Concerts@KentTown Presents its Final Concert For 2018
The final concert in Concerts@KentTown for 2018 will be held at 2pm 21 November at Wesley Church Kent Town, cnr Fullarton Road and Grenfell Street, Kent Town. Tickets available at the door, are still only $15 which includes a generous afternoon tea.
For this concert Wesley Church is delighted to welcome back a great favourite: celebrated tenor Tasso Bouyessis who returns to sing tenor songs in Italian by Francesco Paolo Tosti as well as some well -known English favourites.
Graham Bell, Wesley's own organist, also makes a welcome return appearance to the concert series with a program of majestic works by JS Bach; Druckmuller, Hollins, Guilmant and Frank Bridge, all performed on the historic, and recently restored, JE Dodd organ.
Tasso Bouyessis - Tenor
Australian tenor Tasso Bouyessis is equally at home on both opera stage and concert platform. He is highly regarded and respected for his versatility and experience in Opera, Oratorio and Lieder, encompassing many languages including Italian, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Latin and Greek.
Award winner and consummate performer Tasso has sang at many public events held in Adelaide including The South Australian Police Tattoo, Government House and Carols by Candlelight at Elder Park. He has been a soloist with the Adelaide Symphony and Brisbane Orchestras.
Tasso has received numerous singing awards : The Melbourne Herald Sun Aria, The Sydney Performing Arts Challenge and is a winner of The State Opera of South Australia Aria Award. He has toured extensively with the Three Australian Tenors to Japan, Singapore and New Zealand.
Tasso has also sung in over 30 productions with The State Opera of South Australia and been involved in numerous SOSA premier productions.
Career highlights include, performances at the World Arts Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece (Theatro Onieron), the Sziget Festival in Budapest, SOSA, and the Queen Elizabeth International Singing Competition in Brussels.
Graham Bell Organist
Graham Bell was born in Adelaide in 1959. Whilst his working life was as a professional botanist, music has always been "the other life". He has sung in choirs since childhood and was drawn to the pipe organ from earliest recollection.
Piano lessons led on to organ studies, mainly with James Govenlock at the Elder Conservatorium where Graham was awarded the Josephine Christiansen and Elder Scholarships for organ. Other tuition was undertaken with Owen Standen, Ashleigh Tobin and Christa Rumsey, each representing very different approaches to a broad range of musical styles and lineages. Singing studies were also undertaken with Belinda Matonti.
From 1979 until 2010, Graham was Organist and Choirmaster at North Adelaide Baptist Church, during which time he was involved in a wide variety of performances for many groups as organ soloist, conductor, singer or accompanist. He has been Organist and Choirmaster at Wesley Uniting Church since January 2011. In both churches he has sought to build on and develop long-standing traditions of fine church music.
As an organ soloist, Graham has presented or been involved in many concerts, especially for the Organ Music Society of Adelaide, for which his first appearance was in 1975. Graham has been on the Committee of the SA Branch of the Royal School of Church Music since 1990, editing the Branch Newsletter as well as presenting workshops and acting as conductor or accompanist for many events.
Remembrance Service commemorating 100 years since the armistice of WW1:
10am Sunday 11 November, at Wesley Church Kent Town, cnr Fullarton Road and Grenfell Street, Kent Town. Service closes with Last Post at 11am. Members for the congregation are then invited to join the Rev Alex Rodgers for morning tea.