Due to illness our guest mezzo-soprano, Shikara Ringdahl, has unfortunately withdrawn. We will be joined instead by soprano Rachel Pines.
Maurice RAVEL - Chansons Madécasses
Jean FRANÇAIX - Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano
Henri DUTILLEUX - Sonatine
Claude DEBUSSY - Cello Sonata
Philippe GAUBERT - Trois Aquarelles
Our third concert of 2017 takes us on a journey through the many colours of French music in the 20th Century. We begin with an example of French romantic impressionism in Gaubert's Trois Aquarelles ("Three Watercolours"), a collection of scenes depicted through broad sweeping melodies and vibrant tone colours. This is followed by the Dutilleux Sonatine, a late example of the French flute school that pushes the flute to its limits both in expressivity and virtuosity. Debussy's late Cello Sonata departs from the style of writing usually associated with his name, with striking characterisations and sound worlds. We're pleased to welcome guest soprano Rachel Pines who joins us in Ravel's primal Chansons Madecasses ("Madagascan Songs"). Françaix's delightfully quirky Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano closes the concert.
Guest Soprano - Rachel Pines
Canadian soprano Rachel Pines has performed operatic and concert repertoire throughout North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and currently makes Australia her home. She recently returned from the south island of New Zealand on an operatic tour with The Seven Sopranos. This season Rachel sang Queen of the Night, Lady, and Papagena in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia’s Victoria Schools Tour. She also sang Mrs. Hayes in Floyd’s Susannah with Opera New England, and created the role of Mary Sullivan for The Seven Sopranos’ premiere tour of Songs from Stage and Screen. Other credits include Despina in Così fan tutte (Trentino Music Festival), First Lady and First Spirit in The Magic Flute (Lyric Opera Studio Weimar), Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute (Queensland Conservatorium), Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Frankie in Coghlan’s Frankie and Johnny, and Mavis in City Workers in Love (Opera Laurier).
In concert Rachel Pines appeared this season as a featured soloist in the program “Sweet Night Music” with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. An avid oratorio soloist, Rachel performs regularly with the Bach Society of Queensland and has appeared with the Brisbane Concert Choir and the Brisbane Chamber Choir. As a participant of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School 2016, Rachel performed excerpted roles of La Musica in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Euridice in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers. Upcoming appearances include Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Gertrude Opera, and Frasquita in Carmen with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Rachel Pines holds a Masters of Music Studies from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, and was the 2016 recipient of the Elizabeth Muir Memorial Prize for Postgraduate Singing.