You might have spotted a friendly face in the Melbourne Observer this week. Our very own Julie Houghton took centre stage promoting our next show She and He - My Life with Chopin.
We will be taking over Melbourne Recital Centre Salon again for the final installment of our Paris Trilogy. Join us to explore the life and work of Frederic Chopin on the 29th of October from 6PM.
Highlights from Reminiscence: Liszt and Love.
It's finally time for our part in Melbourne Recital Centre's Local Heroes Program. If you haven't booked your tickets book today, call 9699 3333 or buy tickets at the door. For a preview of the "Parlour Treatment" in action listen to our segment of 3MBS' Illuminations program.
Reminiscence: Liszt and Love, the second act in our Paris Trilogy, is coming to Melbourne Recital Centre in only 8 days.
Reminiscence: Liszt and Love tells the fascinating stories of the women living with Franz Liszt. The Parlour offers an exclusive exploration of these individual's experiences that are largely unheard.
We like to think we know everything about our favourite composers, but often what we hear comes from a small handful of sources reinforcing one overarching view point. The artistic story is only one aspect and at the Parlour we're just as interested in the human story.
Like Wagner In Paris the work of Franz Liszt are the main feature of the performance with a dramatic narrative interwoven between them. We will be performing several Liszt classics and premiering his most recent version of Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh S306iii, just released in July by the Liszt Society.
For a sneak peak of what to expect from Reminiscence: Liszt and Love listen to our illuminations segment on 3MBS 103.5FM Fine Music. Here we gave Franz Liszt's life the "Parlour treatment" within a radio show format.
Christopher Wayne Smith and Coady Green, our piano duo for Reminiscence: Liszt and Love, discuss Liszt and life. Tune into 3MBS 103.5FM to hear the full interview 26/7 at 8PM.
Too late? Listen to old recordings here: https://3mbs.org.au/programs/illuminations/
To learn more about Franz Liszt attend our next concert Reminiscence: Liszt and Love at the Melbourne recital centre, August 14, 6PM.
Who was Franz Liszt? A super-star lothario or a reclusive priest? A pianist and conductor or a composer? A dedicated father, a bon viveur or a lone wolf? Let The Parlour's Karen Van Spall and Lucy Esdaile take you behind the velvet curtains of the Parisian Salons to explore Liszt’s world, the people therein and his music. This episode will also feature an interview with the Coady Green and Christopher Wayne Smith who will form our piano duo for the recital centre performance.
IF you enjoy this look at Franz Liszt, join us at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Tuesday the 14th of August at 6PM.
Sometimes we think we know everything there is about a major musical figure, but the information we’re given usually comes from just a handful of standard sources. At the Parlour we’re interested in the other view points. If you really want to know what a composer was like, ask his ex-wife/land lord/ housekeeper!
It’s not enough to read biographies or musicological analysis, you have to sift through letters, bills, novels, newspapers and gaze into the background of portraits to find the key people in the stories. You need to investigate like a sleuth - whose are those initials that keep appearing or what is that code for?
Art Song is the most intimate chamber music genre. Composers bring their most personal thoughts, passions and neurosis to their songs and it is really interesting to excavate the meaning behind them based on what was going on in their lives at the time. It gives you a whole new appreciation of the music at a human level.
Following on from Wagner in Paris, we have the next two instalments of our “Paris Trilogy”. First we unpack Liszt through the eyes of his biographer Lina Ramann and then Chopin from the view of his lover George Sand. Both of these men are better known for their piano works but they also wrote songs which we think will surprise the audience.
Our shows are hybrid performance, it’s a combination of song recital and semi staged play. Singers and pianist form the Parlour’s core but we also have writers, directors and actors. We want to tell these stories and we guarantee you’ll want to hear them!
#ThrowBackThursday - Remember our concert in Canterbury Gardens: "The Grand Picnic Opera" ? Reminisce with these fabulous photos!
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