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fortyfivedownstairs Chamber Music Festival 2024

Following the success of the inaugural Chamber Music Festival in March 2023, renowned pianist Coady Green has again curated a diverse program of 14 events, including multiple Australian premieres, collaborations with Lyric Opera and the Wilin Centre, and performances from an incredible lineup of artists such as pianist Michael Leslie, soprano Antoinette Halloran, actors Helen Morse and Paul English, and ensembles Songmakers Australia and the Divisi Chamber Singers.
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Of Birds and Monuments

This concert features Linda Kouvaras’ 'Herring Island Piano Sonata', Jane Hammond’s 'Songs of the Helmeted Honeyeater', and a special world premiere preview of excerpts from Kouvaras’ new work – the 'Buluwirri Bugaja Piano Suite' for piano, with text by Tiriki Onus and sound by Roger Alsop.
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One Piano Eight Hands

Following their sell-out, virtuosic 2021 events showcasing rarely heard works with eight hands on one piano, Tristan Lee, Gintaute Gataveckaite, Coady Green, and Georgina Lewis present truly dazzling works that are rarely heard on the concert platform. Featuring works by Liszt, Levinac, Mazzoli, Rachmaninoff, Kouvaras, Brahms, and more.
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Nostalgia

Songmakers Australia Artistic Director and pianist Andrea Katz goes back to her homeland Argentina in a soul-searching voyage to the music that shaped her youth, as Nicholas Dinopoulos sings songs and tangos by Gardel, Mores, Piazzolla, and Ziegler, threaded together with some of the most iconic Argentinian piano pieces.
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1863: The Birth of Impressionism

Songmakers Australia - soprano Merlyn Quaife AM, bass-baritone Nicholas Dinopoulos and pianist Andrea Katz - perform a program of stunning French repertoire by Debussy, Fauré, Duparc, Chausson and Poulenc.
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Brahms and Dances

Experience the full range of power, raw emotion, and beauty of sound possible on violin and piano with Matthew Rigby and Yiyun Gu.
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Eight Hands

LIVE AT VENUE OR LIVESTREAM AT HOME A rare and spectacular event performed by four popular Melbourne pianists
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Shepherd on the Rock

A concert of works for saxophone, piano and mezzo-soprano, including a transcription of Schubert’s late masterpiece, and a selection of beautiful original works.
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Gods and Demons

From 'Pictures at an Exhibition' to 'Java Suite', from 'Islamey' to Piazzolla’s Tango, Chinese born pianist Yiyun Gu brings fantastic gods and demons together in a concert of magic and high imagination.
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Three of a Kind

Three jazz pianists. Two generations. One family. Three family members; brothers Colin and Ted Nettelbeck, and Colin’s son Alexander Nettelbeck, perform together in a return concert at fortyfivedownstairs.
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Tristan Lee

One of the few Australian musicians of his generation pursuing a successful career as a concert pianist in Europe, Tristan Lee returns to fortyfive downstairs for his yearly Melbourne recital. Once again, he will perform a diverse and challenging programme,…

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