Brahms, Schubert and Schumann: English pianist Imogen Cooper says they are the composers closest to her heart. Cooper will be giving a recital of their works on Tuesday 2nd September for Musica Viva. Speaking of English pianists, that modern Renaissance man Stephen Hough (check out his latest musings at http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/author/stephenhough/) is also in Perth this month and performing Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with the WA Symphony Orchestra on the 26th September. It must be piano month because Dutch pianist Bart van Oort is also giving a recital as part of the Keyed Up! series at the University of Western Australia on Sunday 21st September. To cap it all off Brisbane-based organist Andrej Kouznetsov is giving a recital at St George’s Cathedral on the 12th.
WASO is recovering from their August Beethoven marathon with some chamber music at Government House Ballroom with the Brahms’ evergreen clarinet quintet on the 19th.
UWA’s Hackett Ensemble present their concert dedicated to Roger Smalley (one-time professor at UWA) on the 18th and over at the Academy of Performing Arts Defying Gravity will be showcasing percussion graduate Josh Hogan on the 11th. WAAPA will also present Into the Dreaming – guitar music by Sculthorpe and Westlake on the 18th.
Two large choral concerts round out the month: on the 13th Orff’s Carmina Burana performed by Collegium accompanied by an Argentinian Folk Band (yes that’s right, worth checking this one out!) and on the 21st a performance of Reqiuems by Faure and Durufle by the UWA Choral Society at St Patrick’s Basilica.