Concerts at Kent Town Continue 20 August

Concerts at Kent Town Continue 20 August

Concerts at Kent Town continue this August with three young musicians: Alexander Paine organist, Brooke Window, soprano and piano accompanist Mark Sandon.

All Concerts at Kent Town take place in the majestic Neo-Gothic Wesley Church Kent Town, cnr Fullarton Road and Grenfell Street, Kent Town. Concerts are followed by afternoon tea included in the ticket price of $10

In homage to the Church's magnificent JE Dodd organ built in 1898, augmented and restored in 2012, each program features the instrument.

Organist Alexander's program will begin with the mighty Bach Passacaglia in C Minor which is considered to be one of the most significant works for organ ever composed and "one of Bach's largest and most complex organ pieces, unique amongst his compositions for the instrument" ­- a dramatic and imposing opening to this concert of glorious music.

In his second bracket Alexander takes us to France where he explores the school of organ composition in France throughout the centuries. "More consistently than any other country, France has produced great composers for the organ, all of whom are notable for their striking originality and extraordinary technical brilliance

Brooke Window's program with accompanist Mark Sandon features Six Elizabethan Songs by American Composer, Dominick Argento (1927-) about which she says "The work was composed for high voice and piano in 1957 and was also arranged for high voice and Baroque ensemble in 1962. The prose of the six songs is written by poets Thomas Nash, Samuel Daniel, William Shakespeare, Henry Constable and Ben Jonson and each text is thoughtfully and appropriately represented within the musical phrases."

The second part of Brooke's program is by Rossini. "The Soirees Musicales by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) are a group of twelve songs composed between 1830 and 1835. The three selections, La Pastorella dell'Alphi (The Alpine Shepherdess), L'Orgia (The Orgy), La Danza (The Dancer) are three of the more playful songs from the set. Between the flirtatious, yodelling shepherdess, the drunkard singing of wine, woman and song and the vivacious dancer who prefers the redhead to the wallflower over in the corner, Rossini cleverly highlights each character through expressive vocal and piano lines.

Alexander Paine is a resident of Bridgewater and has just completed his Honours year of a Bachelor of Performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, majoring in recorder under the tutelage of Lynton Rivers and studying organ with Ashleigh Tobin.

He is currently Organ Scholar at Pilgrim Church and has been organ scholar for St Francis Xavier's Cathedral and St
Peter's Cathedral and is the Acting Musical Director for the Treble Choir at Church of the Epiphany, Crafers.

A sought after musician Alexander has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra, The Burnside Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Baroque and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Chamber Singers, the Kapelle Singers, and the Adelaide Youth Orchestra.

Brooke Window is a freelance Soprano based in Adelaide. She graduated with First Class Honours in Classical
Voice Performance in 2012 from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide under the guidance
of Guila Tiver.

Brooke was the recipient of the 2013 George Boland Scholarship from the Elder Conservatorium which allowed her to pursue further study. Recently she returned from a trip to Europe to study under Dame Emma Kirkby, Andreas Scholl and Jessica Cash and to attend the Dartington lnternational Summer School where she focussed on Baroque repertoire.

Brooke sings with the Adelaide Chamber Singers and toured with them last year to Europe when they won the Choir of the World Pavarotti Trophy at the Llangollen lnternational Eisteddfod.

Pianist Mark Sandon specialises in chamber music and accompanying. He studied with Noreen Stokes, Lucinda
Collins and Stefan Ammer at the Elder Conservatorium where he is currently an accompanist
He has been an accompanist for the Adelaide Chamber Singers, the Corinthian Singers, the Adelaide lnternational Cello Festival and the Australian National Band Championships. As a repetiteur and rehearsal pianist, he has worked with various Australian opera companies including State Opera of South Australia and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
As a freelance pianist Mark has won several major piano prizes, including the Geoffrey Parsons Award.

The next Concerts at Kent Town presentation will be at 2pm Wednesday 17 September 2014. Performers will be Mark Joyner, Organist and Pembroke School Junior Orchestra.

Concerts at Kent Town are generously sponsored by: Smallacombe Sanderson, Robee Bureau Services, and UCInvest.

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