op.90, as well as excerpts from his Piano Sonata No.18 in G, Op.78, ‘Fantasie’, and Fantasie in C, Op.15, ‘Wanderer Fantasy’. John reads some of Keats’ most beloved poems including ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, ‘To Autumn’, ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ and ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’.
Share the insights of these two great artists as they take you into the enduring power of these timeless works, and the lives of the artists who created them.
‘Bright star, would I be steadfast as thou art / Not in lone splendor hung aloft the night’ John Keats
Monday 24 September, 6.30pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall (One hour and 30 minutes no interval)
Simon Tedeschi piano
John Bell orator
Tickets $50 ($40 concession) Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre
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