Selby & Friends comes back to Canberra 2016

27th January, 2016 | Articles and Interviews

Classical concerts touring to Canberra in 2016

January 27, 2016
Janet Wilson

Perusing the programs of the concerts offered by groups that will tour to Canberra during 2016 is like gazing into a box of delectable chocolates and trying to make agonising choices.

Will you choose one that you’re certain that you’ll love, or one that you haven’t tried before, which promises a new and intriguing experience? Will you choose something uncompromisingly rich, or one elegant in its simplicity?

Unless you’re lucky enough to have a benevolent rich uncle or to have won a big Lotto prize, you probably can’t devour this whole box of musical delights, but here are a few ideas and remember – as you buy your ticket you are supporting artists who dedicate their lives to making music.

Selby & Friends: pianist Kathryn Selby, right, with Andrew Haveron, left, and Timo-Veikko Valve.
Selby & Friends: pianist Kathryn Selby, right, with Andrew Haveron, left, and Timo-Veikko Valve. Photo: Supplied

This year, classical pianist Kathryn Selby celebrates 10 years of touring with her friends.

“Selby & Friends was born out of my love for chamber music and my experience collaborating with many brilliant Australian and international artists,” she says, “so it is fitting that in 2016 we celebrate that decade by highlighting extraordinary Australian musical talent.”
Performing with Selby in the series between February and November will be violinists Dene Olding and Andrew Haveron, and cellists Julian Smiles and Timo-Veikko Valve, as well as “homecoming artists” Daniel Dodds and Susie Park on violin, and cellist Clancy Newman.

The first concert on Tuesday, February 23, at 7.30pm in the intimate space of the James Fairfax Theatre at the Australian National Gallery will feature guests Valve and Haveron joining Selby in music by Beethoven, Schubert, Busoni and Arensky. Because the venue is small you will need to book early. Telephone 1300 511 099 for information.

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